Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It’s our anniversary today in Tahiti time so we have decided to celebrate by going to the Lagoon Restaurant. Suspended over water, Lagoon features breathtaking views of Mount Otemanu, while Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s menu supposedly offers the finest gastronomic experience in all of French Polynesia.
It has been raining all night but soon clears as we shower and then settle down to some episodes of Glee on the one and only channel that has English speaking content, be it with French subtitles.
As the sun peakes out behind the clouds we decide to go down to the pool for a swim and to sit at the Aparima bar on the submersed stools.
We grab some towels from the beach hut and find ourselves a nice spot under a shady umbrella, it not to long when we are greeted by a pool boy, buffed and wearing a lap-lap offers us some iced water. Deb was impressed (“nearly as good as the guys at the Four Seasons in Tahiti” she states).
Starting to get hot we both jump in the pool and head towards the swim-up bar and order two Hainie coconut cocktails, how refreshing. Rocket also asks the beach hut staff, how much for 20m on the jetski, “AUD $300 is the reply”. “Not today” said Rod.
An hour later we decide to head up to the Miri Miri spa to take some photos and to book our couples massage. It is located on an island in the middle of the resort lagoon and the grounds and view to Mt Otemanu are to die for.
We call a cart back to our villa as this is by far the longest walk in the resort and it is as hot as hell. We stop on the way back to grab some more mixers and soon arrive at our cool OTWV.
Back at our room the clear blue water looks so inviting that we both dive in and float effortlessly in the buoyant salt water. “GT” Rocket shouts as he washes off the salt. “Sure why not” sighs Deb.
At 7.00pm we are picked up by Sebastian and dropped off at the Lagoon restaurant, Rocket tries to spot some sharks that are swimming below the glass bottom floor but sees none as we are seated by the window overlooking the mountain. (very romantic)!
For some reason we choose the 7 course French/Asian fusion tasting menu over the 5 course menu (big mistake) this ended up being far to much food. The meal is mediocre and less than impressive given the reputation of this restaurant but the paired wines are nice.
With a bill totalling AUD $920 we both feel somewhat ripped off but are to full to care. Just as we are about to leave we are presented with an anniversary sweets plate, “where do we fit this” we both say.
On arriving back at our villa we are greeted with a flower turndown and an anniversary cake, how are we ever going to fit in the cake. Rocket puts it in the fridge as suddenly Deb starts to feel ill, not a good way to finish the dinner or the day.
Hopefully she will recover by the morning. ******* you Jean-Georges!
Hint – beware of overpriced and overrated French restaurants that make you sick.