I'm a sales rep who covers an awful lot of kilometres, and Northland is one of my most tiring runs. I spend three days working my way up from Warkworth through Whangarei, up to Kaitaia, back down to Paihia, then back to Auckland. Over many sales trips I have stayed in a large amount of motels, the majority of which were very good, but I need to have that home from home feel because it's a bit of a lonely trek at times. At last I have found the place I have been looking for! So what is it that appeals?
1) The quiet - Paihia is a bustling, beautiful, lively little town, and most of the motels are centred around the action. That's exactly what I don't want - I need peace and quiet and relaxation after a hard day. Make no mistake, Bali Hai is close to everything Paihia has to offer, but it's just far enough away to offer wonderful quiet at night (unlike 90% of motels).
2) The location - the motel offers truly gorgeous, life enhancing views - think a subtropical Tuscan paradise. Very understated, very relaxed, just so very, very beautiful.
3) The rooms - I must admit to being worried about the lack of carpet, but the floors actually enhance the fresh and bright feel of the rooms - they are so thoughtfully fitted out, decorated and finished it is immediately clear that a huge amount of love and effort has gone in to them. I think that dedication was a crucial factor in the homely feeling I experienced. In other words, I felt the room had been made just for me - that's a rare thing.
4) Barbara - I knew from the moment I arrived that I was in good hands! Barbara is a force of nature, buzzing with energy and so keen to make everyone's stay at her motel special. It's obvious that Bali Hai is her passion and her vocation and her attention to detail is reflected in every aspect of the business. The most lovely hostess!
5) The little things - right down to the little proverb printed and left on the towels. Home from home for sure.
In conclusion, Bali Hai is an absolute gem and a fantastic find - while it will no doubt appeal to the tourist, the magical setting is just a pure balm for the weary business traveller. When doing the loop of Northland it makes sense to down tools in Pahia instead of noisy Whangarei, and this is easily the most suitable venue I have experienced on my travels.
I expect to stay here two nights every five weeks from now on - no need to look for anything else.
- 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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