Destination: Pearl Resort, Bora Bora French Polynesia
Date: August 2013
Activity: Dining and Spa Day!
Visiting French Polynesia has given us an opportunity to experience many different parts of island living. During our week long stay at Motu Ahuna enjoying our “shipwreck island” style accommodations we decided to travel over to the Pearl Resort to have breakfast and swim at their pool. Though we had only been on the island a few days cooking, breakfast, lunch and dinner on vacation had become a little taxing and a breakfast out sounded nice. Plus after our near death adventure, see Near Death Experience blog post, we were no longer venturing out from the island at night so a breakfast seemed like a nice alternative.
I was also excited to see another resort on the island. Since visiting the Hilton resort I had a certain level of standard in my mind, so I wanted to compare it to a resort in the area. Going to the Pearl which is a leading resort, I knew we were going to a nice place for breakfast.
After being a little accosted at the docks regarding reservations,(we did not), we finally got our dinghy tied up and fanangled ourselves into a table. (They weren’t booked nor very busy but apparently a reservation is required) We were seated way to the side with the five of our kids we still had with us on the trip. I was glad to be away from the honeymooners though this hotel seemed to have a few more families than the Hilton had the previous week during our two night stay. The clientele also seemed to be much more international than the Hilton. We could hear more than just English and French being spoken at the tables surrounding us.
The breakfast was buffet style which is great for the immediacy of the food but terrible trying to make sure five kids don’t take too much or touch the food while they try and serve themselves. In comparison to the Hilton’s buffet it was lacking. It didn’t have nearly the selection nor was the food as good. The view was beautiful from the dining area and so we did enjoy beautiful views during our meal.
On the good side, the staff at the Pearl was very kind to our children. When we asked if we could enjoy the pool facilities after our breakfast they said it was no problem. When we asked about towels we were quickly given seven towels to enjoy. So we had a very enjoyable swim at the resort and enjoyed our time there. The beach was very nice, racked and cleaned daily and seemed to be much more in use at the Pearl than it was at the Hilton.
The next day we couldn’t help ourselves and headed back over to the Pearl Resort on the motu of Tevairoa for breakfast again and massages. This time it would be just Trent and I as we compared the spa facilities to those of the Hilton’s. In contrast with the Hilton’s Hina spa being high up on the top of the Motu To’opua overlooking the main island of Bora Bora, the Pearl’s spa Manea sits in the back on top of a beautiful koi pond in almost a Japanese fashion. It is quiet relaxing with beautiful private views from every room. The only problem with this spa was the mosquitoes were in force! We couldn’t escape them and no matter how great a massage is it isn’t quite as relaxing with a mosquito buzzing the ear.
For my procedure I decided on something I have never had before. I’m usually quite typical in my massage selections. I’ve tried so many procedures but I still come back to the 80 minute deep tissue massage. This time I decided to try something that isn’t offered in too many places called a Ashiatsu massage–it is a massage done with the feet. Even the bed they had me lay on was different since it had to have bars at the top for the therapist to balance her weight as she ground her heals into the aching parts of my back. I will admit now that it wasn’t my favorite. The feet of the therapist were a little cold and that’s all I could concentrate on during my “relaxing” 80 minute treatment. I think I will have to try this procedure again sometime to really give it a fair assessment.
In summary if I was to choose between the Pearl and the Hilton I would choose the Hilton. The facilities seemed cleaner and more spacious and though the spa isn’t even on the top five spas ranking like the Pearls spa Manea, I still preferred the Hilton’s spa Hina. Maybe it was the mosquitoes I’m not sure, but I was glad we spent our two nights there as opposed to the Pearl.
Safe and Relaxing Travels!