Bora Bora is one of the most picturesque honeymoon destinations in the world. Photos overwater bungalows are the stuff that honeymoon dreams are made of. You will have a choice of different resorts when booking your stay, ranging from luxury to inexpensive. Remember, however, that there are only a few resorts on the island which limits your ability to shop around for competitive pricing. If your travel dates are flexible, look for seasonal promotions such as free nights and honeymoon packages.
»Houses on Stilts at The St. Regis Bora Bora
If you are looking for the best way to spend your Starwood Preferred Guest points, it doesn't get any better than the beautiful St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. From a unique island spa set on its own island to a choice of indoor and outdoor pools, this resort is simply spectacular. On top of all the awesome facilities, you will also receive the legendary St. Regis Butler Service which will take care of all of your vacation needs. One-Bedroom Villas offer direct access to the sandy beaches. Jump in for a refreshing swim when you wake up in the morning, followed by a abundant breakfast on the terrace or in the private garden. Each villa has a plunge pool between the deck and the beach. The villas feature paintings by local artists, exotic woods and beautiful lagoon or reef views. Enjoy the outdoor shower, dining gazebo and a separate pontoon area.
The Overwater One-Bedroom Villas are built on stilts over the blue lagoon. These luxury overwater villas offer the best views from every angle through the floor-to-ceiling windows, from the private pool and outdoor deck. Measuring from 1,550 to 1,905 Square Feet, these spacious villas offer a spacious oasis in the middle of the ocean. Ask for one of the Premier Villas with Outdoor Whirlpools and Outdoor Daybeds on your honeymoon vacation. The Royal Overwater Two-Bedroom Pool Villa is one of the most spacious overwater villas in the world, measuring 2,852 square feet. The villa has a private pool, terrace and a gazebo. Austom Polynesian sculptures and scenic paintings by local artists create a unique island decor. The villa has two spacious Italian marble bathrooms. Surrounded by azure waters of the lagoon, Miri Miri spa is set on its own island, offering vacationers a soothing escape for the senses. You can relax next to a different pool every day. There is the Oasis Pool, the central pool with a swim-up bar and a saltwater private lagoon where you can go snorkeling with fish and other marine life. Villas start at XPF 127,500 per night (689-607898, website.
»InterContinental Bora Bora & Thalasso Spa
Located on a remote island, surrounded by a pristine blue lagoon, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa offers luxurious villas with stunning ocean views and a spa with over-water treatment rooms. You will feel relaxed and pampered in your overwater villa which includes a shaded terrace, plush lounge chairs and a private pontoon for sunbathing. Even if you don't normally frequent a spa, the Deep Ocean Spa is such a unique facility with its overwater treatment rooms that it's a must on vacation. Massage tables have windows underneath them so that you can look inside the ocean while getting your treatment. The fitness center has glass walls so that you can enjoy the view and feel connected with the outdoors while you work out.
There are several delicious dining options to choose from, including Le Reef Restaurant and Terrace with tropical Polynesian-style cuisine. Try the famous Lobster Ravioli with Langouste Consomme for dinner. The terrace overlooks the beach and the lagoon and provides romantic ambiance for couples. The indoor space is air-conditioned which is a nice option if you are not used to the warm tropical weather. The more casual The Sands Restaurant and Bar, set on a white sand beach, serves light lunch, afternoon snacks or exotic fresh fruit cocktails. The signature shack are Les Coffrets, box-shaped pastries filled with meat or fish. In addition to the world-class spa and dining, the resort has an outdoor pool, tennis courts, scuba diving, shark & ray feeding, helicopter tours, submarine tours and live entertainment. Although the island is remote and private, you will have plenty of vacation activities to choose from. Villas start at 85,000 XPF (+689-60-7600, website).
»Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has won numerous travel awards for its stunning overwater bungalows, amazing spa and luxury service. Here you can have all the luxuries you can imagine in a stunning natural setting. Honeymooners can have breakfast delivered to their overwater thatched-roof bungalow via an outrigger canoe in the morning. The resort spa offers an impressive selection of treatments with views of the water and palm trees. Over water bungalows feature a Floating Love Seat which is anchored to the hut on stilts to give you a chance to float and relax surrounded by water. From sunset cruises to helicopter tours, honeymooners will have plenty to see and do on vacation. Rates at the resort start at $1,400 USD per night.
»Le Meridien Bora Bora
Le Meridien Bora Bora is a romantic getaway located on Motu Tape facing the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Enjoy spectacular over-water bungalows which let you watch fish swimming underneath through glass-bottom floors. If you prefer to be right on the sandy beach, book one of the beach bungalows. Enjoy a selection of water sports, swimming with marine animals like turtles and long lazy days by the water. The resort's private lagoon is home to the Marine Turtle's Protection Center. The project started when a guest of the hotel brought in an injured turtle. Today, the turtle is part of the center for scientific study. Guests develop an awareness of the plight of these endangered species as they free dive with the turtles.
The hotel offers three types of accommodations: beach bungalows, overwater bungalows, and premium overwater bungalows which are ideal for a romantic honeymoon. The main difference between these three accommodations is their size and proximity to the water. All of the bungalows are air-conditioned. The beach bungalows are available with either a queen-size bed or two single beds, have direct dial phone, safe, satellite-television, CD, DVD and MP3 reader, minibar and a coffee-maker. Beach bungalows can incorporate a convertible sofa that can accommodate a third adult or a child.
Overwater bungalows have a large section of glass in the floor so that you can watch fish from your bed. However, you are better off just slipping off the ladder on your private deck and swimming with them instead. The premium bungalows are located right at the end of the deck, provide more privacy and have the best views of the lagoon. Premium bungalows are the best rooms for a romantic island honeymoon vacation or a romantic getaway.
The resort has two restaurants and a bar. Le Tipanie offers great views of the interior lagoon; dinner is a la carte and several different buffet themes are offered. Le Te Ava is right next to the swimming pool and serves lunch in a casual atmosphere. There is also a special dinner menu available. Enjoy a drink and the sunset at the Miki Miki Bar. Take a picninc on a Motu (small island), sign up for a 4X4 Safari in the mountains, or take a helicopter tour of Bora Bora. Bora Bora is a 40-minute flight from Papetee International Airport in Tahiti. The hotel is a 15 minute boat ride from Bora Bora Airport. The boat ride from the airport costs around XPF 2000 (about €17) per guest one way.
VacationIdea.com Tip: Look for deals and packages to save on vacation, especially longer stays. Room rates start around 65,000 XPF (about $702 USD) for a beachfront Bungalow with two single beds and 85,000XPF for (a superior overwater bungalow. "Pursue Your Paradise" includes: 5 nights minimum length of stay, Receive a credit of 43,000 XPF for a guest room category or 51,000 XPF for a suite booking with a minimum length of stay of 5 nights. The "Honeymoon Package" includes: Daily Buffet Breakfast for two, Bottle of champagne in room upon arrival, Welcome gift, and 4th Night free deducted at check out (800-543-4300, website).
»Colorful Sunsets & Lagoon Views at Sofitel Bora Bora
With luxury overwater bungalows, romantic sunsets and a restaurant with lagoon views, the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island in French Polynesia is a romantic getaway for couples and honeymooners. Spend your vacation relaxing on your private deck and watching colorful sunsets from the restaurant. There are only 30 bungalows at the resort. All bungalows have air-conditioning, satellite television, high speed internet access, and bathrooms with separate shower and bathtub. Due to the small size of the island, all of the bungalows have scenic views which is perfect for a honeymoon.
There is one restaurant and one bar at the hotel. The Manu Tuki restaurant offers panoramic views of the lagoon, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a launch available on demand to take you to the main island for sightseeing. There is also scuba diving nearby. Fly into Papeete, Tahiti, and then take a 40 minute flight to Bora Bora, followed by a brief boat ride to the hotel. Rates start at around €330 per night for a Deluxe Bungalow with a lagoon view. Breakfast is an additional €23 per person per day (+689-605600, website).
»InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana
InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is surrounded by two sandy beaches and stunning views of the blue lagoon. While you may decide to simply enjoy your suite, snorkel in the lagoon and have romantic sunset dinners, if you want more things to do on your island vacation, there is plenty to choose from. You can also take the shuttle to the sister property Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa and spend an afternoon getting pampered at the spa.
There are just 62 individually decorated bungalow suites, 50 over the water and 12 on the beach. The resort has two restaurants, the Noa Noa and the casual Vini Vini located near the pool. Noa Noa offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and often offers themed dinners and lively entertainment. On your romantic getaway, you can also dine on your private bungalow terrace right over the lagoon, watching colorful fish swim by. Rates start at 51,000 XPF (+689-60-4900, website).
»Bungalows with Glass Table Tops at Bora Bora Pearl
Situated on one of the motu islets that surround the main island, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort has its own scuba diving center and luxurious overwater bungalows with glass table tops so that you can watch the lagoon life without even putting on a mask. Spend your honeymoon relaxing on white sandy beaches, surrounded by calm blue waters of the lagoon. The resort has a large freshwater swimming pool with a water cascade and a Jacuzzi, perfect for a romantic beach getaway. If you plan to stay active on your honeymoon, there is an array of activities to choose from, many of which are complimentary, such as kayaking, outrigger canoeing, snorkeling and tennis.
Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, the Bora Bora Blue Nui PADI and CMAS Dive Center provides the kind of personal attention that will make your dives memorable. The fact that there is a great selection of spectacular dive spots within a short boat ride from the resort (five to 15 minutes), is a great plus. You'll be able to spend more time diving and less time getting there. The resort can help you plan a variety of island excursions, such as helicopter rides, fishing, catamaran cruises, submarine excursions and horseback riding, just to name a few.
The resort has 80 Polynesian-style bungalows which are located on the beach, near the pool and over the water. The Premium Overwater Bungalows, with large sundecks and sitting areas, offer the best views and the most privacy and are ideal for a romantic honeymoon vacation. Despite its incredible location, at this tropical resort you don't have to give up modern conveniences such as satellite television and air conditioning which are provided in each guest bungalow. Dine with a view of the lagoon at the Tevairoa Restaurant which serves international cuisine. The Miki Miki Restaurant and Bar serves lunch in a poolside setting.
The resort is located on the island Motu Tevairoa, 10 minutes by private boat from the airport. Airport transfers cost $25 one way. Rates for a Garden Pool Suite start at US $510, depending on the exchange rate at the time of booking; from US $780 for Premium Overwater Bungalows. In high season, from June through October, rates are slightly higher (800-65-PEARL, website).
»The Maitai Polynesia
The Maitai Polynesia is a moredately-priced resort located across from the islet of Motu Piti Aau on the main island of Bora Bora. The hotel offers Tahiti-style accommodations, including 19 overwater bungalows. Guests can enjoy a variety of vacation activities, ranging from scuba diving to helicopter tours. The hotel activities desk can help you find and arrange the best activities for you. The Maitai Polynesia offers a range of guest rooms, from moderately-priced garden view rooms to more expensive ocean view and overwater bungalows, great for a romantic island honeymoon.
The overwater bungalows have a deck, an outdoor shower, a glass bottom table and steps that lead directly into the lagoon. The hotel has two restaurants serving fresh seafood, Polynesian and European dishes. Fly to Papeete, the Tahitian capital, and catch a connecting flight to Bora Bora (a 45-minute flight). A taxi boat from the airport to the Maitai Polynesia takes approximately 30 minutes (additional fees apply). If you prefer, there is a free public boat shuttle from from the airport to Vaitape. Once you arrive in the town of Vaitape, the hotel can arrange a van transfer to the resort (+689-603-000, website).
Bora Bora Honeymoon Packages & Deals
Resorts change their packages and deals frequently, depending on season and demand, so it's a good idea to visit their web site directly or call the reservations number to confirm that the following are still available.
- Couples Retreat at the St. Regis Bora Bora: Couples Retreat Package includes a guaranteed upgrade from Deluxe Overwater to Premier Overwater Villa or from Pool Beach to Premier Oceanfront Retreat Villa. When you stay five nights you pay for four. Rates start at around $1,450 per night.
- Passionate Honeymoon Package at the Le Meridien: Le Méridien has two unique honeymoon packages available that include special honeymoon services beyond a basic room discount. The Passionate Mood package includes a bottle of champagne, coconut sweets, flowers in the room, a bath full of flowers, music and candles in the room. The best part is that while you are away at dinner the staff will create a romantic candlelight pathway leading to your bungalow. Rates for the Passionate Package start at 63,550 XPF or around $650 per night. Alternatively, the Romantic mood package includes a daily American breakfast for two, late 3pm check out, and a romantic candlelight dinner for two on the sand.
- Last Minute Honeymoon Deal at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort: The package offers at the the Hilton include several offers the fall that include free breakfast and a fifth night free. If you are looking to spend your honeymoon at the Hilton you should check all of their deals against the standard room rate. Rooms at the resort start at around $490. You also need to put down a 30% deposit when you book your stay.
- Honeymoon at the Pearl Beach Resort and Spa : The Pearl Beach Resort and Spa is offering a honeymoon package that includes a Tahitian Black Pearl for the bride, a bottle of Coral white wine and daily breakfast and dinner for two at the main resort restaurant. The discount that you receive will depend on when you travel. You will also have to book your honeymoon within 9 months of your wedding and present your wedding certificate at check-in in order to receive the honeymoon package deal.
- $210 a Night at the Hotel Maitai: The 28 Garden rooms at the Hotel Maitai start at just $210 per night so even without a package these rooms are far less expensive than some of the other resorts. The Hotel Maitai has several special packages that include daily breakfast and dinner. If you want your honeymoon to be right on the water the Overwater Bungalows at the Hotel Maitai start at around $470 per night.
- View from a room at the InterContinental Resort: Check out the romantic honeymoon dinner on the beach at the the InterContinental. The InterContinatal also has two special offers that include breakfast for two guests that are sharing a room. Rates start at around $740 for an Emerald Overwater Villa but vary depending on the time of year.
- Romantic Dinner Over the Water at Le Moana Resort: Enjoy the same daily breakfast included deal as at its sister property the Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa. The Le Moana can also arrange for the very popular flowers on your bed romantic treatment to make your honeymoon feel that much more special.
What Activities are Available in Bora Bora?
Bora Bora is one of the top popular warm-weather honeymoon destinations. The island offers tropical waters, sandy beaches, luxury over-water bungalows and many things to do. Several resorts are located on their own moti islets facing the main island. Pearl Beach Resort has bungalows with glass table tops that let you watch the fish swimming underneath. Le Meridien also features glass-bottom bungalows, an array of watersports, and attentive service. Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa has a relaxing spa for couples and bungalows with Jacuzzis. Hotel Sofitel has 30 air-conditioned bungalows and a romantic restaurant overlooking the lagoon.
For a unique spa experience, head to the InterContinental which has a spa with overwater treatment rooms. The villas have private decks, both shaded and in the sun, giving you plenty of space to relax surrounded only by clear blue waters of the lagoon.
Couples can choose from an array of unique activities, from snorkeling and diving to hiking and trekking. Many hotels either have a dive shop or there is one nearby, letting you take lessons and go on exciting dives. If you want to kick back and relax, you can always snorkel just off the beach. The water is calm and clear which makes it easy to spot diverse marine life, including colorful fish and coral.
If you like a challenge, sign up for a five-to-six hour climb up to Mt Ohue and Mt Pahia. At the top, you will be rewarded with some of the most unbelievable scenery. Another unique experience is an Aqua Safari which includes wearing a weight belt and walking under water for about 30 minutes. The walks are less then 4 meters in depth and you will be accompanied by an experienced dive instructor. This is a great alternative for those who do not want to get a scuba license but would like to experience what it's like to spend time under water.
Several outfitters offer boat tours which include stops at different beaches and snorkeling spots, letting you get a unique perspective of the individual motu surrounding the main landmass. Boats range from luxurious to more affordable, depending on what you are looking for. The hotel concierge should be able to point you in the right direction. There is also parasailing which usually lasts about 15 minutes and lets you get a great view from above. Visitors also enjoy shark feeding and ray feeding excursions which let you get close to amazing marine animals.
Bora Bora Honeymoon Travel Tips
Bora Bora in French Polynesia is a romantic vacation destination where everything seems to have been designed around the water. Over-water bungalows, secluded beaches, arriving by helicopter (if you are lucky), amazing marine life and beautiful sunsets. Many resorts white sandy beach that overlooks the turquoise lagoon. Guest accommodations are located near the beach, either on land or over the water, providing relaxing ambiance and fabulous views. It's easy to spend your time relaxing on the sand or next to the freshwater pool surrounded by a tropical garden, but for the more active traveler, hotels offer an array of activities.
From scuba diving lessons to volleyball and tennis, there is something for everyone. The Activities Desk can help you plan adventures throughout your stay. A romantic sunset and champagne cruise is great for honeymooners. Other cruising options include catamaran cruises, glass-bottom boat and barbecue cruises. Get massages at authentic Polynesian Spas, either right on the beach, in the privacy of your room or over water.
How Do I Plan my Honeymoon to Bora Bora?
Any time you head to a remote island, you need to make sure that all of your travel arrangements are confirmed. No matter where you are coming from, a trip to this remote island is a not just a simple direct flight. Be sure that you have enough time to make any airline connections that you need to make, especially on your transfer from the airport in Papeete. Be sure to confirm your arrival details with your hotel just before you leave so that they can arrange transportation (a boat ride) from the airport. The price range for hotels starts at around $300 USD for a garden view room to over $1,400 USD for an overwater bungalow.
When Should I Go?
Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the climate is slightly cooler and dryer. For hotels, low season is generally between January 1st to May 31st and November 1st to December 31st. High season is June through October. Fly to the International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti (Faa' a), code (PPT), and then transfer to either Air Tahiti or Wan Air for a 40-minute flight. You should arrange for your hotel to pick you up at the airport. Bora Bora is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful getaways in the world, so bring your camera and plenty of film or memory cards for pictures.
Tahiti & French Polynesia
Tahiti and her islands and atolls comprise the country of French Polynesia - five island groups or archipelagos which lie in the South Pacific - south of the equator yet in the same time zone as Hawaii. Tahiti is one of the best vacation destinations for beach lovers. You can picnic on secluded beaches, have a romantic dinner at the waters edge, and participate in a wide range of outdoor activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, catamaran cruises, tennis, and helicopter tours. Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is a 30-minute catamaran ride from Tahiti. Bora Bora is the most popular vacation destination in French Polynesia, offering an array of accommodation options, including the ultra-romantic over-water bungalows. The island is a 40-minute plane ride from Tahiti.
Air Tahiti Nui has a non-stop flights from New York to Papeete. If you live in New York, you can reach Tahiti in 12 hours. Airfare will be a very large part of your vacation budget so be sure to check the airline websites for any special vacation deals. Air New Zealand often has web specials from Los Angeles to Papeete. Air Tahiti Nui also offers some reasonably priced vacation packages on their website under the vacation specials section. Resorts will often have great specials and packages available throughout the year.
The weather in Tahiti features sunny, pleasant days and an average yearly air and water temperature of 80 degrees F. Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the climate is slightly cooler and dryer. There are low season offers available from resorts from January through March. You will not want to leave home without your sunglasses, a digital camera, a hat for sun protection, a new swimsuit, and your snorkeling or dive gear. You also might want to consider a pair of sandals that you can wear in the water when you explore the reef or on trips remote beaches.
Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines all fly to Tahiti from the US mainland. Flight time to Tahiti from Los Angeles is seven and a half hours. >On Tahiti, there are now two types of buses: the open-air trucks called Le Truck and the RTC large white coaches, both operating frequently in Papeete and around the island. Le Truck also operates on most other islands. Rental cars are available at most airports but with excursions from your hotel and the activities on the water you really won't need a car. You don't travel all the way to Tahiti to drive.