Tropical Relaxation: The Style Sheet for Bora Bora

Bora Bora seems to have made its way onto every bucket list out there. The dream-like setting of the islets have remained virtually unchanged since French sailors first arrived on the island in the mid-18th century. The infinite shades of blue within the waters, sharp rainforest-covered basaltic peaks and stunning islets are really what dreams are made of. From a natural perspective, you’d be hard-pressed to find many places in the world that top what Bora Bora has to offer, as it certainly lives up to the meaning of its ancestral name, which roughly translates to “created by the gods.” The antithesis of modern city life, visitors are drawn to Bora Bora for its tropical climate and world-famous overwater bungalows and private villas.

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Matira Beach

Matira Beach is a sunbather’s paradise where the slow-paced island lifestyle will win you over. Framed to the background of lush palm trees and green hills, it’s the only public beach in Bora Bora. The stunning snow white sands of the beach stretch for a single mile across both sides of Matira Point, a narrow peninsula that extends south into the lagoon. The picturesque beach is rounded out nicely with the freedom of easy walking to many nearby local shops, snack bars and a few unhurried restaurants. Matira Beach is one of the most popular spots in Bora Bora and the stunning coastal views alone are worth spending a day in what seems like paradise. The white sand slowly slopes into the sandy-bottomed lagoon, meaning warm and shallow waters for a pleasant swimming experience. While a tranquil and easygoing vibe sweeps through the beach, you’ll also discover entertainment in the form of easy snorkelling and nearby scenic hikes.

These Oliver Peoples THE ROW Brownstone Round Metal Sunglasses are a stylish option that lends itself well to the laid-back living of Bora Bora. The vintage-inspired round frames offer full UV protection, an essential when visiting the French Polynesia. Whether you’re sunbathing by the Ocean or seated at the nearby beach bar, the timeless gold frame and dark lenses are a versatile style that will complement just about any bikini or one-piece.

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Resort Living

Even if you have the highest of expectations, the resort life found throughout Bora Bora is guaranteed to blow you away. The unbeatable scenic views are defined by the lush covered peaks that rise out of the massive lagoon whose waters radiate a stunning palette of indigo, sapphire and turquoise. The island group is known for providing the ultimate experience in terms of luxury and offer every amenity you could possibly think of. No matter which resort you find yourself on, you’ll likely be waking up to the calming sounds of the water just outside your window and certain resorts have their own private sections of beaches. The Four Seasons Bora Bora offers a classic experience in the form of 121 spacious hideaways at the sand-fringed idyll in the shadow of Mount Otemanu. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort makes for an immersive tropical paradise with its exquisite overwater bungalows that feature glass flooring to marvel at the crystal clear waters.

This Ephemera Crossed One-Piece Swimsuit is a simple and elegant option for lounging around the resort. The clean aesthetic, flattering cut and black colorway stays true to the uncomplicated nature of Ephemera while the technical fabric will easily take you in and out of the warm ocean waters. This Janessa Leone Gloria Wide Brimmed Panama Hat is a chic touch to complement the look of the outfit, while also providing adequate protection from the sun.

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Contemporary Dining Scene

Whereas other islands in the French Polynesian are characterized by their traditional charm and local dishes, Bora Bora has developed its own dining scene that has fused influences from other nations such as Japan, Italy and France. When you want to venture outside of your resort, Bora Bora offers an upscale culinary experience. Headed by Corsican-born chef Damian Rinaldi Dovio, Villa Mahana is an exclusive five-table restaurant that combines local ingredients native to Bora Bora with classic Mediterranean techniques. Lagoon by Jean-Georges at the St. Regis boasts unmissable views of Mount Otemanu with a menu that fuses French and Asian cooking traditions.

There are few tropical garments that are better than a sun dress. This breezy Cult Gaia Yara Ruched Silk Slip Dress is a single-strap dress for a meal under the sun. The slip dress will have you feeling comfortable and cool during the day, yet it still maintains an air of sophistication and elegance with its V-neckline and intricate detail patterning. These Rebecca de Ravenel Mother of Pearl Flower Earrings are the perfect embellishment to complete a chic warm weather look.


Historical Relics

While history might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Bora Bora, the island group boasts a number of fascinating archaeological sites and ruins. The two massive Coastal Defense Guns and concrete bunker are extremely well-preserved and date back to WWII when US troops operated a base overlooking the Faanui Bay. Located on a small hill on the eastern coast of the island and only accessible via a short walking trail, here you can not only stand in awe of the historical arms but also enjoy some of the best views of the lagoon. Elsewhere, there are a handful of marae, or traditional temples, ruins scattered throughout Bora Bora, with the most famous being the popular Marae Fare-Opu.

Bora Bora takes us back to the basics and the spoils of nature: beautiful waters, sandy shores and underwater activity. These Ray-Ban Erika Round-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses are an exceptional choice for enjoying what Bora Bora has to offer. The vintage-inspired round frames ensure that your style is up-to-date, while the simplicity of the sunglasses is what really does the talking. The revamped design hangs its hat on its comfort and lightweight frame. They’re a versatile pair that will take you everywhere across the island and back, allowing you to enjoy what Bora Bora has to offer in a simple manner.


The Honeymooner’s Choice

Considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Bora Bora conjures up an image of a romantic tropical paradise set to ultimate luxury. It’s the destination on every couple wish list. Imagine waking up to the reflection of the crystal clear ocean, coconut trees and island backdrop just outside your overwater bungalow. The absence of a crazy nightlife scene throughout Bora Bora is replaced with upscale dining establishments, a slow pace of life and exclusive privacy. Bora Bora naturally paints a romantic image for its visitors – gorgeous sunsets, white-sand beaches and fine wine.

Whether you’re relaxing on the coast, clinking glasses over a candle-lit dinner or out for an overseas ride, your trusty watch will make, the Rolex GMT-Master II is our choice of wristwear when traveling. The timepiece carries its functionality, to seamlessly display different time zones for professional use, as the top priority, making it eminently suitable for globetrotting. In a stunning gold colorway, it builds upon its beautiful aesthetic as the epitome of style and achievement.


Underwater Life

Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness magnificent marine life up-close and personal. At the southern tip of Bora Bora, Leopard Rays Trench is a well-known dive site where giant manta rays and other underwater species conglomerate. Due to the shallow depths and sandy white bottom of the waters, the site makes for excellent viewing. The Bora Bora Turtle Center is a unique protection sanctuary that provides aid and protection to rare species of turtles such as the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle.

If you’re feeling inspired by the natural beauty of Bora Bora, lush flowers and rich foliage are an ideal way to liven up your swimwear rotation this season. These Paul Smith Slim-Fit Mid-Length Floral Print Swim Shorts do just that. The quick-drying shell, elasticated waist, zipped back pocket and comfortable mesh lining also make it a practical choice. This Vilebrequin Terry Polo in a classic white color is something that will never go out of style. The meticulous slim-fit cut of Vilebrequin ensures that you will look your best, while the remarkably soft terry cloth offers great versatility and comfort for long adventures under the Bora Bora sun.


Braeden Alexander

Braeden Alexander is an explorer with an insatiable appetite for the world and all the exquisite experiences that await. As a writer, he's concerned with the similarities that connect us all.

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