Are We There Yet? – Bora Bora

Over-water huts and Bora Bora.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

I've been writing about travel for years and one place that has always intrigued me (and I've never been) is Bora Bora. It looks so beautifully exotic, like the ultimate tropical paradise, and what makes it even more appealing is the bevy of over-water huts that they have scattered around the island. It seems like heaven on earth.

Some quick facts on Bora Bora: An island in the French Polynesia, Bora Bora only has a population of 8800. They eat off of the land and sea, which means ample seafood as well as coconuts (there are an abundance of plantations), and it is surrounded by the clear turquoise waters of the Pacific, lagoons (where most of the over-water huts are built), and a barrier reef. Most of the people there speak English and the average yearly temperature is a cozy 85° (29° Celsius).

There are a number of high-end resorts that offer over-water huts for your stay in Bora Bora. CNN recently highlighted a few of them and I have my own fave I'd love to check out one day, so here's a breakdown of three of these amazing hotels:

Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Bora Bora: This Hilton hotel is nestled in a sacred cove of white sand and majestic lava rock. Protected from the open sea by a string of tiny coral islets, the stunning lagoon is the perfect tropical playground to be explored with a snorkel, or for the perfect getaway enjoy a picnic on the unspoiled private islet Motu Toopua, just five minutes away by boat.

Four Seasons Bora Bora: An idyllic haven with first-class amenities, this resort also has a spa as well as four restaurants and bars that take full advantage of the hotel’s position on this romantic island, as well as Bora Bora’s sunshine, stunning sunsets and starlit nights. Located at the lagoon edge, and surrounded by tropical groves and the pristine Pacific waters, sits The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora for ultimate relaxation.

Le Meridien Bora Bora: Encircled by the sapphire sea, emerald forests and ivory beaches is Le Meridien. Their restaurant Le Tipanie is widely renowned as one of the finest dining experiences in Bora Bora and is set overlooking the resort’s interior lagoon, with their a la carte dinner and buffets offering different themes and creative menus that are updated weekly. There's also the Miki Miki Bar, which is designed as a prow of a ship pointing toward Mount Otemanu, and the resort is home to an inspiring turtle sanctuary where guests can learn about these majestic creatures.


Bon Voyage,



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