Bora Bora is famous for its romantic lagoon, and its overwater bungalows. The dining scene has historically taken a back seat. The island is quite literally in the middle of nowhere, so: a) top chefs aren’t exactly racing here; b) getting fresh produce isn’t always feasible (although fresh fish is a given); c) it’s super expensive to get stuff delivered. There are some restaurants, though, that have mastered this dining dilemma thanks to hardworking and imaginative chefs. Head to these top-notch restaurants where you’re guaranteed to have the best meals in Bora Bora.
1. Lagoon by Jean-Georges
Perhaps the most renowned fine dining experience in Bora Bora, Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort has been created by three Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Serving a fusion menu of French and Asian cuisine, expect local fresh fish, international ingredients flown in from around the world, and reportedly one of the most-extensive wine cellars in French Polynesia. Its idyllic setting on a calm lagoon is pretty spectacular too.
For more information, visit stregisborabora.com/lagoon.
2. La Villa Mahana
While the resorts in Bora Bora all offer incredible food, sometimes it’s nice to break out and explore the island, and La Villa Mahana is the place to do it. A celebrity favourite, this acclaimed romantic restaurant offers beautifully presented international cuisine and a cosy, charming setting. Ask for a table outside on the pretty terrace – but be sure to make your reservation way in advance, this is one of the most popular restaurants in Bora Bora.
For more information, visit villamahana.com.
3. Bora Bora Yacht Club
Another beautiful choice for couples who want to leave the surroundings of the resorts for dinner, Bora Bora Yacht Club is the place to take in a sunset and enjoy beautiful French-style surf and turf cuisine. Renowned for its warm atmosphere, yacht clubs may come with an exclusive reputation, but this pretty restaurant in Bora Bora is a welcoming exception, and can actually get pretty lively after dark.
For more information, visit boraborayachtclub.org.
4. Arii Moana
Arii Moana at the Four Seasons would be a beautiful restaurant in any setting, but with views overlooking the water, this is a must-visit if you’re on honeymoon in Bora Bora. Serving up Polynesian and French-infused cuisine, this pretty thatched roof restaurant is all kinds of romantic.
For more information, visit fourseasons.com.
5. Private Dining on the Beach
Lots of resorts in Bora Bora offer private dining experiences, whether it’s in your overwater bungalow, out on the pontoon, or on the beach with the water lapping at your feet. Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa has a particularly romantic selection of private dining options, but ask your own resort about how you can create a really special honeymoon dinner.
For more information, visit boraborapearlbeachresort.com.
6. Le Tipanie
Le Tipanie at Le Meridien Bora Bora is an waterside restaurant with breathtaking views across the lagoon to Mt Otemanu, and tropical fish swimming in the water around the deck. With a real emphasis on local seafood dishes and a specialist gourmet buffets, visit this romantic restaurant on a Thursday night to take in a traditional Polynesian dance show.