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Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

Tikehau Atoll, French Polynesia

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

It's the reason you head to French Polynesia: remote beachfront pampering on a private atoll, just a one-hour flight north of Tahiti.

The Scoop

Looking to play castaway? The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort may be your paradise. Opened in 2001 in the Tuamotu archipelago of central French Polynesia, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is set on the eastern edge of a coral atoll; the only way to get there is a one-hour flight from Tahiti, followed by a boat trip across a lagoon filled with ribbons of coral. Although the overwater rooms are impressive, this is one of the few places in the South Pacific where the beachfront bungalows—located on a stretch of pink sand—are just as covetable. Designed with couples in mind, romantic experiences (barefoot sunrise breakfasts; lunch for two on a secluded deserted island; couples' massages in a thatched-roof fare on the beach) pepper your stay. Don't miss the Polynesian cultural show on Saturday nights, which includes a five-piece island band and dance show performed by children from the local village.

Insider Tips

Take a bird-watching speedboat trip to Ile aux Oiseaux, near the lagoon's north end, to see nesting noddies, boobies, sooties, and petrels. Two-hour trip from $65 per person.

Spend the day on one of the uninhabited motus just north of the resort, along the eastern edge of the atoll. The best way to get there? By kayak.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Tikehau Atoll Airport (TIH) and take a 5-minute bus ride to the quay. Anticipate another 15 minutes by boat from the quay to the resort.

Tikehau, French Polynesia

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Beachfront
  • Spa on Property
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Excursions (surcharge)
  • Badminton
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Kayaks
  • Table Tennis
  • Bocce Ball Court
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Billiard
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Verandah
  • TVs
  • Air Conditioning (some)
  • Fans
  • Mini Bars
  • Direct Dial Phones
  • In-room Safes
  • Coffee + Tea Making Facilities
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace Dining
  • Bar
Updating Results
Rates Include:
  • Full American breakfast for two
  • Max occupancy for both rooms is 2 adults + 1 child under 15
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Tikehau Atoll

Located in the far-flung Tuamotu archipelago of French Polynesia, Tikehau translates to "peaceful landing," but there's plenty happening underwater: according to the Cousteau Society, the lagoon harbors more species of fish than any other nearby island.

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Other than Tuherahera's small family-owned restaurants, which specialize in fresh seafood and coconut-flavored dishes, the best place to eat on the atoll is Pearl Resort's Poreho restaurant for its poisson cru (ceviche), grilled lobster, and Tahitian-style pork.

Where to Shop: The town of Tuherahera, just two miles from the Pearl, has several simple shops for basic items. For more upscale finds, head to nearby resorts, the Relais Royal Tikehau and Ninamu.

Where to Drink: Tianoa Bar at the Pearl resort is the atoll's only true watering hole, complete with live local music at night.

Best Day Trip: Take a water taxi ride to the island's only tiny town, Tuherahera, then hit the ocean for snorkeling (borrow a mask and fins from the resort). Bring a picnic and dine on a secluded beach on the atoll's western edge.

Absolute bliss in Polynesian paradise.

Absolute bliss in Polynesian paradise.

Why Go Now

July 14, 2012
Bastille Day
France's national liberation day is celebrated in every far-flung corner of the empire, including Tikehau.

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

Tikehau Atoll, French Polynesia

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