From the minute we got picked up, and garlanded, at the ferry dock, I knew this was going to be a special holiday.
The Passerieux family run the Bora Bora Eco Lodge and it truly is a family affair with Mum and Dad and the daughter and son-in-law who will ensure that your holiday in paradise is all that and then some!
I'll start with the bungalows in Anau - they're comfortable, charming and, if you choose the full board option, you'll get the healthiest breakfast and dinner delivered to your bungalow. Up to you to decide whether you eat in bed or outside. Trust me, the fresh food will make you feel 1000%!
The bungalows have their own private pontoon and most afternoons, the fisherman drops by with tuna or marlin or whatever le poisson du jour is. And you'll get to eat this within three hours for dinner. Do I need to say more? I'm salivating just remembering!
However, the highlight of the trip is the private island, or motu. This island, about 10 minutes from the airport by boat is a time-warp! The energy is from windmills and solar panels, for the eco-conscious. You can spend the day wandering around the lagoon (because it is seriously shallow) and even walk out to the reef barrier and marvel at the Pacific Ocean. Or you can just hang in the shallow lagoon (paddleboarding, kayaking or just being) and watch the rays glide past majestically while the mists overhanging the volcano swirl. Did I mention that the water is 27° in winter?
You will eat Michel's simple yet glorious food, while he serenades you with his ukulele, and retire to your fare (house). And once there, you will hear the gentle lapping of the waves, the wind rustling in the trees, and, I hope, you'll venture outside in the blackness. You'll look up and see the stars, devoid of light, noise and sound pollution, you'll see the colours in the sky, you'll see distant galaxies, nebulae etc and you'll understand that this holiday can never be replicated.
You could go to Bora Bora and stay at an all-inclusive and hang out by their chlorinated swimming pool and drink sanitised cocktails. Or you could experience the real Bora Bora with a family at a fraction of the price. What will you do?
PS In case you aren't convinced already, how about goin swimming with stingrays and sharks? Check out the photos :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bora Bora Ecolodge & SPA is the first establishment of the network of the same name. This is a guesthouse with 6 bungalows plus a private island with 3 bungalows. Our rates are the lowest in Bora Bora! From 7900 cfp per day per bungalow. The all inclusive is possible from 9900 cfp / person / day. ... more less