The pearl of the pacific is not the kind of title that is given lightly, but the Intercontinental Bora Bora deserves every iridescent vowel and cool jeweled consonant it is given. Seemingly dreamed up by the god of honeymoons, this fabulous French Polynesian island is a glitzy genie in the bottle – providing every wish you could have wanted.
The architects weren’t joking when they placed the InterContinental’s stunning resort with a perfectly framed view of Mount Otemanu. On one side of the resort you have the expanse of the blue ocean, and on the other, sits a perfectly still turquoise lagoon. Scattered in-between are 80 overwater bungalows, a striking resort and a handful of restaurants that know how to impress with their finery. This is the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa.
Sleek island style meets tropical cool inside the lusciously bright bungalows. Polynesia has lent the Midas touch to the design – with hints of bamboo, mother of pearl, and wonderful weavings threaded throughout the state of the art style. Touches like a glass coffee table so you can see straight down to the lagoon along with removable tops for feeding the fish mark this place out as something special. Soaring picture windows and open-air living are there to remind you that yes, you have indeed found paradise.
The Brando overwater suite is the best bungalow on Bora Bora for those seeking privacy to play. Along with direct access to the lagoon, you also get your own private pool, a wide and spacious sun splashed deck, two plush master bedrooms, and a double bath sitting right beside the picture window for unbridled views of the mountain to complement a long soak in the tub. The other villas are royal worthy – mod cons like I-Pod docks, flat screens, Bose surround sound and fully stocked mini bars make staying beside the lagoon a simple thing to do.
The Thalasso Spa is so good it even wedged its way into the resorts title. Hailed as the beat spa in the whole of Bora Bora, you can find a well-orchestrated haven of healing and tranquility that pulls on the power of the ocean. The glass bottomed treatment rooms bring that added dimension to a divine massage, and the Deep Ocean Spa blends ancient Polynesian rituals with marine ripe ingredients. From the Tahitian Wave treatment that rocks the body as calmly as the tides to the pearl rain massage, every moment in the spa is a second well spent. After your treatment make full use of the Zen like tea lounge.
Days are spent practicing the art of bliss in Bora Bora. At the Lagoonarium you can get up close and personal with the creatures of the coral nursery. A team of marine biologists are more than willing to share their passions with curious guests. The glass bottomed chapel next door is also a peaceful haven for prayer, as is wandering through the utterly romantic Secret Garden of Love where honeymooners can leave their own lock in Pont des Arts fashion. Spend your afternoons feeding stingrays, learning to cook Polynesian style, snorkeling around the crystalline lagoon, and heading out for rainforest tours and tantalizing excursions to tiny villages, local markets, and ATV adventures.
Food comes with a dollop of finery at the InterContinental Resort, especially with three restaurants and a cocktail bar on hand. Warm waffles and a table groaning buffets are a signature start to the day. Sands Restaurant offers dig your toes in the sand dining with casual fine fayre at lunch and tiki lit torch barbeques at night.
Le Corail Restaurant boasts the largest wine cellar in Bora Bora and a la carte options that call on a gorgeous gourmet experience complete with in-house sommelier to suggest award winning pairings. Finish the night with a cocktail beneath star laden skies at the Bubbles Bar, where the Black Pearl Martini is every inch as mesmerizing as the shadowy mountain reflected by moonlight in the soft lagoon. Rates per night start at $960 for the Emerald Overwater Villa and go to $3000 for the Brando Suite.