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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 15 January 2013

We visit this fabulous motel on a regular basis. The rooms are very spacious and modern; packed with all the facilities you will need; the 2 bed apartments have 2 flat screen TV's, one in the lounge and another in the bedroom. Kitchen and lounge and bathroom are perfect and well equipped. The views are stunning from the balcony over... More 

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

I am delighted to receive your positive feedback - thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us. I look forward to your next trip to celebrate your birthday. We are very fortunate that our balconies do allow people to just sit and watch a sunset with not much but open forest land between the balcony and... More 

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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

A basic road side Motel, with very limited facilities. No pool, gardens or games room etc. It's a long time since I have stayed in accommodation with lino on the floors, and although clean and well maintained, there are much better hotels just up the road. Situated on the main road out of Paihia, so the road noise made a... More 

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

Dear Ian Thank you for taking the time to post a review on the Bali Hai, disappointing though it is. However, it is not always possible to receive positive feedback no matter what we do. You stayed in a studio unit with 3 adults and your pet dog, and I gave you a favourable rate. At no point do we... More 

Watford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

We stayed at the Bali Hai in mid December. Our first stop on our 3 week trip around New Zealand. We'd had a long drive up from Auckland (made longer by us taking an unplanned detour) but it was well worth it. Great views from the balcony which caught the evening sun and a short (15 min) walk into the... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Bali Hai. I am glad that you enjoyed the amenities and the view from your balcony. We do get some glorious sunsets, and it is a relaxing way to spend the end of the day. Our location, just on the edge of Paihia means we are quiet,but close... More 

New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

We stayed here beginning of December for one week. We had been upgraded for free to the one-bedroom apartment which was immaculately clean. Barbara came to meet us and gave us the use of the babycot for free as we were staying 6 nights. She also gave us a baby bath and a play mat to use during our stay.... More 

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

Thank you for your review, I remember you guys well, I hope Alexander continued to stay well on the remainder of your trip. It is always lovely when people base themselves with us for a while. It means we get to know you, and share some of your holiday and life experiences and vice versa. I enjoyed our chats on... More 

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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2013

Everything was excellent, would stay there again. Can't say much more than that really! Though Merlin the cat was more friendly than Gandalf the cat! Location didn't get an excellent as it is just a tad to far to walk into Paihia but in the summer that might not be a bad thing as it is quieter.

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

Well thank you for your review ~ and I am still grinning that you included the cats too. Merlin, is very friendly you are correct and Gandalf the Grey well he can be a bit more aloof, but he is also very friendly. Of course, the cats do not / are not allowed in the rooms, but as you probably... More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We stayed at the Bali Hai during the New years period of this year and really enjoyed our stay. The hostess was amazing, the unit we stayed in was very spacious and clean. The views from our balcony were stunning and I would recommend this place to others.

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

Hello Hannah thank you for your review. I know you were only here one night, so that makes it even more important that you took the time to post your thoughts. We appreciate that. We do have high cleaning standards, that is the backbone of what we do, making sure rooms are fresh, clean, and welcoming, for each guest to... More 

Queensland Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 January 2013

This is an awesome hotel, Barbara made us feel so welcome and was incredibly friendly and helpful. Great views from the balcony. Self contained with everything you need. The bathroom is beautiful and brand new, looks as if it has been recently renovated. Love the space to hang your clothes and put your belongings whilst there in the bedrooms. Roomy... More 

Thank Ruthie884
BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. "Congratulations again to you and Terry on your engagement, Ruth, a very special event during your holiday. I am glad, you found the room had all that you needed including good space for clothes and personal items. We have been having some lovely warm days so the BBQ's have been getting a... More 

1 review
Reviewed 1 January 2013

The motel is very tidy, the room we stay in is good for two people, love the facility, enjoyed to do our own BBQ at the backyard. The manager us really friendly and helpful, help us a lot. It is a pleasant and comfortable stay. I would like recommend to others.

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

Hello, thank you for your recommendation - I am glad that you and your partner enjoyed your stay. As I commented in a previous review, we have been having lovely warm days, Kathy, so lots of guests have been using the BBQ's. I hope your journey back to the South Island went well and hope to see you both again... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 December 2012

It's an excellent place to stay with a picturesque view, especially good to stay with your family but it is more like a romantic getaway for couples. But if you are going with your family nonetheless it is beautiful, a small location, right in front of the road and a sea view, Definitely try it out, Andrew is an excellent... More 

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

Hello, thank you for your review. We have a saying, which is "better late than never" and it is impressive that you have taken the time almost 8 months after your visit to review us. Thank you indeed. We do welcome your enthusiasm to invite people to visit Paihia, we are the jewel in the Bay of Islands and proud... More 

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51 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights at the beginning of our travels around nz. from the moment we arrived we knew we were going to be happy there. Barbara was so friendly and welcoming and did everything to make our stay comfortable.the room was bright and spacious and spotlessly clean. The availability of a bbq was most useful. Barbara was... More 

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

Jill, thank you for taking the time to post a review. Just today, I have had a phone call from guests in England who chose us because of our Trip Advisor feedback. This in turn, prompted them to look at our website. So it really highlights to me how important our guest feedback is. I am glad that your journey... More 

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
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  • 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: €81 - €131 (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, New Zealand - Bay Of Islands
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#4 Best Value Hotel in Paihia
#12 Family Hotel in Paihia
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“Room 6 is very close to a very large DVD collection”
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“Room 9 is the best with great views.”
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“Covered parking underneath unit. Free use of BBQ area out back under cover, free DVD Library.”
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“Room 9 may have a view of the sea.”
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