So a bit about my experience and background. Travelled with wife and 4 year old daughter. Hilton was one of the resorts we stayed in, the other was Sofitel Motu. Hilton exceeded my expectations with the the OTW (over the water) Bungalow.
The room is amazing with impecable snorkeling right off your porch. Outdoor shower, nice size LCD, Huge Indoor Rain Faucet Shower and Large tub for 2, very comfortable bed, 2 underwater windows to browse and look for fish.... Wouldn't change a thing about the room.
Grounds were very nice. Not the lush green you expect like in Maui or a tropical island, but well maintained, beautifull and clean. Didn't experience the Spa, but from the walk up the hill to its facilities and the view at the top, I can't imagine going wrong with it. Keep in mind the grounds are large and it can take a while to walk from the room to the pool or spa area, but porters are easily available to transport you doorstep to doorstep.
We dined in the main Lobby Upstairs restaurant for dinner. They had live music which was perfect. View was perfect. Service was excellent, ambience was romantic and pleasant. The food had a great appearance and fair selection, but neither my new zealand lamb chops nor my wife's Mahi Mahi had any memorable taste to it. I would actually rate it as a 3 on a scale to 10. Probably wouldn't repeat other than to enjoy the ambience and view. The restaurant on the beachside/pool fits the same category. Pleasureable environment. good service, but lacking on the taste. The part where you say, WOW this was excellent, however, the mood and the apperance and polynesian style makes up for this.
Well, when in Bora Bora, nothing is kid friendly except for the airlines giving priority seating to the island. The staff may try, but the reality is, Bora Bora isn't designed for Kids. Knowing this, I set the right expectations and also prepared my 4 year old with what to expect. Ocean activites with mommy and daddy. Snorkeling is amazing here and my daughter was prepared, so she was ready and having a blast. Kayaking is easy and again fun for the family. Swamping from pool to beach is fun. The grand finale activity for my kid was feeding the fish, both at the ponds near the beach restaurant and off our OTW bungalow at our room. Take a few of the small french baguettes after eating and let your kids enjoy. Mine had a blast and I am sure the "domesticated" local fish appreciated it, but that is about it for the kids club acitivies. Parents and kids in Bora Bora are a bit of an oxymoron. Doesn't exist, so if you do plan to take your kids, be ready for some serious QT with them as they will probably bored unless they participate in water activities.
Our flight was leaving at 6PM and I requested a late check out. The receptionist was accomodating on this. Though they were full, they got us a transition room for 5,000 XPF whic was abotu $70 USD. Totally worth it as it allows you to enjoy a full day without the hassle of showing at the pool or chaning at the poolside restaurant. The room is identical to the OTW bungalow, however, it is on land. Totally recommend it if your flight out is later in the day.
Bora Bora is very expensive. Everything is way over priced. So set the right expectations. We knew this so we planned accordingly. Highly Highly Highly recommend the NONO Tours. This is almost a full day event. Take you on a boat (with live music on the boat and it is covered so you have shade) to swim with Sharks, At the Coral Gardens with tons of fish and eel, then off to a Motu for a traditional lunch and dance lesson; Teach you how to cut coconuts, and finally swim with sting rays.. Sounds spooky to some, but simply put, my 4 year old and my wife (who is terrified by sharks) did all of it with out any hesitation and they loved it.... well maybe the stingrays scared them a bit, but they it is so much fun and a once in a life experience. Give it a try. I also took a day to go Scuba Diving with Bathy's Scuba.. AWESOME Staff and facility. Loved it..
Other recommendation, that I don't think many others do is try a couple of resorts while on Bora Bora. There are a few different ones to choose from with OTW bungalows. We experienced 4 resorts and each one had its own character. IF you plan on staying there for more than 10 nights I recommend trying at least 2 resorts and it will be like going on 2 vacations in a way. The SPA at Coral Beach Resort is amazing. The Turtle feeding and lagoon at Le Meridean is unique and different as well.
Finally, We did circle Bora Bora island. Not much to write about. very poor island in my opinion with nothing much to see. The Bloody Mary's restaurant was fun and memorable and the food was AMAZING there. Highly recommend it. The main town was not impressive, but if you go, try the Aloe cafe in town. Decent food. Again, if you go with family or kids. Set all the right expectations and you will love it. We got back just a few days ago and looking back on the pics, it makes you have a whole different appreciation for the ocean and sea. Almost as if the colors and sea was sureal at the time, but looking at them again, just makes it feel like WOW was that real.
- 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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