Bora Bora & Le Meridien

Bora Bora is a place where we have wanted to travel for a long, long time. For me it has always represented the ultimate and most exclusive tropical destination on the planet. Often the expectations are higher than the reality, but this time our expectations were exceeded. Bora bora is by far the most beautiful destination we have ever been to.

Bora Bora

We chose to book a five night package at Le Meridien, located on the motu (small islet) with magnificent views to the main island and the iconic Mount Otemanu. Le Meridien is the most affordable hotel on the motu, or more likely it is the least super expensive. It is also the first hotel to be opened on the motu and seems to have the best spot with a nice beach and a small lagoon. This is easily the most expensive hotel we have ever stayed at so our expectations were really high.

Bora Bora

All the bungalows have been remodeled recently, and they are truly luxurious. We booked an overwater bungalow, and it featured a large terrace with stairs going right into the ocean. Inside the bungalow was furnished beautifully with a modern and stylish bath “area”, and a tub with an ocean view. On the floor, there was a huge glass panel, where we could see the ocean floor and the fish swimming under our bungalow. We saved some money and did not book a room with views to the mountain, but had a nice view to the small neighboring islands, and the open sea on the other side of the motu.

Le Meridien overwater bungalow

Le Meridien Bora Bora

Le Meridien overwater bungalow

Most of the other guest were couples on their honeymoon, and the atmosphere was relaxed. The staff was extremely nice and the whole place had a strong Polynesian vibe. The hotel had two restaurants, and as you can guess they were not the cheapest. Our package included only breakfast (regular price about 32 eur / 40 usd per person). We only had one dinner and one lunch the hotel. Other times we ate on the main island with slightly more affordable prices and more variety.

Le Meridien restaurant

Le Meridien dessert

The hotel offers free shuttle boat to the island, but you must have a reservation to a restaurant or a tour, or otherwise there is nowhere to go when you reach the shore. All the restaurants and tour operators will pick you up for free, and there is no public transportation available on this side of the island.

Le Meridien shuttle boat

The hotel also has a nice small sea turtle sanctuary, where they rehabilitate sea turtles that have been injured by boats or the fishing nets. This was not a just tourist gimmick, but a real conservation effort to help the endangered sea turtles. The ones they had there currently were under three years old, and will be released back to the sea when they turn 3. The sea turtles can live up to 80-90 years old and the size of an Adult turtle can be over 1.2 metres.

Le Meridien turtle sanctuary

Le Meridien turtle sanctuary

Le Meridien turtle sanctuary

Most evenings we spent at the Miki Miki bar, shaped like a ship. Local beer was about 6 Eur, and the tropical cocktails were about 18 Eur. The priciest Mai Tais and Pina Coladas ever, but still delicious.

Miki Miko Bar cocktails

Even if Bora Bora sounds too posh and expensive, it is a place you just have to experience at least once in your life. If you just can afford, try to stay at least 3 nights, and wish that the weather will be good! We will remember this experience for the rest of our lives…

Here you can find some more photos from Le Meridien Bora Bora:

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