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I read all the reviews before my stay at Pearl Resort........best not to! Always best to experience then form ones own opinion. I need to break it down to give it more detail so here goes: Accommodation: We booked Villa 33 the only one with private pool. It was gorgeous, in a private part of the Island, fully air conditoned and just the best. Food: The food is not over the top brilliant, probably rate as avergae but what you need to remember is that this is not a lush tropical island with fruit hanging ready to pick. In fact not much grows here but coconuts and as a result I am fairly sure everything is brought in from Papeete. The chef does very well with the produce he has to work with. Service: Note that service in this part of the world is different from a lot of other places. Having said that, the service was very good and excellent in the Restaurant. Activities: This is not a full blown lets do everything in one day Island. We walked ina different direction on the 11 days we spent here and didnt see anyone, it was amazing. We saw sharks, stingray, Moray eel and lots of fish. In fact this Island has an abundance of fish life visible even from the beach. We snorkeled and kayaked every morning and then relaxed every afternoon reading or lazing by the pool. Overall: A special mention needs to go out to Raipuni and the management. Raipuni really went above and beyond with our arrangements especially after getting stranded temporarily by the airline strikes. Raipuni arranged a boat transfer, a taxi at the other end and even escorted us to the transfer to make sure we didnt have any language issues. He has the appearance of being very laid back but hides an efficiency that is effortless. Merci Beaucoup We are on our way home now and feel incredibly lucky to have spent time with the beautiful people of Tahiti.
"An isolated island resort"
My on-the-beach bungalow was great. The sunset from the deck excellent. The tiny hot pot, insufficient as was the coffee & supplies. The outside (garden) bathroom was unique, but be careful on the stone steps. The bed was great also. Good space to wander, beach comb, snorkel, dive, fish, etc. Being the only resort on this islet, you eat in their restaurant, or you don't eat at all! Small boutique, plenty of sports to enjoy, and a lovely swimming pool. Service in the restaurant was very lacking, the only down point I can mention. If you like isolation and solitude, this is your place! Anne is a great manager, and will tend to your needs.
"One of my favorite islands now"
This was my first time visiting the island and boy am I glad that I did! Tikehau by itself is a very beautiful and quiet island. It is definitely not for everyone as there is no nightlife and it can be "dead quiet" after 9 pm. However, if you want to find a place with a few people, away from it all, with rich biodiversity, then this island is a gem. Also, if you have mosquitoes then this is a great place to be (man was I happy to live without those bast*** for a few days) As for the resort, it beat all my expectations! The resort is run by a very experienced and enthusiastic GM Anne. She is full of energy and loves the resort very much. It shows in all the details and the overall feel of the resort. I stayed at a regular overwater bungalow with no A/C, but due to the design and constant winds on the island I did not need any. I wish I had the direct access to the water but other than that everything was great. The food at the restaurant is fantastic and I would go for their fish dishes again. However, for beef lowers, you may get a burger but hold on the stakes until back in US. I have nothing against the meat, but being on an island and have to import all of the cuts, the flavor is just not the same. But I must say, that butter garlic sauce was fantastic!
"Unplug and relax"
We enioyed our stay here. It is definitely a place to go to unplug as it is off the beaten path with limited connection to the outside world. Your are really in the middle of the ocean with all of the beauty (and isolation) that comes with that! Surreal starscapes! Breathtakingly beautiful sunsets. A color pallete of tropical fish! And a pervasive quietness except for the tradewinds and ocean in your ears. This is a place to get away. Isolated but not rustic. Pearl is a Small resort (45' people') far away from population centers accessable by 1 hr 15 min. flight from Papeete and a short (15-20 minute) watertaxi ride. I suggest to bring adult beverage from Papeete as everything is expensive due to shipping costs. Massages are recommended! We sprung for three each during our week there. Snack Ohina on main motu has good local fare but open limted hours for lunch, check w desk. Also great bakery in town which is a short boatride away from Pearl Beach. Boat runs on daily schedule which is available at the desk. Bring good deet-type bug spray (bitey-bugs exist and can only be controlled so much in tropical areas) and good sunscreen (closer to equator) as well. They do a pretty good job w insect control but there is only so much you can do before insects adapt. They provide insect nets over the beds so you can guess there will be bugs. But there are also curious geckos and other lizards to greet you in suprising places. Rooms are sort of open-air in the island style. They utilize an electronic disruptor type bug detrrant that isnt perfect but works ok. We still used netting at night. During our stay we only received a few bites total. I get bit more in my backyard. The air-conditioner really only moves air ( swamp cooler would probably be more effective). We were there in their midsummer so it was hell-hot (from so-cal-ers and past caribbean residents) and humid so be prepared. We adjusted by napping in the afternoon (siesta) and drank lots of water. I wont say swimming in the lagoon was helpful as the water was hot close to the shore, it was a little cooler deeper but I stayed out of the strong afternoon sun to prevent incapacitating burn despite extra strength spf. It seemed the staff stayed out of the sun and heat as well. Seems like the smart move. Grounds were well manicured and cared for. Rooms were clean. Internet really only accessable near the bar. We did all of electronic posting in the evening while enjoying a drink. We didnt use the pool because: ocean!!! The resident sharks in the atoll were disconcerting (my own phobia) but we were assured they were harmless. Still. Wild animals. But we had no problems. Except that one lemon shark that followed us around like the croc to captain hook lol Plan ahead for personal preferences as they are limited w on-hand provisions and far from re-supply which may be weather delayed. The resort isnt super high end or anything but it is comfortable accomodations that allowed us to feel like we were nearly the only people in the middle of the Pacific yet also pretty well taken care of. We made some specialized requests well before arrival so they could plan which they happily accomodated despite weather issues that interfered with ship deliveries to the atoll. We were super happy. Kudos to the chef and staff. My only real annoyance was other guests' kids-- they broke the serenity for me. But I am not a kid fan so my issue. And they were only there a couple of days. If we get the urge for isolation we will go here again. Raipuni and Soleya were very friendly and helpful and solidified our good vibes with our experience. Nearly everyone here were wonderful but those two went above and beyond. I won't say the same for the daughter of the owner. She was less than welcoming and gave the air that even the guests should bow to her. Her actions and attitude detracted from our experience and luckily was limited to one day. Unfortunately it was our parting "kiss". Time will tell if we forget her buzzkill and just remember the exemplary Tikehau hospitality that we experienced from the rest of the staff. No matter, take the risk she wont be there (or reads this and adjusts herself) and enjoy a relaxing disconnection from modern life.
"Snorkelling Heaven 🤗"
Lovely place especially if you are into snorkelling - we were in an overwater bungalow and you can see small black tip sharks swimming about. I will agree with some previous reviewers - this hotel is located within a secluded paradise and is an absolutely amazing location for snorkelling , seeing different types of fish and marine life including sharks from up close so if you are in for a thrill this is the place to go . However , the food was just about satisfactory and there is only one restaurant available , prices are quite high for example a piña colada here is way more expensive than in Sofitel Private Island Bora Bora which is a higher level hotel so it is quite surprising . Also the water bungalows do not have air conditioning - it was the first hotel so far during our trip without it and considering the price you pay you would expect this to be available. Thank you to the staff for being kind and friendly, as I am lactose intolerant I don't drink cow's milk and they were kind enough to provide me with coconut milk to make my own latte during breakfast. Again breakfast was satisfactory but that's it , one reviewer mentioned canned fruit and this is absolutely correct - since there is an abundance of fruit in Tahiti why not extend their food selection for breakfast and include a bigger range of local fruit ' To sum it up - this place is great if you are in for the view not so much for the food available.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM