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“Excellent place to explore bay of islands”
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Pearl of the Bay
Ranked #9 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
The Hague, The Netherlands
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Excellent place to explore bay of islands”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Highly recommended. This is one of those lovely small motels with a personal service with all the facilities you could need a short walk away. The owner, Barbera, is very service oriented and helpful, and goes to extreme lenghts to ensure all guests are well looked after. She has lots of local knowledge and provides helpful advice. Even the older rooms are spacious, very clean and comfortable, but even so are in the process of being upgraded to an even higher standard. There are BBQ and laundry facilities, the kitchenette was well equiped and stocked with fresh milk for coffee and tea. Cars can be parked directly underneath the room, out of the sun. What more can you possibly want?

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you so much for such a positive and detailed review. Very much appreciated. Barbara
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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

We were so very welcomed by the manager Barbara, who was full of great tips and ideas for sightseeing and eating in and around town. our rooms were lovely, clean and spacious complete with a stunning view over the inlet, full kitchenette and extensive DVD library. Only a short walk into town via the beach or road. Recommend to solo travellers, those travelling with friends, couples or families.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you, I appreciate your positive feedback and comments. Barbara
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Extremely highly recommended!
A friend and I stayed for 3 nights.
Stunning 180 degree views from the inlet to the forest, front row views of sunset from balcony/lounge and kitchen!
Beach access 1 min walk, then max 20 mins walk along beach into Paihia town or via road max. 10 mins walk or 1 min drive.
Rooms comfy, spotless, full kitchen very handy, TVs in both rooms, lush towels and soap provided and free wifi&dvd library for all guests. Quiet location apart from hearing passing cars at times - only 9 other units.
Gorgeous Barbara the manager gave such a warm welcome, including tourist info tips, nothing too much trouble for her, fresh milk in fridge & we were even allowed to keep our car on the property whilst we went on an overnight cruise.
You will love it here!

  • Stayed January 2014
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you, your review is much appreciated. We always try to help our guests and often people leave here to do an overnight trip, so we do take care of their car in their absence. All part of the personal service. Best wishes Barbara
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

In the height of the tourist season, Paihia can me be a little overwhelming. The Bali Hai is just slightly out of town, so you can see everything you came to see but go somewhere quiet (with a great view) to relax afterwards.

My friends and I thought the Bali Hai was the best place we stayed on our holiday and manager Barbara is fantastically helpful, friendly and will help you find everything you need in Paihia.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thanks Poppy, so nice to know that we were the best place you stayed in. That makes me very happy. Location is important, and you are right we are just close enough to be convenient, yet far enough away to avoid the hustle and bustle of other people's noise. We are on a hill, so the views are good with the additional height that we have. Thank you so much for your review and best wishes to you all. Barbara
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

From the moment we arrived, Barbara was so eager to give us he tips of where to go and what to do in our week long stay. Rooms were impressive, they certainly belie to older style facade. The whole week we were comfortable, looked after and most of all, very rested. It was so sad when we had to go to our next destination. Barbara even gave us tips on where to have lunch on the trip back towards Auckland - again, spot on with great advice. Next time we are in Paihia, we certainly know where we are staying and will be telling all our mates to do the same. Thanks again!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you Andrew, I appreciate your review and I am glad that you felt rested and looked after whilst you were here. I hope you will both be able to return at some point in the future...and YES, send your friends :) Best wishes Barbara
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

After given the warmest of welcomes from owner Barbara with all her helpful advice on the great things to see and do in Pahia, we were given a nice open apartment with a great view from our private balcony. Definitly reccommend this hotel if you enjoy to relax and unwind with a 5 min walk to the main street. Great place to stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you Jenna Lee, I am glad that your holiday ended on a positive note.It was lovely to meet you both and I appreciate that you took the time to post your thoughts. Best wishes Barbara
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Barbara truly is a great host. From the minute we arrived, she did everything to make us feel welcome. She even offered an upgrade to a larger apartment which we declined as we stayed for one night only. Our apartment was exceptionally clean and had had everything you need for a comfortable stay. Okay, the design and features are a bit dated and it's a fairly simple place, but according to the price range Bali Hai Motel is an excellent choice in Paihia. We would recommend Bali Hai Motel to anyone who looks for great hospitality at a very competitive rate.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thank you for your review and I am glad you felt we offer great service, a good place to stay and at a good rate. Best wishes Barbara
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Property: Pearl of the Bay
Address: 8-10 Coutts Avenue, Paihia 0200, New Zealand (Formerly Bali Hai Motel)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#12 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pearl of the Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pearl of the Bay is a small family run business. We are personal in our approach and our size allows us to ensure that we respond to guests as individuals. With only 9 units, you are never crowded, our lay out gives you optional places to sit and take in the atmosphere, be it on our back patio, your front balcony, or somewhere in your room.We look forward to welcoming you to our spot in the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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