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Bora Bora has had to wait 10 years for a new five-star re­sort but from the pic­tures it ap­pears Con­rad Bora Bora Nui’s was worth it. The ho­tel fea­tures the des­ti­na­tion’s only two-storey over-wa­ter bun­ga­lows and its long­est white sand beach. Sat on a pri­vate cove on Motu To’opua, a small islet off the coast of Bora Bora, the re­sort is Con­rad Ho­tels’ first prop­erty in French Poly­ne­sia. Lodg­ings blend el­e­ments from Tahitian his­tory and art into its de­sign – there are 114 guest rooms in­clud­ing 28 trop­i­cal gar­den and beach vil­las, and 86 over­wa­ter bun­ga­lows and Pres­i­den­tial Vil­las – the over-wa­ter ac­com­mo­da­tion comes with cata­ma­ran nets over the wa­ter to lounge in. Both the Upa Upa Lounge Bar and Hina Spa hover over the la­goon. You can also veer off the beaten path and try some off-the-wall ex­pe­ri­ences with Con­rad’s 1/3/5 itin­er­ar­ies – cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences that can be squeezed into one, three or five hours: ukulele lessons with lo­cal mu­si­cians, the his­tory of black pearl cul­ti­va­tion or get­ting Poly­ne­sian tat­toos us­ing boar-tusk combs.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing in the ro­man­tic vein that Bora Bora is known for, there’s a hill­side wed­ding chapel. Call 00689 40 603 300.

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