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First look: major makeover for luxury Bora Bora resorts

Conrad Bora Bora Nui - Royal

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

The ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ will soon be more polished than ever, with several hotel updates giving Tahiti’s famed island of Bora Bora a stylish new look and feel.

A new hotel player will soon join the exclusive list of properties that call Bora Bora home, as Conrad Hotels and Resorts prepares to take over the franchise for the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa.

The property will undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment before re-opening as the stunning Conrad Bora Bora Nui in early 2017 – the first Conrad hotel in Tahiti.

Located on Motu To’opua, an islet off the coast of Bora Bora, Conrad Bora Bora Nui will offer 29 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 overwater bungalows, including the destination’s only double-storey Presidential Suites.

The resort will also feature a full-service spa, a kids club, mini-golf course, fitness centre and dining options including a modern take on a French Brasserie, a specialty beach restaurant serving Polynesian and Mediterranean cuisines, a contemporary Chinese restaurant, a swim-up pool bar and an overwater sunset bar and lounge.

Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, operated by Pacific Beachcomber, is also set to undertake renovations, constructing four new two-bedroom overwater villas with private pools.

Scheduled to begin in September and last for approximately 10 months, the work will also include the addition of swimming pools to 10 overwater villas in the south branch of the resort, as well as a general refresh of all villas.

Meanwhile, Le Meridien Bora Bora has just completed a refurbishment with a focus on refreshing its bungalows and food and beverage outlets, including a revamp of its picturesque Miki Miki and Pool bars.

The lagoonside hotel has also launched a new bar, the Happaina Wine Bar, which is the ultimate location for a sundowner. Happaina, which means glass in Tahitian, offers a range of wines by the bottle or glass, as well as a new tapas menu.

Tahiti Tourisme Director Australia New Zealand, Robert Thompson, said while Bora Bora would always be one of the most sought after places to visit, these changes would make it even more appealing to holidaymakers.

“With unrivalled natural beauty, sophisticated luxury and one of the world’s most beautiful blue lagoons, Bora Bora has timeless appeal. It’s hard to believe that Bora Bora can get better, but with these new look properties the Pearl of the Pacific is set to take on a striking new sheen,” Thompson said.

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