Fancy designed communal areas Fantastic (albeit pricey) food Very friendly staff Internet Access in every room (at extra cost) Great beach and nice pool area Nice selection of TV stations and looped DVDs Complementary Pure Fiji showergel / hair stuff
Food, drink and rooms are pricey Rooms are relatively small Our bed was too small, too soft and made noise Walls are thin, you can hear next room’s TV
This place is special. While all resorts and hotels we have been so far try to bring you the whole island thing, with lali drums, torch lighting ceremonies, meke and one CD full of island music on repeat, The Pearl takes their inspiration rather from the plushy comforts of fancy New York designer hotels and places in Paris like Hotel Costes and Buddha Bar.
There are day beds and fluffy couches everywhere, the music is non intrusive trance / electronica (mainly the 2 before mentioned compilation collections), the staff is very friendly and the food is so good, you can easily forget the price tag. First dinner was a cube of cured pork belly with some fancy asian veggies, then coral trout and a super rich chocolate tart with blueberry ice cream. The cuisine is some kind of pan-asian fusion, the most expensive item on the menu were the malaysian chili mud crabs at 65 FJD. Starters are just below 20 FJD, while mains are 32-40 (and then the crabs at 65) FJD. Second night’s dinner were salt and pepper squid (17FJD), Thai green prawn curry for Ritsu (32) and a mega size chunk of beef fillet, chargrilled on the outside, medium rare on the inside (32) for me.
The area around the hotel is nicely done, beach in the front, garden with oversized benches and a lilly pond in the back. The ongoing renovation sound was a bit disstracting, but was not too bad. (This used to be the old Centra Hotel.)
If at all, the gripes were in the room we had (and I doubt that other rooms are bigger at all) .. while the nice design continues (in some cases obviously patched over existing decor), the room stays small, the bed squeeks at every move and it was just too small for 2 .. and once we had Julius in there as well, I was about to fall out. Oh, and the bathroom needs some ventilation.
The collection on Pure Fiji shampoos and shower gels was very nice (same as we have recently found in Toberua), and so was also watching “Finding Nemo” as one of the inhouse movies … it was not that funny anymore when we turned the TV off, but still could listen to it from the next room. Having a simple ethernet cable come from the phone, which you plug into your laptop and ta-daa, you are online at 128K with no hassle is great, paying the 1.10FJD per MB, knowing that they pay only 60 cents per MB to the ISP hurts a bit, then again, it is very very convenient.
We are sure thinking about going back there. I wish the place was closer to Suva, as driving that stretch after sunset is a bitch (thanks to stray animals .. like cows). On weekend nights they offer a tapas menu at the beach bbq restaurant, and on sunday they have a very nice jazz lunch, which we had tried before (when the hotel was still under the name Rae’s South Pacific)
Ok .. and now some pictures:
And here a nice panoramic view for which you just need the FREE QuickTime Player and then click the image below. This one was taken back in February, when we were there for BBQ lunch