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Pearl of the Bay

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#8 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
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09/04/2017 10/04/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Berkhamsted, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 April 2013

The first 4 days of our 5 week New Zealand holiday were spent at Bali Hai. We could not have chosen better. Not only is Paihia on the Bay of Islands a lovely part of a wonderful country, our hostess Barbara set a benchmark for kindness and thoughtfulness which was not surpassed and only equalled once for the rest of...

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Dear Brian Thank you for such a kind review, and I am glad to know we set the bar high for thoughtfulness and service. I appreciate you taking the time to post a review; I know that you did a lot of travelling after leaving here. It is really great to get good reviews, as at the end of the...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 20 April 2013

What a lovely find this place is, and Barbara, our host is a delight. The rooms are excellent, with all one could wish for, the views are lovely from all the rooms. The position makes it so easy to see all the tourist sights, but feel you would like to spend more time here. Would definitely come back to this...

Thank barbara t
BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Dear Barbara & VIc, thank you for taking the time to post a review on your stay at the Bali Hai. I really appreciate your comments. We are small and personal, and it is important that our guests feel welcome. I hope that you can make a return visit - after all your "other" travel plans are completed:) Best wishes...

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 April 2013

Roomy unit, TV in both bedroom and lounge, full sized stove/oven, comfortable lounge furniture, bedside reading lights that were bright enough to read by (a first in a motel), and the cleanliness was very good indeed (an important factor).

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. It is much appreciated. I am glad that the accommodation met your requirements. I hope that you will be able to return on one of our winter special deals, which I have sent you privately, from this response.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Back to New Zealand again this March 2013. Went to Northland again and had to stay again at this little gem of a place in the Bay of Islands. Service with a smile, lovely well appointed room, really comfortable bed and great view. Glad I came back for more....

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to us again. I am aware that people can choose to stay anywhere in Paiha, and for someone to choose us more than once is very rewarding. I hope that you and your girlfriend will make the return trip again one day.

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 3 April 2013

This small, intimate and oh so clean motel was a lovely surprise for our family of 4 . We stayed here for only one night but the units were so welcoming, spacious and light filled that we actually flaked here in the afternoon and got takeaway Thai, watched a double feature from the amazing DVD selection Barabra has and we...

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you Jennifer, I am glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay. We are small and that does make it more intimate and personal. However, the patio area gives guests the opportunity to mingle if they wish. Merlin & Gandalf do not usually go into rooms, but the odd exception is allowed. I really appreciate you taking the...

Ironbridge Gorge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 March 2013

As previous people have written.....The "Lovely" Barbara was truly ...Amazing!!! This Hotel IS her life and it shows!!! We had a 2 bedroomed unit and it was as I said...Perfection!!! The whole place is very clean and the BBQ facilities were the BEST we came across in the whole month in New Zealand. We could and did cook all our...

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Well thank you so much - what a lovely review to read, and I do appreciate your comments. I think it is important guests feel they are being given good value, for the rate charged, and this is also relevant to the feedback we receive. I do not underestimate that guests do a lot between leaving the motel and posting...

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 21 March 2013

from our first contact with Barbara, we knew we were in good hands. Wonderful spot, fully contained modern renovated rooms with kitchenettes, BBQ areas, balconies with views of the Bay of Islands, and exceptionally clean, comfortable rooms. DVDs, books to borrow, and just so relaxing you don't want to leave... Free parking, WiFi, and shuttle service. Barbara was so helpful...

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much ~ I appreciate the positive feedback and complimentary review of the motel. Barbara

Reviewed 20 March 2013 via mobile

Barbara is one of the most friendly moteliers I have met. We had some dramas with some of our flights and other accommodation and she helped us out, far beyond what she needed to do. We stayed ins 2 bedroom unit that had great views. The bathroom brand new. Tv's in all rooms. Kitchen was well stocked. Location is a...

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Hello Cherie Thank you for taking the time to post a review, and so quickly too. I am glad that you found the motel had what you needed, and that you felt the rate reflected a fair value. I wish the 3 of you well with your onward travels. Barbara

Crowborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 March 2013

An excellent facility. Well appointed modern room with lots of nice touches. Wonderfully clean and very well equipped. Good wifi connection Friendly welcome, good advice about the area. ...............................Highly recommended.

Thank Jonathan U
BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Hello Jonathan & Jan Thank you for such a lovely review - I truly appreciate it. Barbara

Farnborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 March 2013

Very pleasant, well presented and clean motel with a very helpful and courteous manager, Barbara. It is a short walk to the main town but a very pleasant one unless of course you don't like walking then you take your car. Can also walk to and from town around the coastal path when the tide is out. Great views and...

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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Dear Sue & Graham Thank you for staying the extra nights, and for taking the time to post a review. I am happy to know that you enjoyed your stay.The coastal walk from us to Paihia is lovely. It makes my day when I know guests have had a good stay and we really enjoy receiving our positive reviews. Thank...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

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
Price Range: $114 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pearl of the Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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Pearl Of The Bay Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#12 Family Hotel in Paihia
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“We had the end apartment, which has the best view, looking towards the harbour as well as the hills.”
 of 5 bubbles davidandkathy2017, 23 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms have nice view. Some self-contained if you like to cook.”
 of 5 bubbles Julelind, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The corner unit has the best view of the bay (Unit 9)”
 of 5 bubbles 323jennifer, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a view of the bay. Lovely to sit there and enjoy the views.”
 of 5 bubbles rachjones2012, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Add Pearl of the Bay on your list to Paihia, it will be your best experience ever!”
 of 5 bubbles , 29 Dec 2016 | Read review
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