WHERE TO STAY
Here's a sampling of other Bora-Bora hotels, ranging from high-end to low-end. Most have beautiful views and over-water bungalows; all are well-maintained. Travelers to French Polynesia usually can save money by buying resort-and-airfare packages.
BORA BORA NUI RESORT AND SPA
P.O. Box 502, Vaitape; (866) 716-8140, www.boraboranui.com. The 120 suites and bungalows have a lovely location, are surrounded by lush vegetation and overlook a private cove. Facilities include the hillside Mandara spa and two restaurants. The hotel is part of the Starwood Luxury Collection. Summer rates begin at $549 a night.
BORA BORA LAGOON RESORT & SPA Motu Toopua, BP 175 Vaitape; (800) 237-1236, www.boraboralagoon.com. The beautifully landscaped resort is on a motu overlooking the village of Vaitape and the main island, which makes it convenient for shopping or dining. Its Maru Spa is high in the branches of two giant banyan trees. The Orient-Express hotel has a restaurant and poolside cafe. Summer rates from $632 a night.
MAITAI POLYNESIA BORA BORA
BP 505, 011-689 603-000, www.hotelmatai.comv. The small hotel on Matira Beach, one of the most scenic in Bora-Bora, offers the least expensive over-water bungalows on the island. Restaurant and bar. Rates begin at about $400 a night for an over-water bungalow, $300 for a garden view.
NOVOTEL BORA BORA BEACH RESORT
BP 174 Vaitape, 011-689-605-950, www.novotel.comv. The resort, above, has clean, efficient units near beautiful Matira Beach. Restaurant and bar. About $200 a night.