For most people, the French Polynesian islands are up there with paradise. Swathes of thatched-roof bungalows, rippling lagoons and fragrant hibiscus flowers, surrounded by the azure palette of the Pacific Ocean…yes, life doesn’t get much better. Famed for the world’s most romantic beaches, sprinkled with talcum-soft sand, private islets and shimmering coral reefs, Bora Bora is undoubtedly a tropical Eden for two. Filling our inherent desire for a far-flung escape, as well as a healthy dose of passion and pampering, the prevalence of this South Pacific isle as a popular honeymoon destination is hardly surprising.
However, what happens when you are faced with the reality of planning a romantic getaway in Bora Bora? Your loving partner looks at you with expectant eyes, willing you to deliver, but in true male-manner, beads of sweat emerge at your brow and your confidence crumbles. Don’t panic! To save you the time and the trouble, we have scoured the island for the most romantic place to stay. And, coupled with two exotic activities, ideal for igniting the fiery flames of untapped desire, we’re sure you’ll be thanking us later…
Where to Stay?
Home to the largest lagoon villas on the island, and the film set location for the star-studded cast of ‘Couples Retreat’, the St Regis Resort is exclusively tailored to romance. Whether it’s the adults-only Oasis Pool, luxuriously lined with shady cabanas, or the oversized salt-water Lagoonarium, teeming with tropical fish, the St Regis dutifully demonstrates awareness of its couple clientele. Careful not to detract from Bora Bora’s natural canvas of colours, however, the white coral, rustic stone and polished marble found throughout remain loyal to subtle French Polynesian style.
For a spot of undisturbed privacy, we recommend booking one the hotel’s oceanfront villas. With outdoor plunge pools, private gardens and direct beachside access, there are plenty of swoon-worthy features too. Alternatively, if you really want to push the romantic-boat out, book the St Regis Royal Estate. A three-bedroom complex, replete with exotic spa, sauna, hammam, whirlpool and its own private beach, the Royal Estate offers the best of Bora Bora. Just be warned, no hotel will compare ever again…
What to Do?
Bobbing in the Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora has all of the island activities you would expect to find, from beachside massages to stingray snorkeling. However, nothing is quite as authentic, or romantic, as a private Motu picnic. A local tradition in Bora Bora, a Motu picnic takes place in the shallow waters of a secluded lagoon. Here couples are invited to enjoy a romantic beach picnic for two, tucking into succulent treats of baked yams, grilled shrimp and sweet coconut bread, served on dried banana leaves. Following this indulgent spread, guests are then invited to snorkel amongst the tropical reefs of the private islet. Just be sure to let your food digest first…!
If a Motu picnic doesn’t kindle the fires of passion, however, a traditional Polynesian Fire Show should do the trick. Held throughout the island at most luxury resorts, especially as a Bora Bora honeymoon activity, this high-speed, hip-shaking, flame-twirling dancing will be sure to get your heart racing (or at least your blood pumping). Clothed head-to-toe in traditional Tahitian dress, these acrobatic dancers demonstrate their years spent skillfully honing their craft. To witness one of the most impressive shows on the island, we recommend making a trip to Bora Bora’s Four Seasons hotel. Trust us, it’s worth it.
If an oceanfront villa, secluded lagoons and sizzling-hot dance moves still fails to send amorous sparks flying, however, don’t fret because we have one last trick up our sleeve: an authentic Tahitian tattoo. Perhaps, having a spiky needle repeatedly stab you in the arm doesn’t sound so romantic; however, this historic tradition actually dates back centuries. Supposedly filled with ancient Polynesian meanings, a Tahitian tattoo could be the lasting love-token that you were looking for.
Finally if this falls flat too, well, you could turn to this guy as a last resort for romantic advice. Emphasis on the last resort part, here.