If paradise exists it is called Bora Bora! We just returned from our honeymoon in Tahiti and Bora Bora and it exceeded our expectations. We are definitely coming back for our 5 year anniversary. I will break down my review in sections and hopefully I can provide some tips.
Weather: We were a little worried about the weather, since its “rainy season” but we had one cloudy day in Tahiti which was good because when it’s sunny it’s HOT!! And it rained twice in Bora Bora but it cleared up in 10 minutes. One morning was cloudy so we went to the turtle sanctuary to see the feeding at 10:30 a.m. Make sure you have really good sunscreen and reapply because you will get burned. I had SPF 85 and came back with a beautiful tan!!
Flight tip: When you take your airplane from Tahiti to Bora Bora sit on the left side (pilot side) of the plane to get the best views.
Hotel: From the moment they greet you at the airport the service is excellent and you don’t have to carry your bags for the rest of the trip. They take you on a 15 minute boat ride to the hotel and when you arrive a golf cart is waiting to take you to the reception area. There you are welcomed with delicious drinks and refreshing towels. A representative walks around the resort with you explaining where everything is and then they take you to your room. The grounds are kept immaculate, the two pools are beautiful and the view is amazing. All of the employees are very nice and polite and make an effort to make your stay wonderful. The day before departure, they will leave an envelope with the check out time and when you leave they will come by to pick up your bags. We were actually very pleased because they don’t even rush you to get out. On our last day we had run out of pacific francs to pay for our taxi fare so they just added the bill to our room. They have a boat every 30 – 40 minutes that goes from the hotel to their little port on the main island so you can go to your excursions, restaurants etc. Not sure how the other hotels can be much better than this one.
After speaking with a few people from there we learned that some hotels do not allow the locals on their premises, like the St. Regis and the Four Seasons. Not sure why, but I thought it was very nice to interact with people that grew up there and can give lots of insight.
Over the water bungalow: Beautiful and cozy! The glass floor is actually pretty big and mostly at night or early morning we saw lots of fish, stingrays and even an octopus. The bed is very comfortable with feather pillows and comforter. The bathroom has his and her sink, a tub, a open shower and a private toilet closet. The balcony has two launch chairs where you can just sit enjoy a drink and get lost in the views. You can dive into the lagoon right from your deck and there is a shower outside to rinse yourself.
Restaurants/Food: Yes the food is very expensive, so here are some ideas on prices so you can budget! We had breakfast included as part of our package, which I highly recommend, because the average cost of the buffet breakfast is $70 for two. We had dinner in the hotel, it was good but not impressive for about $90 and one night we ordered room service which was cheaper than the rest of the nights and I had a cheeseburger with fries and a vegetable medley and my husband had the Mahi Mahi with wild rice and vegetables for about $80. Dinner at Bloody Mary’s was excellent, we had a seafood skewer, my husband had the swordfish and I had tuna (both amazing) for about $140 and it was very good. Another night we went to Kaina Hut and I was very good, we had the breadfruit gnocchi (excellent) and both of us had pasta for about $100. I was very disappointed when we went to La Suite, because the food was not good and the price was outrageous. I had the lobster bisque and it was not good, the portions were very small and we spent like $180. Reservations for the restaurants can be done thru the activities desk.
Excursions: We did three excursions while there. My favorite one was the parasailing because you really get to enjoy the views and see the different shades of blue in the water. Don’t be afraid because it’s very easy and peaceful, you are not skydiving!! My husband loved the shark and stingray snorkel excursion because you really get to interact with these wild creatures that are so used to people. We had a great tour guide, Arii, that knew the area very well. Tip: bring bread from your hotel to feed the fish when you stop at the garden reef and they will be all over you. The 4 x 4 safari tour was fun because they take you up into the mountain and the views are beautiful.
Tattoo? If you are interested on getting a tattoo, Marama is the best guy in the South Pacific. Everyone knows him. The activities desk booked our appointment on the first day we got there and made arrangements for a taxi to take us there, which cost about $80 roundtrip. We had our tattoos done on the last day of your trip because you cannot get in the water or get sun on it. My husband got a big one done on his shoulder and I got a small flower on my ankle for about $500. His shop is located along the one and only road that goes around the island, just a little further down from the Sofitel Hotel. There is a store in the front but not a big sign. If anything just ask around.
I hope this was a little helpful and have a great time in PARADISE!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Meridien Bora Bora is a luxury resort set on an islet surrounded by the most beautiful lagoon in the world. Our resort offers guests a contemporary design blended with Polynesian culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- Bora Le Meridien
- Le Meridian Bora Bora