Everyone who looks at a computer, reads a magazine or watches television knows that Jen and Justine recently tied the knot in Los Angeles. Finally!
After their wedding, they flew to Tahiti and then to the tiny motu airport in Bora Bora. I saw a photo of the duo with some close friends on a classic and elegant wooden boat, whisking them away to one of the most desirable resorts on the Leeward Island of Bora Bora. I said out loud, “Hey, I know that place – They are Honeymooning at The Four Seasons.”
How do I know all of this? My husband and I enjoyed exploring the Four Seasons Bora Bora last year for our 25 wedding anniversary.
We arrived on the private island by invitation and were on the same Four Season boat to the private Motu Tehotu. It’s a pristine reef islet formed by broken coral and sand surrounding an atoll. The powdery white sand touches the aquamarine blue water surrounding the resort.
Cindy Grigaut, the Catering & Conference Services Manager, greeted us, placed floral leis over our heads, gave us a shot of fresh mango juice and a cool washcloth, before cruising with us on a tour of the resort by golf cart.
She showed us where 6 private beach villas over 3,000 sq. ft. are located, and then the Presidential Suite with 5,000 sq. ft., three bedrooms, and an infinity pool. I bet this is where Grigaut or another Four Seasons staff member took Jen and Justin when they arrived to celebrate their marital bliss.
The Four Seasons Bora Bora also has 100 overwater bungalows with thatched grass roofs resting on stilts. Guests ride on a wooden pathway above clear blue water, to one of the luxurious bungalows with a plunge pool on the deck. “They sell out all the time,” said Grigaut. “Our guests like the comfort of being in the water to relax and enjoy the views and sun, without having to worry about the current.” There are four bungalows with plunge pools and direct lagoon, and mountain views of majestic Mount Otemanu.
Most of the overwater bungalow suites are identical, except for the views. They are smaller than the Presidential Suite with one bedroom, a king size bed and one queen size sofa bed with approximately 1120 square feet. Beds have down or hypoallergenic pillows. Rooms offer Internet access, multi-line telephones, refrigerator in the private bar, CD and DVD player, satellite television, complimentary coffee and tea and twice-daily housekeeping service. There are snorkel equipment and life preservers in a wooden storage unit on the deck.
When Jen and Justin start their family, they might come back and stay in a family bungalow with two bedrooms connected by a deck. The Four Seasons staff childproofs the decks with plexiglass, so a young child can’t fall into the lagoon.
I heard that Jen has been enjoying the cathedral style spa at the Four Seasons. It is the soul of the resort, made of teak wood with 7 treatment rooms using French brand products. There is a separate ladies’ and men’s locker room offer relaxing infinity pools with Polynesian views. There is also a world-class gym that Justine is probably using daily.
The Four Seasons also has the most beautiful chapel with exquisite views, just in case, Jen and Justine might want to have another marital ceremony while on the island.
If Jen and Justin want to snorkel? There is a unique inner lagoon, called The Sanctuary, teeming with exotic marine life with over 100 colorful species, including the octopus, eagle ray, lizardfish, Picasso trumpetfish, soldierfish, firefish, unicorn fish, spotted pufferfish, parrotfish, peacock damselfish, clownfish and butterfly fish, sea urchins, anemones and shrimp.
It’s also a daily fish-and octopus-feeding spot, and area is open for discussions with guests on the Polynesian ecosystem. The Sanctuary is maintained in partnership with the Pacific Eco-World Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to learning more about the changing marine environment and working to conserve it.
While exploring the resort, I’m sure Jen and Justin will enjoy the pristine turquoise lagoon on complimentary stand-up paddle boards, sitting in paddle boats, or in single or double kayaks.
They also may borrow some racquets and take a lesson or play on the all weather surface tennis courts.
When they are feeling hungry, they may stroll hand-in-hand to the Sunset Restaurant and Bar. There is a private motu about 100 paddles away, that Four Seasons staff members fill an outrigger canoe with silver containers of food and drinks, to set up a private dinner for two. When Jen and Justin arrive on the beach, they will be transported to this private and romantic dining spot. There are also tables set for two on the beach for intimate and romantic dinners.
If Jen and Justin want to visit the world renowned Bloody Mary’s at night for cocktails and dinner, a Four Seasons boat leaves the resort at 6:45 p.m. and delivers guests to Vaitape by 7:20 p.m.. A complementary cab ride whisks guests to the restaurant, 10 minutes away, and returns them to the dock at 9:45 p.m. for a boat ride back to the Four Seasons.
Celebrating our 25th anniversary dinner, we sat on a cozy couch, and sipped a pineapple mojito and glass of Tattinger Brut Rose. For appetizers we ate a Thai beef salad with cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, red onion and mint and 12 pieces of sushi that included salmon, tuna, swordfish, eel, octopus Nigiri, and California rolls.
After dinner, we walked along the beach and admired the stars and constellations in the black night sky. We vowed to return before our Golden Anniversary.
Hopefully Jen and Justin will come back to the Four Seasons before their 25th wedding anniversary, and share another blissful Four Seasons experience together. Congratulations Jen and Justine. You are starting your marriage off in one of the most exquisite spots on earth!