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The Pearl Resort
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Pacific Harbour
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“What a lovely resort!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We were staying in Pacific Harbour in a privately owned home. The Pearl was close by so we would visit the resort for happy hour and to dine in the restaurants. The food and service were top class, and the staff friendly and attentive. Our sons had great fun fishing in the river from the bar deck, while we sipped our cocktails. The grounds and pools are beautiful and well cared for. The beach runs along the front of the resort and is great for a stroll, although the water didn't look very clean during the time we were there, so I didn't go for a swim. My daughter and I visited the spa for a pedicure and were very pleased with the service. We also booked a snorkeling trip through the resort at an outer island which we really enjoyed. Although we did not stay at the resort, the many people we met there said they were very pleased with their choice. I would have no hesitation recommending The Pearl, it really is a lovely resort.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We inspected the room when we checked in and the mattress looked new. I am wondering if the mattress was replaced but the bedbugs were hiding under the mattress in the bed frame. (The beds have no box spring just wooden slats making for a very hard and uncomfortable bed).When I actually found one of the bedbugs crawling on the sheet (yes crawling on the sheet) I put it in a plastic bag and took it to the front desk and asked to speak with the hotel manager, who would not even see us. We asked for head of housekeeping who confirmed it was in fact, a bed bug.

The head of housekeeping took our concern seriously and she really is a gem. She moved us to a different room and attended to our infested room. The general manager---nothing good to say about her.

I am now trying to make sure I did not bring any of these things home with me. A big worry.

Room Tip: Look your room over thoroughly. Check under the bed and the wooden slats for bedbugs.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxenford, Australia
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

The Pearl (as the locals call it), is a modern hotel right on the beach at Pacific Harbour, an area on the southern coast of the main island, about half way between Nadi and Suva. It takes about 90 minutes in a private car (taxi) to travel from Nadi airport to the resort, but that can be an interesting little 'sightseeing' tour too as you pass through Sigatoka and numerous other smaller villages along the way. There are also buses for the journey, but we were told they take longer because of the various stops, and the cost is not that much different.

The resort sits on the mouth of a river and the location is ideal for kayaking up the river, snorkeling along the breakwater, or any other activity, land or water based, you could want. Tours can be arranged for you at their own, on-site tour desk where the friendly staff can offer suggestions of places to visit. I highly recommend a trip to the Cultural Village, a short 10-15 minute stroll up the road, where you can take in a guided tour of the village to learn some of the traditional Fijian culture, try Kava at the ceremony and watch the firewalkers do their thing.

The rooms are hotel style and many are recently renovated as the resort had changed hands not that long before our visit in May 2013. The first room they gave us, was a yet to be 'face-lifted' one and the air conditioner didn't work. a call to reception, expecting to get a maintenance person to sort it, resulted in a porter arriving who promptly whisked us off to the opposite end of the building to a new room! No trouble, no questions, just happy to oblige - which seems to be the Fijian way - nothing was any trouble. That room was a renovated one and equally as comfortable as the first looked anyway. It is personal taste, but we found the bed a little hard, but nothing to complain about, we still slept well every night. Every room has it's own balcony and the rooms either overlook the gardens or the ocean.

Buffet breakfast was served in the upstairs restaurant area, and was a good mix of hot and cold foods with fruit available too. The upstairs restaurant in the evenings is more of an a la carte affair with a modest dress code, while the downstairs 'Bistro' provided a more relaxed dining experience. The food was incredible at all venues and the staff are just so friendly and polite. There was a Happy Hour (for about 2 hours) every day too at both the bistro bar and the poolside bar, half price drinks! Take the chance to have a traditional Lovo Feast (if you can). The resort has one every week and it includes a great music and dance performance in traditional Fijian style

The grounds are very well kept and tropical, as you'd expect. Unfortunately for us, and this is no fault of the resort of course, the weather was rainy for most of our 5 night stay, but, it didn't stop us having a great time and forced us to have a more relaxed holiday for a change! (we often return from a trip needing a holiday as we wore ourselves out!)

Would we recommend the resort? Absolutely. Would we return? Most definitely.

Room Tip: Having a room with a garden view (facing away from the ocean) turned out to be benefit, as the rain...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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gold coast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013

The resort is directly on the corner of a river entrance and the beach. The grounds are very well maintained and has a nice pool. They have an activity board that changes daily and you can also organize to do other trips which I would have liked to go to the island snorkeling but unfortunately the weather was against us as it was very windy, cold and rainy but the staff did the best they could do under the circumstances. All the staff were wonderful. The lady on reception even organized for a driver to take us across the road to catch our bus to Suva. Now thats service.

Buffet breakfast is included and is adequate lunch and dinner menus had a wide variety and were yummy.

The room is basic but they have just started on doing a massive extension to the resort with more units, a harbour and they will be re-doing these rooms to fit in with the new buildings, so when that is done the place will be spectacular.

If I was heading down that way again I would not hesitate to stay there again but on the east side they do tend to get more wind, rain etc in comparison to the west side.

Room Tip: Go oceanfront.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milano
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013

We spent there four days to dive with the sharks, so we did not spend too much time in the hotel. The structure is not new, something that adds a certain charme, but very well kept. A beautiful, long and desert beach is a major asset. Rooms are clean and nice, the staff very helpful. The food is the weakest point: Their focus on Italian food is unfortunately not matched by the skills to cook it, although this can be a problem only for us Italians!

Room Tip: We stayed in an Ocean View room and were very happy of our coice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Geelong, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Location,location. This resort has been beautifully positioned fronting a sandy swimming beach and a river harbour on one side. Great 180 degree views including several islands. It is a low set 3 storey resort with limited accommodation on either side of the main reception and communal areas. It is a very imposing dramatic design set amongst tropical manicured gardens . One of the main advantages to us was the limited number of guests, and if that appeals to you see it now before the developers ruin it, and turn it into yet another crowded "holiday park". They are currently dredging a marina and there are plans to greatly increase the accommodation skirting this new facility.
We stayed in 7 resorts in Fiji and this for us was the best value for money at under $A100 per night which included a large range of self serve full breakfast.
All the resorts we stayed in had manicured gardens, but all seemed a little lax in their attention to detail in the rooms where maintenance appears to be a low priority. Only minor issues but a little strange.
Rainfall in Suva is said to be double that of Nadi. As the Pearl is close to Suva you have a greater risk compared with resorts closer to Nadi.
There is a shopping centre a short walk along the pristine curved sandy beach which has a great little supermarket, several restaurants, many arty souvenir shops, a post office, etc.
Daily activities both free ,and charged, were detailed on a daily news sheet delivered to rooms each night. There is plenty to do here as other correspondents have testified.
As with all the resorts we stayed in, it is the fijian staff that make the difference and make your stay a truely rewarding and memorable experience.
Lovo night , the dancing and singing, were a real highlight.
Finally , although it was a construction site (silt dredging) we were located at the far end away from the activity and were barely aware of it.
The Local Pacific "express" coaches are a great way to see the local country side, absorb some local flavour, and save a lot of money. They pick up from the airport at Nadi and travel through to Suva stopping when required. A$8 Nadi to The Pearl. We used them on 4 occasions and they were great.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Townsville, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Really enjoyed my stay here. Rooms are beautiful, the food is delicious and the staff are amazing. I really recommend going on island day tour here, it was really good. The Peal is a little expensive though but I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Pearl Resort
Address: Queens Road, Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu, Fiji (Formerly Centra Resort)
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Pacific Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Pacific Harbour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Pearl Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on one of Fiji's longest sandy beaches and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, The Pearl Resort is an idyllic escape in the heart of Fiji's adventure capital of Pacific Harbour. The chic and stylish Fiji accommodation will set the perfect mood for your perfect holiday with Ocean, Marina or Garden View rooms and Penthouse Suites available to choose from while Internationally acclaimed chefs create diverse menus that reflect both local and international cuisine in no fewer than six on-site restaurants including the signature fine dining restaurant, Seduce. Synonymous with romance, The Pearl Resort is the perfect location to host a Fiji wedding and provides couples with some of the best wedding packages in Fiji. These include a variety of venue options such as the elegant beachfront chapel and a dedicated wedding coordinator to help ensure everything runs smoothly. Whether you're looking for an adrenaline charged adventure holiday or a luxurious vacation to relax, unwind and recharge, The Pearl Resort is the ultimate holiday destination for the discerning traveller. ... more   less 
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The Pearl South Pacific Hotel Pacific Harbour
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