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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2018, 06:12:59 AM »
Hey! anyone have recommendations for what to do in terms of kosher food when going to bora bora? and any tips about bora bora in general? can I bring food with me and frozen stuff?
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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2020, 06:07:38 PM »
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kinda left things off in the middle of nowhere. AnywhoÖ



The Airport in Tahiti can be pretty brutal. I donít remember if we had access to a lounge the last time we came through, but being that we were flying in coach without any super cards we had no access this time. The only place to really comfortably sit is a little cafe that has a little enclosed room with seating next to it. Donít be fooled though, even though when you enter the cafe youíre hit with a cool breeze that feels indescribably refreshing, the seating area next to it deceptively is just fan cooling. Still nicer than sitting out in an open terminal.

We finally boarded our plane to BOB. Instead of taking the expensive hotel shuttle, from the airport, we opted to take the free airport transfer boat to the main island. This also gives you an opportunity to get a picture of the classic BOB airport sign





We had arranged beforehand with the hotel to be picked up from Vaitape instead of the airport, as this saved us a decent amount of money.




When we arrived we were greeted in somewhat standard fashion (meaning similar to the Hyatt Maldives :) ) with half the hotel crew and a few mid-level managers welcoming us. Even though its standard its still a nice greeting, and we were ushered onto a buggy that drove us around the property giving us a brief tour.








The brought us to some attached rooms that are close to the main area that they were using for short stays. Donít know if they are using them for paid stays at this point. The room was nice, spacious, and head a decent view of the Ocean, but the rooms were attached in a complex which Iím not a fan of for this style of vacation, and they had a kids club and workout space on the bottom floor which also would make me a little wary. Still it was peaceful, and even though we were only there for a couple hours, they still made sure to have a crib in the room, a baby bath, and even a bottle warmer which was perfect because we are to put our daughter down for a nap for a bit. A few hotels like the Park Hyatt Sydney and here seemed to go out of their way to be baby friendly, and it certainly is something I find is a nice touch (even if we didnít need a baby warmer).





We finally got transferred to our real room for the rest of the stay, which of course was OWB.





***One of the main reasons I booked this hotel was that though some careful sleuthing I knew the Garden Rooms were still all under construction, and according to FT everyone was getting complimentary upgrades to the OWB as those were the only rooms available. When we got placed in the Ďhotelí rooms at first I was a little worried, but alas, OWB is where we would be. I could finally relax.

Looking at pictures of other places online, and it makes sense these at the time of writing being the most recent construction, these rooms blow every other hotel out of the water. They are modern, new, beautiful, and have most of the amenities you would expect of a hotel this caliber.


We went to breakfast the next morning which was included in our stay (donít remember if I had status match at the time, or if it was just standard), but this was a huge bonus. We love going early to breakfast, just looking out at the water, and enjoying our fruit/cereal/coffee/tea/or whatever. Everyone has to do what theyíre comfortable with for their level of kashrut, but there were a lot of very decent options available. More so that at places like the Maldives, were everything seemed like it was imported from Muslim countries and more difficult to discern kashrus, etc.





When we got back to the room, I fired off the drone. This I believe was the Mavic 2 Pro at the time, which all around is pretty darn solid. Iíll say a couple things about flying in places like this. 1) The winds can be pretty intense, especially when you get away from the shielding of the island itself, so make sure youíre very comfortable with flying the drone in general, you donít want to be experimenting for the first time over open water. 2) Try to be respectful of the other guests. The last thing you would want is a drone flying off your neighbors back deck and hovering over to where youíre trying to relax. Whenever I launched from our OWB, I would try to shoot out straight a few hundred feet to get out of peoples way, respect their privacy, and to get the noise from the drone out of their area. When I started to get more concerned I would take the bike out to somewhere a little more isolated and launch from land away from the rooms.


























We spent a fair amount of time at the pool still, which was really nice. We kept our child in a folding sun-tent which was perfect for them. It was an enclosed area to play in, and made sure despite the shifting sun that we had somewhere safe for them. Of course, be mindful of hydration/heat.





We called up room service and asked them to deliver number item 43, which was two individual servings of ice cream :). Much more reasonable at ~1 each from Fresh compared to the ~12 or so per serving the hotel charged.







A word about activities:
We didnít feel comfortable at this stage (unfortunately) leaving our infant at home, but that didnít mean we wanted to be stuck at the hotel the entire time. They told us they had some babysitting system in place, but turns out they really didnít. They did tell us the person who babysat was an employee, who was well trusted. We arranged with the hotel to pay her though Hilton so it just came out on our bill (didnít really have/want to deal with cash), which worked out perfectly. Iíll admit it was a bit of a risk, but she turned out to be fantastic, and we ended up using her a couple of times to get away from the hotel for a few hours, which allowed us to do some water activities which were amazing.

The activities available are were I think BOB blows MLE out of the water. Almost anywhere you go in the Maldives you are on a small island and there is usually nothing around you for miles. The hotel can charge whatever they want for activities, and you can either take it or leave it, but theyíre usually darn expensive. In BOB, the hotels list activities on their menus, but they almost all subcontract through local providers, that you can usually find with a little browsing through trip advisor. I contacted a few companies and settled on two. The freedom to chose companies though that arenít at your hotel means that there is competition so the prices are MUCH more reasonable, and you can tailor things to what you want to do with a lot more specificity.

The first thing we did was a Jetski tour. The operator came out to our hotel, which is a little bit of a schlepp from the main area, but picked us up at the main hotel dock. You can each get your own Jetski but we just chose to share and took turns driving. Jetskiing around the lagoon was insane, and if you go to BOB I highly recommend it. Especially staying at the Conrad where you donít get the same lagoon views/feeling, this really made us feel part of the real BOB experience. We went although towards the North atolls, and parked on a private beach owned by the Jetski company They offered us cold drinks, prepared some fresh cut fruit, and demonstrated their traditional opening/preparation of a coconut for us.







When we got back we were pretty exhausted, but it was so much fun. We had them deliver number 19, some homemade pizza, and enjoyed on our patio.

More to come soon...

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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2020, 06:20:44 PM »
Amazing drone pics!
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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2020, 06:30:24 PM »
Amazing drone pics!
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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2020, 06:36:17 PM »
+1
Does soon mean in another 180 days? 😛

Never quite know  ;D, but hopefully sooner

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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2020, 07:11:50 PM »
stunning!

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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2020, 02:40:16 PM »
Amazing. The only kasha is the mint chocolate chip
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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #37 on: February 26, 2020, 06:26:33 PM »
Amazing. The only kasha is the mint chocolate chip

Good point. Late planning (as usual) meant the only option for that flavor on Prime Now (wife's favorite) was Dryers. We had some nice 3.6 oz Haagen-Dazs individuals another time, and even some of the ice cream bars if I remember. I was kinda trying to test the limits of my cooler/dry ice combo (it handled it like a champ).

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Re: Bora Bora Dreaming at the Conrad Bora Bora - Exploring in 4K
« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2020, 11:33:16 AM »
What did you pay for your  lap child for all the flights?