Halfway between Australia and the USA and fifty minutes by ‘plane northwest of Tahiti in the heart of the French Polynesian South Pacific archipelago, Bora Bora rises from the sea like a veritable jewel, seemingly protected by one of the planet’s most stunning lagoons. It’s a tiny speck of a volcanic island with a total landmass of just over 30sqkm. Being surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and islets quite literally make it a dream destination.
Famous for its crystal waters in fifty shades of blue and all-luxury accommodation much of which is over-water bungalows, Bora Bora is popular honeymooners and just about anyone who enjoys being pampered on an island and always a stone’s throw from tropical waters. Naturally, vacationing in such surroundings doesn’t come cheap, making Bora Bora the playground of the rich and famous or a one-off treat for newlyweds.
Presiding over the longest (more than half-mile-long) stretch of white-sand beach of any Bora Bora hotel, on the southwest end of Motu To’opua, the Conrad was previously a Hilton before an extensive multi-million-dollar refurb. As a Hilton it was the first resort to feature Bora Bora’s now iconic over-water suites. As a Conrad, the property now boasts 29 garden and beach villas plus 86 overwater bungalows, including the island’s only double-storey Presidential Suites which comprise two master bedrooms, a pool, hot tub and sauna, as well as butler service.
Approaching Conrad Bora Bora Nui on one of the resort’s motorboats, across impossibly blue waters, the resort genuinely looks like a screensaver which has come to life, and it soon becomes apparent that guests’ every whim is amply catered for. A fleet of luxe golf carts whisk guests between their lodgings, a variety of restaurants and bars, sprawling hilltop spa, 18-hole mini golf course, huge tiered oceanfront pool and the sea, where complimentary stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and snorkel gear await. As if this wasn’t enough to occupy guests, Conrad’s “Stay Inspired” program offers a multitude of destination-focused activities and excursions, which on Bora Bora includes snorkelling with manta rays.