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“Recently acquired a very good chef” 5 of 5 stars
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Pension Hotu
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Tuherahera | BP 29, 98778, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #5 of 8 Tikehau B&B and Inns
Washington DC
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4 hotel reviews
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“Recently acquired a very good chef”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I have little to add to other enthusiastic comments about the location. Fantastic...The downside is mosquitoes -you have to sleep under the nets.And if you hate the noise in addition to being bitten, as I do, It is a good idea to travel with a mosquitoe racket in the islands anyway (you can buy them easily in Papeete)

The quality of the meals are definitely out of the ordinary for such a pension. The new chef has relocated here a few months ago after closing his restaurant in Papeete, and he does a very convincing job, even to my rather picky French palate. On the half board scheme, the evening menu is set -and excellent- and there is an interesting a la carte menu for lunch.

The property stands out on both location and cuisine !

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We arrived in Tikehau with a storm and even with that the beach where our bungallow was looked fantastic. Next days when the sunny days returned the awesome white sand beach with crystal clear turquoise water regain all its magic.
The bungallows are nice with mosquito nets.
Mosquitoes were the worst part of our stay in Pension Hotu. Maybe because of the heavy rains that we experienced the mosquitoes were really aggressive and in great number.
One of the highlights was without doubt the food. It was plenty and fantastic, Andre prepared several amazing dishes that you don't expect to be served in a place like Tikehau and pension Hotu.
The Owner Alexandre was nice and always prompt to attend our requests.
All in all a very pleasant stay in simple but nice pension, with great food and in front of an awesome beach.

Room Tip: Our room was nice and direct on the beach with a great view from your own bed. But if I could choose...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The minute we arrived at Tikehau, Alexander was waiting for us with a warm welcome and BIG grin. It was a short, 2 minute drive to pension hotu and our quaint beach cottage/bungalow. Being over large hotels, this was perfect and affordable in every way. Our bungalow slept 3 (2 x adults & 1 x 5 year old)of us comfortably and as Alexandre promised, at the Como French Polynesian festival, there was hot water on demand! Whilst some may think the accommodation rather basic, it was delightful given the amazing location and surrounds......about 20 paces from the wonders of a polynesian atol - white sand, blue azure water, jumping fish, and picture post card scenery. Oh, did I mention the 29 degree water temperature? The half board meals included were amazing thanks to the French trained chef Andre - a light continental breakfast with home made mango or banana purée with real expresso style coffee (Ely) and 3 course dinners with fish caught and cooked the same day, amazing and delicious. If you're lucky enough to be there on a special occasion then the meals are as good as any 5 star restaurant. NYE we had 8 courses I think with matching wines for about $85 AUD including freshly caught and cooked crayfish, foi gras, fish, chicken, camembert, chocolat mouse and French champagne at midnight...truly amazing! We did a day excursion and swam with manta rays, visited bird island and pink sand island which was well worth the $80AUD for a day trip including lunch. Another highlight was the 40 minute ride around the island on the readily available bikes as well as canoes etc. I did suggest to Alexandre they invest in some hobie cats which would be great fun! At $220AUD a day for accomm, breakfast and dinner for 3 of us, this was amazing value.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

For our trip to FP, we were looking to stay in the pensions - and Hotu Guesthouse was incredibly special in that you share breakfast and dinner at a table with the other guests - and we met some incredible people we kept running into (very happily!) the rest of our trip (if you know there's more to FP than Bora Bora, the Tikehau / Rangiroa / Fakarava / Moorea itinerary is pretty common).

As two linguaphiles, we were delighted to have a chance to work on our French - when we were there, our company included French, Italians, and Belgians - and dinners were a wash of French, English and the occasional Italian exclamation.

Everyone was very patient when it came to language barriers, and there was always someone available to help translate.

And although we'd made fast friends, we still had plenty of privacy - the bungalows are very well spaced and spacious (by FP standards, anyhow).

Our stay could not have been nicer - it's right on a gorgeous beach, and you're a world away from the ritzy cost-an-arm-and-a-leg resorts down the road.

Pension Hotu was an incredibly warm and welcoming pension, and we are making plans to visit our dinner friends in Europe the next time we're over there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

My husband and I visited seven islands and from the pensions we stayed this was the one we ‎less liked! At the other pensions we felt comfortable and immediately welcomed but here we ‎had some communication problems and the owner (a woman) treated us as air! First of all I ‎have to say that we do not speak French, however we understand a bit. We booked a ‎bungalow here because one of the contact persons of the pension speaks well English. ‎Unfortunately this guy was not at the pension when we arrived! Moreover, the day we ‎arrived at Tikehau we were so hungry that we could not wait four more hours for dinner (not ‎served before 7pm!), therefore we asked the owner (a woman) whether we could cancel our ‎dinner in case we found a roulotte or supermarket. She told us it was possible and found that ‎actually very nice. Now I am almost sure she just said it, because she was sure we would not ‎find anything open, as it was a Sunday! Nevertheless we found a roulotte, where we had an ‎early dinner, and a tiny supermarket, where we bought things for breakfast. When we ‎canceled the dinner (which at the beginning seemed not to be a problem!) and also the ‎breakfast she reacted in a way that we understood she did not liked it. I do not think it was ‎entirely a communication problem since the next day she did not greet us! We found it a very ‎uncomfortable situation and only because we did not spend all the money at her pension we ‎were not treated nicely… We did however have two dinners at the pension at a table with 5-7 ‎French guests, who apparently were not able to have conversation in English with us (only one ‎lady tried at the end!). Therefore we do not recommend this place for non-French speaking ‎visitors… ‎

Few words about the bungalow itself: the bungalow seemed to be clean, most of them right in ‎front of the beach. The mosquito net on our bed had lots of holes and we made a knot to ‎cover each hole (however this could also have been a bad coincidence). The beach is very nice ‎with a calm lagoon, but there were many ants and flies (we were not able to take a nap on the ‎beach). The lagoon has very nice colors and you happen to see often small reef sharks as they ‎are sometimes feed there. Generally we recommend the lagoon excursion to see the bird motu, ‎eden garden and if you are lucky also manta rays! The diving center next to the pension made ‎us a very good impression. The guys are very nice and friendly there! You can also book an ‎excursion with them (for diving or just snorkeling) from another pension!‎

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

This is the way to visit Polynesia: stay at the small pensions.
No hot water, sometimes no light, no buffet, no all inclusive: but good atmosphere and affordable prices.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

great place to stay in Tikehau. I came to this atol for diving and it was very satisfactory :)
the bungalows are fine with a nice view and setting right on the beach looking at the lagoon with plenty of shade from all the palms and trees around.
alexandre is a great host who knows how to treat his clients and the food is really nice and i ate something different every night i had dinner (4x)
wifi is available but quiet expensive (hotspot-wdg)
personally i think kayaks and bikes should be free for clients but the charged fee for the bike was only little.
also i think staff should daily check bungalows for toiletpaper etc as this would add more quality to your stay and its only little more effort
i would defintely return to Pension Hotu if I would return to Tikewaw ;)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tuherahera | BP 29, 98778, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Tuamotu Archipelago > Tikehau
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Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Tikehau
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Hotel Class:3 star — Pension Hotu 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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