Best in Show: It’s a tie between the Intercontinental Bora Bora & Thalasso Spa and the St. Regis Bora Bora. My personal favorite would have to be Thalasso. I loved the warm, welcoming nature of the Intercon. It’s a wonderful brand of hotels, but it’s not stuffy – you always feel right at home and the service was unparalleled. I felt that I could absolutely lose myself to time and all responsibilities; it was completely relaxing and the spa was the best that I’ve ever seen (I’d love to come back to that!). They also had the best overwaters that we stayed in…with that being said, St. Regis had the best overwaters that I’ve ever seen. It was so lavish and luxurious, great for the discerning traveler who enjoys the St. Regis brand. I imagined how wonderful it would be to get lost on the grounds, just to wander around and snorkel in the lagoon area throughout property. In the end, it really depends on the couple or family going; each resort just has its own personality. For best comfort in an incredible resort, Intercontinental. For best luxury escape in a lavish getaway, St. Regis.
Best Escape, Service, and Food: Le Taha’a wins this one hands down – they rolled out the red carpets for us, which makes me know that they will do the same for any clients I sent there. I hate to say it and I won’t name any names, but places that stuck us in a buffet line make me wary of sending clients there – if they didn’t treat us to the best that they had to offer, I wonder how they will treat their guests. Le Taha’a went above and beyond in terms of service, both specifically for us (ie: staff greeting us with fresh fruit and drinks during our site inspection), and in general (the best turndown service and welcome pastries). Their food was also incredible. We had a six course meal and an amazing breakfast; I would not hesitate to send someone there for a few days to completely relax. It’s very secluded and very quiet, which took me a little while to get used to; once I did, I didn’t want to leave! We also got to know the assistant GM here very well and I would trust him 100% with taking care of my clients; he’s a really great guy.
Best for Activities, Families, and Budgets: The Hilton Bora Bora Nui takes the cake here – I could have spent hours on their pool deck (not only because of the pool boys); it had a little going on, but was not overly crowded. There are tons of excursions to choose from; this is where we met Carl and took a jet ski tour! Also, the general manager here was very interesting to speak with at dinner; he treated us to a wonderful meal and a wonderful conversation, and I believe that he would take great care of anyone I send his way.
Best Stopover for Island Hopping: The Intercontinental Tahiti was the only resort that we did a site of on the island of Tahiti, but it impressed me with its accommodations for guests. This hotel knows that most guests will only be staying one or two nights, but it does everything to provide a wonderful experience to welcome guests to French Polynesia. I was so impressed with their day room access, a great perk for anyone traveling through the islands with a bad flight schedule (which is just about everyone).
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