Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Royal Overwater Villa, Hilton Bora Bora

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Royal Overwater Villa – Living Room

Emily:  Daraius used 50,000 Hilton points, per night for two nights, to get a basic room and then he emailed the hotel and paid 20,000 XPF or ~$216 per night for an upgrade to the Royal Overwater Villa.

The room was amazing!  It was ~1,400 square feet and had a large living area with views of the water, a large bedroom with a canopy bed, and a large deck with a jacuzzi!

Daraius:  There are two Royal Overwater Villas at the Hilton in Bora Bora – #107 & #126.  We asked for #107 because it is more private, but were assigned #126.

The villa was very large and had a huge deck with a jacuzzi, but it was overlooking the resort’s dock and we could see (and hear) the boats going to and from the resort.  Royal Overwater Villa #107 is definitely more private!  But we were still delighted with our room!

Emily:  The living room was spacious, and while it wasn’t as new as the room at the InterContinental Thalasso, it felt more “homely” with the wood panels.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Living Room

The room was very romantic at night with the lamps on.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Living Room by Night

After we came back from dinner at Villa Mahana the first night, we had a treat of water and candied fruit waiting for us.

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Treat for Us

The room had three glass topped tables to see and feed the fish, a sound system, a small TV, and a minibar for our food.  There was also a kettle to heat up water.  One day, we made noodle soup to save money and to enjoy the view from our deck.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort


The walls were wood paneled and there were paintings on the wall.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Wood Panels & Paintings

There was a desk and chair for Daraius to set up his laptop and work for a bit.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Desk & Table

The bedroom had a large canopy bed.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Canopy Bed

The bed faced the deck and had windows on the side to take in the gorgeous blue water.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

View of the Water From Bed

The bathroom was large and had his and her sinks and a tub.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Large Bathroom

The bathroom had a large glass tile to see the fish!

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Glass Tile in the Bathroom

There was also a very small shower room.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Small Shower

The amenities were the usual Hilton amenities which you find in other Hilton hotels.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Hilton Amenities

The room had a little organizer for our clothes and it looked so cute!

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Clothes Organizer

My favorite part was the wraparound deck that had a Jacuzzi!

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Royal Overwater Villa Deck

It was perfect for the cooler, windy nights here.  We had a dip in the jacuzzi at night and it was so romantic being under the stars by ourselves!

Also, we never had to worry about mosquitoes.  We brought spray, but never had to use it!

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Emily in the Jacuzzi

There was a table to sit out and eat.

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Table on the Deck

There were deckchairs for lounging, but they weren’t very comfortable.  The deck chairs at the InterContinental Thalasso had cushions on them, and that level of detail was missing at the Hilton.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Deck Chairs

There were stairs going to a lower deck.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Stairs to the Lower Deck

But it wasn’t 100% private because you can see the decks of the other villas.

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Emily on our Lower Deck

The roof of all the villas had thatched roofs.

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Daraius on the Deck of our Villa

The only drawback of Royal Overwater Villa #126 is that it was in the line of sight of boats and we could see the hotel’s main dock from the side.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

Boats Going Past The Villa

But we really enjoyed our room at the Hilton Bora Bora!  It was the nicest of all the rooms we stayed in Bora Bora.

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27 responses to “Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Royal Overwater Villa, Hilton Bora Bora

  1. Longest. Trip. Report. Ever.

  2. This place looks insane!! I’m saving my points for this from here on out!!! You have the life brotha!! Now all I need is a date and some new sign on bonuses haha Hope y’all had a blast!

  3. I’m relieved that weren’t the only ones that made noodles with hot water in Bora Bora !
    We rented a scooter in Moorea and drove counterclockwise, hitting the “big” grocery store and filling up a backpack full of food before returning to our hotel (was a Sheraton back then). Arrived in Bora Bora well supplied.
    My advice is to pack cup o’ noodles. They weigh nothing yet are worth their weight in gold !
    We stayed at the 2 Intercontinentals on Bora Bora, so we didn’t have the benefit of the Diamond breakfast, making the noodles more valuable !

    • @Pele – And we’re still not finished…

      @Bian – We had a great time and would like to go back at some point!

      @PatMike – We didn’t rent a scooter, but that would be a fun way to stock up on groceries!

  4. Seems like you are living in Tahiti and working/blogging from there (doesn’t seem like a bad idea, lol). I’ll have to try to make it out there in 2014!
    @PatMike – How much was it for a scooter rental?

  5. I’ve read several places about a floor window to see the fish. But no reports of anyone actually seeing them. Did you see fish, either thru the floor window, or off of your deck? I’d thought of this as a place to snorkle, but don’t seem to remember anyone mentioning doing that either. Anyone have experience snorkling on either Bora Bora, or Moorea?

  6. Awesome report!! Which month did you go to Bora Bora? I’d like to avoid the mosquitoes too. 🙂 Also, would you recommend the Hilton Bora Bora or Intercontinental Thalasso more?

    • @romsdeals – Actually, it has taken me a long time to complete this trip report which happened in September. I want to get it done quick since I’m going on another trip soon!

      @Robert Hanson – We didn’t see any fish, but we didn’t try throw food to attract them either. The Hiltons in Bora Bora & Moorea do have fish around them, but we never snorkeled. But we did chat with other guests who went on snorkling/diving expeditions outside the Hilton.

      @Jenny – Thanks! We were there in September. The Thalasso is nicer, but more expressive since you have to pay for breakfast and internet ($80 for a couple per day). It was also somewhat easier to take the Hilton shuttle to the main port of Viatape and it is easier to get Hilton points than Priority Club points. But the service and hotel grounds was much better at the Thalasso.

  7. What was the water depth outside your bungalow?

  8. @ Ralph- The water was shallow enough for me to stand comfortably without going under water. I am 5′ 6″ and I think the water was around 4′. However, the depth might depend where your bungalow is located in the resort.

  9. @ Emily – thank you very much. I am going there in October and trying to decide to upgrade to either the Deluxe or Royal Villa. Any idea what the water depth is at the other Royal #107?

  10. Is there a way to set an automatic alert for when this trip report is mercifully over and you get back to actual travel deals?

    I understand the need for filler posts, but do we really need a 92 part trip report almost all of which can easily be found via a combination of Google and TripAdvisor within minutes?

    6 posts right now between the IC Thalasso and Hilton Bora Bora. Filler posts aren’t what they used to be…

  11. We stayed in this room and absolutely loved it!

  12. Personally, I like the trip reports. I wouldn’t want the blog to ever be all one or the other – the trip reports break up the textual monotony of the card deals and tricks and give me some places to consider for future trips. I’ve never been a tropical island kind of gal, but the jacuzzi on the deck over the ocean is pretty much the definition of awesome.

  13. I love the trip reports too. They give me ideas on where to go, and I was already planning on going to Bora Bora in the next year so your detailed trip report is HUGELY helpful and enjoyable! Please keep these coming!

    • @Ralph – I don’t know the depth outside #107, but you could email the hotel to ask.

      @QA – An even simpler way is to scan the headline, determine if it is a trip report, and STOP reading. 🙂 I’m surprised that you want to see “travel deals” posted on the blog and kept hush-hush elsewhere. I’d be glad to oblige. 🙂

      @Corie – Us too! I want to go back!

      @LisaPA @Jenny
      – Thanks!

  14. The room looks lovely. Bora Bora is definitely on my bucket list. The pictures really are outstanding.

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  16. Could you please let us know how to find 2 nights for 50k points? It seems for the dates I checked, it is 50k per night.

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  20. I find your trip reports ‘inspirational’… what good are the points if you don’t get motivated to redeem them?
    Good mix D, like the way you do it!

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