As anyone who has been there can attest, the water around the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora is so vibrant turquoise that it is almost surprising. Because of that, the island’s resulting popularity and the construction of 120+ room resorts to bring even more visitors to admire what one bank on Bora Bora is, how crowded it had become over the years. But the guests who take over Bora Bora One, the 7.5 acre property on Motu Piti Aau, an islet east of the main island that can be reached 10 minutes by boat from the airport, will feel like they have the lagoon to themselves.
The five-bedroom home in the center of the property was built in 2015 and just redesigned using handmade modern furniture and pieces from local artisans such as hand-woven pandanus baskets and lamps made of wood imported from the Tuamotu Islands. Sculptor Teva Victor, French Polynesia’s most famous artist, also contributed original sculptures composed of volcanic stones, his trademark. The overall aesthetic of the house is colonial frame mixed with Tahitian spirit.
The renovation, which was completed in March, also added facilities to the property. A new pool deck overlooking the lagoon was constructed as a continuation of the indoor living room and filled with teak chairs with hammocks suspended between the trees and cushions for relaxation placed under them. A jacuzzi was also added outside the bedroom leading to the pool area as well as a gym containing a range of equipment from a Woodway Wattbike to a Concept 2 rower and punching and speedbag. The gym also has a higher design quotient than the typical gym with local Tahaa stone used for interior and exterior walls, the Moroccan wall finish tadelakt, which combines lime plaster and black soap to create a waterproof, lightweight glossy coating and white oak-made furniture work. Another new addition is a championship standard tennis court with associated pavilion.
Along with the new design and construction, the property also recently switched to an ecologically sustainable property by planting an organic garden for ingredients, collecting rainwater and supplying electricity through solar panels. But there is clearly enough juice to run an impressive collection of electronic devices including 65 ”LG TVs in the bedrooms, an indoor and outdoor SONOS sound system, high speed internet fast enough to conduct Zoom meetings clearly and download large files and a VOD Zapitti server with over 150 current movies and Apple TV with Netflix.
During the day, guests will no doubt be outdoors and take advantage of the setting. Water activities that are either available on site or can be arranged through the concierge include scuba diving and snorkeling of the world-famous underwater life, jet skiing, parasailing or swimming with sharks and manta rays. Excursions to visit other islands can also be arranged as well as local bands brought for entertainment. But many guests are content to just hang out on the beach and wade into the lagoon.