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“Paradise in Bora Bora”

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Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Brisbane
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“Paradise in Bora Bora”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

We just got back from a 6 night stay at the Hilton and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We stayed in a Deluxe Overwater Villa (Room 103) which had a fantastic view and was close to the main part of the resort. It was a great location for snorkeling and swimming as it wasn't too deep and had a decent cluster of coral and fish. We've stayed in the Hilton Maldives Rangali Island so it was good to compare the two resorts and I was pleasantly surprised with Bora Bora. The water is crystal clear also but the snorkeling was not as good as the Maldives but still an excellent resort. It would be great if the room had an iPod dock.

The food is very expensive, fortunately we were on a half board meal plan so breakfast and dinners were included. We ordered a pizza for lunch through room service which cost about $20 (it was delicious) but they charged us a $17 delivery fee. So we decided to eat lunch by the pool/bar instead. The only downside at the resort is the lack of variety and restaurants. The buffet breakfast was exactly the same each day but there is an a la carte menu to choose from. On Tuesday nights, all the restaurants are closed for a Polynesian night which is a buffet followed by a Polynesian show. If you're on a meal plan you have to pay a supplement of about $35 per person.

Staff were very helpful and friendly. One of the staff at the restaurant even gave us a lift when they saw us walking on the side of the road while we were in Vaitape which was lovely considering we were walking in the heat with our baby after getting lost.

February is supposed to be the rainy season be we hardly had any rain - just a 5 minute rain shower once during the week - the weather was fantastic but maybe we just got lucky.

We brought our 1 year old with us so we didn't do any of the activities and spent a lot of the time in the pool which was perfect.

Overall it was a wonderful stay and would highly recommend the resort.

Room Tip: Water villas between 103 and 106 would have the best views.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

Bora Bora was voted number 50 in the 50 Places to See Before I Die list created by the BBC in 2003 and it deserves to be there! This island is beautiful and I would say as close to paradise as I can imagine. The seas are clear and the most beautiful turquoise, the lands are green and lush and the sand pristine and white. The sea life is abundent and the air is clean and fresh.
We don't normally stay at beach resorts, but as my husband and I are trying to complete the BBC 50 list, we wanted to cross Bora Bora off and felt it deserved more than just a few hours stopover as part of the cruise we were going to board after this 3 night short break. And we were right - just looking around the main island as part of a shore excursion does not do the island justice. You need to stay and enjoy the wonderful hotel facilities, the quiet evenings and that breathtaking scenery that lies all around you.
The location of the Hilton is on one of larger islands and is quite isolated unlike many of the big resorts which are on the atoll. The Hilton does not face the main island but looks out towards the ocean. By climbing to the chapel (or the spa which is close by) you get magnificent views of the main island and it is well worth the effort. The activities are mainly water related or just relaxation, but what a way to relax. We were in an over water bungalow which was very nicely appointed, all modern conveniences and a nice balcony for lounging during the day. I am not a strong swimmer, but the water was not deep and you could see loads of fish on the coral around the base of the bungalow. For the stronger swimmers the marine life is amazing as you float across the lagoon area within the bungalows.
The resort is expensive and when we were there (Feb 2012) only one restaurant was open in the evening, so there is limited choice for food. Also we foiund it very confusing as to whether meals were included or not. Our first breakfast, we were told was included, then the second breakfast we had to pay for and at 7500 CFP (about £60) for two people, this is VERY expensive.
On our last evening, we had the Tahitian BBQ on our balcony - the cost is 24000 CFP for 2 people (around £175) but it was fabulous. They set the table up during the evening and then deliver the food when you request it. Lobster & pineapple salad starter; tuna, swordfish, steak, chicken, mushrooms for cooking as your main with lots of sauces and dips; frsh fruit for dessert - it was delicious and so much food, you certainly get your moneys worth. I don't think anybody else used this facility and we overheard our bungalow neighbours commenting that they could smell food cooking but didn't think anyone would be able to cook in the bungalows! How wrong they were. It was just wonderful to watch the sunset and be the only ones out during the evening (everyone else was at the resturant). After dinner we went down the steps and sat on the jetty part of the balcony enjoying the sight of the fishes under the bungalow when a sting ray swam right underneath us - IT WAS AMAZING!!!
Very friendly staff, although we did find it difficult to find the right person to talk to at times and we were sent to many different departments to get things sorted, but we always managed in the end.
The hotel as a complementary water bus that can take you to the main port but to be honest with just three days there, we just relaxed, strolled around the resort to admire the gardens and views, did a little snorkelling & sunbathing aroun d the bungalow and enjoyed a drink at the bar.
One word of advise - we were told that they accepted US dollars around the French Polynesian Islands. They did, but we got a very poor exchange rate as they always added a fee. I think Euros may have been better, but change is alwys given in CFP, even when you give them the exact money in dollars, they will quite often give you CFP change. So I would recommend that you have some of the local currency to use whilst going around these islands. Also, Moorea has got a lot more to see in scenary and culture. Bora Bora is very laid back and purely a recreation island with the emphasis being on everything to do with the sea. Personally we did not like Tahiti, but we only really experienced Papeete and that is just a disorganised, sprawling, untidy town with very little of interest.

Room Tip: The water bungalows are not that private, it is fairly easy to see onto some of the balconys but I c...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

We were lucky enough to split our honeymoon between two destinations. We spent the first half in Honolulu and enjoyed the night life of Waikiki. For the second half we decided to stay at the Hilton in Bora Bora.
Keep in mind while reading this review we are a young couple which visited during our honeymoon. Where should I start? Bora Bora is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world. I have visited various islands in the Caribbean, but none can compare to this. The water is so clear its breath taking. I have never seen such beautiful fish in my entire life.
Bora Bora is located off the coast of Tahiti & if you are flying from North America you will most likely have to fly from LAX in Los Angeles to Tahiti, from Tahiti you catch a smaller plane to Bora Bora where Boats from your specific hotel will be waiting for you. Its a very long journey but worth it.
A Boat pickup can be arranged with your hotel so be sure to contact them prior to arrival. Its a bit pricey but keep in mind this is Bora Bora...everything is pricey. My best advice would be to not complain about the cost's and try to enjoy the trip while there.
All of the people visiting Bora Bora we noticed were newly weds or couples celebrating anniversaries.
We stayed in an over water hut in the 300's section of the resort. French Polynesia tends to be very windy but our side of the resort was perfect..barely any wind and the water was not to deep below our hut. My wife & I are not strong swimmers so we enjoyed the location of our hut. Even with a request for a hut above shallow water keep in mind the water was still almost 6ft deep stepping off the dock. We made friends with another couple which stayed at the front of the resort in the 100's section and mentioned the water below their hut was atleast 20ft deep which was perfect for diving for them...so its all based on preference.
The huts are beautiful with flat screens, a living room and a comfy kind size bed. The shower comes complete with a huge tub for soaking and a rain shower, which was my fav. You have your own private deck / dock where we would eat breakfast / or sit at night and watch the sunset. You can jump right off your dock into the water. If you bring pieces of bread..the fish will eat right out of your hand. We spent most of our time just in looking at the view & water..it actually looks like a post card.
The hotel is essentially set up to have a secluded feeling, we barely saw other couples and most people would go to sleep early. Overall not much to do in the evenings in Bora Bora...we went to the main island and visited the town & 1 night we decided to eat at bloody marrys. I defo suggest visiting this place, it has great food and alot of famous stars have eaten their.
We also got a couples massage at the resort with the "million dollar view" package. This was amazing. Its a regular massage but its performed on the lookout point of a hill overlooking the entire resort.
Beware of the price of everything! As I mentioned before Bora Bora is not cheap so try your best to enjoy it and not think about the money while you are there. Cheeseburgers with fries and a soda will cost you $50.
Overall the island is probably one of the most beautiful places in the world and a must to visit at some point in your life. The staff are friendly and helpful. I hope to visit again one day..until than ill keep revisiting my pictures :)

Room Tip: I found the over water huts in the 300's section of the lagoon was a bit more private and better...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

We just got back from our holiday at Hilton Bora Bora Nui and have had the best week in our lives. We traveled with a 6 month old baby and a very busy 2 year old.

We believe that Hilton has the best spot in Bora Bora. It is truly amazing and looks even better than on photos! Paradise! The water is crystal clear and you can see the sea bed even at night in the moon light. The nature and vegetation is beautiful! Like a dream...

We had an over water bungalow, which was amazing! Huge bathroom and balcony. Room service and fresh towels twice a day was great! As we traveled in the wet season it was good to almost avoid the mosquitoes. If you ever want to stay in an over water bungalow, this is the place!

The staff is unbelievable and the service is simply the best. We got married at the resort and the ceremony went way beyond our expectations. Unforgettable!

We used the baby sitter service during the wedding ceremony, and the babysitter was fantastic. She became best friends with our two year old immediately! She brought the children after the ceremony so we could have some family photos taken.

Our fantastic friends had organised a surprise for us with the hotel. When we came home from dinner the first night, the room and bed was beautifully decorated with flowers. Champagne in the room and a voucher for spa & massage. What an amazing surprise! The spa was indulging and relaxing.

Breakfast was very good. For lunch and dinner, the food was good, but not great. A bit disappointed. Also, it was quite expensive, and we were happy to be on an all inclusive deal...

Bora Bora is not a budget destination, still I find it hard to justify that the price is 10 times (!) as expensive as a 5-star resort at Denaru Island, Fiji. Location, service and privacy comes at a price, but 10 times...

The international competition for tourists is tough, and the resort will require some upgrades in the future to keep up.

Room Tip: The place to stay in an over water bungalow. There are three types of bungalows: presidential, s...
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Right from the start, the Hilton Bora Bora was amazing. After being picked up in the hilton Yacht from the airport, to the Welcome drink and relaxing check in. We did not wait very long at all to be taken to our overwater bungalow. A fantastic and amazing suite, well worth saving our pennies for. The suite itself was superb, the bathroom was huge! The best part, the large amounts of tropical fish right beneath our suite that loved to come with a sprinkling of bread crumbs. Absolutely amazing facilities to stay in. The spa staff were amazing, particularly Poeta, the receptionist at the spa.
We were greatful there were dvds to borrow from the front desk for evenings as it was quiet. We really enjoyed having breakfast by canoe and also taking a half day snorkelling tour and swimming with sharks and rays.
We truly hope we can save up enough to go back again!

Room Tip: We really enjoyed having the overwater bungalow in the section over by the restaurants. I think we h...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

The room was amazing but much better snorkelling at the Hilton Moorea.
Also the Hilton Moorea has a coffee table window to the sea and a la carte breakfast.

You are not on the island of Bora Bora, you are on the atoll 10 minutes from Bora Bora. The launch that used to take you for free now cost 7 Francs during the day and 15 Francs after 6. You have no options for breakfast, you have to pay 71 Francs which equals roughly $100 for a buffet breakfast for two, al la carte is not offered. Water is no longer placed in the room at turn down which means you must buy water from the only game in town which is the hotel or spend the money you would save to take the launch to town.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

This resort epitomizes tranquility in Paradise. The staff went out of their way to ensure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. From the beautiful lei greeting at the airport, to the boat transfer, welcome drink on arrival & effortless check-in - our every need was catered for. The rooms are spectacular and very spacious with magnificently appointed, gigantic bathrooms & tastefully decorated bedrooms in rich wooden tones, with four poster mosquito-net king beds. Golf buggies were always readily available to transport us around the resort (if required), as the resort is quite large. There is a good selection of food from the room service menu and we found it to be quite reasonably priced - even with service charge (around $75 for 3 including starter, main & dessert). Breakfast was very nice & served in pleasant surroundings overlooking the magnificent lagoon & pool area. The sand floor created a relaxed atmosphere and the buffet had a diverse selection of hot/cold options. You could also order from a set menu and the only fault was that the "made to order eggs Benedict" was hard every day even though we ordered our eggs "softly" poached. If the restaurant food is not to your liking, the resort offers a complimentary hourly ferry service to the main town of Vaitape which is 5 minutes away by boat. From there, you can eat at the local restaurants or go to the supermarket & stock up on supplies which is a cheaper option. The mini-bar at the resort is sensored, so be sure to take note if removing items & re-stocking. If relaxation, absolute peace & privacy is required, then look no further than this beautiful, picturesque resort. Try to travel from August through October when there is less rain & humidity.

Room Tip: Overwater bungalows are sublime but beach bungalows are also very nice & spacious with a bit mor...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Address: BP 502 Vaitape, 98730, French Polynesia (Formerly Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa)
Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#6 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#8 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Conrad Bora Bora Nui 5*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bora Bora... It's possibly the most glamorously famous island in the world. Bora Bora's legends, mysteries and romance lend an almost mystical dimension to its very name. The island rises up from the middle of the crystalline, multi-colored waters of its celebrated lagoon which is protected in turn from the ocean by a string of tiny coral islets. Suspended between turquoise waters and limitless skies, Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa nestles in a sacred cove of white sand and majestic lava rock. Here you will find a sensitive blend of authenticity and luxury - the very best of Polynesian tradition combined with sumptuous comfort. A wifi connection is available for free all across the resort. ... more   less 
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