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Finding the short title to tell a marvelous story was the greatest challenge … but let me tell you more in a few paragraphs.
I just returned from a short journey but with an amazing impact …. Bora Bora. French Polynesia is reached relatively easily from the West Coast of the U.S.A. using Air Tahiti Nui (best way to reach a destination is to be on board a flight with staff reflecting the culture of your anticipated destination). Where else would you get flight announcements in Tahitian, French and English enroute???
Once you arrive in Papeete, Tahiti and with a quick switch in the same terminal to the domestic flight section, you only have a short island hop on Air Tahiti and are landing at Bora Bora airport having passed past famed Moorea and over the island of Taha’a (another reef surrounded volcanic island in French Polynesia’s chain of islands). Reaching Bora Bora you have landed in Paradise. As we were staying at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, our private welcome with a lei of flowers was a quick precursor of our entire stay. Only 25 minutes around the lagoon by private welcome boat we landed on our Four Seasons ‘motu’ to be greeted and taken to individual over-water bungalows.
Everywhere we went on the resort, the personnel were there to offer a warm and understated welcome allowing one to quickly feel part of the ‘island family’ and not just a guest of a resort hotel. This level of service and genuine warmth occurred all the time and everywhere at the resort… the groundsman the second morning greeted me like an old friend after a quick chat the day I arrived; our amazing restaurant server, Jeanne, discussed with us her preferred top tattoo artist on the island — hers being a dramatic and beautiful example of his work; the spa treatment person whose love of her art showed in the care and quality of her massage treatment. One felt immediately at home — easily and naturally. And the resort is concerned about environment and has a full-time marine biologist who leads snorkeling expeditions in the waters of the resort to share and explain the biological realities of his water world.
The island offers so much to do if one wishes — jet skiing on the lagoon, swimming with bat rays and reef sharks, private picnics for honeymooners on a small island, 4 x 4 circle touring of the main island, spa treatments and yoga lessons as well as a special children’s area along with a ‘fun jet of water’ set away from the adult pool area so that kids can play safely and happily. Dining options abound … on resort as well as on the mainland or even if one wishes at a neighboring ‘motu’ resort. We sampled creative cocktails at the Sunset Bar, watched a locally based Tahitian-dance troupe with dinner at the open air restaurant, ate some of the best ‘pomme frites’ poolside in a lounging ‘fare’ large enough for about 6 people to share, and to say that the ‘little afternoon snacks’ left in our bungalows were yummy would be a severe understatement. Delicious! Each afternoon a little surprise is left in the living room area to tempt and entertain the palate.
This is not just another “island destination” … this is worth the journey to not only relax, take in the sun of the South Pacific, but to learn about the natural world, the culture and history and the long traditions of welcome. Perfection is sculpted by the efforts of those who welcome us to share their part of Paradise.