Superficially this is wonderful - incredible bungalows over the water on a beautiful island but there is still something missing - the guests still have to work for the best result and this diminishes the result and benefits.
We had different expectations of the weather ( as did many other guests) and were surprised by the extreme winds, lower temperatures and cool water.
As a result, water activities were restricted and there didn't seem to be many options available.
Instead of encouraging guests to undertake activities such as bird watching on the nearby bird island, there was an assumption that we all knew what to do - for most of us though, it was our first visit and we were looking for guidance.
The fish feeding was wonderful but you needed to be on the south side and have a premium overwater bungalow so you could step straight out from your room into the water - normal rooms didn't have the same steps and facilities.
The rooms themselves are quite dark and could do with more lighting.
It also took a few days to understand the food quality - some dishes were expensive and over-cooked , meat dishes had small portions - but some dishes like the prawns and seafood were better done.
Many guests though were there for special occasions whether it be honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays and the resort and staff excel at these occasions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Considered to be one of the most beautiful atolls in Polynesia, Tikehau is a graceful oval crown of small islets with an interior lagoon 16 miles across and a pass for small boats through the coral reef. The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is a Pearl to discover in the Tuamotu islands. The resort welcomes guests to this 4 hectare tropical paradise. Located on a secluded pink sandy beach fringed with coconut trees, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort offers 13 beach bungalows with air conditioning and 24 over water bungalows and suites. All bungalows, designed in true Polynesian style, are very spacious (55m²) and are equipped with a fan, mini bar, coffee / tea making facilities, direct dial phone, safe, television and private veranda. The over water bungalows include a glass section of the floor from which you can enjoy the spectacular underwater life of the lagoon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tikehau Pearl Beach Hotel Tikehau