Hotel Highlights

  • Pretty pink-sand cay in the chilled-out Tuamotus achipelago
  • Beach bungalows right on the sand or overwater rooms with lagoon views
  • Dreamy distractions, from snorkelling and diving to a small spa

Overview

Cast yourself away to chilled-out Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort on Tikehau atoll in the Tuamotus achipelago, where beachside bungalows, overwater villas and seductive pink-sand shores promise lagoon lazing. Snorkelling and diving beckon for adventure hounds, or hole up in the intimate spa. This is French Polynesia's secret side, ideal if you fancy crowd-free coral islands, barefoot luxury and just-remote-enough romance.

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A bottle of atoll-grown Tahitian wine

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

37, including nine suites.

Check–out

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.

Rates

Double rooms from $382.48 (XPF33,000), excluding tax at 14 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and select activities (snorkelling gear, kayaks, badminton, bocce, beach volleyball, table tennis and billiards).

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

Pets are not allowed. Mobile phone reception is usually alright on Tikehau, but internet access is slow and unpredictable.

Children

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.

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Eco‐friendly

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.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Open-air Poreho Restaurant looks out over the lagoon and pool, encircled by an airy terrace. The vibe is laid-back island-rustic, with a thatched roof, stone pillars and a tiled floor in neutral, sandy hues. Swing by for a buffet breakfast, set-menu lunch or romantic dinner, with half-pension and full-board deals. Fish and seafood star, from grilled mahi-mahi teamed with vanilla and rice to lobster with lime-butter sauce and wahoo fillet with mashed pumpkin. Choose between French favourites such as duck foie gras or Polynesian specialties; try the triology of tuna tartare, sashimi and poisson cru (Tahitian ceviche). Tropical desserts team coconut, banana and rum to delicious effect, or sample the signature chocolate cake.

Hotel Bar

Set beside Poreho near the pool, Tianoa Bar is a relaxed affair, with inviting wicker chairs for lagoon-side lounging. The music may be a tad cheesy, but the cocktails deliver, with seriously moreish pina coladas and mai tais, decked out with pretty flowers (at Tikehau this feels so right!). Regular spirits are up for grabs at the circular bar, with tasty herbed olives and chunks of raw coconut for snacking.

Last orders

Dinner at Poreho runs from 7pm until 9pm; Tianoa Bar pours from dawn until 10.30pm.

Room service

Room service is available during restaurant hours (for around AU$10), although only Overwater Suites feature dining tables for feasting alfresco. Minibar refills are by request during bar opening hours.

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Dress code

Barefoot luxe, from super-casual by day to chic-as-you-like at night.

Top table

Request a private table for two on the pool deck near Poreho. Romantics can also enjoy a starlit supper on the pontoon, with a private chef and waiter, or a host of other dreamily designed dining experiences.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Other than snaffling snacks in the local food stores on main motu Tuherahera, you're unlikely to eat outside the hotel. This is castaway luxe, after all.

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Pink-sand atoll Tikehau

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

BP 20, Tuherahera, 98 778 Tikehau, French Polynesia, Tikehau

Set on pearl-shaped Tikehau atoll in the north-east Tuamotus archipelago, Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort nestles on intimate Tiano motu, one of a string of small isles encircling the lagoon.

Planes

All international flights to French Polynesia fly into Tahiti (see our destination guide). From there, domestic carrier Air Tahiti (www.airtahiti.pf) offers a daily flight to Tikehau (around 55 minutes) as well as several daily flights to Rangiroa, the main island in the Tuomotus, taking around an hour. From Rangiroa there are regular 20-minute flights on to Tikehau, or you can fly to Tikehau from Bora Bora in the Society Islands. If you're island-hopping, check out Air Tahiti's AirPasses for deals on multiple flights. Tikehau's airport is on main motu Tuherahera, a kilometre east of the atoll's main village; it's a five-minute minibus transfer on to the quay, followed by a 15-minute boat ride to the hotel, where you'll be welcomed with the traditional blowing of a conch shell!

Trains

There are no trains in this aquatic wonderland.

Automobiles

Car rental is a no-no here, too: too few roads and too much water.

Other

For charter flights or helicopter hire, see our Tahiti guide.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from a stay at this private-island retreat, a full account of their Polynesian beach break will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort in the Tuamotus...
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Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from a stay at this private-island retreat, a full account of their Polynesian beach break will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort in the Tuamotus...

Arrivals are always an adventure in French Polynesia, and Tikehau doesn't disappoint. Flying in you'll see a coral necklace-shaped atoll made up of tiny motu (islands), encircling a 16-mile-wide turquoise lagoon and surrounded by deep-blue ocean. After touching down at the dinky airport, it's a short speedboat hop to Tiano motu, where the sound of a conch shell being blown heralds your arrival at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort's pontoon. So far, so exotic.

Boasting the country's only pink-sand beach, Tikehau feels romantic, remote and really mellow. You're far from the jetset crowds of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea here (they're not called the Society Islands for nothing), with nought but translucent water, palm-shaded shores and wading sea birds on the horizon. Chill out on the deck of your Beach or Overwater Bungalow (Premium ones at the pontoon-end or Overwater Suites are the most private); go swimming or snorkelling in the languid lagoon, or enjoy a spot of volleyball on the sand.

Sybarites can hit the spa, escape for a private island picnic or just order cocktails at the bar. Action-addicts can dive with fabulous fish at the atoll's Tuheiava Pass or just spot feathered friends on eco-sanctuary Bird Island. If you're after high life and high-jinks, Tikehau may not be for you; if you fancy relaxing to a ridiculous degree, this place has your name on it.

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