A Unique Combination of Polynesian Tradition and Sumptuous Comfort
A favorite destination of discerning travelers, the islands of Bora Bora have long attracted visitors in search of the world’s most luxurious and private accommodations, majestic views and, according to author James Michener, “the most beautiful lagoon in the world.”
When the Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, A Luxury Collection Resort, opened in October, 2002, it single-handedly raised the bar on luxury resort accommodations in French Polynesia. The resort not only doubled the size and luxury quotient of the signature thatched roof bungalows this South Pacific paradise is known for, but also created a setting that honors authentic Polynesian tradition. Enveloped by crystal blue waters and sky on a private island, Bora Bora Nui features 120 suite-sized villa bungalows – overwater, beachfront and hillside. 117 villas are 1,000 square feet and the three Royal Villas are 1,500 square feet (typical villas in French Polynesia are 400 square feet). A 30,000 square-foot hilltop spa and half-mile long white sand beach welcomes guests as they arrive from their private-yacht transfer from the nearby airport.
Polynesian building traditions were followed throughout the resort, including the use of dried leaves from the pandanus plant ("fara" in Tahitian) for the hand-woven thatched roofs of the villas, as well as hand printed tapa cloth made from the breadfruit tree (“uru” in Tahitian) to trim the borders of the villa interiors. The mahogany canopy beds throughout the resort were imported from Indonesia while the bathroom fixtures are French silver. Each bathtub has been carved from its own block of breathtaking Italian marble. Hand carved, curly kahia wood fills the public spaces, adding traditional French Polynesian ambiance to the luxurious resort.
They say that location is everything and Bora Bora Nui proves the point. Not only is the resort located on Bora Bora’s only motu (islet) with a hill, giving each bungalow sweeping views of the wildly beautiful lagoon, but the resort’s location also serves as a memorable site in Tahitian lore. The mischievous god Hiro is said to have thrown his spear from the top of the motu’s black lava hill, giving Mt. Otemanu its jagged profile. Bora Bora Nui also encircles a sacred cove where ancient islanders gathered for stone fishing festivals. This island lore is celebrated in the original artwork displayed throughout the resort.
Some of the region’s most luxurious amenities bring generations of visitors to Bora Bora Nui year after year. Polynesian picnics, barbeque lunches and romantic dinners on the resort’s idyllic private islet, Motu Tapu, are available to guests throughout their stays. The resort offers other Tahitian dining experiences with their Tamure Grill, a “barefoot suggested” authentic beachside restaurant as well as Lanai Dining in the privacy of your patio or by torchlight on the beach.
For those that cannot bear to unplug during vacation, Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa offers satellite television, computer data ports and CD players throughout the villas. To unwind away from the technology, the hilltop, indoor/outdoor spa features sweeping views and is comprised of a main building and three private spa bungalows nestled in the lush greenery of the hillside. This South Pacific-inspired spa offers the freshest island ingredients – like tiare, monoi oil, coconut, coffee & vanilla – and specializes in couple’s treatments.
In 2009, the resort will offer Bora Bora’s first fully inclusive luxury experience. Combining all facets of luxury resort life, Bora Bora Nui’s Polynesian Escape – the ultimate private island experience, will offer guests decadent accommodations, culinary delights, and unforgettable amenities. The resort has taken an innovative approach, designing a deluxe and lavish offer which will forever change the all inclusive landscape.
Bora Bora Nui’s Polynesian Escape is designed for two people and will include accommodations, daily breakfast, 2-course lunches, 3-course dinners with wine, an incredible range of activities including Polynesian cooking classes, botanical walks and snorkelling trips, among others, as well as airport transfers. Guests will also be delighted to learn that their Polynesian Escape includes a romantic picnic lunch on the resort’s own private island, Motu Tapu. Located a short boat ride from the resort, the tranquil Motu Tapu is exclusive to Bora Bora Nui and is truly the region’s most elite amenity.
“The pristine islands of French Polynesia have become one of the most sought-after destinations in the world,” said Denis Thouvard, General Manager of Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. “When visiting Bora Bora Nui, travelers will be enchanted by the most luxurious, secluded and breathtaking resort in the region. It represents a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. The authentic Polynesian experience, combined with sumptuous villas and impeccable service, offers the most discerning traveler an experience that evokes lasting, treasured memories.”
For more information on the Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, please call 866-716-8140 or visit www.luxurycollection.com