Holidays to Bora Bora are a voyage both to an island idyll, but also an alternative reality. Happily, it’s one where butlers drop by with your drink order, dinners are candlelit (and often served on white sand beaches) and days are spent choosing between snorkelling with sharks or snorkelling with manta rays. Yes, you can hike the peaks on the mainland, but that seems like a lot of effort to go to when you can just as easily get a selfie of Mount Otemanu from your over water bungalow. But venturing out from the neutral tones of your luxury pad on stilts is worth the effort. After all, you might find yourself whizzing around the island on an ATV. Riding a horse across the sands while feeling bewitched by the impossibly turquoise hue of the sea seems appealing enough to rouse you from your comfy king-sized, too. Or you may just find yourself lost in the pieces created by a local artist who’s found his muse in the island’s beauty.
Billing Bora Bora as an island for honeymooners feels about right. If the couples that land weren’t so smitten with each other, they may well find themselves dropping to one knee and proposing to Bora Bora instead.