In the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean, tucked deep into a corner of the idyll of Bora Bora, Conrad Bora Bora Nui is what our castaway dreams are made of. Fringing an aquamarine lagoon and shaded by palm trees laden with coconuts, 114 suites and villas open onto jewel-box reefs, tropical gardens and a half-mile strip of silken white sand. With nothing but the horizon before you, you’ll soon forget the everyday world as you spend your days flitting between the spa, the sea and the stand-out sushi of Upa Upa Lounge Bar.
In the shadow of Bora Bora’s iconic Mt. Otemanu, Conrad Bora Bora Nui enjoys a motu, two, in fact, all to itself. Where Bora Bora’s other resorts face in at to look at each other, Conrad Bora Bora Nui turns the other way to enjoy uninterrupted views and a true sense of escapism. A 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport on Motu Mote and an even shorter hop into the main town of Vaitape, it’s proof a far-flung island need not be so far-flung after all.
The pioneers of the overwater villas so synonymous with Bora Bora, Conrad Bora Bora Nui knows what a standout room looks like. Each of the 114 suites and villas here has something that sets it apart – whether that’s a private stretch of beach, an infinity pool suspended over the lagoon or a television that miraculously appears out of the foot of your bed, you are covered from every angle. Beneath traditional Polynesian thatch roofs, interiors are sleek and contemporary with freestanding baths so big you could swim in them and beds seemingly handstitched from clouds. Step outside onto private terraces and floating overwater hammocks and discover a place you’ll never want to leave.
Why we like it
Conrad Bora Bora Nui embodies everything that it means to be in French Polynesia. There is a genuine warmth to the place, with everyone you meet ready with a smile and a ‘Ia ora na’. Whether you are dining with your toes in the sand at Tamure Beach Grill, savoring the flavors of freshly-caught lobster in a six-course degustation at Iriatai or embracing the serenity and wellbeing of the hilltop Hina Spa, everything has an authentically Polynesian touch here.