Bora Bora Resorts

InterContinental Resort and Thalasso SpaOver the next few months, two upscale resorts will open on Bora Bora with a third coming next year. On May 1st, the 80-villa InterContintental Resort and Thalasso Spa Bora Bora will open on Motu Pitiaau almost opposite Anau. The overwater bungalows and swimming pool will be ready in time for the launch, but some of the resort's restaurants and bars will have to be completed later. The two boutiques will open in June and the spa in September. InterContinental's other Bora Bora property, the InterContinental Le Moana Resort, was originally constructed on Matira Point in 1987. It will reopen on June 1st after a refurbishment.

On June 20th, the 74-room St. Regis Resort will open on Motu Ome near the airport. St. Regis is a brand of Starwood Hotels, which is already well represented on Bora Bora. In 1998, Le Meridien Bora Bora was erected on Moto Pitiaau, a bit north of the new St. Regis. The Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa, part of "The Luxury Collection", sprang up on Motu Toopua in 2001.

Toward the end of 2007, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will launch their first French Polynesian property on a motu off the main island. The 100 overwater bungalows and seven beach villas will be super deluxe.

Other international hotel chains present on Bora Bora include Accor Hotels with the Sofitel Marara, dating from 1978 but renovated last year, and the much newer Sofitel Motu Bora Bora, opened in 1999. Also present are Aman Resorts with Hotel Bora Bora, Orient Express Hotels with the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa, Club Med Bora Bora, and the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort.

Looking for something more exclusive and less pretentious? Consider Mai Moana Island run by retired Polish filmmaker Stan Wisniewski. The three bungalows sit on a small island between the Pearl Beach Resort and Bora Bora's airport, and Stan's rates are lower than those at any of the flashy resorts just mentioned. Hollywood personalities know all about this secluded little hideaway and often book the entire island. Oh yes, there are plenty of other cheaper places to stay on Bora Bora, and they're all described in my book.

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