My review could be a bit biased since our stay at the Pearl Lodge – with hot showers, a big comfy bed, lovely pool and great food – came after 18 days of sailing across the Pacific from the Galapagos Islands. We were a bit starved for some pampering. The hotel deserves high marks for its location, amenities and service. We were only there for a few nights, but our stay was thoroughly enjoyable. The resort sits high up the hill looking over the island and the harbor below. The Hotel Manager picked us up from the harbor and drove us up the steep hill to the resort. On the way, he regaled us with stories of the island and its people. The small staff was pleasant and accommodating. Dinner was by candle light with local music and fresh fish and local delicacies. Terrific meals and service. The breakfast buffet was filled with fresh fruits and baked french breads and sweets. I think my favorite memory of our stay was swimming in the infinity pool at sunset. The view was absolutely spectacular. Yes the pool would be considered small, but the view is not to be believed. Our villa was private and comfortable. There were fluffy thick towels, bathrobes and a bath and shower area decorated with beautiful local flowers. Our room was very comfortable and paneled in wood which gave a warm and cozy feel. The private covered porch / deck was our favorite place to sit, read and watch the landscape. Just stunning views. This is not a place with an active night life. The resort is small and private and quiet and Hiva Oa itself is such a remote place that there is not a lot of activity, even in the main town, the village of Atuona, about a half hour away. There are no beaches close by and getting to town and Paul Gauguins' gravesite will require a taxi ride or a long walk with hills. Yet Hiva Oa is such a beautiful and pristine place that just to be there – whether traveling there by plane or boat – feels like an accomplishment and a gift. The people are friendly, helpful and kind. It helps to know a bit of French, but it's not necessary. The island is filled with exotic flowers and is authentic French Polynesian. Friends of our enjoyed a tour (albeit very bumpy) to the other side of the island and its beaches. We spent an afternoon at a local home for lunch and a swim. I loved my time on Hiva Oa. It's a unique and special place.
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