- Reviews: 915
Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa: General Information
This hotel & resort was simply amazing. The staff is really friendly. Check my additional tips for more information in the hotel. It has a infinity pool, spa, fitness center, two restaurants, free internet, and plenty of activities. Just be aware......its rather expensive but you are in paradise !!
- Reviews: 1858
From Overwater Bungalows to Budget Rooms: Accommodation on Bora Bora
As we were on a cruise ship we did not need accommodation on Bora Bora, and I was happy about it because the prices for accommodation are – with a few exceptions – just mad. But I have checked out the options, as I am dreaming of going back to Bora Bora, perhaps as part of a bigger trip with visits to Moorea, Huahine, and Maupiti.
On Bora Bora everything gets relative. If you read of affordable accommodation it normally means that it is more affordable than others on the island – not that it is cheap. Even guesthouses charge crazy prices.
Most hotels are in Matira where the biggies like the Intercontinental Beachcomber and the Hotel Matira have their spectacular overwater bungalows in this incredible translucent lagoon.
The most affordable accommodation is in Nunue which is between Vaitape and Matira.
There you also find the Village Pauline which offers budget to deluxe accommodation. I mention this because when we planned a trip to Bora Bora in 1995 (and later cancelled because of the French nuclear tests in the Mururoa Atoll), we had booked with Pauline. At the time she just had her guesthouse. Since then she has built her little empire, and this is really something special for a local who has started with next to nothing.
Her “Village” is at PK 8, at Pofai Bay (Baie de Pofai), about 3 km south of Vaitape and the ferry and cruise ship pier.
Phone 67 72 16
Fax 67 78 14
To give you an idea what “affordable” means, just have a look at rather a good website:
At the “Lagoonarium” you pay for example:
8000 CFP (for two) in a bungalow (66 Euro)
6000 CFP (for two) in a room with shared facilities (50 Euro)
2700 CFP (per person) in a 10 bed dorm room (23 Euro)
And please note: You have no hot water!
Around the island we have seen houses for rent, with signs saying: Maison à louer. But I do not know how much they charge.
The general price guide:
Deluxe: 180 Euro (250 US$) to 650 Euro (800 US$), open end, in reality, if you are a Hollywood star ;-)
Mid range: 65 to 180 Euro (80 to 250 US$)
Budget: 10 to 65 Euro (12 to 80 US$) – the first number for camping
If you check out the prices on the hotels’ websites you will quickly find out that the upper rate is higher in most cases…
Other websites with information about accommodation:
Most of the hotels with the spectacular overwater bungalows are located on the outlying motus along the reef, and sure, they are again more expensive than the hotels on the main island. However, you also find overwater bungalows in the Matira area, for example the Hotel Bora Bora, the Hotel Matira, Le Matai Polynesia, and the Sofitel Matira.
If you see abandoned hotels along the way, most were not abandoned due to the recession or a sudden drop in visitor numbers, but to repeated damage caused by tropical cyclones, so the resorts relocated to less affected areas. Exeption: the ruins of a failed Hyatt Regency project.
If you stay at a hotel on a motu you will surely encounter a very peaceful and quiet atmosphere. But also remember that you need a watertaxi for every trip to the mainland.
In one of my travel guides I read about “noise and traffic” you encounter at the Matira hotels, as there is not a lot of space between the lagoon and the mountains, and you should better go to a motu, or at least to the Hotel Bora Bora because it is a bit away from the road. This remark is as relative as the rates. There was surely traffic between Vaitape and Matira – but it was nothing compared to other places I have been to. And I cannot imagine that the SUV’s and the rubbish truck keep on driving back and forth during the night, so you would not be able to close an eye. Although there were plenty of cruise ship passengers on the best public beach at Matira Point it was very, very quiet. Just marvellous. Nothing spoiled the experience.
- Reviews: 208
Bora Bora Dive Resort: Eat, Dive and Sleep
Bora Bora Dive Resort has 9 "Tahitian style" bungalows with 3 on the water. It's run by Top Dive (see my sport tip). A perfect place to stay during your diving trip. The restaurant, Kon Tiki (see my restaurant tip) at the resort is one of the best French Polynesian style restaurants on the island.
The room was comfortable with large bed (mattress was a little too hard for me), desk, sofa, and table. Bath/shower, and separate toilet all in your room. Nice deck over the water. It's air conditioned, but we really didn't need to use it in early April. But be aware, if you leave the door or a window opened, you'll have some visitors such as lizard and crab. :)
A family of puff-fish lived under our deck. I tried to feed them, but they weren't interested.
By the way, there's no TV (some rooms have), radio, not even a clock in a room. It's the best way to spend your vacation. (There are several outlets for electricity in a room, if you must listen to iPod, etc.)
- Reviews: 1
Intercontinental Resort and Thallasso Spa: Bora Bora's best Accomodations
This place was paradise. Definitely six stars. We were there for our honeymoon - therefore it was all inclusive. The resort should not be confused with an older Intercontinental Moana resort that is across the lagoon. The Thallasso was built in May 2006 and the spa opened in Sept 2006. We were there in early October 2006 so the place seemed untouched. Our overwater bungalow was bigger than my old apt in Manhattan! It had all the upgraded amenities such as a rain shower and soaking tub in the bathroom, a huge king bed facing a picture window that overlooked the lagoon and Mt. Otemanhu (we woke up everymorning looking at this wonderful sight!), an espresso machine, 2 flat screens and a bi-level veranda/diving deck. We had everything we needed. No reason to leave the bungalow. We could even feed the fish from our living room as the coffetable opened up to the lagoon bottom. The 2 restaurants on the resort were 5 star quality. Splash and Reef had better food than any other restuarant on the island. We tried Bloody Marys, but we would have rather stayed at the resort. There is an infinity pool that overlooks the lagoon - its tranquil. In fact the whole resort is built like it was an entire spa. The actual Thallasoo spa is incredible. I have seen nothing like it. It has far eastern influences and the water used in the treatments has been welled from 900 meters below the sea level and is extremely cold and pure. In fact, the air conditioners are powered by this water. Its a "green" resort. We left for a bit to rent a boat and go diving and snorkeling at the coral gardens, but quickly returned to be pampered at the Intercontinental. If you are honeymooning and are just looking to relax, this is place to be. It is the best of the best!!
- Reviews: 13
Pension Le Paradise: Bora-Bora at average price
No luxury but very friendly people, polinesians, everythings all right, nothing to complain, accomodation, cleaness, food, prices... all OK.
- Reviews: 469
Club Med Bora Bora: Club Med Bora Bora
I have not stayed at the Club Med in Bora Bora, nor will I. Here's why:
Several years ago after many cyclones destroyed the original Club Med, they relocated to their present location and just left the old resort to ROT and DECAY.
No clean up, no recycling of materials. Just abandon and walk away. Out of sight, out of mind.
You can still see the ruins on the road that goes from Farepiti Point.
For this reason alone I will not patronize a Club Med.
- Reviews: 2
InterContinental Bora Bora: Bora Bora's crown jewel
We stayed in an over-water bungalow. It was outstanding and the service was great.
One thing we did not bring was a power adapter for our US-made camera. In less than 10 minutes after calling the front desk, someone brought an adapter and power converter.
The lagoon underneath and around the bungalows is incredible. It seems like an aquarium without glass. So clear and so many different types of fish.
- Reviews: 1
Pension Le Paradise: Paradise for less
There are no words to describe the beauty of LeParadise family-owned pension on Bora Bora. It's located on a tiny private "motu" - Motu Paahi, across the lagoon from Bora Bora.
Le Paradise is owned by a wonderfully hospitable Tahitian family, and here you'll get an authentic Tahitian welcome.
Not for you if you're expecting the typical luxurious tahiti accomodations - There are only 4 or 5 small fares (huts) directly on a lovely white sand beach. The fares are basic, but have hot showers and are neat and clean. And who wants to be inside in a place like this?
The views of Bora Bora from the private island is stunning. Amazing sunrises over Bora Bora and the sunsets are breathtaking.
The snorkeling right out front is amazing - words just can't describe this experience.
Plus I really enjoyed staying with a Tahitian family, & interacting with them.
- Reviews: 2612
Hotel Le Maitai Polynesia
We stayed in this hotel during our trip in 2004 and had a great time.
It's a rather new hotel which opened in 1998. They have rooms with garden or ocean view, 7 beach bungalows, 19 overwater bungalows and 10 villa suites.
The reception desk, Haere Mai Restaurant and Manuia Bar are located under one huge woven pandanus roof on one side of the street.
One the other side of the street, you will find the beach and overwater bungalows together with the Tama'a Maitai restaurant.
From the moment you arrive at the hotel, you will be welcomed by a smiling Tahitian hostess, who offers you a refreshing fruit punch cocktail and gives you all the necessary information about the hotel.
More info and pics can be found in the travelogue
- Reviews: 538
I think everyone should stay in one of these at least once, although it can be very expensive and it is said that the construction of the overwater huts are damaging the reefs. I loved being able to snorkel right off the deck, and at night being lulled to sleep by the gentle sound of the water. It is not air-conditioned, but you don't really need it because you catch a breeze off the lagoon. The glass in the floor under the coffee table allows you to see the fish swimming underneath, especially fascinating at night when a light under the bungalow illuminates the activities of the fish. The bungalows are accessible by wooden footbridges and you can also canoe to your bungalow.
- Reviews: 2612
Hotel Sofitel Marara
The big building on the foreground is the restaurant and a swimming pool in the lagoon. On the background you can see the overwater bungalows. (Enlarge the pic to see the full panorama)
There are 32 garden bungalows, 11 beach bungalows and 21 overwater bungalows.
We had a beach bungalow. They are just as attractively decorated as the overwater bungalows and have most of the same facilities and amenities. There are two chairs and a table on the terrace and an outside faucet to wash off the sand when you come back from the beach.
- Reviews: 2612
Hotel Sofitel Marara
We stayed in this 4 stars hotel on our first trip in 1994 and were very satisfied.
The hotel is built in traditional style on a white sandy beach. It is a bungalow hotel, giving the impression of an authentic Tahitian village.
The bungalow is comfortably spacious and tastefully furnished, fitted with fans, refrigerator, private bath and separate toilet. It's the only hotel in Bora Bora with a swimming pool in the lagoon.
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