Our family of 5 spent 5 nights at the beginning of April. We had an ow suite and a beach bungalow. The kids enjoyed the beach bungalow as it was right on the beach and steps from the pool. Our ow suite was fabulous with a huge bathroom, deck and sunset views. We did have a few very large cockroaches in our suite- but that is no fault of the resort. We had not come across any in our other stays if FP, so I think we have just been lucky.
We found the snorkeling under the regular ow bungalows to be much better than under the suites. The coral is more dense in that area. The snorkeling under the ow bungalows is the best we have experienced in FP. (Our other stays were the Hilton Moorea and Kia Ora Rangiroa) We were in a snorkelers paradise!
The staff at the reception are very warm and friendly. Unfortunately, the staff in the dining room were not as friendly and we felt like we were putting them out. We had just come off of 8 nights at the Kia Ora where the staff treat you like family, so it was a dramatic change. It's a shame, because at such a small resort you should not feel like you are a nuisance. There were usually only one or two other tables eating at breakfast, but the staff still seemed put out to get the kids some hot chocolate. Towards the end, we just stopped asking. Quite a change from Kia Ora where they remember what you ordered the first day and bring it to your table without even asking. Our two daughters are fluent in French(one having just studied in Paris for a semester) and had so much fun talking with the people at Kia Ora- but at the Pearl there were only a couple staff members who would talk with them. Really a bummer.
We did the 1/2 day trip to Bird Island and would definitely NOT recommend it. Bird island itself is unique, but we had a crummy guide who basically walked around pointing at a couple birds as we followed. No interesting info at all. My daughters asked ?'s in French, which he would answer curtly. After Bird Island we were taken to a motu to "see the pink sand" and snorkel. Our guide told us we were to stay there for an hour. We told him we just wanted to go back to the resort as the pink sand there is much more beautiful and there was no snorkeling where he left us. However, he and his girlfriend went off into the brush and left us all there for an hour. It was a complete waste of our precious vacation time and we were very upset and frustrated. We did speak with the manager about our experience and she was extremely kind and understanding about our frustration. She told us this was not the typical experience and gave us a discount on the excursion. We would definitely recommend not wasting your time/$ leaving the resort to snorkel or see pink sand somewhere else- as there is no place better than right where you are. We plan to take a fishing excursion next time as she described this to be very unique and exciting. The resort manager is a lovely person and we have no doubt that she listens to the guests and is constantly improving the resort.
We found Tikehau Pearl to be the most natural and serene resort setting that we have ever experienced. The snorkeling is outstanding and pink sand beaches just stunning. We will definitely return for those reasons.
- 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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