Our Tahitian Honeymoon feels like lightyears ago (only nine months), but the memory of crystal blue water, and fresh papaya cocktails is still fresh in my mind. We began our trip with a few nights spent in LA, and a week spent on the beautiful island of Moorea, but I have to say… Bora Bora was the true show stopper.
Our hotel, the St. Regis Bora Bora was an absolute dream- it’s actually the film location for the movie Couples Retreat if you have seen it! The resort was breathtaking and the customer service was exactly what you would expect from the St. Regis. I have to brag on the staff here, not only did they go above and beyond for every need that we could possibly have had, but they were also incredibly friendly and interesting people.
We stayed in a beautiful villa sitting over the turquoise water. The St. Regis even had bikes nestled all over the property that you could pick up and ride around and leave where you arrive. The resort was equipped with multiple restaurants and bars, a full service spa, fun activities, and a private beach and lagoon. You don’t even have to leave the resort if you don’t want to!
You really have the pick of the litter as far as activities are concerned, especially when booking through the St. Regis Bora Bora. We talked to couples who went on helicopter tours, pearl farm visits, and even private mixology classes. Also, many of the guests were raving over the island’s Jet Ski Tour. Below are some of the activities that we really enjoyed!
Scuba Diving- The scuba diving in Bora Bora is breathtaking. Josh followed a turtle around the coral for a solid twenty minutes!
Snorkeling- Snorkeling in Bora Bora was quite the adventure to say the least. We were cruising along around the stunning lagoon waters and everything seemed to be going pretty great until the boat we were on broke down… We were then transported to a double decker Tiki Boat (think ultra 70’s style) which also proceeded to breakdown. The tour guide told us we were going to take a pit stop on a random abandoned island while they tried to figure out what the issue was. Yes, we were literally stranded on an island! I could get upset about that, but then I remembered that life stranded on an island is better than life sitting in my office 😉
It was all worth it because once the boat was fixed we were able to stop by sting ray feeding grounds and get nice sloppy hickeys from our new friends.
Boozing and Beaching- This was my hands down favorite activity. Lounging on the beaches of the resort looking out over the sparkling water, sipping champagne while watching Josh continuously fall off his paddle board… Yeah, that was fun ☺
Zen Out- Rejoicing in the fact that your stressful wedding planning is now over, you can book a very necessary trip to the Miri Miri Spa. The spa offers a wide variety of services, I highly recommend the couples massage.
La Villa Mahana– I can confidently say that La Villa Mahana provided the best meal I have ever had in my entire life- yes, this is a bold statement! There are only seven tables in the entire restaurant which has a Tuscan Villa ambiance. The food can best be described as traditional French food with a dash of island zest. If you decide to eat at La Villa Mahana (which I hope you do) I highly advise arriving hungry! You will be stuffed by the end of the night I can guarantee that!!
Bloody Marys– Bloody Marys is a Bora Bora classic. The restaurant has a really fun vibe and a great bar! The daily catch of local fisherman are put on display as you enter the restaurant over an ice bin. You then pick a fish from the selection to be prepared however you like for your dinner. I had the grouper and of course, a Bloody Mary ☺
Lagoon– The wonderful thing about eating at the Lagoon restaurant was that we didn’t even have to leave the resort. The Lagoon is one of the St. Regis Bora Bora’s many dining options. This was probably the fanciest meal we had while staying on the island, white tablecloths and an enormous wine selection greets you as you sit at you table. The food was delicious with a French and Asian fusion.
Sushi Take– I still find it so incredible that French Polynesian cuisine can be so good at not only French food, but also Asian. Sushi Take located at the St. Regis Bora Bora was some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. I couldn’t eat tuna sashimi for months after getting home after having the really good stuff.
Stop by one of the local grocery stores and pick up some inexpensive fresh loaves of French baguettes and bree cheese. We kept these in our villa which helped us avoid eating too many expensive lunches out. Also, we bought our own beer, liquor and mixers so we didn’t have to pay for every single drink.
Overall our Tahitian honeymoon as a dream, I can’t sing the praises of French Polynesia enough. If you are looking for a magical honeymoon experience then Tahiti is where it’s at!