Have you ever found a place so perfect that it becomes like your second home? In the South Pacific, there is a tiny little French Polynesian island called Bora Bora that has become our paradise on earth.
You will find tropical warm weather year-round and incredibly breathtaking views of calm, clear blue lagoon waters. There is a fusion of European & Polynesian cuisine combined with the friendliest hospitality. We can’t wait to hear the words “La Orana” (Tahitian for Hello) whenever we arrive!
We fell in love with this beautiful island just 45 minutes from Tahiti in 2011, during our first visit while on our honeymoon. We knew that we had to find a way to return.
As we waited patiently for Baby Gavin to arrive we also planned our 2014 babymoon in Bora Bora – our third official visit! This time, we agreed to disconnect completely (the internet, facebook and all) so that we could relax, recharge and be present together during our babymoon!
What is a babymoon?
It’s only become increasingly popular in the last few years and for good reason! It gives the chance for parents-to-be to have a little romantic time together, some adventure, relaxation, and indulgence before life changes drastically when the baby arrives!
If you have the opportunity, go on a babymoon! I was so grateful to spend some much-needed quality time with Jason and be reminded of the thousands of reasons why we fell in love and create new memories together. It also gave us time to talk about our hopes and dreams for our child and future family.
One of our favorite place to stay in Bora Bora is the Sofitel Private Island Resort. Jason is drawn to the incredible views of Mount Otemanu, the most majestic mountain in the center of the island. It is surrounded by lush foliage, neon-colored flowers and a lagoon with eight shades of blue.
We could just lounge all day on the deck of our overwater bungalow, a cold Hinano beer in Jason’s hand, jumping into the temperate waters when we get too hot, putting on our snorkeling gear to check out the aquatic life and just enjoying the peace and tranquility together.
Jason’s goal was to make this the most incredible babymoon experience for us, and it exceeded all of my expectations! We got to dine at the best restaurant on the island, La Villa Mahana and try Jean-Georges restaurant at the St. Regis, The Lagoon. Being the food-obsessed girl that I am, I couldn’t wait to wake up each day to baskets of freshly baked croissants, baguettes, and fresh tropical fruit. Each day was a culinary adventure. I was in heaven!
As we enjoyed Bora Bora together, it gave us time to reflect on how we can bring the inspiration and positivity of the island into our everyday lives. Jason suggested that each evening at dinner we share three things we are grateful for that day, what a great idea.
We’ve been sharing our thoughts of gratitude since we have returned home and it makes a difference in creating a happy environment with positive energy. This gives us things to smile about at the end of each day. Focusing on the good things amongst the challenges helps to remind us of the opportunity each day brings, and to live and enjoy each moment because life truly is a blessing.
Our babymoon was at around 25 to 26 weeks in my pregnancy. It was great timing because I was still able to be active and mobile, enjoying each moment! During our trip, we even started talking about baby names, one of the most fun and stressful conversations for parents!
We want to pick just the right moniker that we both love, it’s a work in progress, but we are getting closer with boy and girl options! We were so excited to bring Baby Gavin to Bora Bora even before they arrive, and can’t wait for a post-baby trip in the future so that they can fall in love with French Polynesia just like us!
One of our biggest hopes and dreams for Baby Gavin is that he or she will embrace adventure, not be afraid to explore the world and take risks. We want our baby to experience life to its full potential, be inspired by the culture and the life of the people in their travels, and follow their dreams.
We can’t wait to show our baby the things that bring us bliss in life, provide them with the courage and confidence to explore, and be in turn inspired by Baby Gavin each day! July 30 is just around the corner!