We flew through the night from LAX to Papeete, Tahiti.  I was looking forward to seeing the island as we approached and was disappointed we were sitting in center seats with no window.  It didn’t matter though, because it was still dark when we landed.  We got off the plane and walked across the runway to the terminal, where we got a traditional island greeting.

After sitting in a pretty long customs line we checked in for our next flight, the 45 minute hop to Bora Bora.  We had to wait in the airport for a pretty long time, but we got a tip on which side of the plane to sit on to get the best pictures of the islands, so I snapped a few from the window as we flew.

Finally we are here! We get off the plane and walk to the small terminal and we are blown away by the beauty of this place.  After we check in, we board a boat and taxi to the actual resort, which is pretty close.  On the dock at the Four Seasons there is a Polynesian Ukulele player playing a cool island Ukulele.

Instead of going to our rooms, we go to the Sunset Bar and enjoy a buffet, have some drinks and get our welcome gift.  It is a large yellow beach bag with hats, flip flips sun screen and lotion for each of us.  We relax a bit, but not too long because we can’t wait to see our room.  The room turns out to be far, like… really far.  From the bar which is at one end of the resort, we are almost as far away as you can get, it’s a brisk 10 minute walk to get from one side to the other.

The room is amazing, and so much bigger than pictures can capture.  There is a lovely fruit board to welcome us, but we don’t spend much time in the room right away.  We change into our swim suits and go check out a kayak, tour the area around the resort, then relax by the pool

After we get back to our rooms we take time to unpack and settle in and take a quick nap before heading over to the tiki party.

We eat polynesian bar-b-que for dinner, small hors d’oeuvres on the beach and drinks.  There was also a foot massage station and Amy and I sat together and got a foot massage facing the water, which was pretty great.  We chatted with other guests and had a nice time, but ended up turning in pretty early.  The overnight flight from LAX wasn’t too comfortable and we didn’t get as much sleep as we would have liked.