This is my review about our lovely stay at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui ***** It’s without any questions one of the best resorts in Bora Bora but also has a few deficits…
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui is located on one of the many smaller islands which are surrounding the main island of Bora Bora. The benefit of these so called motus is that they offer an amazing view over the iconic rock shape of Mount Otemanu.
After arriving to the airport motu of Bora Bora you can decide between a direct transfer to the Conrad Resort (for around 150,- USD per person) or you take the free public ferry shuttle to the main island. From there you can reach the Resort via the Conrad Shuttle for around 15,- USD per person. The whole transfer only takes around 20 mins so the decision how much the direct transfer is worth to you is entirely left to you.
Check in & Lobby
After arriving to the Conrad Jetty we got greeted by a staff member and enjoyed a refreshing welcome drink. What I loved about the Lobby jetty is that some parts of the floor are made out of glass so you can see the blue water and the fishes under you.
We booked a Garden Villa with our HHonors Points and upgraded to an Overwater Villa on site.
For us it was important to have a Overwater Villa with a view to the Main Island. Only seven Villas in total have this incredible view. So if you also want to wake up to the view to Mount Otemanu ask for a room between 101-107 (106 has been our Villa and in my opinion it has the best angle to take photos from the hammocks). The villas 101-106 have two hammocks with a direct view. Villa 107 has a pool and hammock with an indirect view to the main island.
To reach our room we had to walk for quite a time since it’s located on a jetty on the very end of the huge resort. But luckily you can mostly find some free bicycles to ride around the island.
Our villa consists of a huge room with the cozy bed in the middle, a sitting area and the Mini Bar with a Nespresso machine.
Behind the bed is a walk in closet and the great bathroom located. It has two sinks, a bathtub and a separate shower & toilet. I really loved how bright and spacious it was.
The best part about the villa is definitely the big terrace with a sitting area, sun beds, two overwater hammocks and ocean access. We just loved the incredible view over Mount Otemanu from here!
The Main Restaurant is the Iriatai French Restaurant which combines french and local cuisine and serves breakfast in the morning.
The Iriatai Restaurant right at the beach
The Banyan Chinese Restaurant opens for dinner with a – of course – traditional Chinese cuisine like yummy dumplings and crispy duck.
For lunch or a light dinner the Tamure Beach Grill is your best choice. They serve local dishes but also international food like Pizza or Pasta.
The prices for food on Bora Bora are quite expensive due to the secluded location of the archipelago. In the resort you pay around 20-50 USD for a dish which naturally sums up during a longer stay. So make sure to savor the breakfast menu in the morning 😉
The quality of the food & drinks is amazing – but the prices very high!
Breakfast buffet will be served in the Iriatai French Restaurant. It includes many kind of pastries, a warm and a cold buffet with local and international dishes. Fresh eggs, pancakes etc. have to be ordered from a separate menu which is not included in the buffet. But for a price of 10 USD you can order as many items from the menu as you want.
What I thought was a nice intention is that you get boxes to store food for later. Like fruits or cake for a midday snack 🙂 You simply have to ask a waiter for a box.
The Pool is the main point of the resort and located right at the beach. It is a two level pool with sun beds in and around the water, cabanas and of course a nice pool bar with happy hour in the afternoon.
Towels, a water dispenser and even sun blocker are provided at a little shelter without any charge.
sunset at the main pool
If you want to do some water sport activities during your stay you can grab one of the kayaks and stand-up paddle boards at the beach for free.
Thats a nice way to get around the resort and to see it from another perspective.
You can not stay in Bora Bora without doing some snorkeling to see the wonderful underwater world of Polynesia. Unfortunately the Conrad Bora Bora doesn’t have a natural reef right in front of the beach but they are regrowing & repopulating corals with several underwater structures. A lot of corals are already growing on them and attract colorful reef fishes.
The coral construction seen from above…
… and from under the surface
From our overwater bungalow we liked to jump right into the water where it’s very likely to see reef sharks, eagle rays and some natural growing corals.
corals growing right under our villa
we met this eagle ray under the water villas
During your stay you should definitely book at least one snorkeling tour to see more of the beautiful maritime life of French Polynesia.
While exploring the island you will find a way leading up the hill to the highest point of the resort. Up here are not only the Horizon Villas located but also the wonderful Spa area at the very top of the hill. In my opinion it has the best location in the resort since it offers an amazing view over the whole Conrad Bora Bora Nui. The Spa area is an amazing spot to appreciate the sunset in the evening.
Overlooking the resort from the spa area
Right in front of the spa is a chapel located with a little viewpoint platform right next to it. This is where you can overlook the main Island of Bora Bora and even see the sunrise in the morning.
Bora Bora is a No. 1 honeymoon destination for couples from all around the globe. The Conrad Bora Bora Nui is definitely one of the best resorts there. A big plus is the size of the resort: It’s way bigger than most of the other resorts. This means you have a lot of choices what to do, eat, etc and find enough quiet spots to enjoy some privacy.
A little minus for me is the location: Snorkeling fans like us will maybe be a little disappointed from the natural reef. Bora Bora has many other reefs to offer which are more lush and varied – to book a snorkeling tour is a must during your stay at the Conrad so you won’t miss out this natural wonder. Additionally the incredible view on the main island can only be seen from some very few villas.