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"Amazing Snorkeling Experience"
If you are looking for a crystal clear water, a remote island and unspoiled marine life, this is the perfect place to be! The snorkeling experience under the Overwater Bungalow is amazing (compared to Hilton Moorea, St. Regis Bora-Bora, and Sheraton Maldives)! You will see hundreds to thousands of fishes under the Overwater Bungalow. The water is not too deep that you can easily stand up if you need to take a break. If you are into sharks, you will see plenty of them. The baby sharks are visible during daytime. The normal size sharks are visible each night, which is the reason no snorkeling allowed after 6PM when they hunt for food. I don't think we have ever seen that many sharks without having to pay for a tour. You will not be disappointed if your main purpose of visiting is for the abundance of marine life. If you are here for resort experience or service, you are in the wrong place. Tikehau Pearl Resort is not a true resort. It is lack of basic amenities and services that a resort normally provides such as air-conditioner, telephone, and around the clock Front Office. We stayed at this property for 3 nights and it seemed to be a bit long because the weather wasn't cooperating. We had thunderstorms every single day during our stay in Tikehau. There was no wi-fi in the room. There was only 1 English channel (CNN) on TV. You can imagine how boring it was. On our last night we encountered power failure after coming back from our dinner around 8.30 PM. There was no telephone in the room. Front Office had closed already (closed at 7 PM). It was pouring hard. We were panicking. My spouse went back to the restaurant and luckily it was still opened. The waitress called maintenance for us. We got the power back in 30 minutes. There is only 1 restaurant in the property. The food is overpriced for the quality. However, it is cheaper than Hilton Moorea and St. Regis Bora-Bora. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and that is mainly because of the abundance of marine life in the property.
"Breathtaking location, but perhaps not honeymoon service."
First and foremost. This is a stunning location. Tikehau ranks as one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. It is remote, unspoiled and teeming with wildlife, particularly under the surface of the azure blue water. If you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving then I heartily recommend adding Tikehau to your list of destinations. Secondly, the people. The staff are all lovely and try to be as helpful as possible. It was also refreshing to be put off certain tours rather than experience the hard sell. What I liked about the interactions here is that they all felt completely genuine, and I felt like we were welcomed as friends. However, if you're used to 5 star hotels and US levels of hospitality you may feel a little let down by the inexperience. For example, our air conditioner and one of the fans in the room broke down on the first full day. When we reported the fault we were asked to stay in our room until the repair team arrived. If we had complied we would have spent four hours between noon and 4 pm in our non-air conditioned room twiddling our thumbs; not how we would want to spend our holiday. We went snorkeling instead and happened to be back by the time the workmen arrived, I'm not sure what would have happened had we not been. Did they not have a key' Thirdly, food. I will reiterate a number of recent reviews by saying that it is only satisfactory. We stayed 6 nights and felt as though we had exhausted the menu after 3 or 4. More local fish and some daily variety would be welcome, but remembering this is a small hotel in a remote location I guess they consider it too difficult. It also reflects in the cost of wine, the list for which is varied and sufficiently long but overpriced for the standard offered. Finally, our accommodation. We had booked an over water suite and a few days before arriving I emailed requested one facing the sunset. The hotel delivered in style as we were given number 45, which is the last suite on the sunset side of the pier. The privacy afforded by this and the views of the lagoon and the sunset were to die for. I will close my eyes and see that view until I can afford to replace it with anything that comes close! The over water bungalows are located on a separate pier complex and we didn't experience them first hand; however, due to the location between the motu and the number of rooms I doubt whether any afford the views and privacy of the suites. The interior of the room was nicely laid out but after a few days you begin to notice that things are a little tatty around the edges, an update should be due soon. The snorkeling from the room was also excellent. The coral is nice but Tikehau is renowned for it's variety of marine life and it didn't disappoint. To summarise: if you want to relax in desert island paradise, enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba, like to treated as a friend and forget all about the world, this is for you. If you want to be pampered, treated like royalty, eat Michelin star food and are looking for a honeymoon style holiday then maybe look elsewhere.
"Hideaway on small "private" island"
A jewel in the paradise with very beautiful islanders. Away from a hectic life you can relax like no other place ... I dream about the wonderful fresh fish and the very humble and friendly Tahiti people . I will come back again and again. Thank you very much for everything.
"Great venue, food just ok."
The beauty of this place is amazing! As is the service! The food is just ok--given it is the only option, it should be top notch! Service at the restaurant is amazing. The spa is pure heaven and the best massage I have had in ages. The snorkeling is ok. The property needs to add paddle boarding. Would add a new fresh activity. Make sure to talk to Yahn in the reception to help set up any of your needs. He's the best!!
"Overpriced and dated in a beautiful setting"
We stayed at this property for 3 nights in an overwater bungalow. As excited as we were to stay, it fell very short of expectations, and we wanted to move hotels after the first night. First, the property is very secluded (on it's private motu), which means that all of your meals will be at the restaurant in the hotel. The menu is overpriced and the food quality is not that high, especially for breakfast (canned fruit in the middle of island paradise is a shame!). There are good activities that the hotel can help arrange that we enjoyed, but the service of the hotel is slow and less than helpful. The rooms are in need of a refresh, especially the air conditioners (some rooms don't even have AC). We were extremely hot, and although the hotel provided a small fan to supplement, we had trouble sleeping every night. Finally, I would mention that although being over the water is nice, it is not practical to swim as there are ~20+ (small) sharks in the water each night and some during the day.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM