My husband and I went to this property in 2009. It had just become a Hilton after being part of the Starwood group for several years. We were actually using Starwood points for our visit which they had no problem accepting. Everyone was gracious and friendly throughout our one-week stay.
It is a fabulous place. Our overwater bungalow was amazing. There was a very nice sitting area, with a welcoming bottle of champagne and snacks; an enormous bathroom with separate rooms for the shower and toilet while the double sinks and huge bathtub were between them. The bedroom was spacious and the bed was comfortable. You step right off of your deck into the water which is warm and clear and filled with fish.
If you look at the pictures, you will see that the grounds are spacious and beautiful. While everything is in easy walking distance, you can call for a golf cart to pick you up and they will be there very quickly. I had a bad ankle and used this service all the time.
I had a wonderful massage.
I love the tropics and have been to Cayman several times, Atlantis, Moorea, and Tikehau. Bora Bora was a dream come true. While snorkeling 10 yards or so off the shore, I swam with an octopus for 30 minutes, saw an eel swimming, and thousands of fish. I no longer scuba but I am sure it is fabulous there as well.
The restaurant was only decent. We wanted to go to the Jean Georges restaurant at the St. Regis but could not get reservations. I highly recommend it but you must get reservations way in advance because it is extremely popular (also of course extremely expensive) but the food is worth it. We went to Bloody Mary's just because you kind of have to but it was nothing special. We took a tour of the island in a Jeep which was a lot of fun. We also had dinner one night at the Yacht Club which was very nice.
We booked our stay on Bora Bora through Starwood and then used a travel agent for our flight and stay on Tikehau. We chose that island because Jacques Cousteau said it had the highest proportion of fish to water of any place and I love to snorkel. The travel agent recommended we go to Tikehau first because she knew the Bora Bora property was going to be so much nicer and we would be disappointed if the second-place was not at least the same quality as the first . She was right. However, she did not make it clear that we were going to lose a whole day traveling from Tikehau to Bora Bora. If you are planning to visit more than one island in French Polynesia, make sure you can get from one to another quickly. Combining Moorea and Bora Bora works very well.
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September 6, 2013
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Thank you for your review! We loved your comments and shared them with our team! Am I mistaken when I read that your last experience at the resort goes back to 2009? if I read correctly, it is then time to come back and experience once again the beauty of Bora Bora, the kindness of Polynesian People and the interesting Polynesian Culture!
We look forward to welcome you back!
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