Is bringing a one year old a good idea? It will be our first family trip and I want to make sure it's safe for us to go... Do's and dont's?
Bora Bora Island Guide's response:
This is a great question.
It is definitely possible to have a wonderful Bora Bora vacation with a young child. You will plan your vacation differently to if you were on your honeymoon though!
Be aware that most of the resorts are located on Motus, so transport between them and the main island are by boat. These boats very large and stable. Most of them have inside and covered areas. Just be aware that you will be stepping on and off of boats with your one year old. There are always staff around to assist, and you will find wonderful service within the resorts.
Many activities are on and around the lagoon. So be aware that you will need to take that into consideration when planning what activities you will do on your trip.
The lagoon is calm, and the beaches don't have waves. Matira beach - which is the main public beach - is shallow and calm, as are the beaches at the resorts.
Some resorts are more child friendly than others. The Four Seasons Bora Bora is best catered towards children as they have a fun dedicated kids club. This means that there will be other families at the resort. Children 4 years and under are welcome in the Tamarii Club when accompanied by an adult. There is a playroom, a room for resting and an outdoor area with a playground and a shallow children’s splash area.
The St Regis is more romantic with its European style, but it also welcomes children. Cribs are available for in your room. High chairs are available at the restaurant and food is specially prepared by their chefs. You can also call the St Regis butler to have some in-room toys delivered. Babysitting is available for a fee, for children 1 year and older.
The Maitai is a more affordable option for a family style holiday. There were many families staying in these well-priced bungalows and ocean view rooms when we were there. The children would play on the beach together each day. This hotel is located on the main island, so this could be preferable to you with a little one too.
If you chose one of these three resorts, you will be well catered for, and will find a mix of guests at the resort - not just couples on their honeymoon!
Some children travel really well. If your child is one of those I would definitely say that it is possible to do a wonderful family holiday in Bora Bora with a 1 year old. Especially if you are wanting to mainly relax. However, you may also want to wait a year or two, as then your child will be able to participate in more of the vacation activities.
Let us know what you decide to do!
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