Honeymoon Part 2: Bora Bora Recap
Hey loves! I'm back with another belated honeymoon post. With Australia and New Zealand behind us, we were looking forward to doing absolutely nothing on the beaches of Bora Bora.
Okay, I’m going to sound like a total brat here, but if you talk to anyone else who has been to Bora Bora and also has traveled somewhat extensively, they will tell you the same thing...
As beautiful as Bora Bora was, I don't think I'll be going back--nor would I recommend it to anyone asking about where they should go on their honeymoon (you'll get why as you read on!).
Yes, the huts over the water are GORGEOUS. And the water color is insane. (None of the photos in this post were edited, which shows you the island's true beauty). And it’s pretty funny that my hotel was playing “Couples Retreat” the entire time we were there because that’s where the movie was filmed.
After being in Australia and New Zealand and eating some of the best food I’ve ever had in the entire world, the food in Bora Bora was mediocre, at best. I’m talking about the kind of mediocre you would get at a second rate hotel in the Caribbean, representing nothing more than the quality of the Standard American Diet.
Breakfast was a typical American buffet: cereals, fruit, buttery omelets, pastries, and the like. Lunch was either an overly dressed salad, a pizza that tasted like it came out of a freezer, sashimi that was so chewy I couldn’t even put it down, or soggy-ass French fries. Dinner was okay if you were eating at their main Jean George restaurant, but it’s not open every night.
I’m a nutritionist, and I love my food. I’m picky, and I know this. #guilty! When my husband, who has a much higher tolerance for mediocre food, agreed that much of the food was “inedible” after our first full day, I felt a lot better about my initial assessment.
This wouldn’t be such a big deal if we weren’t paying over $1G per night for a 5-star resort experience. I get that it’s difficult to obtain proper food on a consistent basis because everything has to be imported (the French Polynesia is literally in the middle of nowhere), but they could do better regardless.
And the drinks…were meh. You know on a honeymoon that drinking is just as important as eating (because there’s so much to celebrate!), so it was a double-whammy failure.
Okay, so I got that out. I’m not going to say that we didn’t have fun (because we always do!), but the lack of high quality food was a bummer. That being said, waking up to this every morning made it all okay.
And yes, even though you’re not even supposed to jump into the water outside of your bungalow because of the eels…we went skinny-dipping nearly every morning. #rulebreakers
Another thing about Bora Bora is the lack of diversity among its guests. If you’re looking for a cultural experience, don’t go here. Everyone is on their honeymoon from the states. If you’re looking for that and want to mingle with other honeymooners, it’s perfect!
So the good? The spa is awesome. And it’s nice if you literally want to do nothing except maybe jet ski around the islands, go snorkeling or paddle boarding, and you don't mind the type of food I described.
In my opinion, though, your money is better spent in the BVI’s or somewhere on the European coastline. Or maybe the Maldives (which look nearly identical), but I haven’t been so I can’t attest to the food or culture. If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear it in the comments below!
Anyway, I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing Bora Bora…but maybe I am. I don’t regret going, but I wish someone had told me about what to expect going there, which is why I wrote this blog post--to help out a future honeymooner or any couple curious about what to expect. I hope it’s helpful and I’m more than happy to answer any questions you have in the comments!
If you’re on your way to or from Asia or Australia and want somewhere to stop, it’s a cool place to check out. You can also explore Fiji or Hawaii.
If you do go, here are some restaurants to try:
Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges (The St. Regis's star restaurant and very good)
La Villa Mahana (Every tourist goes here, but it's a little sketch getting there and back)
The Arii Moana at Four Seasons (Right next to the St. Regis and another great choice)
Enjoy your travels, darlin’!