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Manihi Pearl

Manihi, French Polynesia

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Manihi Pearl

Black-pearl enthusiasts, world-class divers, and honeymooning couples choose this slice of tropical nirvana for two reasons: it has all the chic of a classic Polynesian beach retreat and the friendliness of a family-run B&B.

The Scoop

At the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort, the beauty of the natural world envelops you at every turn. The 25 spacious bungalows are made from local wood, bamboo, and stone and are set along a white-sand beach or over bright-blue waters. In the latter, glass-top coffee tables tender an ever-changing vista of the coral garden below, making it difficult to venture outside the room. But do try. The Poe Rava restaurant serves traditional Polynesian fare in view of the ocean, and the thatched-roof Manea Spa offers treatments such as the Monoï Poe black-pearl massage and the Mahana Manea (a coconut-pulp and cumin body scrub). And with a black-pearl boutique, marina, and scuba-diving center on-site, there's no reason ever to leave the resort.

Insider Tips

Manihi is the birthplace of black pearls as we know them. The resort arranges excursions ($28 per person) to visit many of the 60-plus oyster farms that line the lagoon, each selling locally made jewelry or unset pearls that range in color from purple to gray.

Every Wednesday night, the resort's bartender leads a free astronomy walk along a nearby airstrip, identifying constellations such as the Southern Cross, Vega, and Castor and Pollux.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Manihi Airport (XMH) which is approximately 2 miles from the resort. Anticipate about 10 minutes of travel time.

Manihi Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Spa Services
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Excursions (surcharge)
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Canoes + Kayaks
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Scuba Diving Center
  • Boat Rentals
In-Room Amenities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • TVs
  • Telephones
  • Hair Dryers
  • Mini Bars
  • Fans
  • In-room Safes
  • Coffee+Tea Facilities
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Bar
  • Outdoor Bar
  • In-Room Dining
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Rates Include:
  • Full American Breakfast for two
  • Maximum occupancy in both rooms is 2 adults and 1 child aged 0-14

Note: A 150 XPF (about $1.80) per person per night local tax will be collected directly by the hotel.
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Manihi

Manihi is one of 77 islands that make up the Tuamotu Archipelago, a string of coral atolls that runs nearly a thousand miles across the middle of French Polynesia. You can reach it via an hour-long flight from Papeete, the capital.

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Wildlife Spotting: On the outer edge of the Manihi reef, the coral wall known as the Drop Off abruptly plunges from 10 to 4,500 feet—a depth that rivals that of the Grand Canyon. Blue Nui, located in the resort's marina, arranges adrenaline-inducing dives to the remote spot, where sharks and moray eels hover in your peripheral vision.
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$21 per person.

Where to Eat: The island's only restaurant is the Poe Rava, an open-sided dining room that's set on the edge of Manihi's pool. Chefs prepare house specialties (grilled lobster; fresh-caught lagoon parrot fish) with tropical ingredients such as mango, vanilla, and coconut.
Dinner for two $140.

Where to Drink: There's a wide selection of tropical cocktails and French wines—not to mention views of the big blue—at the on-site Miki Miki bar. Prefer something more intimate? Grab an ice bucket and half a dozen locally brewed Hinanos, crawl into a kayak, and paddle around the lagoon for a midday tipple or sundowner.

Best Day Trip: Play castaway for the day with the hotel's Crusoe Adventure package, which takes you to a neighboring desert island for hand-line fishing, shark feeding, and snorkeling.
$100 per person.
Drift away in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.

Drift away in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.

Why Go Now

April 8, 2012
Easter Sunday
After mass at the church in Turipaoa village, parishioners gather beneath the 40-year-old tou tree that shades the town square.

September 29, 2012
Autumnal Equinox
The full moon casts an otherworldly glow over the already lush landscape.

Manihi Pearl

Manihi, French Polynesia

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