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Overwater Opulence in Bora Bora


October 31, 2019
Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Bora Bora has topped the charts as one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit for good reason. It has natural good looks in spades. But beyond it’s phenomenal physique, it has a culture and history that are unparalleled. Honeymooners and wedding couples travel from all over the planet to catch a glimpse of this paradise and often return over and over, as it leaves a piece of itself with you far after you leave.

Mount Otemanu is a recognizable landmark and the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa holds prime real estate overlooking this majestic mountain.

Every one of the overwater bungalows has a view of either Mount Otemanu, the sparkling aqua lagoon or the main island of Bora Bora, so no matter your perspective, you’ll be enjoying something spectacular. 

The newest addition to the property are The Brando Suites, which give a taste of the luxury you’ll find at The Brando Resort on Tetiaroa (see the full story on pg. 80). These overwater, oversized bungalows boast one or two bedrooms with private deck pools, a dining table for up to six people and an outdoor shower. The secluded bungalow, paired with unadulterated views of Mount Otemanu and the lagoon, will have you extending your stay. 

Make sure to book a diving or snorkeling excursion while you’re there. It’s a great way to see the islands and experience the stunning sea life of the South Pacific. We used Romantic Tour Bora Bora and our guides, Will and Vairea, made sure our intimate group of four got to see and do it all in our three-hour lagoon tour. From swimming with octopus, sharks, stingrays, manta rays and schools of brightly colored fish to traveling over 26 miles by boat to enjoying a private Tahitian-style beach barbeque, you’ll get a sense of local-flavor in more ways than one. 

When visiting Bora Bora, be prepared for the overwhelming sadness you’ll feel when it’s time to depart. This place will make its mark on your new marriage and on your hearts.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do’s Spring/Summer 2019 issue. You can order a copy here.

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