If money was no object, where would be your ultimate holiday destination? Would you want to live it up in a New York penthouse, enjoying late nights and city lights or would you prefer to escape from the hustle and bustle and retire to a secluded luxury island retreat?
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With white sandy beaches, luxury bungalows perched over pristine turquoise waters protected by a coral reef and the closest major city over 4000 miles away, the South Pacific Ocean island of Bora Bora is the perfect tropical getaway.
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When to go to Bora Bora
Bora Bora is a year round destination with monthly temperatures and rainfall only varying a few degrees and a few inches respectively. While July is the driest month of the year it is also the busiest. November through to April is slightly warmer and wetter and will allow you to enjoy more of the island uninterrupted while the sea water temperature tends to be a delightful 28 C.
What to do on Bora Bora
- The waters of Bora Bora are renowned for being welcoming, sheltered, clear and warm with an abundance of aquatic creatures (including harmless reef and nurse sharks) and a recovering coral reef system, making snorkelling a must. The waters of the St Regis Lagoonarium are very popular and for most, snorkelling will allow you to enjoy almost everything the waters around Bora Bora have to offer. For those seeking an extra thrill, scuba diving is available for both experienced divers and novices wishing to do an introductory dive.
- Have a whale of a time if visiting Bora Bora between July and November, as this is when adult humpback whales migrate to the tropical waters around Bora Bora to give birth and breed. It is an opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience of swimming close to humpback whales.
- While Bora Bora has many fine beaches on its main islands, there is something extra special about the small islands surrounding Bora Bora. With views of Mt Otemanu, these motus are postcard pretty parcels of paradise. Being privately owned you will need to book one of the Bora Bora excursions to these islands (preferably with a Polynesian lunch provided).
- Although you might want to test this theory, few can spend all day, every day lazing on a beautiful beach or lounging on a bungalow balcony. If you want to incorporate some physical activity and adventure in your Bora Bora holiday, then Bora Bora has much more to offer. The super fit can climb Mt Otemanu or Mt Pahai with the assistance of a guidem but there are several more leisurely walks available, including the Valley of the Kings which follows the paths of ancient Polynesian kings. Alternatively, hire a mountain bike and explore Bora Bora on two wheels.
- However you spend your day, it so needs to end with you and a loved one watching the sun set on a magical day. Enjoy it from the beach, your bungalow, or enhance the experience by embarking on a sunset voyage on one of the evening dinner cruises where your tastebuds will savour freshly caught seafood.
Where to stay on Bora Bora
5* Le Meridien Bora Bora
Located on the northern tip of Motu Piti A’au, a small islet that sits along the eastern coral reef, the resort faces the main island of Bora Bora and delivers a gorgeous view of the iconic Mount Otemanu. The overwater bungalows, which make up the majority of guest accommodations, feature the largest glass floors of any other resort in French Polynesia.
5* Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Located on the southwest end of Motu To’opua, a small islet floating between Bora Bora’s mainland and coral reef, the resort faces out toward the open ocean. Soaring Mount Otemanu becomes the backdrop to the hotel when approached from the water. The rooms and villas enjoy views of the lagoon and an endless blue horizon.
5* Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Located on the northeastern side of the island along the outer coral reef, this exclusive enclave is one of the premier resort options in Bora Bora. The overwater bungalows, some of which have their own private plunge pools, boast exceptional views of the lagoon or Mount Otemanu. They incorporate a fascinating architecture, featuring walls made of volcanic stone and decorative accents fashioned from mother of pearl.
5* The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Located on the secluded northeastern side of the lagoon, this luxurious island lair is home to some of the largest overwater bungalows in the region. While these perched abodes are the most enticing, the resort features a diversity of accommodations including garden villas with private plunge pools and the lavish Royal Estate, which has welcomed a number of the world’s most elite.