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"Perfect Honeymoon Resort!"
This is a beautiful resort on an amazing motu. It is extremely quiet and private. We stayed for four nights and it was the perfect start to our 18 night honeymoon in French Polynesia. First - the room. We booked an overwater suite. We originally booked a bungalow, but we asked our travel agent to quote the price difference for a suite instead. I don't recall the exact price difference, but it was a relatively small amount when compared to the overall cost of our honeymoon. It was well worth it and I'm glad we upgraded! Now, about the actual bungalow.... It was everything I had wanted and more. Our travel agent helped us secure suite #45 which is the best location of all the bungalows. (Thank you to all of the previous reviews for this recommendation.) It is the end bungalow on the sunset side. Not only did we have the most privacy and beautiful sunset views, we also had the most active sealife underneath us. There were always schools of fish. There were often sharks, sometimes 3-4 at night. (6-7 on the night we had steak scraps!) The coral just outside the bungalow was great. We saw a sting ray just outside the bungalow on our first day. I will say the shower backed up and it wasn't something that could be fixed with a plunger or drain cleaner. The a/c worked, but wasn't the greatest. But, those are really the only negative things I can say about the room. I would request this room every time because of the privacy and beauty. Overwater suite notes - 40-45 are on the sunset side with 45 being the end/deepest. 46 and 47 are on the sunrise side. The resort, in general, was nice. The employees are all friendly and kind. The guests don't always seem happy, but we just ignored the unhappy people. I was surprised at the number of families/children there. I think there were at least three families during our stay. Raupini (spelling') at the front desk is wonderful. I would guess he is the manager, though I never actually asked. He spoke numerous languages very well and was always willing to help us with our questions. The restaurant was also nice. I enjoyed every meal there, even the daily breakfast buffet. My husband would probably agree with other reviews that the menu got old after four days. The servers were always very friendly and kind. They also have some fun, tropical drinks at the bar. Because of our bungalow's amazing location, we decided to carry out our dinners and bring them back to our deck. There is a very nice table and chairs under the palapa that we pushed to the edge so we could watch the fish and sharks while we dined. There is also a light under there and bugs were not a problem. (I think I saw two wasps around the bungalow over the course of our stay.) We had a couple's massage in the lagoon one day. It wasn't the best massage we've ever had, but having it in the lagoon with the sound of the waves was awesome. Definitely wear sunscreen if you do this. I had seen a shade canopy in one of the promos so I expected that, but there was no shade. I ended up with a terrible burn on my upper chest and lower face. Activities - we brought our own snorkel gear and a couple of floats (again, thanks to a previous trip advisor reviewer for recommending the floats). I highly recommend bringing your own gear. The resort does allow you to borrow equipment for free, but we were far from the reception desk and it was nice to be able to just walk onto our deck and jump into the water. Plus, we loved our full-face snorkel masks. The floats were a nice break after snorkeling and also when it was windy/choppy. We took the boat into town on our first day. The shop didn't have a lot of options, but we grabbed water and a few adult beverages. We went down to a roadside cafe. I do not know the name of it, but when you get off the boat it is to the right. It is on the lagoon-side road. It's down the road a bit from the dock, dive shop and store so I'm surprised we found it without looking or asking for directions. I had steak and fries which were delicious and my husband had citrus chicken. After five resorts/islands, Tikehau ended up being our very favorite. We stayed in an OWB on Vahine Island and I would still say having bungalow #45 at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort was better. We loved the privacy and quiet of the resort and surrounding motus. Of the five resorts we visited, this is the only one we would return to if we ever do another trip to French Polynesia.
We stayed 5 nights at this resort. Wow!!! Amazing views, stunning setting, the marine life was outstanding. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. If you want a relaxed, romantic, beach holiday where you can truely relax and do a whole lot of nothing - this is the island. No negatives. Great good. Great staff. Beautiful room. Comfortable bed. Clean. Yes, expensive but this is the case throughout French Polynesia. Great diving too! Highly recommend !!
"Wish That We Loved It."
We recently spent part of our honeymoon in an overwater bungalow at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort & stayed for a total of 4 nights. I will start by saying that if you are looking for a romantic, secluded location with exciting marine life & some stunning scenery than this place is perfect for that. Each day that we were there we took out the complimentary snorkeling gear or kayaks and got to see so many cool things & even discover a couple of beautiful private island areas where we could swim and suntan just the two of us. Amazing! I really want to say that we loved it here & so much of me wants to go back to Tikehau right away, but there were a few things that were a little disappointing about our stay. 1. Cleanliness - I am sure that this is a problem all over French Polynesia but the termites were particularly bad in our bungalow leaving piles of wood dust on our sitting area, floor, clothes, suitcases ... and just when we seemed to figure our where we could safely put our stuff the termite dust would appear again. The staff would clean each day & did a wonderful job but it was just constant. 2. Food - The dinners here were REALLY good & so even though they were all quite pricey I cannot say they weren't worth it. On the other hand, the snacks that were available were not so great. We paid $16 USD to share a small, cold, dry ham & cheese panini one afternoon & cocktails were, in my opinion, too expensive for what they served. 3. Communication - This one drove me the craziest. When we arrived we were told that there was a free shuttle daily to the main island but that there was nothing there but a beach (no markets no shops no snacks - nothing.) When we found out that this resort did not have food available any time of day (there were hours in the morning and afternoon where no food was served) we wished that we had brought some snacks to help us through the day (we typically eat at off hours.) We mentioned this on our last day there to one of the front desk members and they said that the shuttle island had a very small store with some snacks as well as a small lunch spot by the beach. We would have probably taken advantage of that more than once had we been given that information right away. 4. Transportation - When I heard that I would be charged $35 USD/ Person/ Way for the airport transfer I assumed that the resort was quite a distance away or that there was some sort of luxury boat etc. We were dropped off at the pier waiting for our boat for almost 10 minutes & when it arrived it was nothing more luxurious than any boat used at the more budget hotels. The transfer itself was only about 15 minutes and no water or anything special was provided. That's fine, but not for that price (especially given the fact that without luggage that transfer is offered free daily.) We loved the IDEA of this hotel & location more than anything and with a few little adjustments it could be the perfect piece of paradise. However, I'm not sure that I would return.
Tikehau is truly amazing! The resort is located on a coral atoll in a beautiful Lagoon. The superior overwater bungalows are truly beautiful. There is a large living area and an equally large bathroom with a beautiful tub and shower. The floor has a glass window with lights at night so you can watch the fish swim by. The room has a deck complete with lounge chairs and a shaded area with a dining table and couch. There was also a ladder so you could swim in the Lagoon right off your deck. You could walk forever in the chest deep water if the Lagoon. The staff are very friendly and the dining is exceptional. We celebrated our anniversary while there and when we went to dinner we had a special table with flowers and a special desert was given to us! The spa was wonderful, a truly relaxing experience. The hotel arranged a day trip to an island that had many birds. It was beautiful to see the different species and their habitat. We then went to a beach where a delicious lunch was prepared. There was lots of time for exploring and swimming and the ladies even learned how to weave a purse out of palm leaves. My husband also took a dive trip and it was also a great experience. He said he had never seen as many fish in one trip. We truly hated to leave this little piece of heaven.
We spent one week here in the overwater suite number 42. It is by far the most beautiful relaxing holiday we have ever had. Everyday we just had to look into the lagoon ( swim, snorkel) and see parrot fish, titan trigger fish, baby reef sharks ... the list goes on. For dinner we ended up asking for fish and salad every night because it was always cooked to perfection. The staff was amazing and very accomodating to all our requests. They definitely go the extra mile to make your stay special. You can take the free water shuttle to the main centre in Tikehau and they give you bikes for free ( highly recommended since it's too hot to walk around). There is a convenience store and a snack bar. I ordered the sashimi tuna and fries... done to perfection! Everything is expensive but we were expecting that since they do need to import everything- not much would grow in Tikehau except coconuts. We certainly intend to return!!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM