Incentive Travel Solutions, A Charlotte, NC based Firm, highlights destinations weekly for Corporate Incentive President’s Club and top performer trips. This week, Incentive Travel Solutions takes a look at Tahiti, Bora Bora and the Society Islands.
Love at first sight is felt when embarking on this island which resembles the greens and blues of an artist’s pallet. Considered by many the most beautiful island in the world, it is a playground for romantics. First called “Pora Pora,” an ancient name meaning “first born,” derived from a legend that states it was the first island to rise out of the ocean after Taaroa, the supreme god, fished out of the waters. Remaining the island of all dreams, it is unquestionably the most mythical of all the Pacific Islands.
Kevin Devanney, President of Incentive Travel Solutions stresses “we must continue to raise the bar for our clients. Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Society Islands are a first class destination”. A member of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, Bora Bora is a popular international destination. Surrounding the island is a lagoon and barrier reef, providing for spectacular snorkeling and diving in the most clear aqua blue waters. In the center of the island are two extinct volcanoes, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. Known for its spectacular temperate climate, Bora Bora rarely sees temperatures dip below the 70’s or rise above the 80’s.
Dependent mainly on tourism, the island features every aspect a tourist needs for a relaxing sun-filled vacation. Each resort has fantastic restaurants with spectacular views and gourmet cuisine. It is worth trying restaurants at various resorts, namely the Intercontinental Thalasso, the Four Seasons, and the Intercontinental Le Moana. There are many fine dining and casual options on Bora Bora Island as well. Shopping is limited but world- renowned on the main island. Original art, pearls, and handcrafts are treasures waiting to be found. Boutiques and souvenir shops are yours to peruse. As public transportation is nonexistent, renting a car or scooter is the perfect way to cruise the island and shop around. An array of activities from horseback riding, cocktail cruises, private picnics, and jet skiing are the perfect way to spend your days. Also, a visit to the main island can be historical as it is a place where World War II canons can be viewed.
Accommodations in Bora Bora are superb. The Bora Bora Hotel was the first hotel ever to feature beach and over-water bungalows. Today, over-water bungalows are only commonly found in French Polynesia, where the protected lagoons and very even tides allow for sturdy construction and maintenance. Every resort offers beach and over-water bungalows ranging from $650.00 (Le Maitai) to $3500.00 (St. Regis) per night. Although this may seem an expensive destination, special amenities have been transformed into perfection which makes it well worth the cost. Newer hotels and resorts have been built on the smaller islands (motu) in the lagoon surrounding the main island, facing into the lagoon and the mountain of Bora Bora which offer privacy and exquisite views for the romantic vacationers. Each resort has brought its own unique blend of romantic experiences for their guests to delve in.
An exciting incentive travel destination for couples, Bora Bora is the perfect place to entice employees to work extra hard to be rewarded with such a fantastical trip. Offering every detail a true incentive program must have to make it highly successful, Bora Bora should always be a top destination consideration.