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Pearl of the Bay

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#9 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Spent 3 nights at this motel, and had a great time. My room (#1) was clean and spacious with a great view, and the motel was very quiet and peaceful. Barbara was great...I felt like I was a guest at her house rather than a customer. The location is good- there is a beach that is about 2 minutes away,...

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

Dear Anita, thank you for taking the time to write a review for the motel. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and your local walks. It is important that people feel, that they have been looked after and made welcome, and of course that the facilities meet their needs too. I am glad you were happy with your...

Carnamah, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed 4 May 2013

We arrived at this hotel late at night and on first look thought it might not be that great. We were so wrong. he welcome we received from Barbara was outstanding and she couldn't have been more helpful. The room was clean, of good size and had all amenities needed. As it is set on the hill you get lovely...

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

Thank you Karen, I was delighted to read your review. It is always a little nerve wracking when a review is posted. I am always relieved when guests have enjoyed their stay. I appreciate you taking the time to access Trip Advisor and post your thoughts. I hope that you will make the return trip at some point. Best wishes...

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Returned from NZ after a final stay at Bali Hai Motel to celebrate my 70th birthday. The resident manager, Barbara, was so helpful and kind and made my birthday rather special. Nothing was too much trouble - organising trips and full of very useful local information. We had a lovely one-bedroom apartment with a balcony overlooking the coastline. A great...

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

Dear Chris It is great that you took time to post a review about your experience at the Bali Hai. Thank you! I am glad that all aspects of your trip to New Zealand went well, in particular your stay in Paihia at the motel. I hope when you return, you will give us the option to host you again....

Lytham St Annes
Reviewed 23 April 2013

Arrived early evening to a lovely greeting from Barbara that matched the fantastic scenery of the Bay of Islands. Loved the motel. Great to sit on the veranda and watch the evening sun setting over the mountains - while sipping a glass of NZ wine. Barbara could not have been more helpful and arranged a trip for us as well...

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

Thank you Chris, I am glad that we were a great start to your holiday. Thank you for remembering us at the end of your travels and posting a review. I never know who is going to review. Some people, leave me notes in the room, some people comment on departure.Therefore, I value when people take the time to publicly...

Berkhamsted, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 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 21 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 20 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 9 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 4 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...

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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
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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: $106 - $154 (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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Also Known As:
Pearl Of The Bay Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#4 Best Value Hotel in Paihia
#12 Family Hotel in Paihia
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“Any room is a great room.”
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FinbarO, 7 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We had the end apartment, which has the best view, looking towards the harbour as well as the hills.”
davidandkathy2017, 23 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms have nice view. Some self-contained if you like to cook.”
Julelind, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The corner unit has the best view of the bay (Unit 9)”
323jennifer, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a view of the bay. Lovely to sit there and enjoy the views.”
rachjones2012, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
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