17 Apr

Amanda and Tim's tropical honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

After all the excitement of our wedding (which you can see here, here and here), Tim and I had a few days together as newlyweds and were off on the trip of a lifetime…our honeymoon! Katie from Ever After Honeymoons planned a spectacular vacation for us to kick off our marriage in the best way. Looking out at beautiful turquoise water in two of the islands of French Polynesia, oh yes!

Warning: you may have the sudden urge to immediately purchase tickets to these destinations, unbeknownst to your partner, before you reach the end of this post!

Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

We took a flight to Tahiti where we boarded a small plane, got on a boat and sped off to a little island called Taha’a, where Tahitian vanilla beans grow a-plenty. Our destination was the beautiful resort Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa. We settled into our beach villa and explored our dreamy and vanilla-scented surroundings.

Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

Le Taha'a Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

The villas are romantic little huts with bamboo walls, palapa roofs and nicely furnished inside. We felt like islanders living a plush life.

Le Taha'a Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

Le Taha'a Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

French Polynesia honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

I mean, really.. that bed?! This is what we arrived to. A decorated bed with flowers and a soft breeze wafting through the room. Pure bliss! They sure knew how to welcome a guest.

Island honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

La Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

La Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

La Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

After settling in we ate, swam, snorkeled and sipped tropical juices. We slept in, threw on swimsuits and sauntered in crystal clear water all day. Lazy was the name of the game. There were plenty of times we thought this was all a dream, but alas it was not.

La Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

Island honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Island honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Island honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

La Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

La Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

We felt so lucky to experience one of their special feast and dance performance nights. It went well into the night with plenty of hula and fire dancing.

Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa | 100 Layer Cake

It was so hard to leave this little island of ours and were tempted to devise a plan to stay longer. We thought life couldn’t possibly get any better than this. But we peeled ourselves from our lounge chairs and headed to our next stop.. Bora Bora.

This is probably one of the most famous islands in French Polynesia. Many resorts dot the beachside although far apart from one another. We were lucky enough to stay at the nicest one.. The Four Seasons, of course.

Amanda and Tim's tropical honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Bora Bora honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

The Four Seasons welcomed us with fresh fruit and champagne and a nice little note to “Mr. and Mrs. Dawbarn”. Oh yea, I’m a Mrs. now!

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Bora Bora honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

I have an inkling this is the best spot in the world to honeymoon if you are looking to relax on a beach. You get the turquoise water, the white sand, the soothing breeze AND a magnificent view of Mount Otemanu. The Four Seasons staff is there to meet any request, bring you a chilled floral-scented towel to cool your head, and a fruit granita to cool your tongue. Heaven? I think so.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Many baths were taken here with the window open to feel the warm breeze. And that view? Come ON! Stop it already, right?!

Bora Bora honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Each morning our routine was the same.. go for a delicious breakfast and claim our little palapa lounge area for the day. Eat, drink, sleep, swim, stare at each other in awe, repeat. Oh, and maybe Instagram a bit.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Didn’t get enough sleep on the palapa lounges? Then come here and nap on these huge outdoor beds by the infiniti pool. It’s ok..you came here to relax after all.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

French Polynesia | 100 Layer Cake

Are you the sporty type? Well then snorkel, paddle board, take jet skis around the island or go on a jeep tour around the base of Mount Otemanu.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

I won’t tell you how delicious each of their four restaurants are. You will just have to see for yourself.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Yes, the water really is. this. blue.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

And yes, you really will not want to leave.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Don’t even get me started on the spa treatments. Tim and I had a fantastic couple’s massage right after I soaked in the spa overlooking the lagoon in a tropical hibiscus valley with a spectacular view of Mount Otemanu. There were even birds singing in the trees next to me. I’m not kidding.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Four Seasons Bora Bora | 100 Layer Cake

Need another reason to go? Well, watch this video Tim put together of our island excursions..

And that’s the end, folks. Feel free to pull up these photos whenever you’re in need of a great escape. Then call up Katie and have her take care of all the fussy stuff for you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along with us on our wedding day and honeymoon. It was really so great to have you!

xo, Amanda and Tim

Photos: Amanda and Tim Dawbarn / Honeymoon planning: Ever After Honeymoons / Locations: Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa, and Four Seasons Bora Bora

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Comments

  1. Ahh.. can I go there now?!?
    So pretty!

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  2. Sharing our honeymoon to French Polynesia today! Big thanks to @EAhoneymoons for planning the trip of a lifetime. http://t.co/Qyiwhi3BJ6

  3. Dying over the incredible post @100LayerCake from Amanda’s honeymoon! The pictures are insane & love the sweet video!
    http://t.co/JShESE1SQJ

  4. Omg where did you get that sheer/black one piece? I am in love!!!

  5. Vicky, I purchased it at American Apparel last summer. It was so fun to wear!

  6. What a beautiful trip! I can’t wait for my honeymoon this Sept! I love the video you made, did you use the 8mm video app? Too precious!

  7. French Polynesia is one of the places that I would LOVE to go–especially Bora Bora. One day… And by the way, you look FABULOUS in these photos. Congrats!

  8. Thanks!
    @Chelsea we did use the 8mm video app plus we shot with our Canon 5D.

  9. What magical pics & vides from @100layercake of their honeymoon @FSBoraBora Thank you Amanda &Tim for sharing http://t.co/ioBLxLFwYk

  10. Looks like you had an amazing time!! Would love to know what program Tim edited in… iMovie? Thanks for sharing!

  11. As I was reading this post I was thinking you guys looked really familiar. Then I got to your pictures from Bora Bora… we were at the Four Seasons at the same time as you were! I am such a creepy stalker! Too funny. I miss it so much, so ready to go back! Beautiful pictures! (PS we tried to hire Max Wanger for our wedding, but based on the post on your wedding, I think he was shooting yours and that’s why he was booked!)

  12. Wow your honeymoon looks super fun and oh so relaxing! Love your black swimsuit btw. Super cute and chic.

  13. now thats how to honeymoon :-) x

  14. French Polynesia and Bora Bora island is the best place for your honeymoon. Even Tahaa island which is describe here is like a paradise on earth.

  15. Wow – absolute paradise!!! I need to go visit ASAP…

  16. Dreamy honeymoon in the French Polynesia -honeymoon: Amanda Tim http://t.co/jacfIdufFi #undefined via @100layercake

  17. Wow! Couples massage, right after soaking in a spa overlooking the lagoon, with birds singing! Now that’s paradise :) These pictures are so stunning and inviting. Bora Bora here we come.

  18. WOW this is incredible!! And the photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing… I definitely want to copy your honeymoon :)

  19. Have been planning my honeymoon to bora bora and i t think ur blog has changed my mind! Definately want to check out le taha’a. Can u tell me howmany nights u stayed at each destination!? And how u gor from taha’a to bora bora? Thanks!!!

  20. My fiancé and I are staying in a beach villa at Le Taha’a in September for our honeymoon! Do you remember what your room number was and would you recommend it?!

  21. Wow! Lovers in paradise! Beautiful couple in a beautiful place.

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