Pestelos Paradise Diaries – Never Leaving

It was a blessing to arrive when the sun had set, when the colors had faded and the silhouettes of palm trees blended, so that when we awoke on Day 6 we were blown away all over again.

After a yawn and a stretch our eyes popped open as we stepped onto our deck and looked around us. The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort sat on a private island, a mini motu, and at the center a large mountain covered in lush evergreen grass and towering tropical rain trees, set in between slate rock formations and bushes filled with crimson hibiscus. Below, delicately swaying palm trees shaded a rim of ivory sand being kissed by crystal clear water that slowly builds in color from a pale powder blue to a magnetic turquoise as it travels to the reef. Imagery inappropriateness.

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This place is the perfect mixture of lake and beach. It captures the deep green hillside of Lake George (a place very near and dear to me) swapping pines for bamboo and palms, and the tender breezes and gentle water that a lake lends, with the captivating b