Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

PO Box 718, Tikehau, Tuamotu, 98713, French Polynesia | 4 star resort
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Tikehau

A travel blog entry by david_irina

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... 1090;вие< br> мы настр 86;ены на прост 99;е бытов 99;е услов 80;я, но побыт 00; некот ...

Rangiroa

A travel blog entry by david_irina

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... We attached a photo of this lagoon from our plane (we took the picture when were landing to the island 2 days ago). But when you are there, and you see these small uninhabited islands around the blue water, it's unbelievable that you are actually in the middle of huge ocean. The lagoon swarms by various fishes. Especially there are many sharks, and they peacefully swam around us. There are a lot of birds on the islands, and now is a season when chicks are born (see the photos).
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Another fantastic snorkeling experience

A travel blog entry by rulian.fiske

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... there was a taxi, but taxies were hard to find. So Bob and I walked. It was about a mile, but because of the heat, it was tough, especially Bob had to carry the bag. We thought about going back to the ship to drop off the stuff and then come back, but decided against it. The walk to the resort actually could be fun, if it were not so hot. The road was open ocean side of the atoll and it was quite beautiful.

We finally got to the hotel, but the ...

Day 195/196 Paradise / El Paradís terrenal

A travel blog entry by wanvigdot

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... centenars de crancs ermità grans i petits que hi ha al corall. Al vespre, quan anem a dormir, veien els crancs dels grans que surten dels seus caus per ficar-se a l’aigua. Llavors, passem per la passarel.la dels taurons i gairebé sempre en veiem a passar dos o tres. Quina sort que les nenes els hi han perdut la por i així podem bussejar tranquils.

El menjar és boníssim i sobretot el peix: Mahi-Mahi, Meka, Poisson ...

Day 193/194 The big black shadow / L'ombra negra

A travel blog entry by wanvigdot

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... was so shocked that they could not move from where were. The people on the boat stared out of the boat to try and see the shark. My mum and dad did not know if they were supposed to swim towards or away from it, so they did not see it.

Just after that he spotted another shark. This time it was a white-tip reef shark and then another shark. This time it was a more common one: the black-tip ...

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

    Great If You Have Air-Conditioning in February

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    We loved our stay in Tikihau, AFTER we transferred to an incredibly expensive, but drop dead gorgeous, air-conditioned overwater bungalow. We visited during the low season of February (never again) and booked an overwater standard bungalow. There was no breeze at night, only lots of biting bugs (we were told they were not mosquitos, but small biting flies). It made for a very bad sleep.

    The service was excellent and the food very good. We got a meal plan to avoid the pain on the high prices in Tahiti. The diving was above average.

    The air-conditioned overwater deluxe bungalow we transferred to, after three nights without sleep, was sheer heaven. The nicest I have seen in Tahiti, with high ceilings, a gigantic bathroom with a soaking tub and enormous deck.

    True Getaway from Noise/Hustle & Bustle

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    We stayed there in an OWB #5 for almost 10 days - we spent New Year's here. December is in the midst of the rainy season but was it sooo wonderful. Few short, heavy rain spurts -- otherwise, sunny, sunny, and hoooottt!!

    First, arriving in the Tikehau airport. Like another person stated, it really is a little makeshift hut with an abundance of mosquitoes (so wear your repellent), esp after it rains. We were greeted & leid by the hotel's concierge, bags labeled, and placed in the truck. Then we all gathered in either the van (more mosquitoes) or a safari looking truck and driven to the dock were we boarded the hotel's boat (this is the only way to this hotel since it is on a motu). Abt a 5-10 min ride (we had to stop partway because of the rain and help the driver put canvases down so we all wouldn't get drenched .. gawd was it fun!).

    Second, the hotel. I have to tell you, we've been to the FP several times and this is the first visit outside Society Islands. This hotel is so remote. No noise except for the blowing of the conch shell, boat's motor, and the water! The hotel was prestine. Our room perfect. Since we didn't have ac - we just had all the windows opened up at night. No pesky mosquitoes here because of the ocean breeze -- gawd how nice/relaxing.

    Third, there really is not much to do on the hotel (snorkeling, diving, kayaking, ping pong, billiards, etc..)The food was great. The hotel staff was awesome! My fiancee got a splinter and a hotel staff member went to her home (most live on the motu) w/i 2 minutes got me the tools I needed to aid him! They do have a little boutiqe. The bar is where we hung out the most for after swimming snacks: eating hamburgers, fries, virgin coladas, etc .. we also ate on the main island at one of the side restaurants .. again had the fries for snack --(the fries & hamburgers are always so tasty anywhere in the S.Pacific .. must be the oil??)

    Okay, I can go on and on .. but what made this trip a little more personal was that upon our departure, we received suprise gifts from the hotel (it was actually from the concierge/boutique manager). I am not sure why (perhaps we frequented the boutiqe alot). Either way ... this is truly a great getaway from the hustle & bustle!

    Only downside: it is expensive and island grocery store opens at 2PM (so buy your water bottles, snacks, etc..here), oh and the NY eve festivities .. well it goes with the lifestyle ... pretty slow.

    Absolutely stunning

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    We stayed here for seven nights on our honeymoon and it was perfect in every way. We were so glad we decided to spend time there rather than rush around trying to spend two days on every island like many people seem to do.

    The hotel upgraded us to an overwater bungalow which was awesome. The food is excellent and deserves its reputation. If you come to Tahiti get away from Papeete as quickly as possible and spend time on the quieter islands like Tikehau. The diving was sensational as well - I haven't been for five years but the on-site dive master gave me a quick refresher on the way out to the pass and it all came back very quickly. I'd thoroughly recommend staying here to anyone.

    Pricey and Relaxing - Watch out for Mosquitos

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    When you arrive at Tikehau airport (really more of an informal hut that happens to have a runway) you are greeted by the concierge of the hotel with a fresh flower garland. The concierge then collects your bags, tags them with your name and puts them onto the truck which you then ride on to the village pier. A five minute ride takes you to the resort.

    As you step onto the pier you are handed a chilled scented washcloth and a cold glass of juice. Check in is done at the reception which is just above the pier and it is a lovely experience. Once check in is complete the concierge walks you to your bungalow.

    The bungalow was beautifully set out with fresh flowers all over it, the room is airy and light and the bathroom large and clean. There is a glass section in the floor that allows you to look at the fish! The verwater bungalows have an upper and lower deck, the upper deck to sunbathe and the lower for direct access to the water. The lower deck also has a freshwater shower and tap.

    The one bad thing about most of their bungalows is a lack of air conditioning, it does get incredibly hot in Tikehau and a fan sometimes is not enough. Not only that, at night, the mosquitos are voracious. Without AC and no mosquito net, you are forced to either wear repellant to bed, or to shut down all the windows before dusk and sweat out the night. We met people in the garden bungalows that have open air bathrooms. There is NO way for them to keep the mosquitos out. It is amazing to me, that an over $300 a night resort would not at least provide moquito nets. They do smoke the motu at might, but it doesn't really help.

    Food - There is not a lot of choice a there is only one restaurant! Meals are expensive, and there are no "cheaper alternatives" in the town. The only alternative is to take a boat ride over to the TINY grocery store and buy fruit and snacks, of which there is not much of a selection. Take snacks with you from Papeete, ifyou can.

    Breakfast is aobut $25 per person - Is an American style buffet with lots of fresh tropical fruit, lovely French pastries and is you would like eggs the chef will prepare them every which way!

    Lunch - Very extensive menu, we only ate lunch a couple of times but it was good, we usually had salads ($15-20), food is expensive but if you make it Tikehau you will understand why, it is just so remote.

    Dinner - Every night the chef (Thierry) would prepare a menu with 3 starters (1 salad, 1 soup and hot dish), 3 mains (1 meat, 1 fish, 1 pasta) and 3 deserts. All three courses run about $60 per person. The fish was always dry, which is not what one would expect. I guess I am just not used to French cooking. Everything else was wonderful.

    Bar - There is a small bar that serves every drink you could pretty much want along with snacks in the afternoon.

    Activities

    Scuba Diving - The diving is fantastic, the resident dive master is knowledgeable, although not very social. The clarity of the water is incredible and the marine life highly diverse. The dive gear is a little worn. My regulator failed on my. After this trip, I bought my own!

    Snorkeling - Is fantastic all around the little island that the hotel sits on, lots of marine life.

    Kayaking- The hotel has sea kayaks you can borrow for free, it is fun to go and explore some of the next door motus, but take lots of sunscreen, it gets very hot on the water.

    Motu-Walking - Try walking between the motus. The water rarley gets above chest deep, and is so warm and wonderful.

    Village Visit - A must do, the village is small but it is interesting to see how the people of Tikehau survive and go about their business on this remote atoll. You will also want to go to the one and only grocery store and buy lots of water and soda as the hotel is incredibly expensive, the store manager will run your purchases to the pier to save you lugging them the half mile! If you want fresh baguets, you have to order them a day ahead at the bakery. The lovely woman there only bakes what she has orders for each day.

    Nightlife - There is none

    Service - The staff are friendly and allow you privacy. The local Tahitians are so sweet and have beautiful, warm souls. It feels like a family operation, rather than a large resort chain.

    I would highly recommend it over visiting Bora Bora which is equally expensive but far more touristy. If you want total relaxation, then Tikehau is the place for you.

    Truely Paradise

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    The Pearle Beach Tikehau resort is a great get away. The food was excellent. the beds comfortable and the setting spectacular. snokeling was great under the over water bungelow's. the staff was attentive and we had no problem not speaking French. The beach bungelow was very nice. We dove with the resort dive vendor Blue Nui dive. The Dive master was very accomidating to my lack of experience. We dove with manta rays, which was one of the many high lights of our trip.

    One of the best hotels in the world

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    First thing to say is wow, wow and wow again. To set the scene we went to Tikehau for the final 6 nights of our honeymoon. When you arrive at Tikehau airport (really more of an informal hut that happens to have a runway) you are greeted by the concierge of the hotel with a fresh flower garland. The concierge then quickly collects your bags, tags them with your name and puts them onto the truck which you then ride on to the village pier. At the pier you jump onto the hotels comfortable and fast boat back to the resort, about a five minute ride where the experience truly starts!

    You are greeted by conch's being sounded and as you step onto the pier you are handed a chilled scented washcloth and a cold glass of juice. Check in is done at the reception which is just above the pier and it is a lovely experience. Once check in is complete the concierge walks you to your bungalow, we had reserved a premium overwater bungalow and it was beautiful. I have stayed in many 5 star hotels and this bungalow was by far the most beautiful I have ever seen (until later). The room was beautifully set out with fresh flowers all over it, the room is airy and light and the bathroom large and clean. There is a glass section in the floor that allows you to look at the fish! The Premium Overwater bungalows have an upper and lower deck, the upper deck to sunbathe and the lower for direct access to the water. The lower deck also has a freshwater shower and tap. The only bad thing about the bungalow is a lack of air conditioning, it does get incredibly hot in Tikehau and a fan sometimes is not enough.

    On our 3rd day we asked if there was a possibility of upgrading to one of the Overwater suites. We were told the cost would be $100 per night which we agreed however at the end of the stay they said it was complimentary as the resort was quite quiet, a very nice surprise.

    Overwater Suite - If we had of paid for the upgrade it would have been worth every penny. The suites are amazing; this was now the best room I have ever seen!! Key highlights:

    - On the other side of the island so very quiet, basically no noise other than the water

    - Much bigger, the suite is huge

    - Bathroom has a tub and double vanities

    - Deck is 3 times the size of the premium overwater deck and is screened on the sides so it is totally private, there is also a table with an outdoor sofa and two chairs in the covered shaded area of the deck

    - Glass sections in the fllow of the room and bathroom that also opens so you can feed the fish!

    - Air conditioning, no more really needs to be said!

    Food - There is not a lot of choice a there is only one restaurant! But do not fear, the food is excellent:

    Breakfast (was included for us so don't know price) - Is an American style buffet with lots of fresh tropical fruit, lovely French pastries and is you would like eggs the chef will prepare them every which way!

    Lunch - Very extensive menu, we only ate lunch a couple of times but it was good, we usually had salads ($15-20), food is expensive but if you make it Tikehau you will understand why, it is just so remote.

    Dinner - Every night the chef (Thierry) would prepare a menu with 3 starters (1 salad, 1 soup and hot dish), 3 mains (1 meat, 1 fish, 1 pasta) and 3 deserts. All three courses run about $60 but we would always share an appetizer, each have a main and share a desert and we were full every night. The food at dinner is excellent, it is of a quality that you would expect of a gourmet restaurant, we did not have one bad meal. There is also a surprisingly extensive wine list and the price per bottle starts around $25.

    Bar - There is a small bar that serves every drink you could pretty much want along with snacks in the afternoon, we often went along for an afternoon ice-cream delight which was lovely in the 90 degree weather.

    Activities

    Scuba Diving - The diving is fantastic, the resident dive master is very good and knowledgeable, the clarity of the water is incredible and the marine life highly diverse.

    Snorkeling - Is fantastic all around the little island that the hotel sits on, lots of marine life.

    Canoeing - The hotel has sea kayaks you can borrow for free, it is fun to go and explore some of the next door motus, but take lots of sunscreen, it gets very hot on the water.

    Village Visit - A must do, the village is small but it is interesting to see how the people of Tikehau survive and go about their business on this remote atoll. You will also want to go to the one and only grocery store and buy lots of water and soda as the hotel is incredibly expensive, the store manager will run your purchases to the pier to save you lugging them the half mile!

    Nightlife - There is none

    Service, if you expect the best then you expectations will be exceeded, the staff at Tikehau are superb, everyone quickly learns your name which is very nice. All of the staff do everything they can to ensure you have the best vacation in you life, I really can not speak highly enough of the staff.

    When the time came for us to leave we were both very sad, my wife came close to crying on the boat back to the airport. Tikehau is incredible; I would highly recommend it over visiting Bora Bora which is equally expensive but far more touristy. If you want exclusivity, luxury, incredible service and total relaxation then Tikehau is the place for you.

    Paradise

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    We stayed here for 4 nights at the start of our honeymoon. After being delayed with Air France for 17 hours and then, them losing our luggage (for 5 days) we were so relieved to get to the resort and stunned at how beautiful it was. The resort is on its own atoll which is v small and can be walked around in 10 minutes. We were initially upgraded to a premium beach bungalow which was directly on the beach and had its own terrace and hammock. We were greeted with champagne too which was a nice touch!

    The bungalow was quite big and v clean. However the bathroom is outside which is v pretty but lets the mosquitoes find you. Also, people could walk past and disturb you. We had booked a prem overwater for the rest of our stay so we asked if we could be upgraded earlier and this wasnt a proble.! One of the couples we met had even been upgraded to an overwater suite from an ordinary beach bungalow. The suite was lovely and included a bath and a feeding panel in the floor for the fish. (the premium OW didnt have this).

    It seemed that most people had been upgraded as the resort was quite quiet.

    We were on a meal plan which we were glad of as food was very expensive but very good. Staff were accommodating but speaking French certainly helps.

    The resort itself is v clean and the waters are v warm with lots of fish. Sharks were swimming under bungalow 9 next to ours most mornings. We had bungalow 7 which was right at the end of the promenade and v private. I would recommend asking for it. At some points under the bungalows closer to the beach the current was too fast to swim but the further out you go, the easier it is to get into the water from your terrace.

    We did hire bikes from the hotel and went across to Tikehau island itself. The bikes are very old and ucomfortable but did the job. However they were 2000 pacific francs each which was about é18! We circled the island in about an hour and met lots of friendly locals. The shopkeeper even opened up during his lunch hour so we could buy food before the boat took us back.

    You can also hire backs on the same street as the main shop but i dont think there is a huge price difference.

    One complaint was the lack of AC in our overwater bungalow. Odd as the beach bungalow had it. It was v hot at times and the fan just wasn't enough!

    All in all though we had a great time here and totally relaxed. The manageress helped us track down our bags and had them delivered to us. The Maitre d' at the restaurant was v friendly and entertaining.

    Definitely take the meal plan though as it would be v expensive without it!

    Did not stay there but wanted to visit

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    I was staying on the atol and called for a pickup. The French heritage of these islands shines through in the people's abruptness. The person in charge of arranging the boat rides gave me the wrong time to be picked up. I showed up at the time requested by them, as they are not flexible at all, and they had already come for the one pick up time that eve, so I missed the boat. I called the person in charge of the pickups and he was so rude, I could hardly believe I was speaking with a representative of a Pearl Beach Resort. I speak fluent French. His comment: "Tant pis pour vous." Too bad for you. We will not come back to pick you up so you can visit our resort. some other time" Or never I think to myself.

    Tikehau is pretty boring if you don't dive and forget snorkeling, the lagoon is murky, no corals to speak of and no anemones at all, no soft corals at all. Scared fish unless they are fed by hotel staff. Only great thing is diving at the pass, but all the diving is in the same area so after two days you have seen it. Rangi is a hop and skip away and you'd go there next for two days and then off to Morea and Bora Bora. You can do the whole Tahitian experience in one week. If you are restless certainly. If you know how to slow down to Tahitian speed, extremely slow and lazy then you might be able to hang for 10 days. If the weather is great ok, but if windy and rainy forget it you'll go out of your mind. Unfortunately I did. Best months: July Thru Sept. I went Oct and got hit with stormy weather. But the weather is unpredictable and that can happen any time. For the money I'd say do it once. Get the T shirt, get the hat, go home.

    In-cre-di-ble !

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    Located in the middle of nowhere, the Pearl resort Tikehau would be the place to forget about the 405 freeway! Friendliest service found in this mini-resort.

    The Brand new overwater suites are to be tried at least for a couple of nights. Next best thing to the OW of Le Taha'a. Enquire about the free meal plan offer with a minimum stay there.

    Best excursions are the tour of " birds island" and great scuba.

    Photos at : http://photos.yahoo.com/flytahiti

    -> Tikehau.

    Enjoy! JLD

    Paradise

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    This resort was absolutely fantastic. We can't think of one complaint. If you are going to stay in an overwater bungalow, ask for room 7...it was the most secluded and you won't regret it. You can see black-tipped shark every morning and evening...truly amazing

    TripAdvisor Reviews Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding