Need To Know
37, including nine suites.
11am, flexible subject to availability in low season (for 50 per cent of the room rate before 6pm; after 6pm you'll need to pay for a full extra night); in high season, late check-outs attract an extra night's charge. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $416.70 (XPF36,000), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates include breakfast and select activities (snorkelling gear, kayaks, badminton, bocce, beach volleyball, table tennis and billiards).
Twitchers will be in heaven on Tikehau's tiny four-hectare <i>motu</i> (island) Tiano, with a photo-worthy array of sea birds wading along the coconut-palm-lined shore.
At the hotel
Spa, scuba diving, boutique, WiFi throughout (from XPF500/AU$5 an hour), ice machines. In rooms: satellite TV, minibar, own-label toiletries, sun-deck with loungers, CD players (top two room tiers only). All Overwater rooms offer glass-topped tables for gazing down into the lagoon, but for direct access to the water book a Premium Overwater Bungalow or Overwater Suite. Suites are also the only rooms with a bath.
Our favourite rooms
You can walk right out onto the rose-hued sand from the entry-level Beach Bungalows, which sport dreamy decks and seductive semi-open-air bathrooms backdropped by illuminated tropical plants. If you prefer the life aquatic, aim for the Premium Overwater Bungalows as the standard ones don't offer direct steps to the lagoon. Our top pick would be the sunset-facing Overwater Suites, the most private and spacious boudoirs with stellar sea views.
A small round outdoor pool fringed with coconut palms sits near the open-air restaurant. It's hard to beat the adjacent pink-sand beach and languid lagoon for dreamy dips though.
Bring reef shoes for picking your way over the sharp coral into the lagoon, and insect repellant for warding off sandflies and mossies. Scuba divers will need their certificates for forays to the atoll's sites. Arrive with cash, too, as there are no banks or foreign exchange facilities on Tikehau and reception may have limited currency.
Pets are not allowed. Mobile phone reception is usually alright on Tikehau, but internet access is slow and unpredictable.
Kids up to 14 stay for free if sharing your room, with free transfers and kids' meals. Day-beds in all rooms can be converted for children or add a rollaway bed (at extra cost), and kids are welcome in the restaurant. Babysitting available for a fee.
The hotel has been awarded an EarthCheck benchmark award for its eco efforts, which include sustainable development, recycling, rainwater reuse, green cleaning products and seasonal cuisine. Tikehau employs local village staff and also supports Polynesian charity Manu, which protects bird life, especially the endangered Tuamotu Kingfisher. Fishing is prohibited on the island and guests are discouraged from collecting shells or coral.