Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa - South Pacific: Top 10 Hotels for Honeymooners

1. Turtle Island

Why We Love It: The site of both Blue Lagoon movies, not to mention Britney and Kevin’s and Trista and Ryan’s honeymoons, Turtle Island is an ultra-romantic and ultra-secluded hideaway. With 500 acres of beauty and 14 beaches to explore, it’s hard not to love it.

Why You’ll Love It: There are only 14 bures,  traditional, two-room, thatched cottages built by Fijian craftsmen. Each is spacious, comfortable, and light-filled, complete with 21-foot vaulted ceilings, terracotta floors, and gentle breezes. Windows open to the famous Blue Lagoon, and there’s an outdoor veranda with a daybed for napping and lounging. Each couple is assigned a “Bure Mama”, basically your very own  butler/ concierge to cater to your every whim.

Why You Might Leave Your Room: Go on a private picnic, complete with lobster and champagne. Dine on a mountaintop at sunset, or captain your own sailboat around the famous Blue Lagoon. Go on a photo expedition along stunning shorelines, ride horseback through rainforests, hike, bike, windsurf, kayak and whatever else you can imagine.

2. Hotel Bora Bora

Why We Love It: Nestled on the edge of a turquoise lagoon and beneath the lush volcanic peaks of Mount Otemanu, Hotel Bora Bora is a traveler’s paradise. Like being on your own private island, Hotel Bora Bora’s 54 Polynesian-style bungalows and fares (Tahitian for homes) each have breathtaking views, whether it’s of the water from your overwater bungalow or of the garden, beach, or pool.

Why You’ll Love It: Perhaps you didn’t hear us mention the overwater bungalows? Each of the hotel’s 15 thatched-roofed tropical retreats sits directly over the blue lagoon, features a four-poster king-size bed, a spacious bathroom, a two-tiered sundeck, and a shower at water level. More of a landlubber? Snag a bungalow on the palm-lined beachfront, a pool fare set amidst tropical gardens with your own private swimming pool, or a 1200-square-foot beach fare. There’s no roughing it at Hotel Bora Bora.

Why You Might Leave Your Room: If you must leave your deck digs, try riding horseback along the lagoon’s edge, or any of the water sports to take advantage of the breathtaking waters -- jet skiing, snorkeling, diving, or sailing.  More adventurous couples can visit neighboring islands via helicopter, and those who like to stay on land will enjoy biking around Vaitape Village, shopping, and picnicking.

3. Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Why We Love It: Nestled amidst landscaped tropical gardens, a championship 18-hole golf course, and swimmable saltwater lagoons directly on Four Mile Beach between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas is a true beachfront oasis, offering the best in resort living.

Why You’ll Love It: It’s the only first-class resort in tropical North Queensland , but it doesn’t rest on its good location-laurels. Rooms, suites, and private villas are comfy-chic, with garden, lagoon or golf course views, private balconies, air conditioning, and all the luxuries you and yours need for a unforgettable honeymoon. You’ll also be surrounded by five acres of swimmable saltwater lagoons, fab for water escapes and smashing sunning.

Why You Might Leave Your Room: The links are beyond par for the course, but if green isn’t your color, take the resort up on its snorkeling lessons, rent a bike, get steamy in the sauna, indulge in a massage, or try your hand at tennis. Love-love never sounded so good.

4. Vatulele Island Resort

Why We Love It: The all-inclusive Fijian resort accommodates just 19 couples. These lucky couples are pampered and attended to by a staff of 110. We like those numbers--a lot. There’s no tipping allowed and shoes are optional, ensuring a carefree getaway.

Why You’ll Love It: Spacious and identical villas, set about 50 meters apart in a natural jungle, enjoy privacy and easy access to the water, each with its own stretch of white sand. There are no TVs, newspapers, telephones, money transactions, or shoes, so the focus is on you and your beloved having the best time possible.

Why You Might Leave Your Room: Sip unlimited amounts of French champagne from the resort’s first-class cellar, nosh off the freshest seafood beneath the moonlight, or by lantern.  Or, prepare for some of the best diving of your life--there are 22 top-notch dive sites within 15 minutes of the resort.

5. Hayman

Why We Love It: Tucked away in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Hayman bestows a unique private island experience amidst coral-fringed beaches and lapping waters. All rooms feature private terraces or balconies, making the most of the unbeatable location.

Why You’ll Love It: Hayman has one of the largest pools in the entire Southern Hemisphere, the famous salt-water Hayman Pool, which surrounds the Pool Wing and incorporates a small heated freshwater pool. The heated freshwater Lagoon Pool is set among tropical gardens in the Lagoon Wing and has two spas nearby. Don’t forget your swimsuit!

Why You Might Leave Your Room: Nab a Swedish massage or body wrap at The Retreat spa. There are 13 individual treatment rooms, therapy rooms with garden views, a meditation suite, saunas, lounges, and more for your honeymooning pleasure. Itching to be more active? Hit one of five floodlit courts for a match of tennis, try your luck on the links, or take up archery or croquet. Catamaran sailing, windsurfing, paddleskiing, snorkeling or picnicking are just a  few more options to keep you and your loved one occupied. True adventure-seekers can  see the magnitude of the Great Barrier Reef via helicopter or seaplane.

6. Te Tiare Beach Resort

Why We Love It: When we’re looking to get away from it all, Te Tiare is where we dream of heading. Only accessible by boat, there are just 41 bungalows in this French Polynesian resort, each featuring air conditioning and luxurious bathrooms.

Why You’ll Love It: All of the bungalows, whether it’s overwater, beachfront ,or gardenside, face west, allowing you first-hand views of stunning tropical sunsets. Sunbathing on the white sand beaches or by the free-form swimming pool is an art form unto itself that you and your newlywed will enjoy perfecting.

Why You Might Leave Your Room: Take a picnic or set sail on a sunset cruises, Snorkel in some of the loveliest lagoons this side of paradise. Horseback ride along the shores. Your options are as endless as the seas.

7. Punatapu Lodge

Why We Love It: With the ambiance of a private estate, Punatapu prides itself on personal attention and service, catering to the discerning traveler’s every need. It has just four guest suites after all, so if you’re craving privacy in a pristine natural alpine surrounding, this is the spot for you.

Why You’ll Love It: In addition to the utmost in seclusion, there’s a lovely heated swimming pool, an outdoor fireplace with real log fires, and a spa pool and sauna for your unwinding pleasure.  

Why You Might Leave Your Room: Play billiards, take culinary classes, go on a bird and wildlife excursion, or take a native brush walk. Or, for a spectacular view atop a mountain overlooking Lake Wakatipu, there’s even a private walkway for you to climb.

8. Lizard Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef

Why We Love It: It’s Australia's northern most island resort and is located right on the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, the private paradise is actually 2,500 acres of national park, complete with 24 powdery white-sand beaches.

Why You’ll Love It: Striking sunsets, a freshwater pool, the one and only Great Barrier Reef, not to mention miles of soft sand beaches to frolic and play on, what’s not to love? All accommodations have their perks -- garden rooms have private balconies with hammocks, suites have verandas with daybeds and captivating sea views, villas have private decks, and The Pavilion has its own deck, plunge pool and laptop. The only tough part is choosing!

Why You Might Leave Your Room: There are a slew of complimentary activities for you and your newlywed to enjoy, from glassbottom-boat trips to snorkeling, tennis, paddleskiing, and more. You can also head  out on a romantic night dive, unwind at the Azure Spa, or charter a private boat.

9. Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa

Why We Love It: Nestled in the middle of Bora Bora’s majestic lagoon is the isle of Motu Toopua, home to pristine Bora Bora Lagoon Resort. The 160-foot freshwater free-form pool is located in the middle of the garden, creating an Eden-like experience.

Why You’ll Love It: These people know how to do a honeymoon to the hilt. Opt for the Honeymoon Package and you’ll receive a bed of flowers and chilled French champagne upon arrival, daily breakfast, one-hour massages, a sunset cruise, breakfast delivered via canoe on one morning if you’re staying in an overwater bungalow, a romantic three-course dinner, and more.

Why You Might Leave Your Room: If you’re not quite feeling pampered enough, indulge in a romantic coconut bath for two at the spa. Want to get your heart racing? Try diving, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, or jetskiing. Private yacht cruises are a treat, or if you want to indulge your inner adventurer, opt for a jeep safari, or soar above volcanic peaks in a helicopter. Nay? Gallop over white sands on horseback!

10. Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

Why We Love It: At the foot of Mount Otemanu, embraced by a gorgeous, half-mile long white-sand beach, perhaps the most beautiful  in Bora Bora (which is saying a lot!), Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa reigns in the glorious sunshine. 120 luxury suites make their home on 16 acres of lush, terraced hillside and on the water of a private protected cove.

Why You’ll Love It: Spacious overwater bungalows have glass floor panels, enabling you to watch the exquisite marine life from the comfort of your own room. If gentle sea breezes aren’t up to your standards, all suites are air-conditioned and sit just steps from the pristine lagoon.

Why You Might Leave Your Room: A stunning infinity pool will surely lure you outdoors, and a host of watersports is available at the drop of a coconut. The Mandara Spa, nestled on the volcanic hilltop of this pristine private island, serves up panoramic views of the main volcanic peak that forms the center of the 18-mile ring of coral reefs and small islands that make up Bora Bora. Priceless.

By Andrea_Bickford 12/15/2015 08:37:00

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