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Bora Bora vs. Italy Honeymoon

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#1 sunnydaes

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    Posted 11 March 2008 - 12:57 AM

    My Fiance wants to go to Bora Bora for our honeymoon

    #2 starchild



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      Posted 11 March 2008 - 01:01 AM

      Okay I've never been to either but both are awesome for a honeymoon. For me it would come down to whether we wanted to be chill and peaceful or on the go and adventurous. You can work romance into either location...good luck!

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        Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:18 AM

        I'm no help on Bora Bora. But FI and I are honeymooning there (well Moorea, but still).

        Italy, however, I can help with - I lived there. It's great! Beautiful, fun, the people are great. And the food!!!

        But it really is a question of what you want to do. Italy is interactive. It does not come to you - you have to "do" stuff, go places, see things, stand in lines for museums, etc.

        On the other hand, Bora Bora is all about the not doing. Sitting on the beach, snorkeling, getting up for a leisurely lunch....

        So it's a question of what do you want, and how much commotion do you want to undertake? If you want to veg, then Bora Bora. If you are doers, then Italy is fantastic.

        If you decide on Italy, let me know. I can point you to some fantastic places, hotels, restaurants, etc.

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        #4 Lorilou

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          Posted 11 March 2008 - 09:01 AM

          I've not been to Bora Bora, but i've been to plenty of beach holidays and i've been to italy twice. I LOVE italy! The people, the places and the food are amazing!! it's an experience whereas beach holidays are relaxing and fun in the sun...no culture necessarily. If you like to explore, i say Italy. if you want to be a beach bum (in the good sense of the word)...that will help you choose. Both are excellent choices.

          #5 Sandra E.

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            Posted 11 March 2008 - 09:46 AM

            Wow! Tough decision, I've been to both and they are both fabulous! But completely different. About a year ago I went to Bora Bora, Papeete and Moorea. Papeete is the hub for all of the islands, it's just ok. We stayed at Le Meridien (Which I'm glad we did, we saw the Sheraton and didn't like it) on a water bungalow and it was fun. We went shopping for Tahitian pearls and oh my.... gorgeous!! Then we went to Bora Bora, it was amazing!! This was my favorite island. We also stated at Le Meridien which was also a fabulous resort. We arrived at the airport, very small - we got picked up on a small boat and taken to our hotel. That alone was impressive, I knew I would fall in love with Bora Bora. The older hotels are along the edge of the main island, we stayed on a Motu (which are the strips of island that sourround the main island and are away from it. This is the ring that you've seen in pictures) which is right next to the amazing St. Regis and I believe the Four Seasons. Completely secluded and absolutely breathtaking, it was the definition of relaxation. This is pretty much how the day went "Would you like to lay out here or on the other side of the beach". We went to town to check it out and it was very easy since the hotel provided a water taxi. Once we got there we saw the famous hotel Bora Bora and I was so glad we didn't stay there. You definitely want to stay in any of the hotels in the Motus, the beaches are better. I was sad to leave Bora Bora, but excited to go to Moorea which I must say I was a bit Disappointed in. There we stayed in the Sheraton and was nice, not as nice as the Meridien had been but there were roosters and chickens everywhere walking around the property and I hated it (I have phobia). Moorea is a beautiful island, a lot of vegetation. If you go all the way over there and don't see any other islands then you would love Moorea. Nothing at all like Bora Bora, but there's also another island called Roatonga which a friend of mine just loved. So you could do both. It's very to island hop. Again this will be your do nothing trip and just sit get sun and stare at the gorgeous water. You will not believe how it can be so pretty. As far as everything else, all of the islands are extremely expensive, I think more than Hawaii. But the pearls are out of this world and there great places in Bora Bora to purchase them. You definitely want to get some if you go that far.

            Italy in the other hand is the country of Romance and love. I went to Florence, Sienna, Venice, Rome and Milan. Florence took my breath away, the history of that place was incredible. I couldn't believe I was actually staring at real Boticelli's and Michelangelo's pieces it was almost out of my comprehension. I heard people saw David for the first time and just thought that's it... I stare at him for an hour, because he's so perfect. You walked down the street and just see old frescos on the wall's corner, beautiful place. Sienna is actually more charming than Florence, in fact it reminds me of Prague. Tuscany is extremely picturesque and you feel you're in a postcard. Venice of course amazing, you have no idea what to expect when you arrive at the train station and see all the water around you. Knowing and seeing 2 completely different things, I felt the safest in Venice and I let myself get lost and wander around the city. The Piazza San Marco is just like what it looks in the movies, you look to your left and you see this jazz band dressed in tuxedos just playing in the peaceful afternoon. Rome and Milan reminded me of New York. I cried when I saw the vatican in Rome, I couldn't believe I was standing in it and felt very blessed for the opportunity.

            Again, you have 2 amazing places in mind - just remember Bora Bora is for laying around and do nothing and Italy will be more of go go place, since you'll want to see everything. Good luck in your decision, it will be amazing either way.

            #6 sunnydaes

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              Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:48 AM

              Thanks so much for the feedback.

              #7 Sandra E.

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                Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:54 AM

                Phuket is also a good choice, the beaches are beautiful. But if you want breathtaking beaches Bora Bora, would be a better choice. You're right there will be more to do in Phuket, you can rent an amazing villa for a fabulous price. Your money will definitely go further there.

                #8 www.storybyphoto.com

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                  Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:39 PM

                  Phuket is tough to beat.

                  Especially considering the massages all day long for $5-9usd

                  Compare that to the $25 hamburgers and $180 for a massage in Bora Bora and you can choose for yourself based on priorities.

                  Personally, I feel, going to Thailand is a MUST for anyone who has not been. Start in the north is my reccomendation, Chaing Rai or Chiang Mai, then head south through Bankok and end in Phuket.

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                  #9 Maura


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                  Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:42 PM

                  what about capri italy? then you still get beach and italy all in one. tons of stuff to do on the island and you can take a hydrofoil cruise to the mainland (about 30 min ride) to naples, pompei or sorrento. i stayed at a beautiful villa in anacapri on the northwest side of the island that is close to the blue grotto which made for an interesting half day trip alone!

                  #10 sunnydaes

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                    Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:52 PM

                    Originally Posted by Maura
                    what about capri italy? then you still get beach and italy all in one. tons of stuff to do on the island and you can take a hydrofoil cruise to the mainland (about 30 min ride) to naples, pompei or sorrento. i stayed at a beautiful villa in anacapri on the northwest side of the island that is close to the blue grotto which made for an interesting half day trip alone!
                    THat sounds wonderful!

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