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Hotel Bora Bora French Polynesia
Point Raititi, B.P. 1, Nunue, Bora Bora, 98730, French Polynesia
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The size and spread of French Polynesia, which is roughly the size of Europe, meant it took several years and waves of explorers to conclusively map the islands. The Spanish were followed by the Dutch and the Portuguese in the 16th and 17th Centuries. From 1767 the French and the English arrived in large numbers, among them Louis-Antoine de Bougainville and Captain James Cook. The legendary mutiny on the Bounty occurred soon after Captain William Bligh’s breadfruit-collection trip to Tahiti in 1789. The islands became a French colony in 1880 and were granted internal autonomy in 1984.

The region's 115 islands and atolls are grouped into five archipelagos: the Marquesas, the Tuamotu, the Gambier, the Tubuai and the Society Islands. The Society archipelago is further divided into the Windward Islands, which includes Tahiti, and the Leeward group, with Bora Bora the main island. Hotel Bora Bora is situated at Point Raititi on the edge of the lagoon with views of the ocean, the reef, and imposing volcanic vistas dominated by the haunting, cloud-wreathed Mt Otemanu (mountain of the bird). The resort originally opened in 1961 and was acquired by Amanresorts in 1989.


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ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Bora Bora’s 54 Polynesian-style bungalows and farés (the Tahitian term for home) are linked to the resort’s public areas by walkways. These individual accommodations enjoy a variety of settings, from garden view and beachfront to overwater locations. Whether bungalows or farés, the rooms at Hotel Bora Bora take on the eclectic taste of an old trader’s house – rattan and bamboo, Tasmanian oak floors, red-cedar walls, ceilings of pandanus lashed to beams of Douglas fir, cast-iron tubs, overhead fans, CD players and personal safes. Interiors also include a collection of Polynesian craft, from canoe paddles to fish-hooks.

Superior Bungalows: These are located on the palm-lined beachfront. Aside from a spacious bedroom and bathroom, they come with a sitting area that leads to a small patio facing the lagoon. Some of these have an elevated sundeck built on columns with steps leading to the beach.

Overwater Bungalows: Hotel Bora Bora’s 15 overwater bungalows are just that – thatched-roof, tropical-island retreats set directly over the blue lagoon. The water surrounding these bungalows is abundant in coral and marine life. Each Overwater Bungalow features a bedroom with a king-size, four-poster bed, a spacious bathroom and a two-tiered sundeck shaded by a roof of hand-tied pandanus. There is also a shower at water level alongside steps leading into the lagoon.

Pool Farés: The thatched farés are set amidst tropical gardens, with short pathways leading to the lagoon. Enclosed by lava stone walls, these farés come with a private swimming pool and an outdoor sundeck area.

Premium Farés: These are located in prime beach areas. All come with a living room, a bedroom with a king-size, four-poster bed, an en suite sitting room, a bathroom and a large sundeck. Each Premium Faré covers an area of 117sq m (1,260 sq ft). These are the most spacious and private accommodations on Bora Bora.

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HOTEL FACILITIES & SERVICES: Breakfast and dinner are served at the Matira Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the lagoon. At the breezy Matira Terrace Bar, tables are built from monkey-pod trees while the roof is of pandanus thatching. A light menu and tropical refreshments are available. Lunch, refreshments and afternoon tea can be taken at the Pofai Beach Bar.

Performances: Local musicians entertain nightly at the Matira Terrace Bar. There is also Polynesian cultural entertainment at Hotel Bora Bora’s weekly beach barbecue. Another weekly feature is traditional island singing and dancing, with sunset cocktails and canapés at the Pofai Beach Bar.

Boutique: The resort boutique offers a selection of local art and craft with a range of books and island clothing, including hand-dyed Tahitian pareus.

Black Pearl Showroom: Hotel Bora Bora houses a black pearl showroom with certified jewellery. The black pearl industry has grown to become the second largest after tourism.

Tennis: Two tennis courts, lit for night play, are located on the resort grounds. Tennis rackets and balls are complimentary. The resort also offers basketball and volleyball.

Raititi Lounge: The lounge is an activity centre as well as a games room and book exchange. It includes a pool table, two card tables and a selection of games. Island and sea excursions can also be arranged at the Raititi Lounge.

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