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Reviewed 15 October 2012

I highly recommend the Pearl Beach to anyone traveling to Bora Bora. We spent an amazing 3 wks there and wouldn't have stayed in any other hotel. The Pearl Beach is now the oldest resort in Bora Bora but don't let that fool you. The grounds are in amazing shape, the staff are great and very friendly, and the rooms are just like the pictures. We stayed in bungalow 44, best view in the place, and it felt as though we were the only ones on the island. We loved watching and swimming with the fish around the coral underneath our room. The water is unbelievable it's hard to describe. No the rooms aren't as large as some of the newer hotels, some half the size, but we had all the room we needed, even room to stow our luggage. Why pay for square footage you aren't going to use?

If you want to do any scuba diving we highly recommend the Pearl as Blue Nui is a great company to dive with and they are right at the hotel. Gilles and Wendy are great and you won't regret your decision to dive with them. We dove a total of 12 days and loved every minute of it, especially the cookies and Gilles' ginger tea after the dives. ;)

If you don't grab and liquor at duty free before you get there We highly recommend hitting up the grocery store. Booze is way cheaper; the hotel has coolers you can keep in your room for anything that needs to be chilled. I really enjoyed the food at the resort. My husband is a little pickier then I am so he was getting tired of rotating through 3 lunch items by the time we left. Be careful with the luau's, we went to one and that was enough. Found wasn't worth the money so we went to the mainland those nights.

Probably my favorite part was that the staff knew everyone's name! Yes they have a cheat sheet but by the second day they didn't even have to use it. They want everyone to be as comfortable and appreciated as possible whether you were staying 3 days or 3 wks!

Wouldn't recommend going during the wet season. We were there in October, just before the wet season, and had an amazing time (sorry the drop down menu wouldn't let me go back any further the. November). I only got bit by maybe 5 mosquitos the whole time and that's saying something because they search me out. Great time to go!

We loved every minute of our stay and we can't wait to go back, may not be till our 10-15th anniversary but we'll be back for sure!

Room tip: If you can, bungalow 44.
Date of stay: November 2011
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3  Thank Kelsey M
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2012

Dear Kelsey M,
Thank you for the wonderful review on Tripadvisor.
I hope you will and visit us again
Wishing you all the best.

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Reviewed 9 October 2012

What an amazing experience! I feel so blessed that my husband and I had the opportunity to stay at the Pearl Beach Resort for our honeymoon. The staff is super friendly and the grounds are amazing. We stayed in the garden bungalow for 6 nights then moved to the overwater bungalow for 5 nights. We requested bungalow 44 which is the last one in the row and we actually had bungalow 44. It is a long walk from hotel reception and restaurants but the seclusion and views were worth it. The garden bungalow is much bigger and a little more updated and the plunge pool is great, but watch out for the mosquitoes. I suggest staying in an OWB for at least some of your trip if you have the $$. You came this far, might as well go all the way, and nothing compares to jumping off your deck into the turquoise lagoon.

We had breakfast included every morning which I would highly recommend. There is something for everyone; yogurt, omelets, pastries, cereal, fruit, pancakes, and delicious croissants. We filled up on breakfast had a light snack midday and ate a big dinner. We ate at both restaurants but found the food to not be as good as the restaurants on the mainland and pricier. Room service was better than dining in the restaurant. We ordered room service several times while in our OWB. The poolside restaurant had great food but they are only open for lunch. I heard bad reviews about the cheeseburger before going so of course I had to get the cheeseburger, and it was DELICIOUS. Their Mahi Mahi burger was pretty good also. Just keep in mind that you do not go to Bora Bora for the food. No matter where you dine in Bora Bora you will be shocked by how expensive it all is. Make sure you go to Chin Lee’s and pick up snacks, wine, beer, and whatever else tickles your fancy because you can only justify so many $25 pina coladas.Buy liquor in Duty Free at LAX or bring from home.

You do not have to book all of your activities before you get there. The staff at the activities desk will help you with whatever you need whether its shark feeding or making reservations at Bloody Mary’s, they do it all. (If you’re booking La Villa Mahana or Raanui Tours make sure you do that online before you go because La Villa Mahana books up fast and the resort does not work with Raanui)

The Spa. Do at least one treatment if you can. If not just take a tour because it’s beautiful. We booked the royal honeymoon package and it was incredible.

Overall everything was great. The staff was friendly and helpful, resort was clean, complimentary water activities available and beautiful views (best in Bora Bora actually). I highly recommend this resort over the others because it’s smaller, more authentic and is in a great location.

Feel free to ask any questions :)

Room tip: Stay in OWB!
Date of stay: September 2012
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4  Thank Smiley0114
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2012

Dear Smiley0114,
Thank you for your nice review.
We are glad that your overall stay was enjoyable.
Best Regards

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Reviewed 9 October 2012

We reserved the Pearl for our wedding and honeymoon and could not' have been more pleased. This resort was prefect for us. It was quiet, serene, incredibly beautiful, and more romantic than we could have imagined. The ceremony on the beach that the Pearl provided was second to none. Heartfelt thanks to our wedding coordinator, Giulia.
The entire staff was warm, friendly and helpful and we felt very much at home in our spacious overwater bungalow - #44 was very private and had a picture perfect view of the island of Bora Bora We miss it already and truly hope to return...soon!

Room tip: Overwater bungalows are the way to go. We had a sunrise view and it was spectacular every morning.
Date of stay: September 2012
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2012

Dear Cupe30,
We were glad to welcome you at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa for your wedding,
All the staff appreciate when they receive good comments like yours.
I, personally, thank you for taking the time to share your experience and I hope to welcome you back in the future.
Best Regards

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Reviewed 6 October 2012

Our trip got off to a rocky start with delayed and missed flights. We missed staying the the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort but were able to have an extra night in Bora Bora in a garden bungalow before moving into our OWB. Both accomadations are beautifully furnished and very comfortable. The garden bungalow had a beautiful walled garden and our own plunge pool/whirlpool. The mosquitoes were more prevalent on the land than on the water. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were large. Our only complaint was the shower pressure when in the premium OWB. The water pressure was very low, it was difficult to get hot water and to keep a consistent temperature. The staff was very friendly and helpful. By day 2 of our stay they knew us by name. There are plenty of activities so you can do as much or as little as you want. The water was beautiful and warm. The lagoon is shallow with a very sandy bottom. It was quicker to walk thru the water to our OWB than to take the dock. We absolutely loved this resort and are thinking of when we can return.

Room tip: If you are traveling this far for a holiday, spend the extra money for an overwater bungalow. We had a premium OWB over looking Mount Otemanu. Waking up in the morning and having that as the first thing you see is incredible. Also, our package included breakfast which was perfect for us. There was enough variety that we didn't get bored with the food. Bring your own snacks for those late afternoon cravings. The hotel restaurants are OK for dinner but nothing special. Make reservations with the desk for restaurants on the main island. They will come to the Pearl base and take to the restaurant for dinner then back to the base.
Date of stay: September 2012
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2  Thank Carole S
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2012

Dear Carole S,
Thank you for choosing the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa for celebrating your 25th anniversary.
It is an honour to serve you during such a unique event and to know that we have made your stay a memorable experience.
Awaiting the moment of welcome you again
Wishing you all the best

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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Bed: Firm without being too hard.
Pillows: Firm but low enough profile as to not crick one's neck, not feathers.
Bedding: Sheets and blanket with coverlet, the latter presumably reused between stays.
Daybed: Poor quality spring mattress.

Overwater bungalow (level - premium): Well appointed with individual access to lagoon, outdoor shower, and deck with deck chairs. Included zoneless DVD player and iPod dock. In-room Wi-Fi (reasonable speed) with unlimited use for daily surcharge. Inside shower with lowish pressure but otherwise ok. In-room jacuzzi-tub.

Restaurants: Our rate included breakfast and dinner with there being surcharges for most items ordered at dinner. Breakfast not as nice as it could be. Service inconsistent ... sometimes very good but often a bit inattentive. A la carte dinner options very good. One night was seafood buffet only with Polynesian show ... all a bit average.

Transport: $39 each way per person charge for short transfer from airport to resort. There is a free boat shuttle to main island with somewhat infrequent direct connection to shuttle bus to main town (Vaitape) for $10 per person round trip. Main island cabs expensive.

Activities: The usual array with free use of sea kayaks. Most other water activities with surcharge. Dive shop at the resort.

Date of stay: September 2012
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2  Thank Ayr2l8
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DGBorapearlbeach, Directeur général at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2012

Dear Ayr 2I8,
We were glad to welcome you at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, and we do appreciate your valuable notes regarding our hotel premises and our service as well.

We have taken note of the comments you made in regards to transportation service as well as the service at the restaurant, and we have changed our procedures to become more effective.

I, personally, thank you for taking the time to write on your experience, and sincerely hope to be able to welcome you back in the near future.

Best Regards

David Ballandras
General Manager

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