Best videos showing what Bora Bora resorts are really like

As fond as we all are of drooling over photos of Bora Bora resorts, we are in the age where everyone is walking around with a video camera all the time. Needless to say, you can tell a lot about a resort hotel on video that you can’t get a good sense of in photos alone, so we’ve collected the best video tours of all the Bora Bora resorts below.

There are nine different luxury resorts on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora that have overwater villas.

Best videos showing what Bora Bora resorts are really like
Water villa of the week: Beach House Maldives – A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Featuring 48 water villas, the Beach House Maldives – A Waldorf Astoria Resort is unusual in several ways, and a perfect hotel for honeymoon couples seeking an upscale destination that is out of the way. Its location is part of the key to the solitude, as you actually have to fly to Malé International Airport, and then a 55-minute flight to Hanimadhoo Airport before you board the speed boat that takes you to the Beach House.

Water villa of the week: Beach House Maldives – A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Best 9 videos of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora

Everybody loves photographs of overwater bungalows, especially the aerial shots that show all the rooms lined up over the turquoise lagoon, but obviously those don’t really tell you much about what it’s like to stay in these glorious hotel rooms.

The good news is that many guests are so thrilled with their bungalow that they’ve recorded guided video tours of them. There are 9 overwater bungalow resorts on Bora Bora itself, and I’ve collected the best video for each of them and put them below.

Best 9 videos of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora
Best Bora Bora and Moorea overwater bungalow deals for April

Many savvy travelers like to take advantage of the relatively low room rates in the South Pacific during March and April, as they are typically the cheapest months of the year. Fortunately, the weather is basically the same all year round, so these visitors can enjoy all the luxury at lower rates because most others come from June through August.

Instead of just presenting one deal at a time, we’ll now highlight the best deals we can find for each month in one place.

Best Bora Bora and Moorea overwater bungalow deals for April
More overwater bungalow and water villa resorts opening and reopening in 2012

The year 2011 has been a big one for the overwater bungalow and water villa industry, with nearly a dozen new resorts having opened or having added brand new overwater rooms. Not surprisingly, the year 2012 looks to be shaping up at least as big with a wide variety of highly anticipated projects opening or reopening.

Among the more notable openings in 2011 have been the massive Golden Palm Tree Resort just south of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, with nearly 400 water villas.

More overwater bungalow and water villa resorts opening and reopening in 2012
Overwater bungalow of the week: Vahine Island Private Island Resort

Just east of Bora Bora lies the most intimate of all overwater bungalow resorts in the South Pacific. With only 9 total rooms, 6 of which are at the edge of a private 23-acre island and the other 3 of which are magnificent overwater bungalows just out over the lagoon, this is as mellow and low-key as things get at a resort hotel.

This week we are featuring this splendid resort because in addition to everything else it has going for it, it’s quite reasonably priced as well.

Overwater bungalow of the week: Vahine Island Private Island Resort
One of the greatest overwater bungalow photos I’ve seen

many of us, a large photo of an overwater bungalow resort is as close as we are likely to ever get to them. We are adding photo galleries to each resort page, starting with Bora Bora and Moorea, so I’ve been spending many hours lately going through these magnificent and inspirational images.

I think most of us are easily hypnotized by the aerial photos of the resorts, but one particular photo I came across hit me in a different way so I thought I’d share it with everyone.

One of the greatest overwater bungalow photos I’ve seen
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is adding four new two bedroom overwater villas

The beautiful South Pacific island of Bora Bora is home to many great overwater resorts, including the famed InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. This resort and spa combo grants visitors a beautiful room alongside many great resort amenities and nearby activities. Though the resort is already is home to some impressive rooms situated over the lagoon, in December, there will be four new rooms coming to the resort. These two bedroom suites are designed for small groups and will be perfect for your next overwater vacation.

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is adding four new two bedroom overwater villas
Best videos of overwater bungalows in Moorea and Tahiti

There’s no getting around the fact that overwater bungalows are expensive, and websites and brochures do the best job they can at showing things in their best light. But since they all make them sound so nice it’s hard to be confident that the resort you choose is as wonderful as it’s made out to be. For that reason we are collecting the best home-made video tours of every resort possible, so you’ll be able to see exactly what the rooms look like when real people stay there.

Best videos of overwater bungalows in Moorea and Tahiti
Three new luxury Maldives water villa resorts have recently opened in 2012

Water villas and overwater bungalows continue to gain in popularity around the world so it’s no surprise that new resorts keep opening that feature the rooms on stilts. The Maldives alone now has 81 water villa resorts with more than 3,100 water villas combined, which is nearly two-thirds of the world’s total.

In the past few months we’ve seen three new resorts opening to the public, with one aimed at the mid-level market and the other two at the high end.

Three new luxury Maldives water villa resorts have recently opened in 2012