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Ninamu is a French Polynesian island retreat, hidden away on a private motu in the southwest corner of Tikehau atoll. Our small slice of paradise serves as the perfect launch pad for luxury seeking outdoor enthusiasts; divers, fishermen, kite-boarders, surfers, paddlers, or anyone who simply loves relaxing in and around tropical waters that are bursting with life and energy. Ninamu is a unique resort with only 10 handcrafted bungalows which ensures all of our guests receive a personal, intimate experience. Living off the grid doesn’t mean going hungry or skimping on food. For many of our guests, the cuisine at Ninamu was one of their highlights during their stay in French Polynesia. We look forward to having you with us for a truly Polynesian experience.
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JMSanJose wrote a review Feb 2022
San Jose, California283 contributions201 helpful votes
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This is going to be a hard review to write, because for me, Ninamu was perfection. We fell head over heels in love with this place and plan to return. But, before you book, you need to know a few things as I know this place is not for everyone. This was our second resort on our 12 day trip to French Polynesia. After doing the traditional Overwater Bungalow at Le Taha’a, we wanted something different, so I was eager to stay at Ninamu. We arrived at the miniature Tikahau airport and were greeted by a woman who didn’t say anything, but smiled kindly, gave us flower lei’s and motioned us to a van. We put our luggage in the back and she drove us less than a mile to the dock. We were met by a young man who was also quiet, but loaded our bags, had us sit in the boat and proceeded to take us to the island. When we got off the boat, we were greeted by a very soft spoken young lady who said very little, but gave us a brief introduction and showed us to our bungalow. It was clear that they were glad we were there, but we had a slight language barrier because we don’t speak French. This place is the definition of relaxed and casual. It’s quiet, peaceful, private and romantic. Our days consisted of getting up, having a leisurely breakfast and then going on an excursion to snorkel, or swim with the manta rays, go fishing, and then return for lunch. The afternoons were spent snorkeling, kayaking, lounging, reading and relaxing around the resort. We headed to the main area at about 6pm, sat and had a cocktail and then dinner was at 7pm. We were always in bed by 10pm. By the second day, I wasn’t even wearing my flip flops to meals. It was during the first excursion that I paused and realized that this was a true Polynesian experience beyond my wildest dreams. I had disconnected from technology and modern day life, and was in heaven. We stayed in the air conditioned bungalow Teahupoo. It was so quirky and cool. The bathroom is outdoors, which my partner and I love! We love outdoor showers, and it also had a hottub, but it’s not heated. However, the water warmed up quite a bit with the sun, and it was super refreshing to sit in it at night and look up at the stars or relax in after an excursion. The bed was super comfortable, the room was extremely spacious and the deck facing the water was where we lounged and read books every day, watching sharks hunt right outside our room! The rooftop deck was fun to go up and look out at the scenery. Yes, there are mosquitos, a few bugs, cute lizards, coconut crabs and hermit crabs all over the island, we wore brought bug spray used it daily. This was not an issue for us. The meals we had here were simple, but really good. Breakfast consisted of pastries, toast, fruit, pancakes, juice and they offered eggs every morning. Lunch was usually rice, veggies and fish. Dinner was usually a potato item, fish and veggies. All were very tasty, and you literally ate the fresh fish you caught during the day. Portions were reasonable, but your typical American might not think it’s enough food. I would also note that I think it would be ridiculous to expect or want to eat red meat or chicken here, so I would expect to eat fish daily. In speaking with Greta, the owner, she explained that they see themselves more as a pension, not a resort. It really feels like you are a personal guest on someone’s private island. Personally, I think that Ninamu is not for high maintenance people. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you book: Do you need a hair dryer? Do you need to wear make up? Do you have to dress up for dinner? Will you be miserable if you get mosquito bites? Do you require several choices at every meal? Do you need complex meals? Do you need to control and schedule out every activity you do on vacation? If you said yes to any of these, I would pause before booking. Ninamu is for people who are not fussy, who are flexible and adventurous. If you get joy from going with the flow and being delighted and surprised, you’ll love it. If you want to get away from it all, and see some of the most beautiful parts of French Polynesia, this place is a dream come true. Until next time Ninamu…….
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Mar 30, 2022
We greatly appreciate your detailed review and are happy to hear you fell in love with Ninamu. You are absolutely correct, it is not a destination for everyone and reviews like yours help informing other guests. We sure hope to welcome you again soon!
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ShanghaiArnie wrote a review Dec 2021
Shanghai, China87 contributions55 helpful votes
We had just spent our last 7 nights at 2 different resorts at Tahaa and Bora Bora staying at overwater bungalows. My wife insisted we try something different so we cancelled the stay at Pearl Resorts Tikehau (overwater bungalow) and decided to come to Ninamu instead and stay at one of their jungle rooms. Great decision! We just lazed the 4 days away! If we wanted to do nothing but lie down and read a book, we did. If we wanted to snorkel at the seafront, we did. If we wanted to catch their boat and go snorkel somewhere to chase rays, we did! Loved it here. What a great way to spend our last days at FP! For the commenters complaining about the food, what's there to complain about? The chef cooked healthy as he used little olive oil. No heavy sauces, no heavy pretentious creams. All four lunches and dinners were not to heavy, not too fatty! Fantastic! We highly recommend this place!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience with other travelers. Mauruuru!
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Kelly wrote a review Oct 2021
New York City, New York21 contributions5 helpful votes
I finished my 3 week long trip to French Polynesia in Tikehau at Ninamu Resort. It was a great choice. I think if I had started here, I would have been disappointed with the other large resorts that I stayed at. Ninamu is a small resort with staff that greet you by name. You can laze the day away by the beach, snorkel in the clear water around the tiny island or go on one of their many daily excursions. I was lucky enough to snorkel with mantas twice and have an amazing barbeque on a deserted beach. I stayed in one of the beach huts with air con. It had a great roof deck which provided great views both during the day and especially at night. The view from the back deck was right out on the beach and water. What makes this place special, is the food! Ninamu is all inclusive and every meal I had was delicious. Breakfast is a buffet; lunch is 2 course and dinner is 3 course. The drinks are strong (much better than the weak pours at the other resorts I stayed in FP) as well. You will eat a lot of fish here but it is the freshest fish you have ever eaten (and cooked differently each time)! If you are thinking about booking here - just do it. You won't regret it!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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We are very please to hear you enjoyed your stay at Ninamu, thank you for taking the time sharing your experience. Our chef is definitely a magician when it comes to fresh fish. We hope to welcome you again another time. Mauruuru!
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Tom W wrote a review Oct 2021
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Ninamu is paradise, it has to be the most relaxing and enjoyable place on earth. We were originally booked to stay for 4 nights, but when the lockdown on the Society Islands was extended, we extended our stay by 2 nights. Chris was very helpful and accommodating as we were trying to figure out what to do given the lockdown. We did 3 nights in vini 1 and 3 nights in teahupoo. Both were fantastic and would make for great stays, though we were very happy with upgrading to teahupoo for the last 3 nights, the big day bed on the deck over looking the water and the roofdeck for amazing views of the stars at night make it worth it. My wife gets eaten alive by mosquitoes so we booked vini originally to help combat that, but the mosquitoes were not bad at all. We brought deet repellent, and had no issues. There are so many incredible things about Ninamu it will be hard to capture them all, but here are a few… the food is absolutely fantastic. Breakfasts have a great mix of options (the best croissants we’ve had). Lunch and dinner was a great mix of fish, always prepared different and always incredibly delicious, and steaks one night. And of course the highlight for us, a pizza night. Cheffie made incredible pizzas in the wood pizza oven, pick your own toppings with a ton of options. It was a fun night to hang out and have some drinks as the oven heated up, watch cheffie make them all, and then enjoy some of the best pizza we’ve had. I have never eaten so well on vacation, but also felt so good. The portions were always plenty to fill you up, but not have you feeling gross after like in in the US. The excursions were always so much fun, you can tell Chris really cares about making sure it’s a good time for all of the guests. We got to snorkel with the manta rays (saw a bunch of very big ones), at the coral gardens and the pass. All were awesome. We also got to do some fishing one day with these deep water electric rods that were super cool. Similar excursions on a lot of the other islands (moorea, bora bora, etc) would have cost a fortune, but it’s all super reasonable at Ninamu. On top of that, just snorkeling out front of the beach huts on Ninamu was some of the best we’ve ever done. The beach huts were one of our favorite parts. They are all super shady and cool with a breeze, but just steps back from the water. I’ve got to hit the bar too. Given the location we were expecting very high prices, but it was very reasonable. Chris has put together a great wine list, there a bunch of fun cocktails and of course hinanos always served in an ice cold mug. We can’t thank Chris, Greta, Claire, Cheffie and everyone else at Ninamu enough for a wonderful stay. We are already trying to figure out our return trip!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank you for taking the time sharing your experience, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Ninamu and your appreciation for the hard work our team puts in every single day. We hope to welcome you again soon. Mauruuru!
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JDK wrote a review Aug 2021
Texas217 contributions8 helpful votes
I don't know what to say as everything good has already been mentioned here. Thank you Chris, Greta, Claire, Manaa and lastly the chef for creating great vegetarian meals for me. I miss kayaking with Coleman & Poey. Chris took us one night to see the coconut crabs and the milky way around the island and it was one of the highlights of our trip. He organized a great game of pool for all the tourists and everyone had fun including my 7yr old. We went on Manta Ray excursion and deep sea fishing which was a new experience for us. But my favorite thing was to just kayak around the Lagoon and walk on the pink sands.We met some great people here and are definitely going back to Ninamu. We stayed in Vini Vini which is one of the bungalows with A/C and it was perfect for us. We had no issues with mosquitoes.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Medic_5 wrote a review Jul 2021
Long Island, New York6520 contributions144 helpful votes
This is a tough review to complete. Ninamu is a very unique resort and this makes a “normal” review and comparison difficult. I should first start by identifying that we have traveled to FP 7 times and have stayed in many different resorts including Le Taha’a, Vahine Private Island, Tikehau Pearl, Hilton Moorea, and a few others. Our goal in our travels is to be able to relax, enjoy the physical environment and snorkel. We are not foodies nor do we use any spa services. We stayed at the Tikehau Pearl for 4 nights prior to coming to Ninamu for 7 nights. As other reviewers have stated, Ninamu is very unique and I would say quirky. This is a gorgeous private island, fully treed with hundreds of palm trees all surrounded by a gorgeous lagoon. The owner (Chris) did a fantastic job carving out just enough space for the 10 units as well as the required infrastructure. All of the units are connected to each other via a very well-conceived and designed wooden walkway. Most of the units are two level with the bottom level being an open-air living room and the upper level being an open air bedroom. Open air does not mean that there are not walls. Downstairs the walls may only go up a couple of feet while upstairs the walls are almost standard size but with openings at the top allowing for both privacy and ventilation. Only three of the units are fully enclosed and have AC. All of the units have mosquito netting around the bed. The bathroom is outside each unit, in what I would describe as a courtyard with 8’ walls for privacy. All of the units (I believe) have a mini fridge and many electrical outlets so you are really not roughing it. Tons of shells and broken coral are used on the walls and ceiling. While a couple of the units are beachfront the beach at those units is not easy to access. It is very rocky and very shallow so entering the water is a challenge and the water is too shallow to snorkel. In front of the main structure (where meals are served and there is a small shop) is the gorgeous and swimable beach. There are approximately six “huts” in this area that can be used for the day. Each hut has 2 lounge chairs, a table, an electrical outlet, and 2 additional lounge style chairs on the sand in front of each hut. The huts have a large thatched roof so shade is not an issue. Snorkeling in this area is great although there can be a significant current at times. Ninamu is a very informal resort. Shorts and tee shirts are fine for all meals. Even footwear is not needed at meal times. While there is a bar, seating area and gameroom (pool table that nobody used and a reading library) this is not the type of place that has beach beverage service, nor is it really needed. The only two negatives that I would identify pertain to the quantity of mosquitos and concerns with the food. Just prior, and during our visit, we had some rain that I was told is a little abnormal for this time of year. The rain did not interfere with any of our activities but it did help to increase the quantity of mosquitoes. In many other places, we found that mosquitoes were predominantly present in the evening. At Ninamu there were here 24/7. Even in our air-conditioned room there were always mosquitoes. The only safe place was on the bed under the mosquito netting. My wife had hundreds of bites (even with using DEET). Probably nothing that they can do about this but in all honesty I would not return simply due to this issue. This resort is not inexpensive. For the price paid the food service needs to be elevated. Their website lists that they source poultry, beef and pork products as well as fish which is caught locally. We were here for 7 lunches and 7 dinners. For these 14 meals we would have been served fish 14 times until I raised a concern. We then did have chicken once and beef once. During the meals that we had chicken or beef the other guests were served fish. We also had a pizza night. Lunch and dinner were always fish, rice and some vegetables. When it became known that I did not like vegetables and the rice was getting a little old we then had the rice switched out for some meals with potatoes or pasta. We were offered an appetizer and dessert at each meal. We have been at many resorts where there is not a menu and therefore no choice in the food. In most, the chef identifies the menu for the next day at the prior days’ dinner and then you have an opportunity to ask for some other options. This was not the process at Ninamu. I do give them credit for listing that they can accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, gluten free, etc. It was also a little strange that they do not serve bread with the meals. Throughout French Polynesia it seems that bread is a staple to go with all meals and most resorts had homemade bread. They did have bread and croissants at breakfast but not at any other meals. When I asked if a hamburger was an option for lunch I was told that they do not have any rolls. In summary, Ninamu is a gorgeous resort in a gorgeous location. The rooms are stunning and quite quirky. Chris, the owner, is a superb host who will try and make any request happen. I would hope that the will look at elevating their food service and I realize that the mosquito issue is out of their hands. I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out and super thanks to Chris and his wive who went above and beyond in helping us when we realized we may have left a wallet at our previous resort.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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leftquark wrote a review Jul 2021
Menlo Park, California35 contributions11 helpful votes
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My wife and I spent 5 days/4 nights at Ninamu as part of our honeymoon trip to Tahiti. The first part of our trip was spent at Moorea in an Overwater Bungalow and then we came here. Wow was this paradise. We loved everything about our stay here, especially: - The beauty - The seclusion - The limited # of other guests - The FOOD Flying into Tikehau was easy. The domestic terminal at PPT was a breeze and we boarded the propeller plane (still fairly large plane) with mostly locals. Landing on Tikehau is surrounded by beautiful palm trees and you know you're really in paradise. Ninamu welcomed us at the airport with a freshly made lei, and shuttled us over to the marina where the boat met us and took us to the private island (or "motu"). The boat ride was about 5-10 minutes since the Ninamu motu is pretty much next to the main part of the island. Catching first glimpse of Ninamu is breathtaking. You see the beautiful beach bungalows, the Ninamu sailboat and a pink sand beach. Once off the boat, we were welcomed with free drinks. It happened to be lunch time when we arrived and we immediately sat down in the absolutely beautiful lodge for our first delicious meal. On the topic of food: Breakfast consists of delicious croissants (as other reviews rave about. The plain was good. I preferred the chocolate which was above average), pancakes, bread, jams, yogurt, fruit, cheese, salami and made-to-order eggs. Lunch has a main meal plus a desert (which is always a scoop of delicious ice-cream with some fruit). Dinner usually had an appetizer, main meal and dessert (also usually with ice-cream, though the dinner deserts varied from cannolis to chocolate cake and in between). Cheffie outdid himself every day. The food was top notch and unique every meal. I will note that every meal is pretty much TUNA (though we had swordfish once or twice). Our last meal with a BBQ lunch with fish and steak. The bungalows are absolutely gorgeous. As other reviews mention, each one is hand crafted. They will blow your mind how someone was able to build such well constructed buildings out on the middle of an island in no-where. Each one is super impressive. Initially we had rented the garden room 'Varo' but it is quite small and the oceanfront Kaveka room was open for only a bit extra, and we instantly upgraded. The room is amazing. I will point out that each of the bungalows are open-air, meaning they don't have air-conditioning and bugs, lizards and crabs can get in, except for the 2 fancy rooms with air-conditioning. The rooms all have walls and doors, it's just that the roof is open in spots to let the breeze in. The rooms were warm at night but with a fan and the window open, we slept very well. Mosquito nets cover all the beds but we didn't end up needing them. There were surprisingly little bugs during our stay. Each room has a private bathroom and shower, which I'm still amazed at the amenities given the remote nature of Ninamu. WiFi worked well throughout the rooms, lodge and beach. The beach is beautiful, looking out over pink sand and turquoise blue and green water. There are 6 beach huts built right next to the beach, each with 2 soft laying chairs inside the hut, and 2 plastic chairs outside on the sand. It was nice to alternate between shade and sun. Snorkling was great right off the beach as there's a bunch of corel. Some black-tip reef sharks patrol the area and are friendly. I even found an octopus one day. The water can get a little rough outside of the main beach area, so we stayed fairly close. Similarly with kayaks and SUP's, we stayed close to avoid the stronger current. The kayak's are very heavy (but sturdy), so we didn't want to test more open-water and stayed close by. We only brought flip-flops but I recommend reef shoes that go around your ankle, as the rocks and things are sharp and flip-flops left me in pain a few times. The entire island is about 0.6 miles (1km) around and we walked the island several times each day just to stretch our legs. Other than one part where you get your feet wet (up to your ankles) you can walk on sand the entire time. Throughout your walk you'll find tons of hermit-crabs all over. It was fun to see what different kinds we could spot. The north end of the island was my favorite spot, as it had 2 palm trees that jutted out at an angle over the water -- a PERFECT spot for a photo of true paradise. Due to an unnatural windy set of days, we didn't get to go on any excursions. Chris, the owner, was great, however, and did his best to keep us busy. One day he brought us to the main island with bikes and let us bike around for 2 hours. Another day he braved choppy waters to take me to see the manta rays (which was amazing to snorkel with them. Thank you Chris for risking it. I really appreciated it!). The wind died down after we left so I can't comment on the excursions -- that was the one sad part of our trip, we had been looking forward to them. If the weather is bad, there's not much to do and things can get boring. We did wish there were a few more activities on-island for the days when excursions can't happen. Overall the staff was great. Every person was friendly, gave us attention when we wanted it, but also left us to just relax and enjoy on our own. Ninamu was wonderful and we'd love to go back, especially with a group of friends where it could be even more fun. But it's also great as a honeymoon or just a relaxing romantic getaway.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Kelly wrote a review Jun 2021
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My husband and I just spent 4 nights at Ninamu Resort near Tikehau, French Polynesian. We stayed in a open air waterfront bungalow. We had an amazing time. The food was fantastic. Don’t let comments on the forum deter you from visiting. The croissants are some of the best I’ve ever had, including ones from patisseries in France. Eggs cooked to order every morning. The freshest of fish was served at every lunch and dinner. The preparation was different at every meal. We couldn’t wait to taste what Cheffy (the resort’s own French chef) would prepare for us at each meal. If you are a foodie and truly appreciate prix fixe meals prepared by an extremely talented chef, then you should stay here. Each bungalow is uniquely designed. Chris, the owner, is definitely a construction genius. Each day we were offered an excursion for snorkeling to different locations each time. We snorkeled with manta rays, reef sharks, lots of fish, and even at a coral garden, where we got to see how they are working to grow new coral. We were lucky enough that our outings only had 4-6 people on them with Mana, as our humorous and very knowledgeable guide. Also, let me say, that during our visits these excursions were half to a quarter of the cost you would find at other FP resorts or in Hawaii, with way less people. At every meal, and during happy hour, Claire was there to provide us whatever beverages we desired. While these beverages are extra cost, when you think about how far they had to travel to get to Ninamu, they are very reasonable priced. Not only was Claire very attentive, she was extremely patient with me and my failed attempts at speaking French. Every afternoon we used kayaks available to explore the waters around Ninamu’s Motu. There we really felt like the only people near a deserted island. The privacy that exists here is hard to find at many tourist destinations. This place is off the beaten path for sure and so worth visiting. We didn’t miss having a pool when the water on the lee side of the motu is super calm, crystal clear and deep enough to get chest deep. Did I mention we were totally alone. It was like having a private olympic size pool (only much larger) to ourselves. Lastly, the forum mentions the mosquitoes. Let me provide some calibration here. If you have ever visited Alaska or Minnesota in the summer time, you will not notice the mosquitoes here, especially if you use mosquito repellent and sleep under the mosquito netting that Ninamu provides over each bed in the open air bungalows. They do not buzz around your head and you don’t feel them biting you. I highly recommend this resort. We plan to visit again.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jeffrey A wrote a review May 2021
Houston, Texas140 contributions77 helpful votes
Ninamu Resort is an Incredibly beautiful, tranquil, pristine, place of tropical splendor located on the Tuamotu Archipleago (Atoll) in French Polynesia. It offers calming respite, great food, fantastic service, hospitality and accommodation on a private island in Tikehau! Chris, the owner, has created a great ambience and space for those seeking a bit rustic, private but very beautiful and comfortable surroundings and accommodations in tropical beauty. Chris is a highly experienced professional, a great storyteller and a super nice guy who offers many excellent excursions and activities such as snorkeling, diving, exploring and swimming out on the Atoll (he even took us on a coconut crab safari one night to track and view these very beautiful, endangered crabs!).. His chef, an incredibly talented, gifted French cook named Jean-Francois who goes by the nickname “Cheffy” is a genius in the kitchen. His dishes are the creative outputs of his brilliant mind and heart and are incredibly tasty and well prepared, I would say Cheffy is a star and would be a 5 star award winner in any Michelin restaurant worldwide. Plus he, like Chris, is just the greatest guy, funny, kind and very real. He cooks food out of his passion for cooking, for learning new recipes and his consideration of guests tastes. Cheffy is a great gift to this planet!! I can’t say enough good things about him, Chris, Chris’s local staff and my stay on Ninamu. But I will say it was just an excellent visit all around. I highly recommend this beautiful place of peace, beauty and epicurean delight for anyone! It could be a bit rustic for some but the place is so beautiful, the resort and accommodations are so comfortable, so peaceful and beautiful that any minor inconveniences because of its remote location will quickly be overlooked by its great staff, great food, hospitality, and beauty!! Go to Ninamu! It will not/NOT disappoint!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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4NDude wrote a review Feb 2021
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Stayed for 3 days at the Ninamu end of Jan 2021 (beginning of our 2 week trip to FP). As others have stated, it is on a small motu/island that you can walk around in 15-20 mins. As we were there off-season, and during the pandemic, we pretty much had the island to ourselves (closest we'll ever come to enjoying an almost private island!). I would not belabor the points made by other reviewers--the place was beautiful! The owners Chris and Gretta have build this resort unlike any other than we've been to. Each cottage is unique. Enjoy noticing how they've used locally sourced wood and materials to make each cottage (we stayed at Miki-Miki). Every small detail is architectural beauty! Chris told me that he was a carpenter in his previous life and sees a window or a doorway in trees which then he uses in the construction of his cottages. If anything, just go there to enjoy the uniqueness of this resort. Food was good. Certainly you'll not put on weight nor will you starve. Cheffy the chef, is engaging and seems to enjoy cooking for his guests. Fixed menus which are tasty and enjoyable! Excursions--make sure you go to the corral garden--that is something that Chris has "planted" and is one the most beautiful we've seen (even better than the one in Tahaa). We went there twice as we really enjoyed it!! Finally about the hosts Gretta and Chris--they were fantastic hosts! Remember, you are their guests and you will be treated as you treat them. They have built this beautiful place that have agreed to share with us. We truly enjoyed our stay and look forward to being back!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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PRICE RANGE
$568 - $850 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
tikehau ninamu hotel tikehau
LOCATION
French PolynesiaTuamotu ArchipelagoTikehau
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ninamu Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Ninamu Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Ninamu Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Ninamu Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Ninamu Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ninamu Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does Ninamu Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.