We stayed here as part of a round the world trip. This place was our bit of luxury in between basic bungalows and hostels and it was paradise.
It’s on a motu facing the tallest mountain on Bora Bora. It cost a fraction of the Intercontiental further along the motu but still has the same amazing view. The beach is a lovely thin stretch of white sand dotted with palms, and there are sun loungers for guests to enjoy. Every morning the sand gets raked so that it is always smooth and soft to walk in. The lagoon is very shallow - when we went it was a milky turquoise.
There are kayaks available to use for free - singles and doubles - and we had fun taking these out after breakfast every day.
The bungalows were spacious and the ceiling fan did a good job of keeping us cool. There are mosquitoes everywhere on Bora Bora which is a pain so take plenty of repellent. They kept a mosquito burning coil outside our room all day and evening which was a nice touch.
Vlad, the owner, couldn’t do enough for us. He wanted to make sure we had the best stay possible.
The food was excellent and was cooked to order for us by Vlad every night. We gave up with the menu as this was just a guideline of things we could have - instead Vlad would tell us what food had just arrived, this meant some nights having fresh lobster and others fillet steak. The prices for food weren’t any more than on the mainland which was good, but everything on Bora is really expensive. Coke here was £4 per can. A bottle of wine was over £20 (we put the wine behind the bar and made it last a couple of days). .
By the bar there was a small swimming pool which was lovely as the lagoon around the resort is so shallow.
When we were there we were the only guests. That meant the beach and pool were all ours and it was amazing. The day after we left there were about four or five other couples arriving and Vlad said it was always like that - up and down. Being there on our own was lovely - had the resort been full then I guess it would have felt a bit crowded around the pool area but the beach is long enough to accommodate quite a few people without it feeling too crowded.
We combined this trip with a week at Temanuata Village on the main island. When we were there we did a lagoon tour, went into town and ate at all of the main restaurants (St James was our favourite), as we knew that Eden Beach was remote and quiet. Whilst you can do some activities from Eden, things are much more accessible from the mainland.
If you stay here I’d advise spending a day at the Intercontinetal spa further along the beach. Vlad will drop you off there and you can spend a half day (£30) in their spa using their facilities, or if you pay for a treatment you get the half day access for free (if you can get a massage in their overwater bungalows where the floor is made of glass and you can watch the fish as you have your massage!)
If we came back to Bora we’d definitively do the same again - a few days on the mainland and a week or two at Eden as for us it was the most perfect place we‘ve ever been (and we’ve travelled extensively in Thailand, Maldives and Australia as well as the South Pacific).
The negative reviews from some guests about feeling they were putting Vlad out by asking for him to take them places I'd say are unfounded. It's more the opposite, Vlad really wants to take you out and get you seeing the island. Nothing is too much trouble for him.
My advice would be to take this place at face value. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, a good beach, good food and a place to chill out then Eden Beach is it. If you want acivities all day long, lots of different places to eat out and to be able to pop to the shops whenever you want then think again.
We booked it through Expedia as it was slightly cheaper than when I enquired about booking direct. If you do this make contact with Vlad through the website and sort out pick ups from the airport as that is on another motu and you can’t just hop in a taxi to get there!
Overall, having spent seven months travelling around lots of beautiful islands, Eden Beach has turned out to be our favourite place to stay in the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eden Beach is only Bora Bora hotel with a 180º lagoon view from the beach & bungalows & restaurant. No over water bungalows in front of You breaks Your relaxation. Endless beaches, privacy, quietness & undisturbed nature, . No TV, no traffic, no roads, no pollution. This is best place for You who trying get away from the noises of civilization. Not only honeymooners, wedding anniversary couples are very welcomed ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bora Eden Beach Hotel
- Bora Eden Beach Resort