Tourist activity on Guam – a US-occupied island in the Pacific – centers around Tumon Bay, a natural harbor with turquoise waters, bordered by white-sand beach and shallows. It’s only five-minutes’ drive from the international airport, so one can enjoy sea, sand and sun right after touching down in Guam. One of the most sought-after beach hotels along this stretch is Pacific Star Resort & Spa, located along the southern side of the bay. The 357-room hotel has long been patronized by Filipino travelers for its relatively affordable rates (considering its prime beachfront location), free bus transfers to duty-free shopping outlets, and friendly staff – many of whom are Filipinos themselves. Having 19 floors, the beachside hotel affords panoramic views of Tumon Bay.
Beautiful views of Tumon Bay from my room’s balcony!
My Standard King Bed Room with balcony with classic interiors.
Pacific Star Resort & Spa has several room types with classic interiors – each one boasting of excellent views. What I loved most about my Standard King Bed Room was its east-facing balcony overlooking the tourist town and the adjacent bay. I could see as far as Two Lover’s Point, a popular cliffside viewpoint at the northern end of Tumon Bay. The in-room wifi was fast and reliable, too! A large swimming pool – equipped with a pool lift for disabled and elderly guests – sprawls along the beachfront.
The beach fronting the hotel has clear, shallow waters excellent for swimming and kayaking. Snorkeling is also better along this side of Tumon Bay, as coral gardens are closer to the shoreline. The hotel offers kayaks and snorkel gear, which check-in guests may borrow free of charge!
For relaxation at the end of the day, Chandan Spa offers professional massages and therapies in a relaxing Asian-inspired ambiance. Before my massage, I needed to fill out a form that assessed my health and queried my preference. I felt I was really taken cared of by the receptionist and therapist. For those who need to workout during their stay, the hotel also has a fitness center.
On the other hand, a major point of improvement for this beach resort is its outdated interiors and exteriors. While the lobby looks spick and span, portions of the hotel beyond the reception area look worn-out. A renovation should be in order for this popular property to rejuvenate the its atmosphere and bring it back to tip-top shape. Otherwise, everything about my stay was wonderful!
A soothing massage at Chandan Spa – blissful way to end a full-day of activities.
The beach right in front of the hotel was perfect for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.
Guests may book rooms with or without breakfast buffet at Pacific Star Cafe, staffed by cheery servers and waiters who always made me feel right at home with their hospitality. Their lunch and dinner buffets offer an extensive selection of both Western and Asian dishes (I couldn’t get enough of prawn tempura!). Once a week, the buffet features Filipino food like lechon kawali (deep-fried pork) and shrimp sinigang (sour soup). For dessert, there are sticky rice snacks like pichi-pichi, palitaw, and biko. Their buffets are open to check-in guests and walk-in visitors at a per-meal basis. The hotel also has a steakhouse restaurant and a sunset barbecue and pool bar.
There’s some great snorkeling right in front of the beach resort.
How to Get There
Pacific Star Resort & Spa is less than 10-minute drive away from Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport, located around 3 km from the resort. The hotel may arrange airport transfers for guests. Free shuttle buses link the hotel to duty-free shopping center like Guam Premier Outlet (GPO) and Tumon Sands Plaza.