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Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Staten Island, New York
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“Wonderful Honneymoon : )”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

We Stayed here for our Honeymoon, the place was beautiful. We stayed a total of eight days we split it up from a Garden room and the over water room. I personal like the Garden room better there was more room and A LOT more privacy. The Garden room has an outside sitting area a personal pool and plenty of room. The over water room has the ocean view. The food was good and the service was great. The staff couldn't do more to help.
Two days into the trip we got the Dinner Meal plan and it worked out good, otherwise it would of been really expensive. The food is a lot of money but at breakfast make some sandwiches for lunch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

For our 25th wedding anniversary we had the most amazing week in Bora Bora. We had a couple of nights in Tahiti before flying to Bora Bora as the flights from Australia get in so late there are no connections that day.
On arriving in Bora Bora airport- we were greeted by Danielle and after identifying our bags they were taken care of and delivered to our room. We were taken by boat, the jetty is next to the bag pick up, so you only have to walk a few metres. In reception at the Pearl Beach we were greeted with drinks and facecloths and given information about the hotel before being taken to our room. We had booked a premium overwater bungalow with the view of Mt Otemanu. The view was amazing. The room will need an upgrade shortly but it was still fabulous. The bed was huge and yes, a little hard - but I mentioned this at reception and housekeeping staff followed us back to the bungalow with two mattress toppers. They remade the bed and asked me to try with one or two! One was fine and it made a huge difference. I always think that a hotel can only be really assessed on how they do things if you aren't 100% happy and in this case, they couldn't have done more.
Food was great apart from Tuesday and Wednesday night when it was average. The portions are not huge, but are great quality. Everything you could want was available for breakfast with fruit, juice, cereal, yoghurt, cold meat, cheese, cooked breakfast and an egg station. Don't sleep in if you want eggs benedict though as they did run out by 9am. People who had a meal plan could have a 3 course meal every night. We had room service twice and the menu was extensive and delivered really quickly, by a waiter on a tricycle.
We loved the door signs which were made from carved bamboo and you could turn it to a pillow to say do not disturb or a broom to request the room to be serviced.
The coral nursery is a fantastic idea and there is lots of information about the ecological project the hotel are undertaking. You are asked to pay FPX 200 per night to go towards this as a voluntary contribution. We were happy to, but noticed that it was added to our bill without us being asked, which was a bit naughty. The fish in the area are amazing. You can snorkel straight from your bungalow steps at high tide - at low tide you're better walking in case you hit the coral. An outdoor shower is then available when you get back before hitting the sun loungers. I particularly loved putting the lights on under the bungalow at night and still being able to watch the fish through the coffee table or bedside cabinets.
Other have mentioned mozzies but that is really only a problem near the stagnant water of the lilly pond - and therefore the beachside bungalows. We got bitten a few times on our way to the restaurant but it was no worse than Melbourne in the summer.
We were in bungalow 26 and it was perfect. Close enough to the hotel, right next to the coral nursery and separated from the others by its own little walkway, so no one had to walk past us.It was also close enough to the housekeeping huts that have ice machines so my champagne never got too warm.
We booked three excursions, the sunset cruise - excellent value for money and lovely people; the reef discovery snorkelling tour - again excellent value for money and a superb trip; and the 4x4 trip - expensive for what it was, not so great, no shade, uncomfortable seats but fabulous views.
This was truly the way to spend our anniversary. Just one word of warning, if you don't like wind this might not be the place for you - in French Bora Bora is called the Windy Isles - but that doesn't mean its cold or that it stops you doing the things you want to do on holiday. It sounds worse than it is inside the bungalows.

Room Tip: Splash out and have an overwater bungalow. Room 26 was superb but I wouldn't have liked to have...
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

The resort is located on a Motu so the Bora Bora view you see on postcards are right off of the Premium Over Water Bungalows. We stayed there only 3 nights after 4 nights in Moorea regretting that we didn't stay longer. Our POWB had an amazing view to the Mt. Otemanu. Every morning, waking up to the mountain view with beautiful lagoon was priceless. The staff were very nice and tried to best accommodate our needs. The boat ride to the mainland was very short and quick! Easy to make reservation with the front desk at the hotel and they can organize a pick up with restaurants.

Only problem we had was the strong wind!! Our dive master told us that Hilton and Pearl get hit by strong wind on windy days... But that's not the resort's fault at all.

Overall, our stay was just amazing! We can wait to go back already!!!

Room Tip: Stayed POWB #18 and had an excellent view!1 Send an email with request prior to your trip "grea...
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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is actually a paradise! We got married right there and stayed in an overwater bungalow, right the last one in the row, quite in the middle of the lagoon. Wonderful sunrises, and the Otemanu mountain in front of us!
Very gentle staff, and on my birthday also gifts in our room.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

The resort is located on a little motu. This means you will have the unbeatable view looking back to the main island but also means it is a more windy spot.We has an overwater bungalow, which we enjoyed during our 5 nights stay. An amazing place to watch sunrise, but the sun goes behind the bungalow in the afternoon. We were able to spend quite a bit of time in our bungalow appreciating the stunning view and swimming nearby. We felt like in the middle of a giant fish tank! There are some fish close by especially around their coral garden, however, not the best place for snorkling. Our bungalow looked a bit dated and tired, there were nails sticking out and the shower door won't shut properly because the hinges were falling apart. The bungalow doesn't have a bedside clock which makes it a little tricky to track the time. The thing I am most disappointed at is their food - expensive, small in portion and bland. We ended up going to the main island for dinner most of the nights when we were there, which you can book through the resort's reception. The resort provides frequent water shuttle service to the main island and back, the restaurants will pick up/drop off people at the other end free of charge. If you want a ride to Vataipe, it costs 1000 CFX per person for a round trip (organised through the resort). There are only two buses a day. That's where you can stock up your snacks, water and other essentials from the supermarkets. This is also where most of the pearl retailers are; some of them provide a free pick up service too if you want to shop with them. For some strainge reasons, the resort is full of flies and mosquitos. I am not sure if it was the case with other resorts, but it certainly wasn't the case when we stayed at the Hilton in Moorea. So make sure you apply a lot of insect repellent before heading out for meals in the resort. All in all, okay experience but not outstanding.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Friendly welcoming staff. We had a premium overwater bungalow, no 46 so a long walk to amenities but this means more privacy and better views too, so we were happy. The bungalow was gorgeous and we could not fault it, very clean, spacious, very comfy bed and pillows.

We had the food package which is a great way to go, limited options for dinner but full choice of a gorgeous lunch menu. Really good international wine list to choose from too. Overall food was outstanding!

There is a project within the resort to restore coral, so each bungalow has a growing little coral Bobbie visible from their coffee table. This project has resulted in more than 75 species of fish which makes for very easy and safe snorkeling for all levels. The coral nursery is a great place for littlest and some families were there whilst we were there and feeding the fish is an amazing experience!

The spa experience was divine and I recommend it. The snorkel tour I did was perfect and I will rate that separately. We loved this place and I recommend it highly. As Aussies who have stayed throughout the Whitsunday Islands and Balil where nightly entertainment happens, we missed a band and dancing each night. Apart from 2 nights of a Polynesian show, there is no other entertainment at all.

Lots of honeymooners of course, really set up for couples and did seem to be gay friendlybsonthatbwas also heartening to see.

Room Tip: Premium overwater guarantees an outward looking view not close to the boat jetty, 36-46 ensure views...
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

I will start off by saying we were another honeymooning couple. My partner had always dreamed of Bora Bora, especially of staying in an overwater bungalow, so it was natural to choose it as our honeymoon destination! Our travel agent recommended the Pearl, and it sounded nice enough, so we booked it in.
And we absolutely loved it! The whole resort was beautiful, staff were friendly and always helpful, the rooms were immaculate and we loved every part of our stay.
We were greeted at the airport by a representative of the hotel, had a welcome lei placed around our neck and escorted to the boat which would take us to the resort. Our bags were immediately the responsibility of the staff, and we didn't see them until we got into our room were they were already waiting for us.
Upon arrival at reception, we were given a refreshing mocktail (no idea what it was, but it was absolutely delicious) and cool damp refreshing towel. An employee explained the details of the resort, including the different bars and restaurants, the free shuttle to the main island and activities available to us. Check-in time isn't until 2pm, and due to an early flight we arrived around 11:30am, so our room wasn't quite ready yet. In saying that, we only had to wait about an hour, which we spent walking around the resort, taking photos and getting our bearings. So our room was still ready an hour a half before official check-in!
We split up our stay by spending the first five nights in a beach bungalow, and then moving to an overwater bungalow for the final two nights.
A team member of the hotel escorted us to our room and explained all the details such as the air conditioning, the jacuzzi, room service, etc. He was very friendly and efficient. And of course, the bungalow was amazing! Very large, absolutely immaculate, with separate sleeping and lounge area, which also had a small dining table. The bungalow opened straight out onto the beach and we had stunning views of the water and Mount Otemanu.
I've read other reviews that said the bed was too hard. It was a firm bed, but perhaps that works for me, as I slept fine. The mosquito net over the bed came in handy as there were a few mosquitoes around, but all rooms come with insect spray as well. We also purchased some aeroguard, however I am one of those freaks who attracts mosquitoes like nothing else. After the first two days I had a number of bites, whereas my husband had none. So if you're loved by mosquitoes like I am, just be prepared. However, the net was very useful! It can get a bit warmer under there, but the rooms are air conditioned, so turn it on and you'll be fine (it's hot in Bora Bora anyway, so it'll probably be on already).
Breakfast was brilliant, lots of choices, though very European, i.e. milk for cereal is lukewarm instead of cold. I always went for simple toast and then hit the sausages, hash browns, etc. There's also an egg buffet, where they cook the eggs however you like them. There's also yoghurt, fresh fruit, pastries, ham, cheeses, bread rolls, etc. There was also the option of an Asian breakfast with miso soup, etc.
We booked two activities through the front desk which were the Shark & Stingray Tour and the 4x4 Vavau Jeep Tour. Both were amazing, booking was incredibly easy and the staff helpful. We also tried out the activities hut at the resort, and played games of mini-golf, tennis and badminton. Equipment was all in good condition and we had a great time. We also hired a kayak one day and some snorkeling gear on a separate day. The goggles are a bit small, so if you plan on doing a lot of snorkelling (some of the tours like the Shark & Ray require your own goggles, so you have to hire them from the activities hut) it might be good idea to bring your own.
However, all non-motorised activities are free, so it costs nothing to hire any of this equipment.
All lunches and dinners at the Pearl were fantastic. We tried all three restaurants for dinner, and all three were great. I've seen other people complaining about the risotto, however I had the pumpkin risotto one night and it was delish! It was however made with normal rice, not aborio rice, so it wasn't technically a risotto, so perhaps this was their complaint. But it still tasted amazing.
The Miki Miki Bar by the pool is always busy, though never full. It's great to stop in for lunch, snacks or even just a cold beer or some cocktails. The night bar is lovely, and they bring out complimentary appetisers when you order a drink.
Our move to the overwater bungalow was smooth and easy process. We were doing the 4x4 tour that day, so we packed up our things, left our bags in the room, dropped the keys at reception and by the time we got back our new room was ready and our bags were already there waiting for us.
The overwater bungalow was stunning! We had a premium bungalow, so I don't know what the standard bungalows were like, sorry. Ours was a little smaller than our beach bungalow, but it was understandable seeing as it was overwater. However, it was still beautiful, immaculate, everything you would want. It also had a bath, which the beach bungalow didn't. The balcony has stairs leading down to a platform and a ladder to get straight into the water. There was also a little outdoor shower to rinse off the ocean when you got out. The coffee table opened up to water, coral and fish underneath and you can buy fish food from the store to feed them.
No mosquito net in this room, but you didn't really need it as they don't come out into open water and the room was more airtight than the beach bungalow.
The only miniscule stress we had was booking for the restaurant Bloody Mary's. I had heard that if you try to book through your hotel to go to a restaurant on the main island for dinner, they may try to dissuade you, or say they're already full. This is slightly true, but a lot of the resorts do it. You can't blame them, the economy hasn't been great, so they're trying to do the best they can. Anyway, we were told we needed a minimum of four, and for our chosen night, no one else had booked. They took our name down and said if anyone else came along, they'd let us know and put through the reservation. We went back to our room and called the restaurant direct, as we also knew most restaurants on the island will pick you up from your hotel for free, and drop you back after dinner as well. This was exactly the case!
We rang Bloody Mary's, made the booking and they said they'd pick us up at 6:40pm. On our chosen night, there were about six other couples, so this 'four person minimum' could have been completely bogus. Anyway, dinner was brilliant, and they said they'd take us back to the hotel at 9pm.
Overall, most of the other guests at the Pearl were honeymooners or couples. There were also some families with young children and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The pool looked beautiful, though I never used it as I just hit the beach instead. It seemed to be mainly the kids using the pool.
We also witnessed two weddings at the resort, one being a traditional French Polynesian ceremony, and it was beautiful!
I did get a couple of stomach aches during my stay, which I am prone to anyway, so it was no surprise and nothing to do with the food (husband was fine, as was everyone else). I just paid a visit to reception where they gave me some antacid tablets and it went away. Perfect! People say the Pearl is expensive, but Bora Bora in general is expensive. In saying that, I'm from Sydney, which is also an expensive city, so compared to back home it wasn't too bad. We never used the Manea Spa, so I have no idea what it was like, but I heard good things. We met one guy who had a tattoo done by the guy in there and it looked incredible. Very clean, very neat, he had done a great job.
In the end, it was a perfect stay and the ultimate honeymoon! My husband and I had the time of our lives, the Pearl Beach Resort was fantastic and I would happily recommend to anyone and everyone.

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Property: Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Motu Tevairoa | BP 169, 98730, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#4 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#6 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 80
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The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is located on Motu Tevairoa facing the island of Bora Bora. It offers a place to luxuriate in the peace and tranquility of the magical surroundings with unsurpassed views on the world renowned Mount Otemanu.This traditional Polynesian style hotel is located 10 minutes by private boat from the airport and 15 minutes from Vaitape, the main village of Bora Bora. It offers 50 over water bungalows, 10 beach suites and 20 garden pool suites.All feature ceiling fan, air conditioning, coffee & tea making facilities, mini bar, hair dryer, safety box, iron and table,magnifying mirror, 20" LCD satellite television with DVD player, IDD telephone, CD player.In addition, the over water bungalows have glass tables to view the aquatic life of the lagoon, a large sundeck and sitting area with direct access to the water. The beach suites offer a lounge area facing the beach and a private enclosed garden with Jacuzzi. The garden & premium pool suites feature a private tropical garden, plunge pool and a spacious covered sitting & resting area.The hotel has 3 restaurants, 2 bars, 1 boutique, an on-site diving centre - the Blue Nui Dive Center, a fresh water swimming pool, one floodlit tennis court, mini golf, table tennis, volley ball court and bacci ball court, billiards and a wide variety of activities and excursions.Beside the hotel's overwater bungalows is a coral nursery called To'A Nui. Since the creation of the nursery more than 70 species of fish have settled and developed in this unique environment. The park allows a colony of 4000 corals to regenerate in perfect ecological conditions. Our guests can freely discover this unique place (snorkeling) and live an unforgettable experience.The Manea Spa covers an area in 675 sq meters and combines traditional Tahitian architecture with state of the art equipments and facilities: 2 double and 1 single massage rooms, 1 VIP spa suite, 1 double Vichy shower, 1 beauty & tattoo salon, 2 saunas, 2 steam bath and a fully equipped fitness room. ... more   less 
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