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Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, French Polynesia: How Bora Bora was …

Get stranded on a island that’s like Bora Bora 40 years ago, though a cost tags.

  • Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort.

  • The warm, high-visibility waters around a Tikehau coral reefs horde an startling accumulation of fish. Photo: Supplied

  • Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort.

“Tikehau is like Bora Bora 40 years ago.”

Anne Tran-Thang, ubiquitous manager Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, is explaining because she loves this apart partial of French Polynesia. Anne was posted here for a two-year stay 5 years ago and has no goal of leaving.

“I know this is a review though to me it feels like pre-European Polynesia. we adore a pinkish silt (stained by a coral), a coconut palms, a firth and a normal fares (huts). Tikehau means ‘peaceful landing’ and a tiny motu is unspoilt, isolated and really romantic.”

Their “little motu” is Tiano motu, one of usually dual inhabited islets in a 55-kilometre rim of dots in this partial of a Tuamotu group, collectively called Tikehau.

Tikehau is a 15-minute moody from a better-known Tuamtou finish of Rangiroa and a one hour moody from Papeete, a collateral of French Polynesia on a island of Tahiti. At initial peek Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is like others in this fantastical partial of a world, with a overwater bungalows, sandy shore, ridiculously blue firth and genetically sanctified inhabitants. But a privacy is apparent usually a few metres off a reservation. As a usually review on a motu and with a limit of 80 guests, it’s easy to ramble along a pastel-pink silt around a subsequent dilemma and have a place all to yourself, solely for a seabirds and countless geckos, that are dedicated and deliberate good luck. You can travel around a motu in about 30 minutes, enjoying a serenity, aromatic atmosphere and coconut palms or, for even larger seclusion, vessel to a subsequent motu or even travel opposite during low tide. And if we feel a need to get behind to “civilisation” you can revisit Tuherahera village.

Tikehau is conjectural to be a many copious fish finish in French Polynesia and a warm, high-visibility waters around a coral reefs horde an startling variety. The manta rays are huge, a fish so charming they demeanour photo-shopped and a embankment sharks plentiful. Anne assures us in her fanciful French accent a sharks are “usually” harmless though cautions opposite swimming during night “in box zey mistake we for somezing tantalizing in ze dim and take a nibble”. Numerous two-metre black-tip embankment sharks journey underneath a overwater bungalow and nearby a seaside their babies float between a legs in ankle low water.

Tikehau Pearl has a PADI dive centre and a eminent Tuheiva pass is an underwater coral stadium for eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, tuna, barracudas, sharks and smaller technicolour fish. Other activities on offer embody vessel hire, escorted fishing, snorkelling and birdwatching tours, nightfall cruises and embankment walks. Lagoon tours and surfing are also renouned though Anne says adore is a primary draw. “Many people come for regretful getaways and we do weddings, insinuate dinners and private picnics on forlorn motus ‘tua-motu mode’ – small, elementary and relaxed. And if we come during a full moon, it is even some-more beautiful,” she says.

Our overwater transport is spacious, luxe and has all we need to relax and suffer a romance, including a outrageous bath and no Wi-Fi or TV. We while divided hours on a patio in astonishment of a firth and exquisite sunsets, a cold bottle of something suitable usually a phone call away.

Our associate guest are mostly couples from France and Italy and we accommodate utterly a few during breakfast and cooking as a alfresco transport potee (communal bar and restaurant) by a forever pool is a usually dining option. The dusk dishes are glorious and underline French and Polynesian delights, good prepared and expertly presented. Happy waiters raise a knowledge with their friendship and calm as we rehearse a simple French denunciation skills on them. Diane wears a massive, sweet-scented floral fragrance in her hair and presents it to my mother after a singular compliment. Tinihau, whose high-voltage grin and other attributes landed him a gig in a Men of Tahiti uncover in Las Vegas, also elicits compliments from my doe-eyed associate as he brings dessert.

SPM Hotels operates 3 other Pearl Resorts in French Polynesia, on a islands of Moorea and Bora Bora, as good as a Manava Suite Resort in Tahiti. Their Society Islands Tuamotu Island Combo Package includes stays during Tikehau, Bora Bora and Tahiti and is comparatively inexpensive in this famously cost region.

Outer-island holidays in French Polynesia mostly usually embody one-night stays in Tahiti during any finish of a outing to bond with moody times though tacking on a day or dual to try a categorical island is a must. Tahiti is a informative heart of a organisation with museums, cafes, selling centres, restaurants and art galleries to enjoy. For a illusory day out, take a Circle Island Tour, check out Papeete Pearl Market and a outrageous roller during Teahupo’o before relaxing with a Hinano drink or dual and cooking during a quirky roulottes food vans nearby a wharf.

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort Spa on Motu Tevairoa offers both garden and overwater bungalows. Both styles are luxuriously appointed and a land-based bungalows have private inner compounds that embody a thrust pool, outside showering and party area, while a overwater bungalows exaggerate picture-postcard views.

All Pearl resorts have Manea day spas and it’s usually satisfactory we representation a manoi-oil-infused treatments during each.

TRIP NOTES

MORE INFORMATION

tahititourisme.com

GETTING THERE

Air Tahiti Nui flies from Sydney to Papeete around Auckland 5 days a week and from Melbourne and Brisbane on codeshare flights. airtahitinui.com.au

STAYING THERE

Seven-night Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort packages from $3599 per chairman twin share. Includes all flights, 5 nights during Tikehau in a beach bungalow with breakfast, overnight stays during Manava Suite Resort Tahiti in Papeete during any finish of a outing and all transfers.

Nine night Pearl Resort combo packages, including 3 nights during Tikehau and 4 nights during Bora Bora from $5299 per chairman twin share. Above inclusions apply. tahitinow.com.au

Mal Chenu was a guest of SPM hotels and Air Tahiti Nui

The story Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, French Polynesia: How Bora Bora was 40 years ago initial seemed on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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