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
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
We really enjoyed this wonderful, clean resort . Great food, friendly personnel . One gets immediately the feeling to be within a family managed by a wonderful lady(Anne).
Views were breath taking.
Compared to the same resort at Bora Bora, where we also stayed a few days, Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort was more relaxing, smaller but cosier.
We spent a full week at the resort. We had booked an overwater bungalow (not the upper category ones but the normal category). It was paradise. I had read on some of the posts that the rooms were outdated but I didn’t think so. They were very spacious and airy. When you’re on your private deck you can see other people on their decks but the bungalows are far away enough that you can’t hear what’s going on in the other ones. And it’s just amazing to be able to look down and watch fish and sharks under your bungalow.
We didn’t pick any of the half board or full board options. We paid for what we consumed. I had read that it was extremely expensive but I disagree. It’s not cheap, but if you’re staying in an expensive resort obviously the food isn’t going to be super cheap. Breakfast buffet (about $40) had a lot of options (you can also order eggs any style). We generally had one course for lunch (about $20 for a sandwich) and one main course for dinner (about $30-$40). The food was pretty good considering that you’re on an island in the middle of nowhere. But mostly, special recognition for all the staff. Everyone is SO nice and so helpful! They work really hard to make the experience really special.
We went scuba diving twice, went to see the manta rays (which we didn’t see but others did) and did a ton of snorkeling. We also went kayaking. The rest of the time we read.
This was a wonderful opportunity to relax and completely disconnect.
The resort is very remote and set in a little piece of paradise. The staff were always friendly and helpful. Cannot fault the service from any of the staff during our stay. It was the perfect place to kick back and relax. Rooms were large and well appointed. We had one of the premium over-water bungalows and it was all we expected. It was not air-conditioned but we got good breezes off the lagoon and did not need to use the ceiling fans all the time. Downside was that to get the breeze you needed to leave the shutters open, which meant the sun gave you an early wake-up. Apparently the beach bungalows have A/C so if you need air, settle for the beach bungalow. They looked great.
Snorkeling around the resort was not brilliant, as it is quite shallow so coral is exposed and not much colour. Plenty of fish though and a few reef sharks coming through at dusk. Well worth grabbing a kayak and paddling off to adjoining islands, the beautiful pink sand and magic shades of blue are postcard stuff.
Restaurant was expensive, but we were expecting this due to the remoteness. Most meals we had in Tahiti were expensive, so given that almost everything would have to be transshipped to Tikehau, it was not surprising. We found the meals to be good, and we had our fill of fish. The main surprise for us price-wise was that green drinking coconuts cost more than beer. I thought coconuts grew on trees, so couldn't work this out. Fortunately our package included breakfast and a couple of meals, so may be worth checking out meals packages.
We did a few days diving while there. Tikehau Plongee came and collected us each morning. We had some good dives about half an hour from the resort. We also snorkelled with manta rays which was special.
No Wifi in the rooms and fairly slow around the restaurant, but we went there to relax, so this was not a problem. Good opportunity for a digital detox.
The Tikehau Pearl is a remote, desert island experience. There is not a lot to do, but I guess that's part of the attraction. Nearby Scuba diving is fine, but not noteworthy. The resort is small, with modest, but comfortable villas and good cuisine. The friendliness and great service from the staff was outstanding.
This was our final stop on our honeymoon in French Polynesia and was great way to finish. Tikehau is much more remote than anywhere else we visited, even by Polynesian standards, and for the first time in the trip, if I may use a cliché, we felt like we were at the end of the Earth. Very romantic. The resort itself occupies a lovely islet in what is a picturesque part of the atoll.
Since this was the end of the trip we decided to splash out on one of the ovewater suites, and were pretty much stunned when we walked in. With no exaggeration the total floor area was comparable to our house at home. The bathroom is very spacious and well appointed and there is a huge, and very private, deck outside. We were lucky enough to be in bungalow 44, which is only one from the end of the pontoon and on the sunset side. We toyed with taking the sunset cruise one night but with the view from our bungalow this really wasn't necessary.
There is lots of coral around the suites, and even more around the other bungalows by reception. Fish were everywhere, and we also noticed the occasional reef shark/ray, so lots to see. We spent hours snorkelling under our suite in what felt like an open water aquarium.
Many reviews mention the food quality, but we would probably speak up on behalf of the hotel on this point. There are actually some lovely things on the menu, and in my personal point of view the poisson cru was the finest I had on the trip. Very flavourful. Breakfast is also of a high quality. I think it's just worth bearing in mind how genuinely remote Tikehau is - it's not like they can have daily deliveries of new produce, so what they serve in the circumstances is quite impressive. The only thing that might be worth metnioning is that it's not cheap, even if you allow for the fact that we're from the UK with our shocking exchange rate. 2200F for a tiny chocolate cake is pushing it a little, even by FP standards. Mains are more reasonable. Menus are available via the hotel website if you wanted to look.
All in all we would highly recommend this resort for a romantic getaway or special occasion. We even saw a few families while we were there, and kids who love the water will be more than happy too for a few days. An atoll experience is quite different to one in the society islands, and was for us the perfect way to end our trip!