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Bora Bora, Tahiti - French Polynesia

St. Regis Resort and Spa - Bora Bora Thursday, January 10, 2008
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Woke up around 4:30 a.m. due to the 4 hour time change from the midwest. It was overcast outside, but still a balmy 75 deg. F. From the resort (and the room) you can easily see the volcanic mountains of Moorea (shrouded in clouds), which is just in the distance. The tropic smell is just wonderful. The resort does an excellent job of multitudes of tropical flowers and plants. Mid morning I toured the resort, changed some dollars for francs and got ready for the flight to Bora Bora.

Boarding pass for the inter island flight.

Luggage tag.

2 x 2 seating on the ATR commuter.

The airport terminal at Bora Bora.

Flight from Papeete, Tahiti to Bora Bora

ATR Jetprop

When we arrived at the airport mid morning for check-in we had the option to take an earlier flight. However we quickly learned that the earlier flight was canceled due to a fuel spill on the tarmac, and had to wait even longer for our original flight. Finally we boarded the ATR jetprop amidst rain showers and an hour later landed in Bora Bora.

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Arrival at Bora Bora

Bora Bora Terminal

Arriving in rain showers, you could still see the mystical peaks of Bora Bora emerging from the mist. The airstrip at Bora Bora is a leftover from WWII when American forces decided that it was a good place for a resupply depot. It's located on a motu (out island) which is just outside the main island. Bora Bora is surrounded by these motu's which define the perimeter of the lagoon and reef which protect the island.

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Bora Bora Airport to the St. Regis Resort

Over The Water Hut

After a short wait for the luggage, we were greeted by the resort tender crew and host which took us to the resort. It's about a 20 minute ride to the St. Regis, which is located on a motu with an incredible view of the peaks of Bora Bora. Once at the resort, we took a short stop at the main desk to set up a credit card account, then were whisked away in a golf cart for a short tour of the resort, which covers over 80 acres. It's huge.

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Resort Tour

Small Pool Oaisis Out Near Over The Water Huts

The resort is just beautiful. It's also very new. Full of swaying palm trees and tropical plants, you know you've arrived to one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The main buildings and restaurants at the resort are located near the pool, while the over the water huts extend out quite a ways in the distance over the lagoon.

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Cocktail party invitation.

Setting up an account at the main reception area before heading to the hut.

The expansive bathroom in the hut.

Coffee table in the living room - with glass floor to see the fish at night.

His and her sinks in the bathroom.

Separate water closet.

Side wardroom for clothes, safe and snorkeling gear.

View of snorkeling gear.

Large bath. Shower next to bath has multiple showerheads, including a rain shower from above.

Huge canopy bed.

Living room with glass floor for fish viewing.

One of two entertainment systems with flat screen TV. Speakers are throughout the hut, in the bathroom and outdoors.

Part of the outdoor portion of the hut is a dining area, swim platform and outdoor shower.

Canopy bed.

Enjoying a cocktail at lunch. First exposure to sticker shock. Burger and club sandwich with drinks was $120.00 USD.

The recreation center and business center in the main cluster of buildings. This is were you find the free internet. One English keyboard, the rest are French. Windows.

Dinner at Sushi Taki bar. Tab was $110 USD.

Sushi Taki restaurant.

Sushi dinner.

Palm trees at night. Had a movie night at the bar.

Welcome letter.

Resort map.

Resort map.

Bora Bora map.

Days End

Evening Turn-down

Returning from dinner, the hut was cleaned and in immaculate condition.

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End of First Day in Bora Bora

The morning started in rain, and was raining on and off most of the day. It is summer in French Polynesia, and the rainy season. I have seen some rain in my past three trips, but this was looking like a pretty rainy vacation. No worries, there's plenty to do between the brief showers and it's a good time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The constantly changing light and clouds makes for a set in constant motion. Since this is the low season in terms of visitors in Polynesia, you get the best values. The resort was quite empty, it was like having your own estate. The afternoon was spent relaxing and swimming from the hut. After dinner, we walked by the main pool bar where they had just started a movie (New World) which we relaxed in the big chairs and just soaked up the tropical night. While I'm used to high prices, and shouldn't be surprised at a luxury resort, I was really taken aback at how far our American dollar had fallen around the world. Lunch was $120, dinner $110, two drinks and two shots at the bar during the movie was about $100. The St. Regis is the biggest power consumer in Bora Bora, and clearly one of the most expensive places to eat. The location and property is amazing, with one of the best views in all of Bora Bora. Paradise ? Absolutely.

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