We had the best time ever at Sunset Hill Lodge and Bora Bora is the most amazing destination. We loved our little chalet on stilts, charmingly decorated in island colours with a great view out over the harbour. The air-con was quiet and neither too cold nor too hot, the kitchen well-stocked, the balcony perfect for breakfast and dinner. We relaxed on the huge super king bed looking out windows and our son was able to sleep in a spare fold-out cot on the floor. Free wifi is a bonus. It is perfect for 2 people but we fit 3 in fine. The supermarket is just down the road and similar prices as Papeete as well as home (New Zealand), so you don't need to bring food.
Gerard is a fantastic host. He met us and took us to the boat- no charge. He provided bikes which we took out for the 6 km ride to Matira beach and also rode 32 km around the island- a great day. Washing machine, dryer and powder- free. He dropped us with 3 kayaks to go for a day trip out to a motu and picked us up. He gave advice, directions and even a machete to open green coconuts. Nothing seemed too much trouble.
The other 2 garden bungalows are also nice but do not have the same view on air/con- however they are cheaper. As Gerard is now listed on Lonely Planet he is getting busy so book early.
Bora Bora is a magic place and refreshingly unspoilt. I guess the wealthy hang out at the resorts, but we didn't see them much. The Tahitians love the beach and the Vaitape roulotte is an amazing experience of a people who love their food- the meals are HUGE and delicious. We can't wait to go back.
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