Bora Bora – The French Polynesian Paradise Retreat

Five magnificent resorts on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific – the ultimate in comfort and luxury, certainly not for travelers on a tight budget

Bora Bora – The French Polynesian Paradise Retreat

Located in the South Pacific on the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia some 225 km northwest of Tahiti, Bora Bora is up there among the top island destinations in the world. Surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, this beautiful island retreat is world famous for its ultra luxurious water-centric resorts that range from expensive to the insanely expensive.

The surrounding lagoon; the crystal-clear shallow waters of the barrier reef; and the planet’s biggest ocean beyond provide an awesome backdrop in dazzling shades of blue – lighter in the shallows with hints of sea-green, darker where the waters are deep with the azure sky arching down to meet the deep blue of the ocean on the horizon.

The property boasts a 360° view of the horizon that will make you feel like the radial point of a giant blue circle of exploding shades of blue all around.

Add to that the tropical greenery of the island with twin volcanic peaks rising from its center and a bevy of world-class luxury properties and you will make it hard for yourself to find a better island destination – be prepared for the damages to the bank account, though.

Here’s a look at what we believe are the top five resorts on this island of the gods.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is one of the premier resorts on the island – an exotic blend of luxury and nature. Built on stilts over the lagoon in northeast Bora Bora bordering the outer coral reef, the property boasts vistas that you will never get tired of.

Some of the main features of this exclusive enclave are:

  • Plush thatched overwater bungalows with porches, lounge areas with sofas and mini fridges, plus satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks
  • Some bungalows come with private plunge pools
  • Deluxe beachfront villas feature private gardens and outdoor pools
  • Upgraded bungalows offer pull-out sofas and extra rooms
  • 4 Polynesian restaurants with open-air dining
  • Polynesian-style spa
  • Gym with regular yoga
  • infinity pool
  • Three beachfront villas ideal for families with children
  • Indoor playroom
  • Outdoor playground with splash pad
  • Paddleboards and snorkeling gear
  • Educational snorkeling tour through the resort’s inner lagoon with the resident marine biologist.

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Source & Official Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/landing_pages/property/villas-and-suites/

InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora

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The InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora is located at Maitra Point on the southern part of the main island. Formed by a windward beach on Tahana Bay and a leeward beach on Maitra Bay, the famous Maitra Point is considered the most picturesque site in French Polynesia.

At a distance of 8 km from the main village Vaitape, the property offers beautiful vistas of the twin volcanic peaks, Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, and a breathtaking view of the turquoise lagoon.

Here are some of the salient features of the InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora

  • 48 overwater bungalows with 2 overwater bungalows linked to a lounge
  • 1 overwater suite called “Poe Va’i”
  • 12 beach bungalows with 2 beach bungalows linked to a lounge
  • 1 beach suite called “Heremoana”
  • All the bungalows are junior suite size with air conditioning.
  • All bungalows feature a large sun terrace, living room, bedroom and beautiful bathroom with bath and dressing area decorated with live vanilla plants.
  • You can look through the living room glass coffee tables in Overwater bungalows into the clear waters of the lagoon with its abundant marine life – illumination allows night time viewing as well.

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Source & Official Website: https://www.intercontinental.com/hotels/gb/en/bora-bora/bobhb/hoteldetail?

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa

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Located 6 km from Bora Bora Yacht Club and about the same distance from the scenic Matira Point, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa stands on an islet overlooking a lagoon.

At this upscale resort, you can step off the deck of your luxury overwater villa into the warm embrace of a tranquil lagoon. Enjoy everything from scuba diving to sunset cruises on the surrounding reefs, while a pristine beach and an award-winning spa invite you to relax. From weddings in the glass-bottomed Chapel to candlelit dinners beneath swaying palm trees, it’s the perfect setting in which to experience the romance of the South Pacific.

This upscale beachfront resort features the following.

  • Spa Amenities and spa treatments
  • 24/7 business center
  • Each luxury overwater villa comes with picture window, king-size bed, spacious living area, a private bath tub and terrace
  • Restaurants and Bars – The Reef Restaurant, South Beach Bar, Sands
  • Restaurant, Bubbles Bar, and the Le Corail Restaurant

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Source & Official Website: https://www.intercontinental.com/hotels/gb/en/bora-bora/bobhb/hoteldetail?

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

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Formerly a Hilton property, the newly transformed Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a 20-minute boat ride from the airport. This world class luxury resort occupies the islet of Motu To’opua with a world-famous lagoon off the Bora Bora coast.

With uninterrupted views of the horizon and the dormant volcanic peak of Mount Otemanuas as an imposing backdrop, this multi-million-dollar haven boasts authentic Polynesian setting rich with the region’s culture and mythology.

Check out the main features of the Conrad Bora Bora Nui

  • 86 overwater bungalows, including Bora Bora’s only double-storey Presidential Suites
  • 29 garden and beach villas
  • Accommodations are designed around the lagoon with expansive patios
  • Guests can choose from suites, villas, and overwater villas, each with outdoor sitting areas with chaise lounges, large bathrooms with granite countertops, separate bathtubs and showers, indoor living space with sofa sleepers, and dining tables with chairs.
  • Six unique restaurants and bars, including the resort’s signature Iriatai French Restaurant with authentic French cuisine in an open-air setting.There’s also the Banyan Chinese Restaurant, Tamure Beach Grill, and the Upa Upa Lounge Bar.
  • A full-service spa and beauty salon, and a state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Miniature golf course
  • Infinity pool
  • Outdoor jogging track.
  • The Tamari’i’ Kids Club has organized activities for young travelers
    Multiple boutiques
  • Private helipad

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Official Website: http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/french-polynesia/conrad-bora-bora-

Le Meridien Bora Bora

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Located on a Polynesian islet with a turquoise lagoon surrounding the magnificent property, Le Meridien Bora Bora boasts luxurious overwater bungalows with glass-bottom floors and beach bungalows under tall coconut trees.

Overlooking Mount Pahia and Bora Bora lagoon, the hotel is a Polynesian paradise offering an extraordinary view of the island. It is located on one of the finest isolated beaches to be found in the South Pacific. The hotel is designed for the rich and famous looking for exclusive and ultimate privacy. There are no roads and no traffic, just peace and tranquility.

Activities include water sports, swimming with turtles, deep-sea fishing, and shark feeding!

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Official Website: http://www.lemeridien-borabora.com

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