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“Friendly service where we felt at home and relaxed”
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Pearl of the Bay
Ranked #9 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

I was really pleased with Bali Hai. Barbara was friendly, and helpful. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment that had a kitchen with an oven, so we cooked a meal one night rather than eating out again. Recycling encouraged, which is great.

I did a load of washing ($5 - had been cheaper or free in other hotels) but got to hang out our clothes on their line to dry in the sun (always preferred). Only 'complaint' was that we had to wash up our own dishes every day. This was the only place we stayed in that asked us to do this. The DVD library was great so we relaxed and watched movies in our room after a day out. Location is a short drive to main town, or a walk if you prefer. We walked, on Barbara's suggestion, from our room down around the beach to Paihia, and it was lovely. A view from balcony of beach and hillside. Saw a beautiful sunset one night. A beautiful town and a comfortable, friendly place to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2014

Hello Kim
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Barbara

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

So many highlights on our Tour of New Zealand, but this really was a stunning Motel. Barbara runs a beautiful little establishment, with the emphasis on service & the personal touch which can sometimes be missing from larger premises. Fabulous location with great views, balcony overlooking the water & a backyard for a more sheltered outdoor area. If you want to visit the Bay of Islands then go & see Barbara & see for yourself. Just wish we could have stayed more than two nights

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

Wow, thank you that is a great review. I appreciate that you took the time and I am glad that you felt cared for whilst you were here. I wish you could have stayed longer too - anyone reading this, you need to spend a good few days in Paihia, it is worth it. Best wishes Barbara

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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed here for three nights on our honeymoon. Barbara was an amazing host. What we liked most about this place was the small touches. The DVD library, the access to the BBQ to cook meals on (with oils, wraps, etc. available) and the functionality of the kitchen facilities provided. Our room was spacious, clean and well maintained. Bit of a hill walk into town but nothing too bad. We had a car so this didn't present a problem and the under cover parking was appreciated.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. When you are a smaller property, it is the little things that can make a difference. I am glad that for your honeymoon, you felt you had made a good choice. Best wishes for the future. Barbara

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

A party of 7, we rented 3 apartments at this motel where we spent 4 wonderful days over christmas. Barbara the owner was amazing, an excellent host always on hand very helpful with tips on places to see & places to eat. She reviewed places for us to eat christmas day & communicated with us by email prior to our arrival so we could plan ahead and book our Christmas day meal. On Christmas day morning Barbara visited each apartment with Christmas wishes , a personalised card, bottle of wine & chocolates, which was a lovely thought & perfect start to our Christmas day. Our apartments were spotless and very comfortable, complete with everything you could need. Two of the apartments were recently refurbished, and I would definitely rate this a 5 when the apartments are all complete. Fantastic views from our balcony and only a short distance to town centre. Great place would highly recommended it.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We do have a Christmas tradition which involves me wearing a lot of red & white on Christmas morning, and it is a nice way to make the day special for our Christmas day guests. It was lovely to meet you all and I am glad that all your advance planning went well. Best wishes to you all. Barbara

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Highly recommended. This is one of those lovely small motels with a personal service with all the facilities you could need a short walk away. The owner, Barbera, is very service oriented and helpful, and goes to extreme lenghts to ensure all guests are well looked after. She has lots of local knowledge and provides helpful advice. Even the older rooms are spacious, very clean and comfortable, but even so are in the process of being upgraded to an even higher standard. There are BBQ and laundry facilities, the kitchenette was well equiped and stocked with fresh milk for coffee and tea. Cars can be parked directly underneath the room, out of the sun. What more can you possibly want?

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

Thank you so much for such a positive and detailed review. Very much appreciated. Barbara

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We were so very welcomed by the manager Barbara, who was full of great tips and ideas for sightseeing and eating in and around town. our rooms were lovely, clean and spacious complete with a stunning view over the inlet, full kitchenette and extensive DVD library. Only a short walk into town via the beach or road. Recommend to solo travellers, those travelling with friends, couples or families.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

Thank you, I appreciate your positive feedback and comments. Barbara

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Reviewed 9 January 2014 via mobile

Extremely highly recommended!
A friend and I stayed for 3 nights.
Stunning 180 degree views from the inlet to the forest, front row views of sunset from balcony/lounge and kitchen!
Beach access 1 min walk, then max 20 mins walk along beach into Paihia town or via road max. 10 mins walk or 1 min drive.
Rooms comfy, spotless, full kitchen very handy, TVs in both rooms, lush towels and soap provided and free wifi&dvd library for all guests. Quiet location apart from hearing passing cars at times - only 9 other units.
Gorgeous Barbara the manager gave such a warm welcome, including tourist info tips, nothing too much trouble for her, fresh milk in fridge & we were even allowed to keep our car on the property whilst we went on an overnight cruise.
You will love it here!

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

Thank you, your review is much appreciated. We always try to help our guests and often people leave here to do an overnight trip, so we do take care of their car in their absence. All part of the personal service. Best wishes Barbara

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Additional Information about Pearl of the Bay

Address: 8-10 Coutts Avenue, Paihia 0200, New Zealand (Formerly Bali Hai Motel)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#10 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range: £66 - £111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pearl of the Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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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