The captivating scenes you can spy from the airplane window as you land on a small motu in Bora Bora make for a breathtaking welcome. I'm not sure if the shades of turquoise are more stunning then the beautiful Mt. Otemanu that rises out of the water, but both were fine by me.
French Polynesia is so stunning you could take a post card quality photo every few feet. Upon arrival a warm smile and a friendly "la orana" (local way to say hello) greets you as you prepare for your journey to your resort. Having the pleasure of staying at the St. Regis, I was greeted with friendly staff and a quick ride on the boat to the atoll. The main island of Bora Bora was once a volcano, and the remains are surrounded by many “motus" or "atolls” that create an almost still water lagoon. Even though the ocean side is rough with wind and choppy waters, the lagoon side is sheltered creating its perfect white sand beaches and crystal clear water. The almost complete circle surrounding the main island creates one big swimming pool with only one entrance to the ocean.
Upon arrival to the St. Regis, you are greeted with a signature cocktail and your butler escorts you to your villa. Tahiti is known for the overwater villas that boast indoor glass viewing panels that allows one to look down in the clear water. These villas are a must for accommodations because they have direct access to the water, daybeds, outdoor showers, and a sheltered gazebo for dining.
The St. Regis lives by the phrase“welcome home” and never falls short of it. The butler service is your best friend during your stay and acts as liaison with all aspects of the property. Your assigned butler can assist with any reservations, requests and questions. The attention to detail comes in the staff that remembers you by name, your favorite cocktail, and how you like your meat cooked. You truly feel as if you are part of one big family by the end of your stay (makes it hard to leave). One night I had a bit of a medical emergency (fine now) and my butler stayed with me in my room until 4:00 in the morning until I was okay, which I couldn't have been more thankful for.
Now food is of course top of mind, as any priority on vacation should be indulgence in good dining. Naturally the best chef to partner up with in French Polynesia would be Jean-George. The signature restaurant “The Lagoon” serves some of the best French and Asian infused dishes around all handcrafted by Jean George himself. The stunning backdrop of Mount Otemanu and glass bottom floors make for an elixir of breathtaking views. The property also hosts phenomenal Japanese and Italian restaurants along with the beach-side Te Pahu restaurant.
During the day, relaxation is the status quo, but for those craving some exercise, paddle boarding makes for a great afternoon or snorkeling in their resident private lagoon. There are tennis courts, yoga classes and a gym for those really wanting to sweat it out. However the Miri Miri Spa by Clarins is another great way to enjoy the day, a Polynesian massage followed by a quick snooze in the relaxation room will do the trick.
Now its time to grab some swimsuits and sunscreen and head to the swim up bar, grab a cocktail and relax by the pool. The St. Regis Bora Bora is a one of a kind resort that demands top service and delivers luxury to all of their guests. Enjoy the crystal clear water and the sun, because Bora Bora is unlike anywhere else in the world.