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POHNPEI
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION GUIDE

   PWOHMARIA BEACH RESORT

With its beautiful sunsets, magnificent beachfront location and mountain views, Pwohmaria Beach Resort is an idyllic retreat for tourists, divers and business travellers staying in Pohnpei, the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia. It is located three minutes from the airport, seven minutes from Kolonia and fifteen minutes from the capital buildings.

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The spacious bungalows contain a king sized or two twin-sized water beds, natural coloured wicker furniture, whirling wooden fans, attractive island print fabrics, mini refrigerators and telephone. The superior rooms also have air-conditioning and colour TV. Large screened windows offer views of the ocean with its beautiful sunsets, and Sokehs Rock, the 'Diamond Head' of Micronesia, across the bay. White lace curtains and bedspreads add to the romantic atmosphere.

           

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RUSTIC ROMANCE

The Pwohmaria Beach Resort has the biggest restaurant on Pohnpei - Misko's restaurant includes continental and Japanese cuisine, as well as fresh island seafood. Guests can enjoy the Sunset Dinner Buffet featuring fresh seafood, steak, and a variety of local foods by making reservations at the hotel front desk or at the restaurant. The Sunset Dinner Buffet includes entertainment by local dancers.

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At Pwohmaria's Dejavu Bar & Lounge which is located by the beach, guests can enjoy tropical drinks while watching the sunset, reading, relaxing, or fishing off the pier in the day. Aqua World Pohnpei Inc. is located at the resort. It offers diving tours, fan diving, night diving, experienced diving, and open water diving. The receptionist at the front desk can arrange full tour service, diving, shopping, car rentals or laundry services for guests.

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For More Information:

Pwohmaria Beach Resort

P.O. Box 243
Kolonia
POHNPEI FSM 96941
 
Telephone: +691 3505941
Facsimile: +691 3202391
E-mail: pwohmariabeach@mail.fm

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THE VILLAGE RESORT HOTEL

The island of Pohnpei and The Village Resort Hotel - one a creation of Nature and the other of man influenced by Nature. Both lie beyond the realms of the most idealistic imagination - yet together they exist. The combination is so striking and yet so subtle that is powerful environmental message is delivered gently, eloquently, but without equivocation.

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ENCHANTMENT IN A RUSTIC ENVIRONMENT

Bob and Patti Arthur, an entertaining American couple who have written themselves and their hotel into Pohnpeian folklore, built the entire considerable complex of local materials and using timeless Pohnpeian carpentry techniques. Built on and atop a steeply sloping lagoon front site, The Village Hotel is amazing in its simplicity, yet unbelievably comfortable and elegant.

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The construction techniques may be rustic, primitive even, but the results - understated luxury (remembering that luxury is relative) of comfortable, individual huts built almost entirely from local materials and mostly kept level on the steep hillside by stilts on at least one corner.

The Village Resort Hotel, Pohnpei

The extremely spacious huts contain two king-sized canopy waterbeds, white wicker furniture, swirling wooden fans and attractive island print fabrics. The timber bathrooms, a far cry from the offering of some far off marbleized metropolitan Hilton Hotel are nonetheless en suite and comfortably elegant. Waist to ceiling windows take up three of the walls and the view is mostly of the jungle less than a metre away. The windows are covered only with insect screens but huge eaves extending from the thatched roof ensure that the Pohnpeian rainfall does not intrude. In fact, there is little that will beat sitting in the room and reading a good book during a midday shower of tropical rain.

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Keeping alive the legend of how Irish castaway James F. O'Connell had himself tattooed back in 1828 and entertained natives with an Irish gig to save his life, the village hotel called its imaginative bar and restaurant complex, the largest thatched roof structure in Micronesia, "The Tattooed Irishman". Completely open to the elements, this complex is the hub of all social activity at the village. A rustic sunken bar occupies one corner and it is possible to order a drink or a snack or meal at just about any time. The menu at the village changes regularly and the food is a clever interpretation of tasty Pacific rim cuisine, designed to appeal to both eastern and western pallets.

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The Village Hotel provides a full tour service to its guests, specializing in day trips to Nan Madol and neighbouring islands, cultural dances and land trips as requested - including certified scuba and snorkel guides. For scuba activities, please bring certification card, regulator, and buoyancy compensator.

The Village is a hotel built to fit the times, the people, the local economy and, above all the romantic mood of Micronesia's most beautiful island. So much is it part of Pohnpei that it won the OPIC's inaugural 1991 Ecotourism Award - for tourism projects, undertaken with sound environmental values, ensuring environmental sustainability and preventing environmental degradation.  Guests may be tempted to never leave the hotel, however the inland site, the lagoon and cultural treasures will undoubtedly lure visitors to experience Pohnpei's delights.

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THE VILLAGE RESORT HOTEL

P.O. Box 339
POHNPEI
FSM  96941
 
Telephone: +691 3202797
Facsimile: +691 3203797
E-mail: thevillage@mail.fm
    Web site: www.thevillagehotel.com

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C-STAR APARTELLE

One of the newest and most modern facilities available in Pohnpei, the C-Star Apartelle boasts a quiet meighbourhood setting despite being only three minutes from the centre of Kolonia.

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C-Star Apartell is constructed in four buildings - each featuring a variety of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. The apartments are fully furnished and the kitchens have laminated counter tops and oak wood cabinets and are equipped with cooking range and refrigerator.

  

NEW ... AND MODERN

For full comfort, the apartments have telephones, air-conditioning and television.

The complex features 24-hour security, a laundromat, off-street parking and snack bar facilities at the front reception.

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For More Information:

C-STAR APARTELLE

P.O. Box 279
Kolonia
POHNPEI 96941 FSM
Telephone: +691 3203400 / 3401
Facsimile: +691 3203399
E-mail: cstar@mail.fm

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CLIFF RAINBOW HOTEL

Near Pohnpei's government and business centres, the Cliff Rainbow Hotel lures both business and holiday travellers with reasonable rates, central location and friendly service.

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Situated high on a hilltop, the views out across the bay are splendid and the sunsets superb.

MAGNIFICENT HILLTOP VIEWS

With clean, modern air-conditioned rooms and dining room serving some of the finest food on the island - specialising in seafood and tasty local dishes - the hotel is a home away from home.

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The reception desk staff are always ready to assist with arrangements, whether it be to hire a car or jeep, go fishing, shopping or just arranging laundry services. They can also arrange tours to some of Pohnpei's most famous sights like Nan Madol, a hike to the falls or even receive the entire two-acre Rainbow Island for yourself where you can play Robinson Crusoe for a weekend.

For entertainment in the evenings, Cliff Rainbow's unique bar, Nahs, becomes the focal point for socialising.

For More Information:

CLIFF RAINBOW HOTEL

P.O. Box 96
Kolonia
POHNPEI
FEDERATES STATES OF MICRONESIA 96941
Telephone: +691 3202415
Facsimile: +691 3202417
 
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Jane Resture
(E-mail: jane@janeresture.com -- Rev. 3rd January 2009)