Conrad Bora Bora Nui

15 Feb

Post from RICOH THETA. #theta360uk – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Post from RICOH THETA. #theta360uk – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

I thought the InterContinental Thalasso was spectacular to look at, but the service and facilities left a lot of room for improvement. It’s the one most talked about on the internet, so I thought I’d seen the best of Bora Bora.

Not so. The Conrad blows the Thalasso out of the (turquoise) water. It is sensationally beautiful, the room is incredible, the spa is stunning, the pool is “one of the world’s top 15”, the resort grounds are so much prettier and more varied, the views are amazing, the food is varied and delicious, the bars and restaurants are superb.

It is breathtaking.

I cancelled my final Bora Bora night at the Thalasso and booked one more at the Conrad instead. I’m lucky it’s quiet enough that my Diamond status gets me upgraded from a standard garden view bungalow to a deluxe overwater villa, but at £1078 per night for the best non-refundable members only rate, that makes 80000 points an incredible deal. 3 nights here will not be enough!

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

12 Feb

The best views in Bora Bora are anytime the sun comes out. Above is my villa. Below is the resort.

At the end of each pier is the insanely huge Brando suite. My villa is enormous, but the Brandos are ridiculous and have their own big pool. Apparently Marlon Brando is a very big deal in Bora Bora.

Below shows my villa at the right hand side just before the Brando. Yes, the water really is that bright when the sun is out:

Rush hour traffic in Bora Bora:

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

12 Feb

Here’s the view from the breakfast restaurant:

Bora Bora is very small, so there’s not much light pollution. Here’s my villa from a different angle:

There’s only a little light from the resort:

Hardly any light on the motu:

So at night you can lie on your lagoon terrace and easily see satellites passing and the milky way glowing. Here’s a shot of Orion taken with a smartphone. Now imagine I wasn’t too lazy to get out the tripod and the good camera and do a long exposure, and picture a sky full of stars.

Today I transfer to the other intercontinental, and I can see online that my standard “inland” room booked on points has been upgraded to another overwater villa.

Bora Bora , French Polynesia

11 Feb

Taking a break from jetskiing around the lagoon. Look at how the clouds form as the air rises over Mount Otemanu.

A couple of hours chasing speedboats to jump their wakes, then a break on a “Motu” (island) to crack open some coconuts for a drink and a snack.

Trying to film from a wrist-mounted go-pro while bouncing around on a jetski is pretty tough, and it doesn’t show how incredibly brightly turquoise it is out here, and I didn’t get a shot of the eagle rays and manta rays we saw, but jetskis cost £250 for 2 hours, so you’re getting some videos anyway. Even if the hotel is free, don’t come to Bora Bora unless you expect to spend lots of money.

Watch this first one to about 1:50 to see how vicious even an easy, beginner-level wake jump is. Bloody good fun though. Can’t beat a Yamaha engine and a bit of air-time, whether land or sea:




Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10 Feb

Above is my villa from behind.

The rest of the resort is equally spectacular:

Obligatory cocktail on the beach photo, but at £20 a go there might not be so many. These are £4 in the Philippines!

Living room has a coffee table over a hole so you can look down into the water. The top slides open if you want to feed the fish:

Both bathroom and bedroom are much nicer than these photos show, and look out over the lagoon.

Living room opens out to the terrace:

Terrace leads down to the deck for access to the lagoon:

Looking back at the bedroom end:

Living room end:

My swimming pool:

View from the bedroom:

If you don’t want to feed the fish, you can instead have one cooked in a delicious coconut crust and served on the terrace with a Tahitian vanilla sauce and a glass or two of wine: