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THE BLACK PEARL AT PUAIKURA
Kavera, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Our Thoughts The Black Pearl at Puaikura
What a difference the new owner has made to this property which was formerly known as Puaikura Reef Lodge.  We have known this place for years and watched on as it went through various phases.  Well-built in the days when units were always a good size, it has always had “good bones” and a pleasant location.  The standard of the property hasn’t always been completely to our liking, so we have not previously included it in our portfolio, but now, it has been reborn and we are completely confident in the product and pleased to offer The Black Pearl at Puaikura for your consideration for a holiday in Rarotonga.

The rooms are a delight with just the right blend of contemporary white and modern, vibrant colours.  Each unit has a well-stocked kitchen which is really handy for making breakfasts and lunches and also good enough for cooking the odd dinner as well.  The covered patio on each unit is an ideal place to enjoy meals and snacks.  With only 12 accommodation units, The Black Pearl is never crowded around the pool area and the well-kept tropical gardens. 

One of Rarotonga’s marine reserve beaches is only steps away across the road and although not actually reserved exclusively for The Black Pearl guests, you would be forgiven for thinking it was for you exclusively, as it’s rare to ever encounter anyone else on this great beach.  The marine reserve is a wonderful place for snorkelling and in the whale migration season, it’s not uncommon to see whales passing by outside the reef.

This is the “sunset side” of Rarotonga and the sunsets can be amazing.  We’re impressed with the nice little extra services provided at The Black Pearl.  At Reception guests may purchase cold drinks at reasonable prices, (right next door there is a small shop selling a range of food and great takeaways), so grab a snack and a cold beer and head over to the beach to catch the sunset.  At The Black Pearl, snorkelling gear and reef shoes are available for guests to use, filtered water is available for drinking, beach towels are included, but best of all, the manager and her team are always happy to assist with friendly suggestions for sightseeing, great places to eat and information on local events. 

The Black Pearl at Puaikura is rated 3 Star – in our opinion it’s now a very good 3-star property.  Stay here for personal attention, a great location, lovely modern room décor and ready access to a superb beach – all at a value-for-money price.  

What The Black Pearl at Puaikura Say About Themselves:
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 Located on the sheltered sunset side of the island, the Black Pearl at Puaikura enjoys an enviable location with a pristine beach across the road, safe for swimming and snorkelling; a magical spot to watch the sunset. A mere 15 minutes to downtown Avarua, ten minutes to the airport and twenty minutes to the eclectic hustle and bustle of Muri.

Intimately set in tropical gardens around a central salt water swimming pool The Black Pearl’s 12 rooms are spacious with high vaulted ceilings. A bold, vibrant, sometimes quirky colour palette complements the natural colours of the island. All on the ground level each room has a private patio, a view of either the lush garden or sparkling pool – or both. Kitchen facilities mean you can prepare breakfast, a light lunch or dinner in between dining at a great choice of restaurants close by, many of whom offer a free pick up and drop off service. Or choose to use our poolside BBQ.

The Black Pearl at Puaikura is a haven for those not wanting a large hotel with multiple bars and restaurants but rather an intimate environment where the emphasis is on personal service, a place where you can lose yourself in a tropical paradise, at an affordable price.

Our Specials
Bullet Stay Longer Pay Less:
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Stays of 3 nights or longer are at a cheaper nightly rate.
Conditions:
 - Only stays of 3 or more consecutive nights qualify.

Your Accommodation Options
The 12 accommodation units at The Black Pearl at Puaikura are in ground floor “ribbon blocks” arranged alongside the pool or facing inward towards the gardens. All the units are spacious and in 2015 had a soft furnishing upgrade and interior makeover which delivered an attractive, new, vibrant and modern colour scheme which completely transformed every room. The vaulted ceilings give the units a further feeling of space and the light floods in from the sliding patio doors.  All units have a small kitchen comprising a gas hob, microwave oven and a fridge. Cooling is by flow-through ventilation assisted by a ceiling fan. 

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Garden View Rooms:
4 One Bedroom units with separate bedroom and separate living room.
Ensuite bathroom with shower. The furnished patio faces the tropical gardens.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed in the bedroom and 1 Single Day Bed in the lounge.
Additional Bedding: 1 additional Single Bed may be added in the lounge. A baby cot may be placed in this room type for an infant aged under 2 years in addition to room maximum occupancy.

Bullet Cabana Rooms:
Designated for adults only. The 4 sizeable open-plan, studio-style Cabana Rooms are reserved exclusively for adults (Guests aged 12 years minimum). Cabana Rooms have a furnished patio facing the pool.
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Bed may be added for a 3rd adult.

Bullet Pool View Rooms:
4 One Bedroom units with separate bedroom and a separate living room. The Pool View Rooms are a little bigger than the Garden View Rooms and have vaulted ceilings as well as a covered patio facing towards the pool.
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed in the bedroom and 2 Single Beds in the lounge.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated. A baby cot may be placed in this room type for an infant aged under 2 years in addition to room maximum occupancy

Getting to and from The Black Pearl at Puaikura
We will include return airport transfers as appropriate/agreed in package arrangements.  Unless transfers are not required, guests of The Black Pearl at Puaikura are met at the airport with a flower Ei and transferred on a seat-in-vehicle basis to the property.  For those guests arriving on flights which arrive in Rarotonga outside normal business hours it is strongly recommended that transfers be included as the hotel’s office is not open outside normal office hours.

The Round Island Bus stops right outside The Black Pearl on both clockwise and counter clockwise routes.    

NEW - Electric Bicycles
Electric Bicycles are available to hire via Our Specialists.  Rarotonga is ideal for battery-powered bicycles and we can pre-book these for you.  With pedal assistance, e-bicycles will go twice around the island on a single charge and batteries may be recharged using a standard power plug. Try something new in this friendly environment, after all, isn’t that what holidays are for!

Kids Policy
Children are welcome in Garden View Rooms and Pool View Rooms all year. 

Exclusively For Adults
Cabana Rooms are reserved exclusively for adults. (Guests aged 12 years and over).

Check-in/Check Out
Official check-in and check-out times are:
Check-in: 2:00pm
Check-out: 10:00am
Early check-in and late check-out
early check-in, from 6:00am at a cost of $95 is subject to availability on arrival.  The fee is payable direct to the property and may not be included in prepaid package arrangements.
Late check-out to 6:00pm, at a cost of $95 is subject to availability on guests’ day of departure.  The fee is payable direct to the property and cannot be included in prepaid package arrangements.  
Early Arriving Flights
Several flights each week from Auckland arrive at Rarotonga between midnight and 2:00am. The Resort recommends that all guests arriving prior to 6:00am should book and pay for their room from the night before to guarantee access to their room at the time they arrive. Not doing this could result in a wait of around 12 hours to gain entry to your accommodation.

Resort Cancellation Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations and modifications made between 15 and 30
     days prior to scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee
     equal to 50% of the cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations and modifications made within 14 days of
     scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 100%
     of the cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Reduced stays will be treated as cancellations and fees
     will apply accordingly
 
The information on this page is correct as at 14 August 2018 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2018.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities:
Bullet Tropical Gardens

Bullet Salt Water Swimming Pool
Bullet Sun loungers
Bullet Snorkelling gear
Bullet Reef Shoes
Bullet Outdoor tables & Chairs
Bullet BBQ Area
Bullet Gazebo
Bullet A choice of entertaining areas
Bullet 24 Hour Access to filtered water
Bullet Book Exchange
Bullet Cold Beverages for sale
Bullet Pristine White sand beach across the road
Bullet Wifi (additional charge)
Bullet Tour Desk
Bullet Free Parking
Bullet Public Transport at gate
Bullet Luggage Storage
Bullet Laundry Service (additional charge)
Bullet Umbrellas

Room Facilities:
Bullet Ground level location

Bullet Pool or Garden View
Bullet Private Furnished Patio
Bullet En-suite Bathroom
Bullet Ceiling Fan
Bullet Kitchen Facilities - Gas hob, Microwave and Fridge
Bullet Filtered Water
Bullet Vibrant Decor
Bullet Beach Towels
Bullet IDD Phone