Luxtripper Travel Editor
On the northern tip of Motu Piti A’au, a small islet resting along the eastern side of the coral reef, Le Méridien Bora Bora can be found. Only 20-minutes from the main airport, the hotel is comprised of 99 elegant rooms, and can be accessed via a scenic boat transfer across the translucent lagoon. With uninterrupted views of Mount Otemanu, the resort consists of a mixture of overwater, and beach bungalows. Boasting the largest glass floor accommodation of any other resort in French Polynesia, every aspect of Le Méridien Bora Bora effortlessly accentuates its natural surroundings.
Proud of its setting, Le Méridien Bora Bora actively engages with its environment, and has an eminent ecological centre that includes a turtle sanctuary, and a coral nursery, that strives to achieve protection, and conservation of the island’s natural species. Along with turtle-feeding sessions, touch pools, and guided tours led by expert marine biologists, guests can also enjoy a beautiful infinity swimming pool adjacent to the inner lagoon so they can swim alongside the exotic marine life. The resort also offers superb dining options, as well a host of exciting excursions, and tours to help guests experience the majesty if the island.
The signature overwater bungalows define the Le Méridien. Fashioned in an authentic Polynesian style with pyramid-thatched roofing, and rustic wooden accents, all rooms are spacious, and feature disability access. With six distinct categories of accommodation available, there is something suitable for every traveller type.
Whilst bungalows are ideal for couples seeking privacy, and seclusion, families or larger groups may prefer to opt for the one, and two bedroom pool beach villas. Located along the beach besides the scintillating lagoon, pool beach villas have beautiful plunge pools, furnished terraces, and ensuite bathrooms. Mere steps from the turtle sanctuary, these villas can sleep between five, and eight guests.
Le Méridien offers an ample selection of dining options, including Le Tipanié Restaurant, Te Ava Restaurant, and La Trattoria, and Miki Miki Bar. The hotel’s premier dining destination is Le Tipanié, which changes its theme daily. Serving steak one night, and traditional Polynesian cuisine on another, this exceptional restaurant also offers an incomparable continental buffet. Every evening, Le Tipanié transforms into La Trattoria, and artfully creates an Italian fine-dining experience. For a romantic lunch, Te Ava offers a barefoot dining experience, in a setting reminiscent of a charming Tahitian village.
If guests simply want to relax with a drink, they can head to Miki Miki. Designed to resemble a ship, Miki Miki serves beautiful cocktails, and propounds awe-inspiring views of the island. Guests can also enjoy evening entertainment in the restaurants, including Polynesian dance shows, and live music, as well as pool parities at the hotel’s Pool Bar.
Fitness and Spa
Authenticity is at the heart of the Manahau Wellness Center, and the spa menu is focused around products, and ingredients sourced directly from Polynesia. Pure fruit enzymes, sea salt minerals, and Tahitian monoi oil help compose a unique, and invigorating selection of creams, and ointments which are freshly made onsite daily. The wellness center also runs regular Yoga, Tai-Chi, and reflexology classes to help guests unwind.
Leisure and Activities
An exciting array of complimentary activities are available to guests through the hotel concierge. Due to the hotel’s stunning location on the lagoon, guests are entitled to complimentary snorkelling, kayaking, table tennis, badminton, and volleyball. There are also many nearby opportunities for scuba-diving, jet skiing, and parasailing. Le Méridien also offers a uniquely traditional Polynesian pirogue sailing tour across the lagoon for a memorable experience. The hotel’s turtle sanctuary also enables guests to get up close and personal with their beautiful hawksbill and green turtles, and participate in daily feeding.