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Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Hilton Bora Bora Nui

Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Hilton Bora Bora Nui

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui
Hilton Bora Bora Nui

Emily:  After spending three wonderful days relaxing at the beautiful and modern InterContinental Thalasso, we were sad to leave, but excited to experience the Hilton in Bora Bora!

Daraius:  We arranged for a private boat from the InterContinental Thalasso to the Hilton in Bora Bora.  The boat cost ~$250 for the 40 minute ride.  The hotel had initially proposed paying $50 per person to ride the shuttle back to the airport and then paying $50 per person to the Hilton to ride their shuttle boat from the airport to the hotel.

So I decided to pay the extra $50 and get a private boat and save time.  The cheaper option (which I learned about later) would have been to pay $50 per person from the InterContinental Thalasso to the airport.  And from the airport take the free Air Tahiti shuttle to the main port Viatape and then pay ~$8 round-trip for the Hilton shuttle to the hotel.

This would have taken longer, but we would have saved ~$150!  We did do this on our way back and saved ~$90 instead of taking the hotel’s shuttle boat directly to the airport.

Here are the Hilton shuttle boat timings to and from Viatape.

HIlton Shuttle Boat TImings
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En Route to the Hilton Bora Bora Nui

Emily:   In about 30 minutes we saw our first view of the Hilton Bora Bora Nui.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui
Hilton Bora Bora Nui

When we arrived at the Hilton, we were greeted with serenaders…

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Welcome

..and were each given a flower garland.

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Flower Garlands at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui

We also got a small glass of tropical juice and a cold towel.

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Juice & Small Towel

The reception was right where we got off from the boat.

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Reception

The reception area is connected to the beach and resort by a walkway.

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Walkway to the Reception

The hotel is nicely landscaped, but not as meticulous as the InterContinental Thalasso in Bora Bora.  It also has a much more rustic feel compared to the modern and smartly designed Thalasso.

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Landscaping

There were hammocks between the trees,

Hilton Bora Bora Nui
Hilton Bora Bora Nui

and paved pathways throughout the resort.

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Paved Pathways

The hotel had free paddle boats, but the water was too choppy to use them when we visited.  It was very windy on the days we visited, and some of the free activities like kayaking and paddle boats were closed due to the wind.

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Paddle Boats

It was a gorgeous sunny day when we arrived and the views were great!

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Nice Sunny Day

The pool area is large.

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui

And there were beach chairs on the beach and by the pool area.

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Beach Chairs

The pool area is very well designed.

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Pool

And has some great views.

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Pool

Emily couldn’t wait to get in the pool!

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Emily by the Pool

There was a small pond with lotus leaves which didn’t look like it was cleaned often.

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Dirty Water and Lotus Leaves

Rooms

Daraius:  I booked 2 nights at the Hilton Bora Bora for 50,000 Hilton points.  I then emailed the hotel to ask about an upgrade from the standard garden room to an overwater bungalow.  I emailed info “at” hilton-borabora.pf &  gs.mgr “at” hilton-borabora.pf

The hotel acknowledged my Gold elite benefits of free breakfast, free internet, 2 free bottles of water on arrival and a complimentary upgrade from the regular garden bungalow to an overwater bungalow (subject to availability).  They offered the following upgrades, per night:

  • Overwater bungalow – Complimentary as a gold elite member at check-in subject to availability
  • King Deluxe Overwater – 8,000 XPF or ~$87
  • Royal Overwater – 20,000 XPF or ~ $216
  • Presidential Suite – 100,000 XPF or ~$1,082

This FlyerTalk thread suggests that the upgrade rate could be double what I was offered, though some folks were offered the same rates which I paid.

Here’s a map of the Hilton Bora Bora.  If you are paying for an upgrade, it doesn’t hurt to specify a room preference.  The hotel will do their best to get you the room, but there are no guarantees.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Map (Click for Large Image)

Garden View Villa

The standard award reservation for 50,000 points is a Garden View room.

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Garden View Villa

The views are, well, of the garden!

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View of the Garden

There was a little balcony to sit out and soak up the sun.

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Garden View Balcony

You can see the Villas next door, but they aren’t that close to each other.

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Can See The Next Villa

Hillside Villa

Above the garden villas are the hillside villas, which are, on a hill!

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Hillside Villas

You can take the stairs up, walk around the curved paths or ask for a golf cart to pick you up!

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Stairs up to the Hillside Villa

But the views were gorgeous.  If I wasn’t staying in an overwater bungalow, I’d want to stay in a hillside villa.

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View Outside Room #409

I walked around the hillside villas and the views were really good!

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View from the Hillside Villas

The villas appeared to have the same layout as the garden view villas.

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Garden View Villa With Balcony

Did I tell you how good the views were from top?

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Hillside Villa View

Lagoon View

Even though these are 1 category above the entry level Garden View villas, I thought these were the worst of the lot.  They looked more cramped together than my apartment complex!

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Lagoon View Villas

The entrance didn’t seem particularly nice either.

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Lagoon View Villa Entrance

There were stairs leading up to the entrance of the villas.

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Entrance to Lagoon View Villas

The view from lagoon view was nice, but didn’t seem as nice as the views from the hillside villas.

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Lagoon Villa View

Overwater Villa

These are the villas which are not circled in the map. On the east side, I’d choose #110 and on the west side, room #341 & #342 appear off to themselves.

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View from Room 341

The bungalows in the #300 east wing seemed to have coconut trees and appeared quieter…

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More Coconut Trees

..though there are more villas on the east wing than on the west wing.

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East Wing Overwater Villas

Deluxe Overwater Villa

I’d choose #109 followed by #108 as the best deluxe overwater villas on the east side of the resort.

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View from room #109

Room #101 is kind of off by itself and has a relatively private view as well.

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View from Room #101
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View from Room #102

Rooms #105 & #106 look east and you may be able to see Mt. Otamanu if it is a clear day.

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View From Room #105

The next set of deluxe over-water villas are in the center – #201 to #212.  And the last set of deluxe overwater villas are in the 300s on the west side of the resort.

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Deluxe Overwater Villas

Royal Overwater Villa

There are two Royal Overwater Villas – #107 & #126.  We asked for #107, 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.

We will share our pictures and video review in tomorrow’s post!

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Royal Overwater Villa (#126) Deck

Presidential Overwater

These are the most expensive villas at the Hilton.  The retail rate for these are a ridiculous ~$3,800, though you would pay “only” ~$1,000 to upgrade from an award stay.

But these are HUGE!  There are 2 presidential villas – #1001 & #1002

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Presidential Overwater Villa

These 2-storeyed villas have 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 dressing rooms, a  living room, swimming pool, sun deck, and an outdoor living area with a jacuzzi, sun deck, and gazebo.

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Side View of Presidential Overwater Villa

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Hi, We are going to the Hilton Bora bora in a couple of weeks. We did the plan where breakfast and dinner are included. She said you did not have to dress up for dinner. Can you tell me for sure that we don't have to dress up for dinner but can wear nice shorts?

Hi-- what a great blog! My fiancé and I are planning our honeymoon and are debating between the Hilton and Intercontinental for 4 nights while in Bora Bora. Which do you recommend? They both look beautiful!

Hi Darius, thanks for your amazing tips. My husband and I used the HHonor card and book 2 free nights for the standard room in Hilton Nui Bora Bora. It'll be our official honeymoon! Although the hotel emailed us with the upgrade costs and just upgrading to the Deluxe Overwater Bungalow is 50,000 xpf per night. That equals to around $500/ night for upgrading. That's almost the price you pay for those rooms. Did they up their prices? Or is there some kind of special upgrade price for HHonor gold members? Thanks so much! Happy Holidays to you and Emily!

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@XYZ - You could remind them that you're a Gold member and ask if there is a special discount!

My husband and I have been to both Bora Bora and Moorea before but fell in love with Hilton Moorea. Planning on booking our next trip tomorrow! So a quick response would be much appreciated! We are thinking of purchasing the AMEX Hilton Visa card for $95 does this give us free breakfasts in the mornings then with being a gold member? We plan on staying a week so getting this credit card would be worth it for us.

Thanks.

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@Joann - I'd get the Citi Hilton Reserve which will get you 2 free weekend nights as well as Gold status. https://millionmilesecrets.com/hot-deals/

Hi. Wouldn't it be cheaper to go from Thalasso back to Le Moana and then pay a taxi to Vaitape and then from Vaitape take the shuttle to the Hilton? Can this be done? Do I need reservations? I will be leaving to Bora Bora and will be statying in the Thalasso first and then the Hilton Bora Bora like you did. Thank you very much.

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@Maury - I believe that is possible, but will take a lot of time. It doesn't hurt to check and see when the shuttle runs!

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