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Palau Pacific Resort
Ranked #1 of 29 Hotels in Koror
Certificate of Excellence
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42 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Your own little piece of Paradise”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Having had the privilege to stay at many beautiful resorts around the world, the Palau Pacific Resort has got to be one of my favorite. The location is fantastic with many of the rooms with a spectacular west facing views of the ocean where you can watch the sun sinking into the ocean and the dramatic sunset colors.

The staff are all super helpful, very friendly and always have a smile on their face. How can you help but feel the awesome energy this little oasis has? Even in the sudden down pour, the covered cabanas providing shelter while the bar team are happy to mix exotic cocktails as you kick back and relax until the storm moves on.

I especially loved the spa. From the arrival experience of selecting your treatment and filling out the paper work to being lead into one of the treatment rooms with stunning tropical lagoon views to the attentive therapist that work their magic melting away your stresses from the mainland. If your travels bring you to this Island paradise, make sure you spend at least a couple nights being pampered at this resort oasis.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2014

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.

LOCATION:
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.

BEACH:
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".

STAFF:
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.

FOOD:
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!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

No doubt, the hotel has a lovely beach, nice rooms, friendly staff etc. The shops are convenient and the hiking trail is a bliss. But unfortunately, the hotel is rabidly anti-smoking! They do not even allow smoking outdoors, not on the balcony and not on the beach. It s like if the management were on a anti-smoking crusade. Only a nasty spot behind the bar, with hard, uncomfortable chairs next to the dustbin is open to smokers. This over zealous policy leads to smokers dropping their cigarettes buds in the sand - instead of ashtrays. It's totally crazy and counterproductive.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Orange County, CA
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

My friend and I just came back from PPR on our way to Korea. PPR is a great place with great staff who are always smiling and helpful...literally everyone gives a smile or hello. You cannot go wrong with this property. As well, they are located away from all else so you don't really need to leave the property, but if you do pretty much everything is a close drive. Don't forget to drink a Blue Corner or Shark Bite!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Tumon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2014

The Good at PPR - nice location with private beach and a dock to be dropped at after a long day at the Rock Islands, friendly staff, the cook doing pancakes at the restaurant for the kids was great making them into shapes of dolphins or turtles. Breakfast at the restaurant was adequate to get the day started but I did not find it overly impressive. The pool / beach area was very relaxing and the recreation attendants very friendly working that area.

The bad - the hotel is showing its age and they are not renovating the hotel to keep up with the prices they are charging now. I booked an ocean front room that had lots of bugs crawling on the counters and no food was present (bathroom, mini bar and desk area), the ceiling fan in the room did not work, the towel rack in the shower was partially falling from the wall. For the price they are charging I will opt to go to another place with better accomodations.

I did not eat dinner at the hotel as I found several good places in Koror for a $7.00 taxi ride each way. Taj for Indian food was great, a surprise was "Little Italy now called O'keanos serving Italian food in Palau. The food was good at O'Keanos. Fuji for Japanese food was average at best and I would not return there if I return to Palau.

The Drop off at lunch was a great setting and the food was good and the Rred Rooster locally brewed beer was on tap. I read that service was terrible at The Drop Off but my kids and I were well taken care of by the two girls working.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Best overall dive vacation place I have ever stayed at. Been staying there for years starting in early 2000's. Going back in a week. In total I have stayed there over 5 months and enjoyed every minute...except the 2:00 - 4:00 am Air Mic departure flight.

I have literally travelled the dive world. In my 52 yrs of diving, and still think this is the number one best overall diving and vacationing resort. T

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2014

We stayed at the Palau Pacific Resort before and after our Liveaboard trip on Ocean Hunter I and had a lovely time. The rooms are spacious and very clean and the air conditioning works very well. All the staff were very helpful and seemed genuinely friendly, you meet them once and they will remember your name for next time even though this is not a small resort. We used the laundry service which was brilliant and quick, so no washing for us when we got home! The restaurant and bars are not cheap but the food is of a good quality so you do not mind. The buffet dinner always has an amazing selection and we had a great evening at their Thanks giving night. They have a couple of shops that sell tourist gifts. We were told that "Tebang" was one of the best places to get a storyboard so we visited the workshop and got a beautiful piece, the shop sells these pieces too and we were pleasantly surprised that they were not maked up terribly compared with what we paid so worth a visit if you have not managed to get to "Tebang". The private beach is well maintained and clean and not too busy. The spa is also well worth a visit.
The hotel is a little out of the way of the main town but we only had a few nights here so it was not an issue for us to stay and eat at the hotel. Any trips we had organised with Fish 'n' Fins had transport provided and the hotel itself provided a shuttle service to the airport.
Should we ever return to Palau (so many places to see in the world) we would definitely return.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Palau Pacific Resort
Address: | PO Box 308, Koror, Koror Island 96940-0308, Palau
Location: Palau > Koror Island > Koror
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Koror
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Koror
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Palau Pacific Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 160
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