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Your Private Island
Aerial view of Tikehau atoll
Your private beach
The different 'blue' of the lagoon
Pristine water and unspoiled beaches
Kayaking by the 'motu'
SUP paddles
Swimming in the channel
The front beach
Your private boat
The house in the typical style of Tuamotu islands
Traditional architecture
In the shade of the 'farepotee'
The dining room table
The lounge opening out on the landscape
The bathroom
The use of local materials
Inside the bathroom
The 'fare potee'
The yellow bedroom
The yellow bedroom
The yellow bedroom
Ccomfortable beddings
Each bedroom has a seaside sight
The pink bedroom
The 'Fafarua', symbol of the motu
The upstairs bedroom
The upstairs bedroom
The upstairs bedroom
The lounge : six more beddings
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Tikehau, Tuamotu Archipelago

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clvrnamsa...
SLO, CA
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83 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The most wonderful holiday we've ever had!”
Reviewed 24 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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I don't even know where to begin...maybe with WOW! My two young adult boys and I had the most WONDERFUL holiday experience at Tikehau Fafarua Lodge! The weather was perfect, the food was out of this world, the accommodations were lovely, and probably the best part was meeting Patrick and Evaline (the owners), their daughters, and the staff. What incredibly warm, welcoming, fantastic people--all of them! We felt like we were part of their family. We were treated with the utmost kindness and warmth. We did many amazing activities together--things you could never do on your own unless you were a native with lots of knowledge about the area--and yet we still had plenty of time to be alone, or to take a nap, or to stroll the beach at sunset with no other people around for miles. The perfect balance of togetherness and solitude! And again, I want to mention the food. Evaline is the most amazing cook! We never expected to eat the way we did on the motu. Every day, we had fresh fish, freshly baked bread, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and interesting local dishes, like breadfruit, baked directly in a coconut shell fire. We felt like we were experiencing French Polynesia the way it should be experienced--from the perspective of the native people who are fortunate enough to live there. I am just so grateful that they were so willing to share their perfect world with us! We thank Patrick and Evaline and the staff for allowing us to be a part of it all.

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Liked best: The peacefulness and the perfect water
Liked least: The flight schedule to get there--we had to spend an entire day at the airport in Papeete--but that is clearly not the fault of the lodge!
Travelling group: Other
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tcowing
Portland, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Best Adventure”
Reviewed 19 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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My daughter and I take an adventure together every year. This year - Polynesian Motu Madness! What’s the review? It’s totally outstanding in every way. Fantastic. Amazing. Completely unique. Everyone you know will be jealous. 5 stars. Get out your credit card right now. Done.

The question is, who is this experience right for? Things to know:

The house is simple, tastefully decorated, and comfortable but in a cabin-y sort of way. There is solar powered electricity, hot water showers, flush toilets, plenty of fresh water, a propane stove, mosquito nets over the beds, etc. All the basics are covered. Oh and the food is outstanding, if you like fish. I do but my daughter doesn’t. She hates it in fact. But even my fish hating daughter said, “Wow Dad, this fish is goooood.” That Is High Praise.

Are these luxury hotel accommodations? No. More like luxury camping accommodations - in a cabin. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining. I was incredibly well fed. I slept like a baby. I showered every day. It was peaceful. We had a great time. But there were a few discomforts, like one should expect out in nature.

Bugs. I’d say I got about 8-10 mosquito bites over a week even with the nets and repellent. My daughter got 40 or 50. Ug. If you are mosquito attractive, bring the real repellent and be prepared to use it.

Internet/mobile coverage is very poor. I consider this a good thing and so should you. You just flew halfway around the world for a private island experience, right? But if you need regular contact with the outside world it’s intermittent at best. They have a pole with an antenna that connects to the town on another island but it doesn’t work consistently and you shouldn’t rely on it. Just be happy (or sad, as the case may be) when it does make a solid connection.

Hermit crabs are all over the place, even up in the bushes. I thought that was cool, but you might not when you hear them knocking around at night time. If you leave the door open to the house they will wander in and scrabble about on the tile floor all night long.

Are you ready for Fafarua Lodge? You should be: nature-loving, not afraid of a few bugs, like fish, like to swim and snorkel in the ocean, not be put off by a little heat or a little rain. Basically, you should be someone who loves an adventure. My daughter and I do; and we loved Fafarua Lodge.

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Liked best: The sound of the rain on the roof at night
Liked least: There really wasn't anything I *didn't* like, but if I could I'd choose a world without mosquitos
Travelling group: Young Children
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gerard d
Papeete, French Polynesia
1 review
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“Just perfect!”
Reviewed 25 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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A wonderful place! Great and various activities on demand (snorkling, boat fishishing, etc), a very friendly host and delicious breakfasts, lunches and diners. Truly one of the best place I went in French Polynesia.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Emmanuell...
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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“Dream vacation”
Reviewed 23 March 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Fafarua Lodge is a tour de force. The team there gives their guests the chance to connect with Nature and its wilderness (breathtaking scenery, a huge and extraordinary lagoon) while providing quality amenities, comfort and services. All that in a place that could have been Robinson Crusoe’s own island.

Eva and Patrick and their crew have a passion for their “motu”, the atoll and its traditions, and clearly love to share it.

We spent two weeks there for a family reunion (three generations, 23 to 77 years of age, from the US and Europe). Each of us could go at his/her own pace, and choose between relaxing, fishing, diving, and discovering the surrounding marvels.

Eva’s cooking was by all means a great experience. Each meal was a feast (various - and very fresh - fish of course, French Polynesian cuisine, but also classic French and North American meals).

This was an extraordinary vacation that we will long remember.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Tahitian5...
Punaauia, French Polynesia
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago for a stay in August 2018
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Management Response
22 Oct 2018
Merci pour cet agréable commentaire. C'est avec plaisir que nous avons partagé ces quelques jours avec vous, Nous sommes heureux d'avoir pu vous donner un aperçu de notre bel atoll et espérons vous revoir bientôt pour vous montrer le reste.
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