Tahiti's freshest of pearls to reach new luxury level
PLANS to further polish the Pearl of the Pacific will see several hotel updates giving Tahiti's famed island of Bora Bora a stylish new look and feeling of chic.
A new hotel player will join the exclusive list of properties call Bora Bora home, as Conrad Hotels and Resorts prepares to take over the franchise for the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa.
The property will undergo a multi-million-dollar refurbishment before re-opening as the stunning Conrad Bora Bora Nui in early 2017 - the first Conrad hotel in Tahiti.
Located on Motu To'opua, off the coast of Bora Bora, Conrad Bora Bora Nui will offer 29 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 over-water bungalows, including the destination's only double-storey presidential suites.
The resort will feature a full-service spa, a kids' club, mini-golf course, fitness centre and dining options including a modern take on a French brasserie, a speciality beach restaurant serving Polynesian and Mediterranean cuisines, a contemporary Chinese restaurant, a swim-up pool bar and an over-water sunset bar and lounge.
The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, operated by Pacific Beachcomber, is set to undertake renovations, constructing four new two-bedroom over-water villas with private pools.
Scheduled to begin in September and last for about 10 months, the work will also include the addition of swimming pools to 10 over-water villas in the south branch of the resort, as well as a general refresh of all villas.
Meanwhile, Le Meridien Bora Bora has completed a refurbishment with a focus on refreshing its bungalows and food and beverage outlets, including a revamp of its picturesque Miki Miki and pool bars.
The lagoon-side hotel has launched the new Happaina Wine Bar, which is the ultimate location for a sundowner.
Happaina, which means glass in Tahitian, offers a range of wines by the bottle or glass, as well as a new tapas menu.
Tahiti Tourisme director Australia New Zealand, Robert Thompson, said while Bora Bora would always be one of the most sought-after places to visit, these changes would make it even more appealing.
"With unrivalled natural beauty, sophisticated luxury and one of the world's most beautiful blue lagoons, Bora Bora has timeless appeal," Robert says.
"It's hard to believe that Bora Bora can get better but, with these new-look properties, the Pearl of the Pacific is set to take on a striking new sheen."