Review by Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach
If you are looking to stay at that post card tropical resort, you won’t be disappointed with Palau Pacific Resort (or as the locals call it, the PPR).
Located about 30 minutes from the airport, the resort is set on its own beach. To describe the beach as spectacular may not do it justice. The sunsets are stunning. The water incredible. The snorkeling extraordinary. All of this is just a short walk from any of the rooms.
The resort’s layout is perfect. Everything is close by foot from any room. Tennis, pool, Jacuzzi, spa, lobby, restaurants or the water, all close at hand. The grounds and garden are manicured and fitting for a stay in the tropical paradise. Orchids abound. It just adds to a truly peaceful stay.
What sets most hotels or resorts apart, what brings the stay from just being at a nice place to something memorable usually ends up being the staff. PPR starts out ahead on that game. The people of Palau are just terrific. The staff tries to accommodate the guests’ requests to their fullest. One of the amazing things, and usually by the second day, the staff will know you by name. Within a short time, they will know which morning paper you would prefer or even how you like your coffee.
The rooms are comfortable, clean and, generally, up to the level you would expect for a resort in the tropics. A dining tip, order ala carte rather than the buffet. That seems to be the better value. Since you are on an adventure, try some of the local dishes. The fish is excellent!
If you are on vacation in the tropics and expecting great internet, well, what were you thinking! Remember you left work back 7,000 miles away. Enjoy your vacation.
The ultimate question about staying at any hotel is, would you stay there again? At the PPR? Definitely. It may be one of the trips of your lifetime.