If you follow Manu’s Menu, you will probably know that my family and I recently visited French Polynesia. We loved it, so I thought of sharing a few more details about the islands we visited and the hotels we stayed at, in the event that any of my readers may be interested in visiting this amazing place.
After our stay in Tahiti, we left for Tikehau. The flight from Papeete to Tikehau is about 55 minutes! All internal flights are on small planes (ATR –72), but they are still quite comfortable.
The view from the sky is amazing!
We even got to see our hotel from the sky!
We chose to stay at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort as we love snorkelling and we had heard that this place had great snorkelling right off the beach and bungalows. It did not disappoint.
Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort – Accommodation
The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is a beautiful hotel in the paradisiac Tikehau lagoon.
The hotel representatives come pick you up from the airport and take you to a little harbour from which you board a boat to the resort. The transfer is quite nice and comfortable. And the flower necklaces are always a nice touch.
The resort is not very big. In fact, there are 12 Beach Bungalows, 9 Overwater Bungalows, 7 Premium Overwater Bungalow, 8 Overwater Suites and 1 Beach Villa with pool.
All bungalows are designed in Polynesian style, with thatched roofs (made from coconut palms), bamboo, teak and local wood.
This was the only hotel of the trip where we had an overwater bungalow.
The view from our private deck was breathtaking.
We also saw many shooting stars at night from our veranda! In fact, the fantastic starry sky of Tikehau is one of the best memories I have of the entire holiday.
The visibility in the water was AMAZING and the coral and marine life great!
There were many colourful fish around and we even had a little table with a glass to see them from inside our room (the girls loved this!).
The room was nice and spacious. Not as luxurious as the overwater bungalows we had stayed at in Moorea and Bora Bora, but quite nice nonetheless.
We also had some little problem with the hot water in the shower… it was either cold or scalding…
The hotel also had a tiny infinity pool, which is a nice touch, especially for the kids (though the lagoon was just too perfect not to swim in it!).
The gardens are well kept and very green.
And there is also a little spa.
During our stay in Tikehau we just relaxed and swam every day, but there are some nice excursions you can do around the Tikehau lagoon.
The beach is nice too and the sand is pink. In fact, Tikehau is famous for its pink sand.
The kids loved to look for beautiful shells and to play on the beach. The reef is quite close and the water is often quite shallow, which is not great for swimming, but it is good for some careful walking. There are crabs and lots of interesting sea creatures to look at.
There is also a little island just in front of the Overwater Bungalows that is nice to explore.
We also got to see some of the most beautiful sunsets ever!
The location of the resort is a gem: the colour of the lagoon is amazing! I loved it!
Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort – Food
In the resort there are a bar and a restaurant.
The bar has some nice drinks – both classics and local cocktails. I fell in love with their banana juice and I had one every day of my stay in French Polynesia.
The food was ok (nothing to write home about) and the service relaxed, but attentive.
They had both meat and fish and some vegetarian options.
Breakfast was a buffet and it was nice too.
Of all the islands we visited this time, Tikehau was my favourite. We will definitely be back!
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