Saturday, January 14, 2017

Where to stay in Bora Bora?

Paradise holiday island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia is one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the world. Mostly crowded with honeymooners having their once-in-a-lifetime tropical island holiday, Bora Bora offers fantastic beaches, legendary underwater adventures in mostly luxury resorts composed of overwater bungalows and villas.

The islands population is only 8,800. Half of these people live in Vaitape on the main island. The tropical island has two inactive volcanoes : Mount Phaia and Mounth Otemanu. It is surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reefs and many small islets called motu in local language (see the Bora Bora map below).

Bora Bora resorts are usually luxury and expensive. Plus all the activities and the food on the island is expensive too. The prices usually range between “expensive” and “omg expensive” here. The average room rate per night in Bora Bora Island is around 1,000 USD per night and starts at least from 300 USD per night. Suite prices start from several thousands per night.

Let’s come to where to stay in Bora Bora Island question. You basically have two option: you can either stay in a resorts on small islands in the lagoon or barrier reef or you can stay in a resort on the main island.

Almost 30 years ago, Hotel Bora Bora has built the first over-water bungalow and this type of accommodation is now a norm on the island. These bungalows range from rooms to multi-storey villas.

Where to stay in Bora Bora? - Bora Bora Map
Bora Bora Map
Bora Bora Resorts on islets

The main advantage of staying in a Bora Bora Resort in the lagoon is the fantastic Bora Bora Island view. These places are also quite tranquil and isolated, perfect for honemooners.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is one of the most famous poster children of Bora Bora. Situated on Motu Thotu, this is the most romantic resort in the world according to the TripAdvisor. With its view, paradise like surrounding, facilities and service, it is probably the best honeymoon hotel in the world.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is also the best rated resort in Bora Bora with 10 points over 10 ratings averaged 700+ customer reviews. See details here.

Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora over-water bungalows. You can see the Bora Bora main island and one
of the volcanoes in the background (Mount Otemanu).

St. Regis Bora Bora, is the newest and the most expensive resort of Bora Bora. Each “room” in this resort are suits with their own luxury bathroom. Most of these are over-water villas and have their own swimming pool and spa. The villas comes with glass floor and underwater lighting which puts a magical touch to the holiday. 80 percent of the customers of St. Regis Bora Bora comes from USA and 80 percent of these customers are honeymoon couples. St. Regis Bora Bora is on  a small island offshore main island and have a fantastic Bora Bora view.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. Behind, Bora Bora Island (main island) with Mount Otemanu.
Le Meridien Bora Bora is another popular motu resort. This resort is quite large and is popular among Japanese tourists. The resort has very nice beaches. They operate s shuttle boat to main island.

Resorts on Bora Bora Island

Resorts on the main island of Bora Bora are also super luxury and classy. The obvious disadvantage of these resorts is that they do not have Bora Bora Island view.

Matira Beach on the island is a popular beach and has several nice resorts. Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort is at the southern tip of Matira Beach and if you can afford it, it deserves every dollar you pay to stay there. Another nice Matira resort is Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort. The seaside pool of this resort is legendary.

Sofitel Bora Bora
Cheap Bora Bora Hotels

You won’t believe but Bora Bora has some “relatively” cheap accommodation. 3 star Le Maitai Polynesia Hotel Bora Bora offers 80++ Euro per night rooms (well we have said “relatively” cheap) and 2 star Village Temanuata room prices start from 60++ Euro per night.

Where is Bora Bora Island?

In the past, this question required a few paragraphs to answer. But now thanks to Google Maps, it is quite easy to answer. Bora Bora is in the Pacific Ocean somewhere far east of Fiji. Anyway, see the location below.

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