Hotels in French Polynesia Bora Bora
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 Blighs breadfruit-collection
trip to Tahiti in 1789. The islands became a French colony in 1880
and were granted internal autonomy in 1984.
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.
Bora Boras 54 Polynesian-style bungalows and farés
(the Tahitian term for home) are linked to the resorts
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 traders 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
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.
Bungalows: Hotel Bora Boras 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.
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.
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.
HOTEL FACILITIES AND AMENITIES
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.
Local musicians entertain nightly at the Matira Terrace Bar.
There is also Polynesian cultural entertainment at Hotel Bora
Boras weekly beach barbecue. Another weekly feature
is traditional island singing and dancing, with sunset cocktails
and canapés at the Pofai Beach Bar.
The resort boutique offers a selection of local art and craft
with a range of books and island clothing, including hand-dyed
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.
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.
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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