The Conrad Bora Bora is the kind of place where, when the mood calls, all you want to do is simply sit back, take a deep breath and admire the view.
Of the many reasons for this, one is the resort’s heavenly location, tucked away as it is on the southern shores of a private French Polynesian island, Motu To’opua – though only a 20-minute boat ride from Bora Bora – and with nothing but azure seas, a long sandy beach and a lush coastal backdrop for company.
Indeed, the Conrad Bora Bora Nui has made every effort to ensure that none of this splendid setting is missed throughout the day, with every on-land or overwater residence enjoying views of either the hotel’s tropical gardens, beach or the lagoon itself from their private furnished terraces.
And if you are opting for one of those luxe overwater villas, even your gourmet room service and chilled wine will be delivered via a concierge canoe, a particularly lovely touch. That level of service sets the tone for what to expect here, as the fine dining cuisine and cocktails – in each of six restaurants and bars – watersports and sailing facilities, kids club, sports courts and spa are also second to none.
You can easily explore the ubiquitous waters or islands while staying at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui too, and the resort is also keen on cultural demonstrations, dance performances and cookery classes to give their guests a fun introduction to French Polynesian culture.
And when you do retire to your five-star South Pacific quarters each evening, every guestroom, suite and villa here is a veritable haven of thatch and polished wood, cooling drapes wrapped around your four-poster bed, all conceivable mod-cons and much larger floorplans than most.
Choose between either garden, beach or overwater views from each of the Conrad Bora Bora’s 114 suites and villas. All options here come with the same standard of finish and equally alluring décor schemes which, although very high-end, suits the resort’s natural coastal setting perfectly. There certainly are differences between the categories, mainly the view (due to their location) and size, with some overwater villas benefitting from instant ocean access and terraces hovering above the sea, though a slightly more modest floorplan compared with their garden or beachfront equivalents. The higher-category luxury options go on to feature swimming pools and multiple bedrooms, though all rooms at Conrad Bora Bora come with a furnished terrace, spa bathtub and separate rain shower, king-size bed, lounge area, sound system, hammock and plentiful amenities as standard.
An elegant semi-open-air restaurant with views of the lagoon, serving up contemporary French cuisine with a suitably well-stocked wine cellar to match.
Tuck into lip-smacking Chinese dishes at the Banyan Chinese Restaurant, a delightfully themed eatery that is a must for anyone who loves gourmet Asian food.
The seafront Tamure Beach Grill is a great place to relax, enjoy Mediterranean flavours, oven-fired pizzas and snacks with the occasional Polynesian twist between dips in the nearby pool or strolls along the sand.
Live music, an al fresco terrace and glass flooring over the water, the Upa Upa Lounge Bar is a super stylish spot to enjoy a drink each evening.
Wine lovers will delight at this smart watering hole that enjoys panoramic coastal views on top of an enviable list of fine wines, exclusive rums and ago-old whiskies too.
Sip ice-cold drinks and pick up some healthy snacks at Tarava, a priceless swim-up bar (on hot days) centred in the middle of the hotel’s luxe outdoor pool.
Activities and Entertainment
Conrad Bora Bora Nui may be in one of the most desirable settings imaginable, but as much as the natural beauty here is the star attraction there is also plenty else onsite to keep you feeling perfectly pampered too. The spa, gym and sports courts are great during the day, as is their stunning oceanfront swimming pool peppered with overwater sunbeds, while a kids club and babysitting can also be booked in advance if travelling to Bora Bora as a family. The hotel’s concierge can then arrange everything from valet parking to laundry, if required.
Vaitape, Bora Bora. The Conrad Bora Bora Nui is located on the islet of Motu To'opua, reached via a 20-minute boat ride from Bora Bora Airport.
1/12 - Pool View at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
2/12 - Dining Area at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
3/12 - Tamure Beach Grill at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
4/12 - Villa Bedroom at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
5/12 - Concierge at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
6/12 - Royal Suite Living Area at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
7/12 - Overwater Villa Bathroom at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
8/12 - Standard Bedroom at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
9/12 - Breakfast Area at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
10/12 - Main Pool at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
11/12 - Overwater Villa with Pool at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
12/12 - Presidential Villa Exterior at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
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