Bora Bora Lagoon Resort

The Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa is one of the most elegant places to stay in all of French Polynesia. The aptly named resort is perched on the tiny isle of Motu Toopua, right in the middle of Bora Bora's crystal clear lagoon.

The Lagoon Resort in Bora Bora is accessible by boat from the island, which itself is a 40-minute flight from the Papeete, Tahiti, the capital city and location of the closest major airport. Once guests arrive on Bora Bora, they're greeted by a representative of the resort and welcomed with floral leis. It takes about 15 minutes to cruise to the Lagoon Bora Bora, where everyone receives a cocktail of fresh fruit and towels scented with tiare, a Tahitian flower.

After the warm welcome, guests are taken to the bungalows that they will call home during the duration of their island getaway. Overwater bungalows offer traditional Tahitian accommodations with modern amenities and comfortable surroundings. At the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, bungalows are clustered into three different villages. Each section is close to the beach, excellent swimming, and an outdoor pavilion. The bungalows feature a king bed or twin beds; they're also equipped with private decks leading right to the lagoon and glass-topped coffee tables where you can peek at the life of the lagoon in living color.

Along with the overwater bungalows, the Lagoon Bora Bora offers bungalows located on the white sand beaches and suites. All guests have access to a variety of amenities, including Internet access, TV, minibars, daily laundry service, and wake-up calls. Meals can be served to the room (delivered by an outrigger canoe if you're staying at an overwater bungalow) or enjoyed at the restaurant or poolside cafe. Guests also can catch a shuttle from the Lagoon Resort in Bora Bora to Vitape, the main community on the island, which runs frequently between 8 a.m. and nearly midnight. Back on the island, you'll find an array of shops, dining establishments, and interesting places to explore.

Of course the Lagoon Bora Bora offers a full array of things to do just for its guests. Watersports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, and kayaking, are available throughout the year. With an excursion to the Lagoonarium, you'll have the chance to visit an aquarium like no other. Guests swim with rays and tropical fish, explore underwater caves, and enjoy picnics on a lush tropical island.

Back at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, you'll also have the chance to enjoy cultural events, day cruises, jet-boat tours, tennis, and the fitness center. Guests also can arrange for helicopter and land tours. On Bora Bora, you can climb aboard an SUV for a tour of Mount Otemanu and visit the sites where Americans were stationed in World War II.

When it's time to relax after a long day of exploring, you'll want to head straight to the Maru Spa, which is located close to the beaches of the Lagoon Resort in Bora Bora. Among the waterfalls, lilies, and Polynesian decor, guests relax their cares away with massages, rain showers, wraps, and other relaxation treatments.

When you're looking for memorable weddings and honeymoons, the Lagoon Resort is a wonderful choice for a romantic getaway. The staff can arrange traditional Tahitian weddings and vow renewal ceremonies, complete with fresh flowers, Tahitian music, and traditional wedding garb, followed by a meal at the resort's gourmet restaurant, and sunset cruise. Honeymoon vacation packages are available as well, offer the special couple a bed of flowers, a bottled of French Champagne, romantic meals, and access to all of the resort's activities.

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