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“Superb - Motel and Host both 5 Star!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pearl of the Bay
Ranked #8 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
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Medway
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Superb - Motel and Host both 5 Star!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

We spent four weeks travelling around North Island and I can say that the Bali Hai was the best motel we found by far. Our intent was to stay for one night but decided to use the Bali Hai as a base and stayed three nights! In common with (some) other motels, we found it to be very clean and comfortable, but others did not offer the same welcome - they did not have Andrew! I challenge anyone to find a more personable and helpful host. Andrew booked trips for us, ordered take away food, a taxi, and as I have a broken back, he even washed the car for us!! Every aspect of the Bali Hai reflected Andrew's obvious desire to ensure a pleasant and relaxing stay and was very much appreciated.
Linda & Julian, Kent, England.

Room Tip: No issues at all with our room. As only 9 rooms there is no reason to assume others would differ.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julian P
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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59 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

This small motel has a number of things going for it - helpful, friendly owner, good rooms with full kitchen facilities, hot tub, access to a pool, nice view. Free use of barbecues and DVD library. If you don't have a car you might find it a bit far from downtown. My only other quibble would be that I prefer bar soap over the liquid soap provided.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

We stayed here in mid January, 2012 and loved every minute of it. Facilities are fabulous: clean and spacious and we wanted for nothing. Andrew is so friendly and nothing is a bother. He clearly loves what he does and it shows (he hates a chat it would seem!! - lol) He helped make our stay (alas as short as it was) a memorable and wonderful one suggesting activities and even making the bookings for us.
This is an incredible region and the accommodation and beauty of the place left us on such a high.
I have no hesitation in recommending this to everyone! We even want to go back (so look out Andrew!!)
Amanda & Aydin

Room Tip: Leave it to Andrew, he WILL look after you :)
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amanda D
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Stayed here in November after Road tripping around Northland. Andrew, the owner, gave us a warm welcome and recommended lots of things to do and see. He seemed very knowledgeable about the area of Paihia. Place was very clean, modern and tidy. We had a 2 Bedroom unit which included a Queen bed and a twin room. Each room had their own television and we had a huge choice of movies to choose from the DVD cabinet. Bathroom had been renovated, the shower fan was a little noisy, but not a major issue.

Overall, enjoyed our stay, and would happily return.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AndzPantz24
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Singapore, Singapore
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34 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

If you're looking for beachfront accommodation, in the heart of the Paihia village, this may not be the place for you. But if you're looking for a quiet, tranquil getaway, just a stones throw away from the bustle of traffic & holiday-makers, this is the place to be!

Booked ourselves into a superior studio apartment (No.9) and to our delight, we found ourselves in a studio which was more serviced apartment than motel. Full cooking facilities, microwave, free WiFi, free DVDs, BBQ area and a balcony area to boot! 

Town centre & the beach was only 1km and a pleasant stroll away. Had the pleasure of meeting Andrew, the owner. He was most welcoming, friendly and full of good conversation!. Thanks Andrew for the suggestion of a drive down the west coast to see the giant sand dunes and Tane Mahuta! It was very was much appreciated! 

We would highly recommend the Bali Hai. The main caveat being that you have to be prepared that it's not beachfront...

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SLChen
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Ithaca, New York
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82 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

If you're willing to take a 5 min. drive (or 15-20 min. walk) to the main activities in Paihia, this place is a real gem. The road does go over a pretty steep hill, though, so I bet the walk would be a drag. (It's not hard to find parking in Paihia.) The rooms are big, very well lighted and airy, modern, and comfortable. The kitchenette has a fridge, microwave, coffee kettle, silverware, flatware, and glasses, and it would be easy to self-cater some meals. They even had a couple of gas grills for use by guests. Bed was comfortable, and the room was quiet as it's set back a bit from the main road. It's great to sit out on the balcony, watch the sunset, and have a beer. I came by myself, but will be returning in April with my family!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BWfromIthaca
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

Very friendly staff and a fairly modern, well-equipped room, with a fair amount of space in the kitchenette and the living area. Close to the coast plus (by car) the restaurants and boat trips of Paihia, and a good base from which to see the Bay of Islands. Recommended.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kevinonthesofa
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Property: 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 Best Value Hotel in Paihia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#12 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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