We had a wonderful vacation at the Hilton in Bora Bora. This was our second trip to Bora Bora and even though our first time was magical, we thoroughly enjoyed escape this time to the Hilton.
The grounds are beautiful and clean. Every single staff member there was polite, nice and helpful.
The water and snorkeling was amazing! Some of the coral is still healing from a cyclone several years ago, but the resort has a program to help build and preserve the reef. We did not get tired of putting on our gear and snorkeling for hours at a time. The fish were plentiful! We also saw a small black tipped reef shark and two spotted eagle rays while walking over the lagoon bridge. They were amazingly glorious!
We enjoyed the snorkeling at the private motu for a day picnic. The picnic was lovely and the water clear with plenty of coral to float around. We could not spend as much time in the water as we would have liked because the wind picked up and we were getting pretty worn out trying to stay put.
We stayed in OWB 335 and we're pretty sure it was the best bungalow in the resort. We had a huge piece of coral right off of our deck and we spent most of our time just swimming around our bungalow and saw more fish then anywhere in the resort. The room was clean, huge, and very comfortable! We did not have issue with the walk to our bungalow. It took maybe 5 minutes or less. Perhaps this would be difficult if you were elderly or had difficulty walking, but it really wasn't as far as it may have seemed. There are golf carts that will come and pick you up, but then you miss the sites like hermit crabs, sharks, sting rays, flowers, birds, gecko then if you walked. One night after dinner, while I was walking out on to our deck I looked down and saw a sting ray swimming under our deck (through the window in the floor). We spent the next two hours watching rays swimming around. We never saw them again and never saw them while we were in the water. It was surreal.
Pros: helpful and kind staff that would bend over backwards, beautiful resort, lovely spa (definitely take a cart up to the spa, it's a hike up hill), very quiet, you really feel like your one of the only people on the motu, good morning buffet.
Cons: there is a charge to go in to town on the shuttle which we didn't have when we stayed at the Sofitel years before, so we didn't go in to town as much as we thought we would. Don't do the whole "you have to take these certain shuttles" if you want to go in and have dinner in town. They are more expensive. Go in a little earlier, walk around, enjoy the town, get some groceries at Chen Lee, and then go to dinner. The shuttle runs back until 9pm so you can take one of the last two shuttles after dinner and not have the spendier charge. The restaurant food was nicely presented, but it could have used a little more seasoning. One of the restaurants was closed (the more casual one) was closed while we were there so our dining options were limited.
You'll hear plenty of people complaining about how expensive it is there. Well, everything has to be shipped in, of course it's expensive. Plan on it so you aren't shocked and disappointed. We did buy our water, soda, and snacks from Chen Lee's in town and saved quite a bit that way. We also had breakfast and dinner included in our resort cost and that saves you quite a bit because there is plenty of food at both meals. You'll leave stuffed!
Our weather was lovely with one day of rain and wind. But considering we left ice storms, snow, and cold rain, it didn't matter to us one bit.
Enjoy the vacation of a life time!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort And Spa
- Hilton Bora Bora Nui Hotel Bora Bora
- Hilton Bora Nui Hotel
- Hilton Bora Nui Resort