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SilverSpoon on Honeymoon: Brilliant, Beautiful, Breath-taking Bora Bora and the Four Seasons Hotel

Being a Four Seasons affectionado I always look forward to reading their newsletter when it pings into my mailbox. But it was about two years I saw a picture that took my breath away and immediately forwarded the email to Mr Silver.
‘OMG, check out the Four Seasons Bora Bora, it’s stunning,’
Admittedly I wasn’t sure where Bora Bora was, but a quick google told me that Bora Bora was one of the Society Islands which make up the various island groups of French Polynesia. It’s also in the middle of nowhere, halfway between South America and Australia. Next question, can I use my British Airways Air miles to get me there? No, BA don’t fly there. I’d have to go to Los Angeles and then fly with Air Tahiti Nui to get to Tahiti, the largest and most populous of the Society Islands, and from there get another flight to Bora Bora.
This was proving a long journey. And an expensive one. Maybe this is one for the honeymoon. Of course at this time myself and Mr S weren’t even engaged, but a girl can dream can’t she?  😉
Anyway, once we were engaged, there was clearly no doubt in my mind about where we would be going for honeymoon. The journey was a long one, from LA it was an eight and a half hour flight to Papeete in Tahiti, a three hour wait in the airport, another 40 minutes flight and then a 20 minute boat ride. But it was all worth for the view we saw when we arrived.

 

My predictions were confirmed; Bora Bora was the most beautiful place I’d ever visited. From the Four Seasons we had a perfect view of the majestic extinct volcano Mount Otemanu.
The water and the sky were so blue and made the perfect back drop to the imposing mountain.
For me the idea of going on honeymoon also somehow involved those beautiful over water villas that have become associated with the Maldives and I had always dreamt of staying in such a paradise place. Bora Bora is surrounded by a placid lagoon and a barrier reef, which is why it is possible to construct these bungalows directly in the water.

 

Our room was right at the very end of the jetty so we had a totally unobstructed view of the lagoon and absolute privacy. The hotel has around 100 villas but when you are in your own little sanctuary it feels like you are on a private island!

 

The bedroom was sizeable, light and bright and when we woke up we had a view directly across the lagoon before our eyes.

There was a huge soaking tub for honeymooners to luxuriate in, drinking champagne while admiring the view.

The large living room area was the perfect place to relax…

 

 

Or to blog…Ooopps caught blogging!!
And it led directly out on to our deck with loungers for two!
Mr S loves the ocean, and for him it was heaven to be able to dive directly in.

 

Whereas I’m happy to relax and enjoy the view without getting my hair wet 😉
Glass panels in the floor allowed us to peer down into the ocean.

If you do venture out of the room there’s plenty to enjoy…

 

 

The beautiful wave shaped pool was fringed with palm trees and looked directly over the ocean. Waiters circulated with frozen sweet treats and regularly topped up our iced water.

 

A beautiful beach was just steps away.
The hotel offers the opportunity for snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing and paddle boarding. And adventurous ocean lovers like Mr S can choose to take a jet ski tour.
Whereas people like me can sit by the pool drinking cocktails!
In the evening the hotel’s Sunset Bar was the perfect place to start the night.

 

 

They serve cocktails as big as your head and delicious sushi and other Asian dishes.

 

The are two main restaurants in the hotel, Tere Nui and Ari Moana. Breakfast is served in the former but we chose to have it in the room most days so that we could relax and enjoy a quiet morning together, whilst admiring our beautiful view.
For lunch we had the choice of dining at Tere Nui or the Fare Hoa Beach Bar.
Or enjoy the perfect sanctuary of our room.
And for dinner the fine dining restaurant, Ari Moana provided a fusion of Polynesian and French fare.
While we were there the other restaurants were open on varying nights for dinner presenting Polynesian buffets or beach barbecues.
The setting was totally beautiful but, unfortunately the food didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The fish was a little over-cooked and meat was often burnt on the outside. The national dish of French Polynesia is poisson cru, a twist on ceviche, it is raw tuna marinated in lime juice and coconut milk, it was this and the other raw dishes that were the stars of the show at hotel. Plus the breakfast of fresh tropical fruits were perfect!
During dinner we were also entertained by fabulous Polynesian fire dances and witnessed locals twirling, juggling and swinging fire, as well eating it and fire breathing!

 

 

If you fancy dinner away from the resort, one of the best options is Bloody Mary’s. The Kardashian’s went there when they stayed in Bora Bora and if it’s good enough for Kim…
Actually a whole host of celebrities’ feet have touched the sandy floor the the tiki restaurant.

 

The restaurant feels like a beach shack
And you perch on wobbly tree trunk like stool as you sip their signature cocktail…

 

Or if you’re less brave, a glass of house wine!
You can then select your own meat or fish from the counter.
More classic choices such as tuna and steaks were available but there were also local specialities such as mahi mahi and angelfish all cured in different marinades.
I preferred the preparation of the fish at Bloody Mary’s to how it was served at the hotel and I would definitely recommend a trip out there. A word of warning though, it does take an hour to get there, but it is worth it!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my time in Bora Bora, my next post will recall a gorgeous sunset cruise that we took during our stay on the island…
Bora Bora was my dream honeymoon location, what’s yours? 
  • Oh my goodness this looks beautiful!

    • It was simply the most breathtaking scenery I'd ever seen!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • INCREDIBLE. This is definitely going on my 'daydream list'. x

    • Total, top of the bucket list stuff!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Wow it looks amazing

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

    • Just so very beautiful!!!

  • This looks amazing! The colours of the sea are awesome. I love your coral dress as well

    Rosie xx

    • The sea is just so blue!! Thank I love floating around in pretty dresses in hot countries!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • WOW this really does look incredible. On the bucket list, big time! That looks like my favourite kind of food too. Fresh fish, and lots of it!

    • The fish was great when it well cooked but unfortunately there was a tendency to over do it!
      I'm looking forward to hearing about what you did on your honeymoon!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

    • I shall tell you all about it over lunch (which is looking like it might be a bit of a long one!)

  • Oh my goodness, this looks like the best vacation ever!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    • Ahhh…Bora Bora sigh….

  • the food.. oh the food looks yummy and yeah a girl can dream and yours came true. looks like you had lots of fun but the travel is a bit off putting

    http://www.bumascloset.com

    • It was so far away!! Maldives is less of a journey but it was the wrong time of year.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Wow I have always dreamt of a honeymoon in either in the Maldives or Bora Bora and I think that this post has well and truly clinched it. Such a beautiful and picturesque place. Paradise and the food, well a foodies dream. You will both have some wonderful memories and pictures to look back on. Amazing Lucy x

    • Hi Lucy,
      The hotel and the landscape were totally gorgeous but the food was a let down I'm afraid. Let me know if you want any recommendations for when you go on honeymoon.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • It's like this was written by my own hands without me knowing it! Bora Bora is also my dream honeymoon destination, after realising that it would be rainy season in the Maldives at the time of year I wanted to get married. I am obsessed with staying in one of those places on stilts in the water and like you I was also fantasising over it when I wasn't even engaged, you're lucky that you got to live your dream. I'm still waiting!!

    Michelle Louise Love Blog

    • Hi Michelle,
      We realised the same thing with the Maldives and the time of year! My husband loves the ocean so fortunately he shared the dream!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Looks incredible, Bora Bora is firmly on my must-travel-to list now! Glad you had an amazing time 🙂 xx

    http://www.michelle-leanne.blogspot.com

    • Thank you!! It's a once in a life time place!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I can see I'm going to be very jealous of your future "Room with a View" post! Bora Bora looks glorious, it's a popular honeymoon destination from NZ as there are direct links to Tahiti so its a pretty easy journey from Auckland. You had the most amazing honeymoon! xx

    • Yes! You can only fly directly from NZ or LA…makes it so difficult from London!
      Looking forward to our link up!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Right Angie, I'm sold. Not even engaged and I'll be sending this to Ben for our Honeymoon. It looks so beautiful. I love the lounger in the sea! This literally looks like paradise and dw, you're not the only one. I had no idea where Bora Bora was!

    Katie <3

    • It was totally fabulous!! As long as it's the right time of year. Maldives looks incredible too!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Hi Angie,
    Which month did you visit Bora Bora? How was the weather? Temps, Rain, Cloud cover, etc
    Did you stay in a Beach View Bungalow, Lagoon View or Mountain View Bungalow? Thanks.

    • Hi Gerry,

      We were there in June, the weather was mostly beautiful but we did have a full day of rain in La Taha'a island. We had a mountain view and it was right at the end of the jetty. It was very private but quite a long way from the main restaurant and pool.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

    • Angie, Thanks for your reply. We booked an 8 night stay the 1st week of August. June and August appear to be the driest months. If it rains one or two days then we still have many other days for good weather. We booked a Lagoon View Bungalow and specified the West Pontoon. Question for you: Did the sun set over the volcano or over the sea? I know August is their winter and I think the sun will set over the sea as opposed to over the volcano. It's a guess.

    • Hi Gerry, It was over sea, check out this post with pictures of the sunset http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk/2014/08/boating-in-bora-bora.html

      I don't know what it's like in August though. Did you email the hotel and ask?
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Amazing! I'm dying to go there especially after looking at all your photos 🙂

  • Angie this looks like a dream honeymoon destination, I’m currently looking and Bora Bora looks incredible but it’s the journey for sure which is off-putting, looking at this photos I can see that it’s worthwhile, it does look incredible.

    Lovely photos and it seems like the ultimate place for honeymooners for that once in a lifetime trip!

    xo
    http://www.shehearts.net