Hotel Highlight: Conrad Bora Bora Nui

If crystal blue water, incredible snorkeling, and extreme relaxation are on your mind, a trip to Bora Bora in the French Polynesia is the cure. While there are many hotel options on the island, few can rival the bliss and luxury of the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

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During our visit we stayed in a King Horizon View Villa and a King Deluxe Overwater Villa. Both were incredibly spacious and well appointed.

King Horizon View Villa

The views from this villa were absolutely breathtaking. Overlooking the turquoise water dotted with huts, it was the quintessential tropical view. We were upgraded for free to this room from the Garden View Villa because I have the Hilton Honors American Express Credit Card

From the villa we could look through the sliding glass doors onto the spacious deck leading to the million dollar views. The heat and humidity in Bora Bora are unbearable at times, so we were thankful for the views from the comfort of our air conditioned living area. One of the room features we loved was the bluetooth speaker connectivity so we could enjoy music inside and out.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui - King Horizon Villa

King Deluxe Overwater Villa

We paid to upgrade to an overwater villa for the last night of our stay and we were so glad we did. By upgrading the last night we were able to enjoy early check-in, late check-out, and a newly stocked bar fridge, bonus! Find more money saving tips for Bora Bora here.

In the overwater villas guests can lay in bed and appreciate the incredible views or relax in the deck hammocks while enjoying the tropical breeze. I wanted to sleep under the stars, (they are so bright and clear here) but my husband really wanted to take advantage of the massive comfort of the king size bed. If you stay in an overwater villa more than one night you can enjoy both. Conrad Bora Bora Nui - King Deluxe Overwater Villa

The decks have glass windows in them, and I had so much fun watching the fish swim by at night. The Conrad cleverly placed lights on the villa poles for 24 hour viewing. Things really got exciting late in the evening when the fish got hungry. 

From our overwater villa deck we could jump into the tropical water and explore angel fish, blowfish, eels, stingray, and more. The Conrad, again, has cleverly placed coral like features to attract the fish for guests enjoyment.


The infinity pool at the Conrad Bora Bora was stunning and surprisingly not at all crowded. Most of the time we either had the pool to ourselves or shared it with a few other couples. We definitely enjoyed the swim up bar and restaurant here along with the sunset views over the water.


The Conrad Bora Bora Nui has plenty of on-site activities. Paddleboards, snorkeling gear, mini golf, workout facilities, billiards, kayaks, spa services, and more. They also host fun competitions for prizes and provide activities to learn about the local culture. Would you like to learn how to open a coconut or braid a coco leaf?

Due to the heat, our favorite activities centered around the water. Afterall, that is why we journeyed to Bora Bora.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui - Infinity pool and paddleboarding


The Conrad has 6 onsite dining options along with authentic dining experiences for you to enjoy. I haven’t heard of a cheap meal in Bora Bora so be prepared to spend quite a bit on food regardless of where you choose to eat. Our favorite menu items at the resort were the sushi at the Upa Upa Lounge Bar, the fried spring rolls at the Banyan Chinese Restaurant, the chocolate croissants, mini baguettes, and cappuccinos at the breakfast buffet, and the chefs burger and fries at the Tamure Beach Grill. If you are there on the correct night, be sure to check out the Polynesian dinner featuring a spectacular fire and dance show.

Final Thoughts

If you can afford an overwater villa for your entire stay do. I would even recommend shortening your stay or participating in fewer excursions to make it happen. The private transfer  from the airport to the Conrad is quite pricey, but you can take the free ferry to Vaitape and then pay a small fee for the Conrad ferry from there if you want to save some money. We visited the hotel in Mid-December. The weather forecast showed rain and storms every day, but we had beautiful sunny days with a small 5 minute sprinkle the entire time we were there. We were surprised by how many guests told us they paid for their stay with credit card points. If Bora Bora is on your bucket list, this may be a great option for you. The Hilton Honors American Express card mentioned above is currently offering 150,000 bonus points for new cardholders.

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