Updated: July 4, 2018
The Pearl Resort – Convenient, spacious and comfortable, with perfect beach and river frontage.
With a marvellous location where the river and beach converge, The Pearl offers the best of both worlds. Most rooms face the river, with mangroves along the other bank, while the pool, other facilities and the prized Premium Ocean View Rooms overlook the serene bay. Except for the Penthouse Suites, the décor in the rooms is fairly bland and furnishings underwhelming, but they’re reasonably spacious and comfortable. The world-class attractions include the associated championship golf course nearby; the abundant activities offered (many for free); the shady pool (which can become overcrowded) with swim-up bar; and the serene shady beach with snow-white sand and calm waters.
The Pearl Resort – The Basics
- Location: At the crossroads along the coastal highway at the western end of Pacific Harbour. Midway along the southern coast of the main island, Viti Levu. About 50 minutes by bus (quicker by car/taxi) from Suva, and another 30 minutes from the international airport at Nausori.
- Guests: Most seem to be on packaged tours.
- Beach: Long, wide and white. At the western end of the bay, so virtually private.
- Views: Almost all rooms have views of the river, with grass in the foreground and mangroves in the distance. A few offer views of the sea, although these are partially obstructed by trees.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free usage for 30 minutes every 24 hours.
- Parking: Parking is available. Secure and free.
- Nice Perks: Priority booking at the associated 18-hole golf course, with free transfers.
- Phone: (679) 773 0022
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: www.thepearlsouthpacific.com
- How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
The Pearl Resort – Amenities
- Pool: Facing the beach, the pool is a decent size, but would get crowded. Unusually, with a swim-up bar.
- Spa: The Pearl Spa is far better than most, with massages and facials a specialty. Alongside the river.
- Fitness Center: Impressive gym in a lovely setting facing a pond.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
- Activities: Plenty of free activities, e.g. snooker, croquet, petanque, ping pong and beach volleyball, and free equipment rental of kayaks, snorkelling gear and paddleboards.
The Pearl Resort – Food and Drink
- Riviera Restaurant & Bar – all-day dining and breakfast for guests. Casual but chic, with river views. Themed dinner buffets with a Fijian flavour and live music most nights.
- The Deli – ocean views, welcome breezes and happy hours. Salads, sandwiches, coffees and juices, too.
- Seduce – more romantic and atmospheric, where the river meets the sea. Seafood specialities with Fijian influences. Extensive wine list. Dinner only.
- Pool Bar – soups, pizzas and cocktails in an agreeable open-air setting. Also, snacks and wood-fired pizzas.
- Breakfast: Not included in the rates.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours. The menu is on the TV screen.
The Pearl Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: Premium Garden View Rooms • Premium Marina View Rooms • Premium Ocean View Rooms • Penthouse Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed anywhere in or near the rooms or public areas. Only on the beach and in the gardens.
- Best Room: The lavish and secluded Penthouse Suites contain a king-sized bed, lounge/dining area (separated from the bedroom by a peculiar half-wall), ornate furniture and huge balcony/veranda. Each suite also features a different décor (e.g. Indian or Oriental).
- For families: Child minding services and cots available.
The Pearl Resort – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- The Establishment – just across from the hotel entrance. Relaxed or sophisticated areas for pizzas, seafood and barbeques. Beer garden, themed nights, live music and drink specials. What’s not to like? 4-minute walk.
- Avoid the low-key eateries across the road, and walk about 1km eastwards to the cluster of delightful cafés at the Arts Village, which face the lily pond:
- Skinny Bean Cafe (358 9869) – about 50m from the pond. Funky and family-friendly, with plenty of vegetarian options. 13-minute walk.
- Oasis Restaurant (354 0617) – modestly claims to offer the ‘best coffee in town’. A local favourite for burgers and pizzas. The first along the pond-side path. 14-minute walk.
- Baka Blues Café (345 0041) – mostly outdoor seating, with a dingy bar inside. Barbeques, Cajun food and live music nightly, which can be heard in adjoining cafés. 14-minute walk.
- Water’s Edge (345 0145) – spacious pond-side decking, with permanent specials (including delicious curries) to lure clientele from other cafés closer to the road. 15-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: A few modest shops offering basic supplies are just across the road from the hotel entrance. Better is the Arts Village, with a minimart, bank and post office about 700m eastwards.
The hotel entrance faces the coastal highway. Every hour or so, buses stop on the way to Suva and Nadi. Taxis also available; best ordered at the hotel lobby.
The Pearl Resort – The Hotel
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