Bora Bora is a place that you can do fairly cheaply on points and miles. However it is also a place where you can spends tens of thousands of dollars. We decided to do something in the middle and used 320k Hilton Points to book 5 nights at the Conrad Bora Bora. Originally we couldn’t find 5 consecutive nights (80k points a night and 5th night free) and originally booked the Le Meridian. Eventually after searching every few days for a month I was able to find the availability I needed. During our stay, the base Garden View Suite would have been over $5k for 5 nights. (for simplicity sake I am using a $1USD=$1XPF, where it’s really closer to $.9-$.95…)
This is an amazing use of Hilton Points. Even better is we got upgraded to a King Villa for the first 2 nights by being a Diamond Member. Then I paid a cash upgrade to an Over water Pool Bungalow for the last 3 nights.
In this review I will be focusing on the check in experience and the King Villa.
After a 50 minute flight from Papeete to Bora Bora, it was only about 9am and we were ready to get to the Island that the Conrad is on.
After 30 feet into the terminal, you see about 8 different hotel stations. The Conrad is there with flower leis and water for its guests.
While you grab your bags from baggage claim, their porters will do the rest and put them on the boat all the way to your room.
Conrad has two main boats for transportation between the Airport and the Conrad. Its about $140 a person round trip, with our kids free for being under 12. While not a great deal, their boats are definitely the nicest out of any other resorts. I would book again with them to boat in style and for the convenience.
Big yacht on the end is your taxi to the Conrad.
The inside is just as nice.
Upper deck outside views leave you in anticipation of wanting to get there.
You start to see the bungalows and know you are almost there.
Then finally you can hear the music and see the staff there welcoming you to the Conrad.
Caroline checked us in at this great lil sofa right on the dock. Drinks and washcloths waiting for us. She explained a few things about the hotel and then put us in a golf cart to drive us all around the hotel so we could see everything the Conrad had to offer. It was now about 10AM and she said that our room was upgraded to a King Villa and that it was ready. This is awesome to be able to check in to a resort like this 5 hours early!
We were in room 407 which is the Last King Villa at the far end of the resort. This was just fine as it was very quiet.
Upon walking in there was a small mini bar area with stocked fridge and snacks for purchase. There was still room to shove a few waters or extra beers for yourself in there.
The main room had a TV and a couch made up as a bed, with another roll away bed setup already. Our kids are getting bigger so them not having to share a small pullout sofa is a great thing. They also provide beach towels for you in your room. However there is also a beach towel hut so you always have plenty of towels.
There is a door from each side of the main room into the bedroom. The bedroom has a nice size TV and a very large bed. Also both rooms, the bathroom, and outside deck are all wired for bluetooth.
The bathroom was also very large with a door from each room, 2 sinks, separate tub, shower, and toilet. There was also always 3 sets of toiletries and 8 bath towels in our room! These were stocked daily so little things like being able to use 2 towels or extra conditioner is nice.
The room was large and provided plenty of space for the 4 of us. While there was doors that separated the 2 rooms, the vaulted ceiling was still open. So we could hear our kids giggling each night before they fell asleep. Then we would go outside and drink wine on the patio.
The outside deck is very large with 2 lounge chairs and a table with 2 regular chairs. While were were back a few hundred feet from the ocean, it was still beautiful to just sit out here and watch the blue water.
While we were out enjoying ourselves after checking in, the Conrad put a nice lil welcome gift in our room of fancy water, macaroons, mango juice, and candy.
Our own private villa with bike parking.
Some other notes about the room is that they provide turn down service daily and would put out slippers for us, along with a bottle of water for each person. The TV selection of channels was pretty small, but we only turned the TV on once to watch the news.
The check in experience was seamless and could not have gone smoother. Our room was great, especially using points and then get a class upgrade. In the next few posts i will be talking about the restaurants, resort activities and pools, as well as the Overwater Pool Bungalow we stayed at. Then providing a few thoughts on hwo to save a few dollars once you get here.