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“A little corner of paradise” 4 of 5 stars
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Tikehau Village
Tuherahera BP 9, 98778, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Tikehau B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
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6 hotel reviews
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“A little corner of paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Not very original title, but so true. Tikehau is a small island just 15 mins by plane from Rangiroa and 1hour 30 from Papeete or Bora Bora. A small island in the arcipel of the Tuamoutu. Tikahau Village is a family run pension offering small traditional bungalows directly on the beach. (Pension offers possibility to eat breakfast and evening meal - see later remarks) Minimum comfort, but one of the better ones we had seen at this price in Polynesia. It has to be recognised that due to the geographical situation EVERYTHING is expensive here. They have several bungalows all on the beach, facing the lagoon. Trees for shade, beach loungers for each bungalow. Shower had hot water with reasonable pression. The rooms were spacious enough, with one of the firmer beds we came across in Polynesia, but there was little place to put things away, which I appreciable when you have been travelling for a little while.
In the restaurant there is the possibity to make tea and coffee all day, but to be honest, for me it was too hot and a communal fridge would have been appreciated. I can understand that they do not want to put fridges in the bungalows (&unfortunately not every one considers the environment and put a fridge on max temp for just one bottle of water or their nail polish!)
The restaurant is traditional style, opening to the beach and you have the right of one of the 3 tables, over looking the beach, by order of your arrival !!!
4 Kayaks were available free of charge.
There are small black tipped sharks and rays that can be seen from the beach or even better from the kayaks.
There are some very decrepid bikes free of charge - which considering the island had only one real road, no junctions and is about 2kms long, is ok. However there were times when there were no bikes available and we either wanted to go to a specific place to see the sunset or buy something from the shop - If I went again, I would prefer to hire a bike, but this is expensive and I am not sure if it is possible on the island (typical price on Rangi for ex was 10 eurs a day). Another 'negative' was that you could only eat a midday if you order the day before.
BE CAREFUL . Planes often arrive around early afternoon, when there are no shops open (especially over w'ends). There are no restaurants on the island and only a couple of 'snacks' with very sporadic opening. Impossible to buy anything anywhere until later in the day. Caroline, welcoming, smiling, and gentle, could not even make us a sandwich :-(
The suppers are very good and for me there is far too much.
They do some excellent food - However, we would prefer to see more traditional polynesian food. It was generally french. 3 courses, well served, but the same as we can get at home.
There was not the possibility to buy things during the day at the pension. This is a shame.
If you are lucky the daughter will dance le Heiva for you.

Overall, I would return for the situation, size of the bungalow and the diving that is offered on the island.

Room Tip: All on the beach, but some are larger than others and have a small upstairs room (ideal for families...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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München
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

We very much enjoyed the 3 nights in one of the newly renovated bungolows. The view was fantastic and the food superb. Caroline was a very nice and welcoming host. We'd loved to stay longer.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2010

In a country where 99% of everything is overpriced Tikehau Village is no exception, in fact it was probably the most overpriced of all our hotels in FP although to be fair it was on the most remote island we visited. The room lacked space to unpack, no fridge (a big negative on an island where its easy to find nowhere open for lunch), no bathroom door (just a curtain) and no hot water. I think it's pot luck if you get a bungalow with or without hot water as some rooms have tanks but not others. On the upside the bungalows are slap bang on the beach with gorgeous little balconies looking out to sea. Disappointingly you can't really swim in the lagoon on this part of Tikehau as it is too shallow (the passing black tip sharks may also put some off!) but I'm sure this would apply to all the other hotels on the main motu beach - maybe the Pearl Beach is different as it is on a separate motu. The chef mentioned in the other reviews is certainly a bit of a character - try speaking French to him and he won't be quite so grumpy - he hated the non-French speaking Americans who were there at the same time as us. The hotel restaurant's dinner and breakfast were generally OK but they refuse to make lunch for you unless you give them a year's notice. The only restaurant in town never opened any of the days we were there so the only option was to try and get the last sandwich from the Chinese general store which we managed on all days except one. Hotel has free, if very ropey, bikes to ride into town or ride all around the motu which we'd highly recommend. Or you can walk in about 15 minutes to the store / town pier either along the road or the beach (go and see the manta rays by the pier at night after dinner). Tikehau is without doubt the quietest island we have ever been on and we loved the sleepy atmosphere. Hotel looks great in pictures - would look even better if they dropped the price by 50 - 60% to a more realistic level.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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guadeloupe FWI
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

stayed there for honeymoon 1 night ( we shoud 3) and it was really crazy...
the beach bungalows lay on a very nice beach, but they are quite dirty (cockroach, spiders and holes on the mosquito net).

The most terrific was.... the welcome as they forgot our reservation ( we met people in tahiti who had the same problem earlier and had to move because there were no bungalows available despite of the confirmation...)... the dinner ( as they forgot our reservation there was nothing to eat ) : we had a 1 square inch ( I really don't joke) of fish with a dirty sauce and one sq inch of appel pie ( the cook was drunk laying on the floor and guests had to go in the kitchen to help to get him up) but the best was at night when one member of the staff got in our bungalow, plastered, and angry because he thought it was his bungalow... wanting us to move from there.... in the middle of the night.
We had to manage alone to get him out ...
The next day was really strange , we were not really angry ( it was to soon and we were to tired) just afraid and wanting to move...
As we were told we can't use the phone we had to go to the village alone to book another pension ...
the most strange was that nobody did apologize or try anything to help us ...
but we have to thank tikehau village because then we moved in a wonderful pension, at quite the SAME price ( 40 euros more) with oversized bunglalows ( there you have enough place to open your luggages in the room) , very friendly staff, amazing dinners (lobster ...) and very kind owners and staff!!!

to conclude ... really don't go there, it's the worse value we had in french polynesia, there are really great and nice pensions...
better go to Relai Royal Tikehau, where nobody comes into your bungalow , pissed, at night!!!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2009

Very warm welcome, good food, great beach, perfect location if you dive (diving center located just into the pension).

Bungalows are refurbished and charming. Hot water! (rare here!) which is great after a 2 tanks dive! (I get cold very quickly... so I really enjoy a warm shower on a rainy day after a couple of dives!)

No real weaknesses, just a nice place.

Drinks are too expensive (more expensive than in the 5 stars hotels of Polynesia!), apart from this detail, a good adress, definitively, for the Tuamotous.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2009

It had taken me considerable effort to book this hotel. The Tahiti tourism representative in London said I should email but they definitely do not have the internet. Other guides said to fax but that did not work either. I tried writing but Caroline doesn't 'do' letters - she had received mine but hadn't replied! So forget all about any of the above forms of communication and just phone. The lines are not good and all Caroline knew about me was my dates and first name but that was all she needed and there she was at the airport with fresh flower leis!

The beach bungalows are simple but adequate and Caroline had put hibiscus on the bed and in the bathroom which was a nice touch. Air conditioning would spoil the whole thing and there is a constant breeze so it really isn't necessary. A mosquito net did the job at night but there are very few biting insects. Other guides state that Caroline does the cooking herself and until six months ago that was true. She found it all a bit much and had employed Alain who produced reasonable food. We had expected a lot of fish but not only fish! Fish for starters and main course for six days was a bit much and a piece of chicken or really anything else once in a while would have been welcome.

The location of Tikehau Village is ideal. The bunglows are right on the beach. The dive school is there with a small jetty and the main jetty from which you can take the free transfer to the Pearl Beach Resort is not far away. We are not divers but we went out with a group and saw dolphons at the pass. The dive school had snorkel equipment for rent if required. The hotel has bicycles which you borrow at no charge. They are in poor condition but get you around and down to the tiny village where there is a shop and also a cafe where you could have lunch. We never did that as Alain's food and snacks were adequate. There is a post office in the village but no bank or ATM. You need to take cash with you.

The information on other sites indicates that credit cards are acceptable. Caroline does accept them because she has to do so but is charged 4% and obviously was surprised when I wanted to pay that way. As she had given us a discount for staying six nights, we halved the credit card charge. Apart from the luxury hotels, French Polynesia is really not up and running on anything except telephones and cash!

This is a lovely relaxing holiday location and was exactly what we wanted and needed. Do not go there if you are expecting luxury or night life. In common with the rest of French Polynesia, Tikehau goes to bed after dinner and by nine o'clock the lights are out and everyone is asleep! It is very, very safe and no-one locks anything. The local people enjoy talking to visitors and this too was something we wanted from our holiday.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2008

We are mid-60's fairly active, stayed 3 nights at this wonderful little pension very near the Tikehau airport, and only 15 min walk to "town." The proprietor, Caroline was most friendly and helpful in setting up excursions for us. The food was outstanding, given the remoteness of the island and the difficulty of provisioning. Dinners are enjoyed by those not staying at the Tikehau Village, as we later heard it is the best restaurant in Tuherahera. Breakfast is continental with baguettes and jams and fruit.
Dinners were included and are usually fish, we had a tuna "ka-bob" style, lobster, and tuna grilled, all accompanied by tasty fresh vegetables. Deserts were incredible.
For lunch, walk about 15 minutes to Cindy's, a very popular grill type cafe. Grocery store is across the street, but is closed noon to 2. There is basically nothing to do after dinner on the entire island. If you like diving, snorkeling etc, this is good island.
Rooms were basic, with mosquito netting (didn't need), sliding glass windows and doors, and ceiling fan. The porch is excellent for vegging out if beach lounging is to sunny. The bed was quite comfortable.
Bathrooms are tiled, and recently installed hot water heaters for the showers.
Overall a great experience, but don't expect 5 star luxury appointments and service. This is a pension, not a hotel, and on a very remote island. Some wanting more services and luxury pampering may not be happy here.

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  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tuherahera BP 9, 98778, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Tuamotu Archipelago > Tikehau
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