Stilted bungalows ascending from the crystalline topaz waters of a secluded lagoon. Technicolored fishes darting underneath the front porch as white linen curtains and king bed canopies sway lazily in the breeze. A villa in the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa embodies the quintessential image most of our minds conjure when we consider the words "escape" and "paradise" (the exception to "most of us", of course, being Adam and Eve, who probably think of a snake and their own inability to follow simple instructions.)
The darling of the French Polynesian islands, Bora Bora is renowned for pairing escapist agendas with luxury resorts, and the Hilton's 122 suites and villas only further enhance this grand tradition. Even swathed in mahogany furnishings, Italian marble bathrooms, and vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, the extravagantly-appointed accommodations maintain an exotic Polynesian aesthetic. Guests can enjoy sweeping, 360-degree views of the lush gardens and surrounding water from their private terraces, or fall into an afternoon snooze alongside marine life shimmying its way past interior glass floor-viewing panels. Suites and villas range from 969 to 3,229 square feet of I-don't-ever-want-to-go-back-home.
Should Hilton Bora Bora visitors have the unlikely urge to leave the immediate vicinity of their rooms and terraces (and, in some cases, private jacuzzis), the Nui Resort & Spa will unfurl before them in continued utopian splendor. The grounds house two bars and two restaurants dishing up Polynesian and Mediterranean cuisine, 800 meters of sandy beach, a 1,000 square meter infinity pool overlooking the lagoon, and a full-service spa.
Hina Spa is set on a hill, and lavishes upon its beauty- and relaxation-seekers Pacific-inspired treatments with a side of panoramic lagoon and island views. Services include Maohi Nui, or Tahitian massage, hot stone massage, and a panoply of exfoliating body scrubs. Prices typically range from $60 to $200 apiece.
Off Hilton grounds, visitors may indulge in nearby activities, including:
- Hiking to the extinct volcanic peaks of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.
- Guided 4 x 4 tours.
- Snorkeling and SCUBA diving along the island's barrier reef.
- Outrigger canoeing.
- Jet skiing.
- Sunset cruises aboard a catamaran.
- Shopping for local goods, such as Tahitian pearls and wood handcrafts.
Should a longer jaunt make the docket, Tahiti awaits 149 miles, or a 45-minute flight, to the northwest of Bora Bora.
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