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Keikahanui Nuku Hiva Pearl Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nuku Hiva
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Quite a long walk to our bungalow (which was exactly the same decor and layout as the Hanakee Pearl Lodge on Hiva Oa) through lush, beautiful gardens. Sweeping view from the room and our deck over the bay and mountains. Sound of the sea below, and birdsong from the garden. The food was fine, but enormous portions (as we found everywhere in French Polynesia - likewise wine and cocktails quite dear). We were on a half board package and were rather irritated to find that all the main courses apart from 3 had supplements of £8-£10 if you are on half board. Laundry was expensive (as everywhere in FP) and internet erratic (also as everywhere!). The tours to the archaeological sites were very good with an excellent guide, and we enjoyed a delicious lobster lunch at "Chez Yvonne" in Hatiheu. Spectacularly scenic drive to get there, one of the great drives of the world we thought!

Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

Don`t miss the Marquesas if you are visiting French Polynesia, they are spectacular and unlike the Society Islands only have some 5,000 tourists a year so are very unspoilt.
We spent 5 days at this hotel and wished we had booked for a full week. Being located above the main bay, it is ideally located for a pleasant walk round to the main `town` (try the crepes from Nadia`s van at the end - great for a light lunch!). The bungalows are of a very high quality, with lovely verandahs and well spaced for privacy (something one does not often find in Polynesia).
The restaurant serves excellent food and the beautiful infinity pool, although small, never had more than one or two people in as everyone tended to be out on excursions for much of the day.
The staff were always extremely helpful and the manageress kept an eye on everything, circulating and talking to guests not only at breakfast but also in the evening to ensure that we were well looked after and to help with appropriate excursions. We had a wonderful day ourselves with Richard as our guide, including, at special request, a walk up onto the ridge overlooking Anaho Bay - his enormous knowledge of plants, wildlife and Polynesian culture was a delight and his English perfect.
We felt that the costs of transfers and excursions were not unreasonable bearing in mind the high costs one can pay on other islands for far less demanding/ exciting journeys! Can absolutely recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: We particularly enjoyed our bungalow, positioned slightly below the main hotel, with a bay view beca...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

This was second hotel of our 3.5 wk honeymoon. Rooms are good (not very big), service is a variation. Pool is small. Only had breakfast or pool-snack there, did eat out in village (Moana Nui, 15minute walk). Bay view rooms, perfect view of the area. Flowers everywhere.

Hotel adds 50% on excursions, so better book directly with a guide. Internet isn't cheap, but as we mostly stayed in the Pearl hotels, we bought a 50hr manaspot card for 125.000xpf, enough for whole vacation.

fri evening: DJ at the hotel, very busy w/ locals. Very much fun, lively scene (one of the few lively scenes in FP).

Would recommend, enjoy the island! Make sure you hike to the waterfall!

Room Tip: Get the bay view, premium ones, so nobody is blocking your view.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2009

Everything is great but:

- Transfer (totally overpriced, that's a robery but not the fault of the hotel, the taxis drivers are guilty but it is real scandal anyway as you MUST go through them and they forbid any transfer set up by the hotel)
- The noise of the cocks between 2am and 6 am, don't forget your equipment for your ears!
- high profit done on excursions (you can contact directly the operators, you will spare 30-40%...)

That said, again, compare with the others hotels of Polynesia, from far above the others for the price paid. Service is friendly, casual and efficient. The bungalows are awesome but won't protect you from the cocks' noise during the night. It seems to me that the only thing the architects had not anticipated!

A great place to visit Nuku Hiva for not so much (for Polynesia!) and very comfortable.

I definitively recommend the hotel !

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2009

Just absolutely the more magical place on earth. Stunning views. amazing food. i would like there in a heart beat.... I want to be back so increadibly bad

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2008

My husband and I and 8 friends spent 3 wonderful days and nights at the Nuku Hiva Pearl Lodge in September 2008. The lodge is beautifully situated, overlooking a lovely bay formed by the caldera of an extinct volcano. The small town of Taiohae is an easy walk from the hotel. The individual bungalows are roomy, well-designed, and include an outside deck with a great view and optimal privacy. The hotel staff aim to please and will arrange excursions to archaeological sites and transfers to/from the airport. Our only quibble is that the menu is too long and doesn’t change; it would be better to have a short, changing menu featuring fresh local seafood every night. Wine collection is good and reasonably priced. We miss waking up to a beautiful sunrise over the bay every morning and the crowing of the feral roosters that run loose all over the Marquesas!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 25, 2008

We stayed here for 5 nights and loved our stay. It was the swankiest place we stayed in in French Polynesia and the quality vis a vis price of the hotel is very good for French Polynesia, though drinks, food & laundry are very expensive. Staff were very welcoming and friendly as is everyone in the Marquesas.

The rooms are small but beautiful. All wood and done up with taste and to match the local culture. There is a mini bar, aircon, fan, very nice and modern bathroom with high quality toiletries and a small TV with two channels in French (no CNN on the islands). Each room also has a spacious deck area with chairs overlooking the lovely harbor. Everything is kept very clean and the garden is well maintained and the bungalows spread out along it to assure maximum privacy for all guests.

They let you use bikes for free and there is a tiny pool with a stunning view which is great for lounging in the late afternoon to cool down.

There is a very expensive Internet terminal n the lobby (500 PF or about $4 for 15 minutes). If you have a laptop, you can supposedly also use the Internet in your room via old phone dial up with a special code for the same rates plus exorbitant phone rates. It's therefore much better to go either to the Yacht Service place on the pier or the Internet center in the same complex as Air Tahiti about a 20 minute walk from the hotel where the rates are more reasonable and they have ISDN lines.

They offer a variety of boat and land excursions. (They contract out the boat excursions which you can also book elsewhere.) The land excursions they do themselves. As others have indicated these are very expensive 14,000 PF about $180 per person--two person minimum) for a full day trip (8:30-2:30PM) with a wonderful lunch at chez Yvonne in another village. Jean Pierre the guide is very knowledgable and enthusiastic. He participates in all the archaeological excavations on the islands and so it's worth going out with him but his English is not so good so it's better if you have someone along who speaks French to translate.

We came here to dive and were severely disappointed to learn that the dive center had closed for regular dives and they were only offering trips for three people to snorkel with the melon headed dolphins (aka as pygmy orcas) and do one dive for the princely sum of 50,000 PF. It's a nice, spacious boat and they do a great job taking their time to let you swim with the dolphins, show them leaping along the boat's bows and then doing a dive where you can stay down as long as your consumption allows it. Price includes all dive equipment and juice and fruit. They will not pick you up for that price either, so it's another 1000 PF per person to get to the pier to catch the boat and back to the hotel. You have a 40-70% chance of seeing these wonderful creatures between December and April and it's the only place in the world where they come to school in such quantities (there are literally hundreds around you) so this is a unique experience. Through the hotel you might be able to arrange a cheaper trip out to see the dolphins by speedboat (not covered), but they don't offer diving or have snorkel gear so bring your own.

The Marquesas are a wonderful place to relax and take in some culture. Check out Rose Corner's boutique and museum right below the hotel. Rose is American and has been on the islands for thirty years and her and her hubby designed the Pearl Lodge. She is a fount of information about the islands and their culture and very helpful to visitors.

Stayed: February 2008
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Address: BP 53 - Taiohae, 98742, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Marquesas Islands > Nuku Hiva
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nuku Hiva
Price Range: $189 - $336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Keikahanui Nuku Hiva Pearl Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The value of time is the first and foremost gift that the Marquesas offers to travellers. Located in a manificent tropical garden, the Keikahanui Nuku Hiva Pearl Lodge overlooks the bay and village of Taiohae and the black sandy beach lying 50 steps below. Each bungalow are built with local materials and each of them have carvings by a different artist from the Marquesas Islands. Appreciate this typical atmosphere found in the Marquesas with modern comforts. ... more   less 
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