Imagine exchanging vows in a serene wooden chapel with nothing but the shimmering waters of the South Pacific beneath your feet. Sounds like a dream? The dream becomes reality at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso, where a unique over-water wedding chapel opened in September 2006. Featuring a transparent glass floor and striking views of nearby Mount Otemanu, the chapel is the first of its kind at any hotel in the world and can accommodate up to 20 guests for an intimate ceremony.
The over-water chapel is only one of many firsts. The resort is the first hotel in French Polynesia with all over-water villas that feature such deluxe amenities as private outdoor showers and terraces that open right onto the water. The resort also offers the first spa in the world to use mineral-rich, deep-sea water extracted from 2,500 feet below sea level. And if you’re an eco-minded couple, you’ll be happy to know that the innovative, earth-friendly air-conditioning system has no impact on the environment. Of course, you may be even happier to forego the a.c. altogether and just let the warm tropical breezes drift through your private villa as you while the island days away.
Basking beneath the languid Fijian sun, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa’s wedding chapel captures the essence of South Pacific romance. The gracious simplicity of the white, red-roofed chapel takes its inspiration from the island’s quaint traditional churches and seats up to 40 guests amidst gorgeous ocean and garden views. Wedding coordinators are available to plan every aspect of your day and a variety of customizable wedding and reception packages are available.
With a blend of French sophistication and laid-back Fijian luxury, this privately located resort also has plenty to offer you and your wedding guests. All rooms and suites are graced with ocean views, private terraces or balconies, native art and luscious personal care products. A pure white, private beach and the largest lagoon-style pool in the Pacific are available for relaxation. If you crave excitement, the resort’s partnership with Adrenalin Fiji brings you a full range of water sports and leisure activities, including skydiving, snorkeling and sunset cruises. Five diverse restaurants and the Mandara Spa, featuring private treatment bungalows, round out the plentiful amenities.