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Old 02-27-2019, 10:13 AM
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Looking into options for 5 year anniversary for the wife and I and she really wants to go to either the Maldives, Bora Bora or Tahiti. We've never been to any of those places and I do not off hand know anyone who has been, so looking for some advice. Trying to go in May (is this a mistake?), just her and I (we don't have kids), will be flying out of BWI, PHL, IAD or DCA, like to go for 7 days and over water hut is a must (for her). Other then that pretty open and hoping to get a fishing trip or two in. What say you THT which is the best location, any specific resorts, must do's, must eat at's, etc. or do you have any other suggestions on where to go that meets the above (mainly over water hut for her). Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-27-2019, 10:36 AM
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Hope you're rich! Sister and Bro in Law did Bora I think 2 years ago. Water Hut and the tab was 35k for a week including airfare, food, etc....
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Old 02-27-2019, 10:40 AM
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Hope you're rich! Sister and Bro in Law did Bora I think 2 years ago. Water Hut and the tab was 35k for a week including airfare, food, etc....
Was hoping it wasn't that expensive I was thinking $15k +/-. Scrap that if it is $35k.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:04 AM
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Hmmmm.......Perhaps less $$$ on the vacation and apply money saved to buy a new/larger boat for the BOTH of you...
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:08 AM
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That just startled me so I looked. You can get a overeager bungalow Hilton in French Polynesia for $5k for the week with breakfast.

Not sure on airfare and such, but youíd most likely need to connect somewhere no matter which of those airports you flew from, so I would be doing bwi. A little bias as thatís where I fly out of weekly, but Dulles sucks for many reasons unless youíre getting a direct flight to a far off destination Iím not flying out of there.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:10 AM
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I believe there are a few places in the Caribbean that offer over water huts. A whole lot cheaper and a much easier plane ride!
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:11 AM
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There are Sandals Resorts in the Caribbean with over the water villas that likely arenít 35k and also donít require flying around the world. After a few rum drinks who cares what hemisphere youíre in as long as the waters blue.
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Originally Posted by D.M.D. View Post
Hmmmm.......Perhaps less $$$ on the vacation and apply money saved to buy a new/larger boat for the BOTH of you...
No such luck. The wife puts up with a lot of my shit, so $10-15k is worth it in the long run for a once every 5 or 10 yr vacation.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:14 AM
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Looking into the Carribean over water huts now. The Maldives flights add 2 days going and one day coming back that might be a deal breaker for me. Thanks for the insight.

Anyone have experience with an over the water hut resort in Carribean they recommend or stay away from?
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Check out Wasawa Island Resort in Fiji!
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They just redid the Holiday Inn over in Cocoa Beach. Itís very nice and has free breakfast.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by arbogb06 View Post
Looking into options for 5 year anniversary for the wife and I and she really wants to go to either the Maldives, Bora Bora or Tahiti. We've never been to any of those places and I do not off hand know anyone who has been, so looking for some advice. Trying to go in May (is this a mistake?), just her and I (we don't have kids), will be flying out of BWI, PHL, IAD or DCA, like to go for 7 days and over water hut is a must (for her). Other then that pretty open and hoping to get a fishing trip or two in. What say you THT which is the best location, any specific resorts, must do's, must eat at's, etc. or do you have any other suggestions on where to go that meets the above (mainly over water hut for her). Thanks in advance.
7 days might not be enough. You want to go for at least 8-10 days. I will take a day or two just to get over your jet lag
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The Caribbean "over the water huts" are not nearly as nice as those in Tahiti..and Bora, and the Maldives. I have not been to Tahiti or Bora or Maldives, but I've seen some in the Caribbean...I've been all over the Caribbean. Fairly new ones at at Sandals resort in Montego Bay...but...it's Montego Bay, and they're packed in. Water isn't all that great in Montego Bay anymore compared to 30-40 years ago.

Best of the Best of the Best of awesome places in the Caribbean...lower Bahamas...check out Fowl Cay
https://www.fowlcay.com/
Your own hut, your own boat on a dock...head out to where ever you want.
And you're towards 20K. All inclusive.

We have been (and going again next Winter) to the 2nd best place in the Caribbean....Staniel Cay
https://www.stanielcay.com/
Similar to Fowl, just on a lower budget, get your own hut, your own boat, take the boat in any direction you want...go to any little remote island you want...nobody in site, run around naked, etc.
Oh...an comes in around 8 grand. Mostly inclusive 'cept drinks. The owners are great people!

While the Maldives looks great, I wonder about the pollution in the Indian ocean..and just..traveling over there...with todays political climate, I'll pass on traveling in that part of the world.

My wife still wants Bora Bora (thanks Christine Cyndrich)...but yeah each time we price that out, easily over 20k. While I do want to go to some island in the middle of the Pacific...I'd rather go to a more secluded place than Bora Bora..it got too popular.
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Wife's done all three and she said Maldives.

I've only done Bora Bora, aka Boring Boring. I call it boring boring because there's really not much to do there. We had the personal over the water nice bungalow, etc. last year in one of the higher end places for about a week. If you just want to read, relax, etc, it's beautiful and fine, but if you are not a big fan of sitting around doing nothing, it's pretty tough.

We did the "excursions", fished, snorkeled, etc. but still, so much of nothing else going on.

Also, the food is just eh, and it's downright awful if you consider what they are charging you for it. The place made Manhattan look cheap...honestly and quality just wasn't even close to what you get here for half the price.

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7 days might not be enough. You want to go for at least 8-10 days. I will take a day or two just to get over your jet lag
ditto, I would plan for 2 weeks start to finish because of the flight times and travel expense.
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:14 PM
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Maldives.
Coach Tickets on Qatar run around $1000 each person if you shop.
Business Class around $8000.00 each person.
I think there is a flight from DC. I know they fly from JFK. You will have a stop in DOHA. If more than 8 and less than 10 hour layover rent a room at hotel in Airport.

Overwater room. $900.00 to $3000.00 per night.

Food. Allow $500.00 per day. Eample breakfast 90.00 for 2 people. Lunch a Burger, salad or sandwich $35.00 each plus beverage. Coke in a can $7.00
Dinner $250 with one glass of wine shared appetizer, salad each, entree each, shared dessert. They charge for bottle water at most resorts. $10.00 half liter.

You will see half board if you check prices. That is breakfast and dinner normally at a buffet. All inclusive does not normally include alcohol

If you drink a lot add another $200.00
Eample beer. $12.00 each. Mixed drinks $15-26 each.
Wine by the bottle US retail $20.00 at the resort $115.00

transportaion from Male airport round trip $560 each to your resort. This might vary a little but it is a monopoly. One company does it all.

If you dive or want to do any activities again. $$. I do not dive but the price was reasonable per the people I talked with.

I just got back 8 nights at resort. It was a great trip. My wifeís dream trip. If you are on a budget you can find some deals you have to look at some of the smaller resorts.
If you are a hotel points person start there and use points. Some have free breakfast and happy hour.

Do do not stay on any island that is not a resort. This a 100% Muslim Conunty and all the rules apply except at resorts. The staff at resorts are a combo of nationalities including locals.
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36 hours door to door player. Multiple flights from Miami and 36 hours later to arrive. It’s cool but rather fly 2 hours to costarica
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Wife and I went to French Polynesia for our Honeymoon a couple years back and was an awesome trip! Highly recommend staying 3 days at the Sofitel on island of Moorea first and then a few days at the Four Seasons on bora Bora if there for a week. Bora Bora is VERY peaceful with not as much to do, like the options in Moorea, but itís a good mix between the two distinct islands. Over water bungalows are cool and should be done one a first trip so you can experience that. Can fill you in more so feel free to PM me as I donít always check back on previous threads

We flew biz business on Air France and spent about 10 days overall over there... we probably spent $20k-$25k overall and did not skimp on accomodations, food, lodging or excursions though we did cash in some AMEX points towards the airfare so essentially paid cash for one ticket and got the 2nd with points.
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Papeete is a small city with the option of travelling around the island. Moorea is an island a few miles off the coast, you can take the ferry or fly over. I recommend the ferry and it's slow pace. When our ship pulled into Papeete, I was on the next ferry. Moorea is the kind of place everyone thinks of when they dream of the Pacific Islands, Accomadations range from camping to upscale. Be prepared for a shock anywhere in Polynesia when it comes to food prices. There are food trucks with reasonable prices for lunch. A motor scooter is the preferred way to get around the island. All I can say about Bora Bora is that it was beautiful and expensive, even for Polynesia.standards.

If you want to get off the beaten path there is always Ofu, Somoa, to experience the Polynesian peple There is a National Park that wasn't there when I was there. I was there in the mid 90's and they didn't have T shirts or postcards. Vaoto Lodge is probably around $100 a night with family style meals

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Wife and I were fortunate enough to be invited to a close friends wedding in Bora Bora....all expenses paid!

She married a Hollywood Producer. They invited 40 friends and family. It was short notice so only 12 of us made the trip.

We stayed at the Intercontinental Thalasso Spa. Hut over the water, 5 star everything. Incredible resort and I am not a resort guy.

It was an incredible trip but if it wasn't all expenses paid it would have never happened for us. It's a cool place but not worth the time and money to get there in my opinion. I think the draw is being able to say you've been to Bora Bora.

If you are resort people find one that is five star on a Caribbean Island. You will get a better value and be able to spend more of your vacation at the resort instead of traveling.

Here is the video of the place we stayed at in Bora Bora. DON'T show your wife this video!

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