Bora Bora: A Primer to Paradise
By Jon Roth
?There is no shortage of locations for tropical weddings and honeymoons. If you?re interested in tying the knot barefoot on a beach in the middle of the ocean, your biggest problem may be choosing the island. And while a marriage in the Maldives or a Honolulu honeymoon can be beautiful, few places beat Tahiti, and in particular Bora Bora, for pure romance -- and gay friendliness. Often called the Jewel of the Pacific, this tiny French Polynesian island is a favorite among world travelers.
"A lot of people who travel to Hawaii, Fiji, when they come to Bora Bora, they?re very impressed," says Karine Vanhee, wedding planner at the St. Regis Bora Bora. "They love the water, especially. There are seven different types of blue in the lagoon. Pictures just don?t do it justice." Add sugary white sand beaches, delicious French Polynesian fare and reliably balmy weather, and you?ve got all the ingredients of an unforgettable romantic getaway.
Most of the resources you?ll require during your stay will come from your resort, so make sure you find the right fit. Intercontinental Resort & Thalasso Spa, the St. Regis Bora Bora, Four Seasons and Hilton Bora Bora Nui are a few offerings. While there are subtle differences between lodgings -- turtle sanctuary and dugout canoes at Le Meridien, helicopters and submarines at the Intercontinental -- almost every resort shares a tropical design sense (think thatched huts over lagoons) and plenty of room for romance.
But before you live the fantasy, you might have a few questions. How long does it take to fly to the middle of the Pacific Ocean? How will your dollar stand up to a Pacific franc? And how can you possibly plan a wedding from halfway around the world? The St. Regis gives us the skinny on planning the perfect French Polynesian escape.