Dreaming of the perfect getaway? Our Travel Consultant Paul Hynds recently had a chance to visit the stunning French Polynesia. He shares with us the different secrets each beautiful resort bestows and what to expect upon your arrival to these beautiful islands!
When you think of French Polynesia the first thing that comes to your mind is beautiful crystal clear turquoise water, lush green landscapes, and tiki huts with fire lanterns burning to light the night. When I got to Polynesia I knew that I was going to be staying in some luxurious hotels, but what I was really looking forward to was the “authentic” Polynesian experience.
When reaching Bora Bora we were able to stay at the luxurious Le Meriden Bora Bora. I was lucky enough to stay in an overwater bungalow for my two day stay. My first thought was that this room could be found in any major city around the world, it just happens to be in an over water bungalow in the middle of beautiful Bora Bora! The rooms where spectacular but missed that authentic Polynesian feel. The next day we visited quite a few different hotels in Bora Bora and we were able to see the great variety that is available for everyone.
Our first stop was the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa. Here we were greeted with flower leis and some fresh coconut water. We were shown the beach bungalows, garden bungalows, as well as the overwater bungalows – all with a very authentic Polynesian feel.
Thatched roofs and weaved siding on the walls completed these rooms and to top it off, outdoor showers! It really made you feel like it was something that could have been there 50 years ago, but with all the modern amenities of today.
We then were able to visit Le Moana Bora Bora by Intercontinental where we were greeted by the hotel manager dressed in authentic Polynesian dress. On our tour of the hotel, we were greeted with “ia ora na” or “yorana” to the English ear. We were able to view their spectacular overwater bungalows that were located just off the one of the best beaches on the entire island.
When we entered the bungalow, the smell of fresh flowers was everywhere, with the warm Tahitian breeze blowing around us.
Next up we headed to the Intercontinental Thalasso and Spa just across the lagoon. We were told by the manager of the Le Moana not to compare hotels because they were completely different – and that they most definitely were! We took our boat transfer up and then were greeted by the manger on duty dressed from head to toe in black. All the staff were also dressed in the same outfit. This resort was massive and we had to take a golf cart around to see it. The rooms were spectacular, with their suites larger than most apartments I have lived in, the grounds impeccably maintained and our stop at the spa would make any non-spa goer – into a believer!
What I came away with from my trip to Polynesia and more specifically, Bora Bora, is that it really is a destination for everyone, be it young, old, honeymooners or families. You really can have your authentic local experience or stay at the ultra modern super hotels. It’s really up to you, but either way you are going to love it and have memories that will last for a lifetime! Mauruuru!