The motel's great - don't get me wrong. Spacious, clean, well-appointed apartments with almost anything that you can need near at hand. What I did find as I read the reviews before booking this place, and what I experienced firsthand during our far-too-short, 2 day stay at Bali Hai, was that, at the end of the day, the physical, brick-and-mortar hotel doesn't matter as much, to most people who stay here, as the slightly Shrek-like, rough-on-the-edges-but-all-soft-and-cuddly-inside, and per his own admission, occasionally slightly smelly host - Andrew. ;)
Andrew runs a great motel, no doubt, but what really made the stay memorable for us, is that we went expecting a nice room with a nice view, but came away with an unforgettable experience of NZ ,NZ hospitality, and the Bay of Islands - and a large part of the credit for this goes to Andrew. He came aboard from the moment I made the booking – making planning a very tight 2 days in Paihia a cinch while we were still in India, and even dragging us out of bed to make sure we didn’t sleep through what were some very early starts (after some very long flights.)
I would recommend Bali Hai to anybody visiting Paihia – it’s a great motel, and you’re assured of a great time, not just while in the motel, but in your experience of the absolutely wonderful Bay of Islands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pearl of the Bay is a small family run business. We are personal in our approach and our size allows us to ensure that we respond to guests as individuals. With only 9 units, you are never crowded, our lay out gives you optional places to sit and take in the atmosphere, be it on our back patio, your front balcony, or somewhere in your room.We look forward to welcoming you to our spot in the Bay of Islands. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pearl Of The Bay Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand