Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
What We Love
- Daily American buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Book a 5-night package and receive round-trip airport transfers and a dinner for two
- Overwater Bungalows with glass-paneled floors
- The Manea Spa for pummeling (in a good way) Polynesian massages
- On-site PADI dive center
- Pink sand beaches, unique in Polynesia
What To Know
- WiFi is not available
- A city tax of approximately $2 per person per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Sun worshipers will be in heaven, but if you’re easily bored of sun and sand, this might not be the destination for you
- The front desk is staffed only between sunrise and dinner
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
This is the stuff of Robinson Crusoe fantasies. Tikehau Atoll, about an hour’s flight from Tahiti, has a population of just 500 (or thereabouts) — while its lagoon harbors marine life so dense Jacques Cousteau declared it to have the richest concentration of fish in French Polynesia. Forming a near-perfect circle around a placid lagoon, this end-of-the-earth hideaway is as far from civilization as you can get.
Bed and Bath
The 24 Overwater Bungalows hover over a turquoise lagoon, and the 13 Beach Bungalows sit on coconut-fringed pink sand. All accommodations have high ceilings and offer at least 592 square feet of elbow room. The beachfront bungalows feature outdoor bathrooms, and the stilted bungalows offer direct access to the shimmering lagoon (Note: The island is small enough that a slow lap around its pink sand shores takes just 20 minutes).
Sunning, swimming and diving are the main activities here, though more adventurous guests can charter a fishing boat for a day of deep sea angling, plan an excursion to Bird Island, or commandeer a private island for a beach picnic. Francophiles can dine at Tevairoa restaurant, and there are a petite spa and PADI dive center on-site. Listening to the waves lapping at the shore or watching the reflection of the stars in the lagoon, you can easily understand why Paul Gauguin was so transfixed by this exotic, far-flung corner of the South Pacific.
How to Get There
2nd time here... the resort is a refreshing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the "frantic" pace of Tahiti and Bora Bora. Service was immaculate, and the room was very comfortable.
Raipuni is a wonderful host and goes above and beyond in making sure you are taken care of! And... he sure does great vocals!!
A big thank you to Raipuni... and also to all the staff who made for yet another great experience. Will be back a third time!
We had six nights here and enjoyed it on the whole. The location was very quiet and our beach bungalow was a good size, with a very comfortable bed and sunloungers out on our deck (together with some beach “chairs” on the beach itself). We had direct access onto the beach and were facing the sunset (when there was one, some were pretty impressive). The snorkelling wasn’t at all bad, though at times there were very strong currents near the water bungalows near reception and access to the water in that area wasn’t 100% straightforward. We went on one snorkelling trip and were delighted to see manta rays but the rest of the trip was very disappointing as the snorkelers were with divers and the locations of stops were for them, over quite deep water, rather than close to the coral as we’d hoped.
Service in the restaurant was rather variable but the food was, on the whole, quite good (we were on half board) and great if you like raw fish (and I do). At breakfast things weren’t replenished very quickly but we became accustomed to that. There didn’t seem to be anything light for lunch (so we skipped that most days). No drinking water was provided in the room - apart from in the minibar so it all had to be paid for, which was a shame.
Wifi was very slow and only available in the reception/bar/restaurant area but then going somewhere remote means a “digital detox” is the order of the day. The room actually had a good number of charging points.
So we had somewhat mixed feelings about the place and probably wouldn’t go back but I was glad of the chance to see an island (or at least a motu) in this part of French Polynesia.
It's a magnificent place, the staff is incredibly friendly and attentive and I dream of going back every day!
The way it's setup is very smart as even when the hotel is full, is seems empty and you always get that feeling of intimacy.