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Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We were there Sept. 8 thru Sept. 15, it was an absolute dream. We had a premium over the water bungalow facing Mt. Otemanu, to wake up to that view every morning for that week was breath taking. We had a glassed coffee table that had its own reef underneath our bungalow that attracted just about every beautiful tropical fish day and night. Our bungalow was cleaned every morning. I highly recommend it, if your going that far and spending that kind of money its well worth it, plus their are less mosquitos over the water than on land.

The water was amazing! I have never seen such beautiful water, with different shades of green, teals and blues. We snorkeled just about everyday, they have their own coral nursery that is well maintained, that attracts so many fish. I loved it and so did my husband, he could not get me out of the water. It was very quiet, relaxing and peaceful. Many of the locals would kayak to work from the main land, there were never loud boats or jets skis going by. It was very calm.

The staff were wonderful, happy, smiling, friendly and extremely helpful. Their breakfast buffet in the resort was great with many variety to choose from. We had dinner their too in their restaurants, and every meal was delicious, it was a bit spendy but well worth it, what do you expect it is "Bora Bora" and we knew it was not going to be cheap. The drinks were great too at the resort. We did go to the "talked about" Bloody Mary's, it was nice, romantic, good and no so spendy as we heard. We met wonderful couples who shuttled with us from our resort to the restaurant.

We also booked a couples massage in their spa, a "traditional Polynesian massage", it was heaven. We actually fell asleep 10 min into the massage, and it was inexpensive. The resort offers many activities to choose from and excursions. We really just stayed around the resort, walked on the beach and stayed in our bungalow, we did not want to plan too many activities, that's not why we went, we went to relax and enjoy our selves. We did just that! I recommend taking your own snorkle gear, resort offers them too but like me I was snorkeling everyday and wanted them on hand, otherwise you have to walk to the resort and get them, which is fine to.

While we were in Vaitape (main land) we went shopping, there is only one road that goes around the island, we didn't get to go all the way around just to the shops, it was very traditional, no updates or modern, maybe a store or two but I liked it that way. Many locals had homemade items, and there was no hassling trying to get you to buy anything. People were very friendly and laid back.

Everyone there made our 10 year anniversay very memorable. We were sad to go knowing we had to return to our busy lives again but Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort was truly a piece of paradise, and we will return.

Room Tip: premium over the water bungalows facing Mt. Otemanu beautiful view
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank AdrianaJones
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2012

Dear AdrianaJones,

Thank you for choosing the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa for celebrating your wedding anniversary.

It is an honour to serve you during such a unique event and to know that we had made your stay a memorable experience.

Awaiting the moment of welcome you again

Wishing you all the best.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed at Peal Beach Resort and Spa for 5 nights on our 9 night honeymoon in Tahiti and Bora Bora. The first 4 nights we spent at Le Meridien in Tahiti.

After the water shuttle picks you up from the airport, you have a quick 10 min ride to the Hotel. And the first impression is just as good as the last. The hotel is beautiful from the water. It is well kept, with crystal blue water, well maintained bungaloos and a comfortable reception area. The Spa personnel greeted us as we signed in and encouraged us to drop by and tour the spa.

We arrived at 11 am and unfortunately our room was not ready, as the Hotel was busy. So we toured the property, had lunch then returned. By then we were about to enter our premium overwater bungaloo. Premium just means better views, but in all honesty, most of the bungaloos seemed to have nice views, some just better than others.

The rooms is great. Clean, comfortable, large etc. It is not very sound proof, but that is ok. The viewing window to the coral below is a great touch and we loved spotting the occasional sting ray passing by.

The Hotel has a number of restaurants on site and assists in reservations off site. We were not too impressed with the primary upstairs restaurant for dinner. We ate there the first night and didn't return. It was ok, just not spectacular. And when you are paying French Polynesia prices for food, I think I can expect better.

The Breakfast is well worth prebooking. It is expensive to pay separately so we prepaid and ate a large breakfast and then splurged on dinner. For lunch we would either share a meal at the pool bar/restaurant, eat a snack we brought, or go into town and find a low cost sandwich. The burgers available from 4-8 are LARGE which makes them slightly a better deal for the price. But they are messy. O yea, and they seemed to love the use of copious amounts of mayonnaise. So if you prefer your sandwiches, wraps and burgers on the light mayo or no mayo side, make sure to request same.

The watersports could use a few more options. I would have loved a small hobbycat or wind surfer, but the paddle boards and kayaks are good fun along with the decent snorkeling equipment.

Staff was very friendly and everyone always greeted us. We have no complaints. Though make sure you turn the little sign outside you door to the pillow/DnD sign going to bed. The maids make a first round pretty early and use that to tell whether to knock.

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Don't exchange much USD. The Hotel gives slightly better prices than the Airport. Avoid airport exchange AT ALL COSTS. I exchanged at airport for 82 francs to 1 USD, Hotel ~ 86 and when I paid with my card, taking into account the foreign exchange fee, it came out to 89 - 1. So a credit card was the best option even with fees.

Take the shuttle into town for shopping early and stock up on snacks, beer etc. Each meal per person can average $40+. So you have a lot of savings if you eat light for a few lunches.

Mixed drinks are are usually $16 USD while a local beer is around $5-6. Mixed drinks however were consistently weak and not worth the price. Bring a duty free bottle of liquor and wine and then spend $ on beer. The beer is sub- budlight but it does the trick.

Go Jetskiing! It was a blast and worth the high cost. I was worried because it was pretty expensive, but it was alot of fun. We did the Jetskis and quad joint tour and felt it was worth the price. We saw spectacular views, and the guides were very friendly. It is a nice bit of excitement for an otherwise laid back vacation.

The Yacht Club is a good meal, better in our opinion than Bloody Mary's. Bloody Mary's was fun, just over hyped.

STOP AT DUTY FREE IN LAX AND STOCK UP on booze etc. While there is a very harsh carry on limit, if your carry on is too heavy, they check it for free for you from Tahiti to Bora Bora. So you can spread weight around and bring in a few bottles in your checked luggage. Even in town a bottle of Smirnoff is close to $45USD.

All of the Restaurants on island are VERY EXPENSIVE. Save up for the meals as you can expect to pay $100 - $150 per full meal.

Spa is also Very Expensive and while a nice massage sounds nice, I couldn't get myself to sign up for anything at the prices offered.

There is not a full fridge in the rooms. There is a stocked min bar fridge that they encourage you not to use for personal use, we however did anyways and were careful not to drink/eat any mini bar items.

Room Tip: The farthest out bungaloos have the best views. But it is literally a 5-8 min walk to the end rooms...
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9  Thank JamesCoyne
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

Dear JamesCoyne,

Thank you very much for your review on your resent trip in our hotel.
I am happy to note that you enjoyed your stay and please let me know when you come for a second visit.

Best Regards

David Ballandras
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Bora Bora is one of thse magical places that the pictures can't even capture. I didn't know I had a bucket list until I got here and realized this was on it! Staying in an overwater bungalow was an incredible experience. Swimming off the side of our private deck, the color of the water, the little reef under the bungalow viewing box with the lights at night, seeing the fish swimming around it. This is not like anyplace in the world.

This hotel boasts one of the loveliest spots on the island. The hotel is really beautifully laid out, the food is excellent, the staff are just lovely. Everyone in Bora Bora is really happy, and I can understand why. The sunsets are magical and the water is unreal. The sand under your toes is so soft, and you can walk and walk and still have the water just above your waist. I would recommend this hotel to everyone!

Room Tip: You have to come here!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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2  Thank Sally M
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

Dear Sally M,
Thank you very much for the wonderful review on Tripadvisor.

We are glad that your stay was unforgettable and I hope you will come and visit us again.
Wishing you all the best

David Ballandras
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

If you don't knwo where to stay this hotel is ideal. They staff is really friendly and the facilities were great. If you go on you honeymoon you will have halfboard and it's soooo perfect!! French cuisine and 3 dishes all time that you won't be feeling hungry at all!
With the over water bungalow you have your own small "beach" so I think that is really a good option to go ahead! I personally think that quality against price with this hotel is really competitive.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ana G
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

Dear Ana G,
Thank you very much for your nice review.

All of our employees are appreciative when they receive comments like yours.
I hope to be able to welcome you back in the future.
Best Regards

David Ballandras
General Manager

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in a premium overwater bungalow, and would have stayed another night. This hotel is out of this world. I cannot believe its the same chain as the Moorea one, the Bora Bora property is beautiful, the staff are 5 star and the food was amazing. They do happy hour 2x per night in the bar, and we found the prices much more reasonable than at the Moorea resort.

The only downside is the town of Bora Bora, there isn't much to do and going to and from the town can be pricy (via boat/bus and taxi), but you are there for the experience.

Room Tip: Premium bungalow, hands down.
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort for our honeymoon and what a place words can not describe such a magical and wonderful place. We stayed in an over water bungalow for six days and had the best time ever.

Staff were so lovely, facilities were great and food (restaurant) was magical. So much to do so little time. The next time we go back we will be staying much longer.

We did the jet skiing around the island, canoeing, snorkeling, swam with the black tip sharks and sting rays, cracked coconuts and met other lovely guests the trip was so perfect.

Thank you
Pearl Beach Resort
Jason & Simone O'Donnell

Room Tip: Try the over water bungalow. Buy any extra alcohol and food from Chin Lees supermarket it is great...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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Additional Information about 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:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#5 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range: $445 - $1,118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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