Palau is a very unique island and a must visit for any diver or island enthusiast. PPR (Palau Pacific Resort) is the number one hotel on the island so it was an obvious choice for out stay.
The hotel is located on a further "corner" of the island, away from the town and other hotels - and so very private. The cab to town is $6-$8 each way, but plenty of restaurants offer free pick-up and drop-off. There is also a bus that costs $8 for the week, that goes to all the hotels, restaurants and stores, but we did not use it.
PPR is the only hotel on the island with a large, long white sand beach (on of the main reasons we chose to stay here). There are plenty of beach chairs/cabanas for everyone, and plenty of palm trees and umbrellas for shade. But the best part is the OCEAN which has plenty of corals, fish and giant clams, so it offers amazing snorkeling right off the beach.
The hotels also offers plenty of water sports, but none are included. This is an expensive resort, so paying for snorkeling gear, kayaks, water bike, etc felt like we were being nickle-and-dimed. Non-motorized water sport should be free!
ROOM & BATHROOM:
Unfortunately, the rooms are PPR are not the greatest for an almost 5 star resort. The furniture is very 90's Hawaiian hotel - teak and bamboo chairs with cushions (that show their age), wooden bed with a hard mattress and a small tiki desk. The room was definitely comfortable and clean, just not the most modern. The AC and fan worked perfectly and the medium sized balcony with ocean view was a nice touch.
The bathroom, I think, was the weakest thing at PPR - it left a lot to be desired. The shower had a tub with a curtain (which is always kinda gross) and fixtures that were also very aged. The vanity was large with one sink, a large mirror and an older marble finish; the toilet was separated in its own "closet".
The staff here are all Palau locals and service with a smile is an understatement - they are incredibly helpful and happy; helped us look for restaurants, book private island tours and answered any and all questions we had. At breakfast one morning, I asked for fresh oranges, and the next few mornings they were delivered to my table without having to ask - they remembered that I loved them and brought me some! I cannot write enough about how great all the staff is.
The food at the resort is excellent - and my husband and I are big foodies. We had breakfast included in our stay and the buffet was great. It offered a lot of choices from a fresh fruit station, egg/pancake/waffle station, to many Japanese options (miso soup, noodle soup, etc).
We ate lunch at the beach bar most of the days, and the options were all very tasty. The fresh sashimi was always delicious, and the sandwiches all came with fries and everything was well prepared. But it is all expensive - lunch for two people will easily cost $50.
Overall, we were very happy with out stay and after seeing a few of the other hotels, we were glad we picked PPR. The location, beach and staff are really outstanding, but the rooms and decor definitely need an upgrade!
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- Also Known As:
- Palau Pacific Hotel Koror
- Palau Pacific Koror
- Palau Pacific Resort South Pacific