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Why It’s The Perfect Time to Visit Nukutepipi Private Island Resort in Tahiti


Imagine being secluded on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 6000km from the closest continent, world’s away from the media, and where all you need is a bathing suit, sunglasses, and a strong sense of exploration.

Until recently, such a possibility was reserved entirely for the big screen and midday daydreams. But thanks to Guy Laliberté, the man behind Cirque du Soleil, who has opened up his private island nirvana to welcome discerning guests, it is now a full-blown reality.

The gift of Nukutepipi—a roughly triangular-shaped island sitting unspoiled in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean—couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. Nuku is a fully protected, delicate ecosystem that is largely independent of the outside world. The island produces much of its own produce, is 1,000km from the nearest civilization, and is available to rent exclusively for groups of up to fifty-two guests.


Such a level of privacy, safety, and seclusion is unheard of even in the world of luxury travel. Visiting a private island resort such as Nuku is not just a luxury vacation and a chance to unwind. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, and expand your horizons in ways you never imagined possible. 

Come on a journey with us among coconut palms, protected species, and untouched beaches as we uncover exactly what makes Nuku so special and the perfect place to visit for you and your friends or family.


Endlessly Surprising Amenities & Activities 

Nukutepipi private island is home to a wide range of facilities and activities that would rival any luxury resort. But unlike any luxury resort, experiencing Nuku’s state-of-the-art wellness amenities, enjoying its professional sports courts, and immersing yourself in its water sport activities is unquestionably the greatest experience you will ever have.

For example, imagine playing tennis or basketball beneath a blanket of glistening stars, before heading to the observatory to learn more about our vast universe in the island's stargazing program. Or, imagine indulging in a spa experience and feeling as if you were the only person on Earth or, for that matter, any other planet. Or, how about snorkeling or scuba diving in aquarium-clear waters and being surrounded by a prolific diversity of sea life, all who appear to be encountering a human as if for the first time. 


If you were stranded on the private island resort of Nuku, you would never run out of fun, novel, and awe-inspiring things to do. Whether you are five or sixty-five, prefer to spend your time on land or at sea, and are looking to unwind or excite your senses, Nuku has it all and more:

  • Watersports facility
  • State-of-the-art recording studio
  • Tennis court
  • Basketball court
  • Archery, beach volleyball, javelin 
  • Boats for diving, fishing & watersports activities
  • Astronomical observatory
  • Mirador in the forest canopy
  • Spa, Nordic bath, & jacuzzi
  • Fitness, yoga & cardio rooms
  • Nature walks & fitness trails
  • Game room/library
  • Children’s digital game room
  • Movie theatre
  • DJ booth & full sound system
  • Bird watching
  • Whale watching (July to November)
  • Diverse cultural activities

Uniquely, Nuku has a protected lagoon that doesn't have an open pass to the ocean. It’s the ideal place for spotting rare fauna, trying your hand at snorkeling, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, or kayaking, enjoying a ride in a traditional sailing canoe, and experiencing lagoon tours and motorized activities.


Nuku is also a dream destination for those wishing to learn about the local culture. Its rich cultural activities include pareo making, pearl culture, local crafts, Tahitian dance, Polynesian tales and legends, and even being healed by the island's bee colonies. 


Extremely Welcoming & Expert Hospitality 

During your stay at Nuku private island resort, you won't have to lift a finger. And yet, you will still feel as if you are castaway. The team at Nuku is extremely dedicated to offering impeccably discreet service and hospitality and ensuring that you and the island co-exist in complete harmony.

From organizing activities and providing unique spa treatments to whipping up local cuisine and introducing you to new species, the Nuku team goes above and beyond to fulfill your desires and make you feel at home.


The hospitality, wellness, and activity team at Nuku includes:

  • A land activities coordinator
  • A captain and a sailor for sea outings
  • A lagoon activities coordinator
  • A divemaster 
  • A massage therapist (4 to 5 treatments a day depending on the duration of your stay) 
  • A fitness attendant
  • A nurse and a doctor

World-Class Tahitian Catering  

The private island resort experience is typically all-inclusive of food and drink. At Nuku, there are several divine dining options to choose from and you are served breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, drinks, and any snacks upon request throughout the day.

Each day at Nuku private island the master chefs design a menu of high-end cuisine using fresh, local ingredients and an emphasis on organic fruits and vegetables. Modern Tahitian food is a blend of Chinese, French, & Polynesia influences, and, of course, includes an abundance of freshly-caught seafood. 


For an even more extraordinary and romantic culinary experience, the restaurant team at Nuku can organize a private meal for two in surprising and secluded hideaways on the island.

  • The restaurant and catering facilities on Nuku include:
  • Two full-service restaurants, including the Kaipoa beach bar and the Fare Kai Tuatako main restaurant
  • All meals included: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and drinks
  • Snacks can be served throughout the day upon request


Luxury Accommodation Without Walls

With exclusive access to the whole island, staying at Nuku private island will feel like your accommodation has no walls. The full-service luxury residences accommodate up to 52 guests and are meticulously designed to blend with the natural environment while at the same time providing all the luxuries of a boutique hotel.


There are 21 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms in total, split across the main villa, junior villas, and beach bungalows. The master villa is home to one master bedroom with a super king-size bed, a second bedroom with two queen-size beds, and two separate one-bedroom bungalows, one with a king bed and one with two queens. It also features an outdoor wooden bath under a pitched roof that is completely surrounded by rocks and trees.

  • 1 master residence, naturally secluded and with its own private pool 
  • 2 junior villas with breathtaking views and an outdoor lounge and private pool 
  • 13 bungalows perched on unspoiled beach
  • Wifi access, air conditioning, and tea and coffee facilities

Captivating Art & Buzzing Island Energy

Nukutepipi private island has attracted many of the world's most famous and celebrated musicians, artists, and business people. As well as inspiring internationally acclaimed groups to record hit albums in its state-of-the-art recording studio, it has also become home to a stunning collection of artwork.

The island’s expansive grounds are home to the Lune Rouge Collection, featuring works including tapas, tikis, and bas-reliefs, from renowned artists like Wim Delvoye, Jim Dine, and Damien Hirst. Each piece sits effortlessly within its surroundings and pays tribute to the rich Polynesian culture of the region.



A hidden trove of creative expression, rich cultural tradition, and dedication to environmental preservation, Nuku exudes an energy unlike any other place our CEO has visited. This energy, referred to as ‘mana’ by the locals, is the life force and spirit that surrounds and connects all living things. Once you step foot on the island, you will see and feel why it is such an important part of Tahiti culture.

Nukutepipi private island resort is available to rent through EliteLyfe exclusively for groups of up to 52. Allow our elite concierge team to take care of everything from pre-trip itineraries to luxury transfers, so you can make the most out of every moment of your trip.