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Ninamu Resort

Motu Tavararo, 98778 French Polynesia
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#1 of 2 hotels in Tikehau
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Ninamu Resort is an all-inclusive private island resort catering to luxury seeking outdoor enthusiasts. Hidden away on a motu in the southwest corner of the French Polynesian atoll of Tikehau, Ninamu serves as the perfect launch pad for divers, fishermen, kiteboarders, surfers, paddlers or anyone who simply loves relaxing in and around tropical waters that are bursting with life and energy. You'll stay in an artisan solar powered bungalow built from material found on the island. Dine on gourmet food grown on our 100 percent organic farm and fish that are caught in the surrounding ocean. Daily activities include all water sports, snorkeling, fishing, spear fishing, kite-surfing, kayaking, atoll excursions and memories to last a lifetime. We are an all-inclusive resort, our rate includes taxes, water transport, all meals, daily excursions and sport equipment. Excluded is your bar tab, deep-sea fishing and scuba diving. Your private island paradise awaits!
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Free internet
Free breakfast
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Free airport transportation
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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Motu Tavararo, 98778 French Polynesia
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Chris & Colleen wrote a review Nov 2019
5 contributions2 helpful votes
We throughly enjoyed our 8 day stay at Ninamu, the daily excursions were exactly why I chose Ninamu Resort. The snorkeling on the reef outside the passage way contained the highest concentration of tropical fish I have ever seen in a lifetime of freediving. All the meals prepared by Cheffy were excellent!! Breakfast consisted of fresh baked bread, tropical fruit and juice plus eggs cooked to order. Lunch and dinner was excellent tasting local fish plus a French dessert and espresso and Cheffy would come out of the kitchen and converse with us about his life and the dishes he prepared. Where else could you ever experience this type of interaction. Our Miki Miki room was an awesome open air benchfront treefort style room built with island wood and coral. The owner Chris was the most down to earth, interersting, entertaining, one of a kind personalities that we couldn't get enough of. His stories and comments were hilarious. I appreciated he was always in the dining room each evening to talk with guests and joined us for dinner at our table one night. If you are looking for a St. Regis/Four Seasons style resort Ninamu is not for you. But if you want the freedom to explore the surrounding reefs on your own and create adventures and unforgettable memories then this island is spot on. Note to self: be sure not to bring sand onto the captain's boat unless I want to swab the decks. In closing the staff became as close as family members with their interesting and fun conversations and we learned some French, "Vola". We actually shed tears and exerienced emotion separation when we departed. Can't wait to return to the most special place on Earth. Chris and Colleen Machado
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from 236chriso, Owner at Ninamu Resort
Responded Nov 20, 2019
Hey guys Thanks for the review We thought you guys were awesome as well and we are always happy to experience and share this wonderfull place With the people who get what its all about May your vines deliver and be productive and we hope to sit and share one day again Chris Greta Cheffy all the staff coleman and Poe
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Amanda T wrote a review Oct 2019
3 contributions2 helpful votes
Ninamu Resort was the first stop on our honeymoon in French Polynesia and we absolutely loved the experience. We booked our trip through Tahiti Legends- Noy was our travel agent and planned our stay absolutely perfectly. If you're interested in visiting Ninamu, we HIGHLY recommend working with Noy and Tahiti Legends because we didn't have to worry about a thing and they handle all the logistics for you. Ninamu is a beautiful, rustic, gem of an island where you're able to relax, do water activities (snorkeling, fishing, swimming, boating), and enjoy all the magic the island has to offer, and the resort staff is excellent all-around.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
Response from Fabian G, Manager at Ninamu Resort
Responded Oct 27, 2019
Thank you very much for your time to share your experience at Ninamu, always great for the team to get feedback from the guests and a great motivation to keep up the good work.
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Chris wrote a review Sep 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We loved everything at out stay on Ninamu! The Cabanas and the snorkeling just in front was a blast! The Staff was always friendly and the kitchen was exquisit. They have always good free activities everyday(all the gear you need is available and free of charge) whether its snorkeling, visiting the village or fishing out in the atoll. The best was that its not that crowded like other „fancy“ resorts out here. We can recommend this Resort to everyone who is looking for an unique experience in French Polynesia! Thank you for having us and greetings to Cheffy, Melanie, the 2 dogs and everyone of the Staff at Ninamu
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Fabian G, Manager at Ninamu Resort
Responded Oct 1, 2019
Great to hear you enjoyed your stay, thanks for taking time to share your experience!
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RemoVirgy wrote a review Sep 2019
Province of Rome, Italy27 contributions45 helpful votes
Ninamu, although expensive like a 5 star hotel in Bora Bora, does not provide the same level of services but it gives you so much more that you will never want to go back to the "water villa metropolis" as most resorts in Polinesia essentially are. The following aspects of the Ninamu merit 6 stars: - The atmosphere of the restaurant and bar, that especially in the evening brings the few guests together drinking a Mohito while knowing each other, commenting the day and planning for tomorrow escusrions - Chris, the owner and soul of the resort, having a strong Australian character - The daily excursions, included in the price of the room, when Chris takes you with passion and knowledge on its boat around Tikehau . - The beach on front of the restaurant for the colors of the water - The beach bungalows that guests can use to repair themselves from the sun while continuing to enjoy the view of the sea under the shadow with a good nook in hand The following other aspects are in line with expectations: - The food is very good, healty and simple. However someone may found the quantities of food not enough or could desire more choices. - The availability, at no extra costs, of paddles and canoas as well of palms and mask There are aspects that could be improved as: - The confort of the bungalows it is not at top and varies depending thet bangalows. - A more frequent treatment against mosquitos would be recommended - The room services is basic, with room keeping once per day
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Date of stay: August 2019
3 Helpful votes
Response from Fabian G, Manager at Ninamu Resort
Responded Sep 3, 2019
Thanks for sharing your experience, we always strive to provide best possible stay for our guests and will take your points into consideration. We hope to have you back again soon!
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Jackie L wrote a review Jul 2019
7 contributions11 helpful votes
The stark landscape, solitude, and infinite horizons refocus your universe inward. Relax and reflect whilst you unwind in one of their our private beachfront day beds or float in the lagoon in an acquatic landscape. Surrounded by pink sand beaches, abundant marine life, impeccable waves and prevailing trade winds, this secluded retreat is the ultimate paradise for every type of water sports enthusiast. It caters to divers, surfers, fishermen, stand up paddlers and kite boarders. In fact,Chris the owner told us that the name Ninamu, which means 'blue' in Tahitian, was inspired by the surrounding sapphire lagoon.There are only eight unique bungalows at the Ninamu Resort, all handcrafted from natural, locally sourced materials. Ninamu owner, Chris O'Callaghan, is a man with a back story. Variously a tradie, air steward, yachtie, surf competition founder (not just any surf comp, but Teahupo'o) Chris is a very sociable and accommodating Australian native who will keep you entertained and pours a stiff drink at the bar.Ninam is just the place to live out your fantasy of a remote island escape.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Fabian G, Manager at Ninamu Resort
Responded Jul 23, 2019
Thank you very much for your review and the perfect description of the Ninamu spirit. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your remote island escape.
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$365 - $962 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ninamu Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Ninamu Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.