French Polynesia has a new gem on the turquoise waters of the ocean –Conrad’s Bora Bora Nui. Opened April 3, the resort is Bora Bora’s first five-star luxury opening in a decade and certainly one that will draw a flock of wealthy travellers looking for exceptional service and privacy.
The sprawling property—Conrad’s only one in French Polynesia—is just a short boat ride from the mainland in a private cove on Motu To’opua. It consists of 114 rooms, three restaurants, a private islet and a long stretch of a pristine white-sand beach. Two of the rooms are the first multi-story overwater bungalows ever built in the archipelago. A total of 28 garden villas and 86 overwater bungalows complete the compound.
Their décor is light and airy, elegantly blending modern luxury with Bora Bora’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Two standout presidential villas are the most luxuriously appointed accommodations. Each features two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and two separate dressing rooms. The suites also benefit from upgraded amenities like a whirlpool, a sauna, and a rooftop sundeck with panoramic views over the ocean.
A whole host of culturally focused activities is part of Conrad’s 1/3/5 program. The initiative works to entertain guests as well as bring local lore to life through itineraries that include activities like ukulele lessons with local musicians or a traditional Polynesian tattooing experience. The Hina Spa offers indulgent therapies in treatment rooms that overlook the calm waters of a sparkling lagoon in the ultimate relaxation package. Rates start at around $20,000 a night for two for the King Garden Villa.