City Guide: Houston

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Juice Bars


Nourish - All Day

Nourish has 3 locations in the Houston area, and one is also a coffee shop (bonus). This is a no brainer for me. I love a great smoothie or juice spot, but seeing as this is located directly outside of Method Pilates (you literally have to enter Method through the Nourish door) it makes sense to grab your post workout fix here. Lots of GF, DF, V options here, along with a nice little section of grab and go foods. If you’re going to Nourish and Kalos, they also have a small menu of freshly prepared foods along with a larger assortment of grab and go’s.

I recommend: 

  • Sweet Caroline and I sub the whey protein for plant protein (easier on the tummy for me)
  • Paleo Chicken salad on a coconut wrap (Kalos location)

Nourish + Kalos * Heights
2155 Durham Dr. Ste. 101


Nourish Juice and Smoothie Bar
1000 W Gray St. Ste.200


Nourish + Method * Rice Village
5313 Morningside Dr. 


Juice Well - All Day 

Located off Richmond St near Upper Kirby, but anxiously hoping they open more spots because yes, it’s really that good!

If you want an incredible smoothie bowl, this is your place!! The toppings are amazing, and if you don’t like what you see on the menu, simply make your own bowl and top it with your favorite toppings. I really love that you fill out a piece of paper with your order so you don’t annoy the staff when asking to sub a few ingredients in the base and add about 20 on top (guilty).


3733 Richmond Ave


Sustain Juicery - All Day

So I love this spot because it is the same people behind Juice Well!  It’s conveniently located in Bellaire for those of you who aren’t located or staying in central Houston (they also have one in Chino Hills, CA if your travels find you there).

Again, order one of their popular smoothie bowls and choose between pitaya or acai or make your own, lots of smoothies and cold pressed juices to choose from too. Whatever your tummy is craving, this place is here to satisfy in a healthy way! Can’t get enough of this place or Juice Well!


4061 Bellaire Blvd G


Juiceland - All Day 

This is a chain within Texas and also has a location in Brooklyn, yes Brooklyn new York. I really, really love this place. Again, two of them in the Houston area are located inside another WT4K workout spot, so you get your workout and post workout without having to drive to another location, seriously, score! They have tons of GF, DF and Vegan grab and go items, I seriously could eat them daily.

I recommend: 

  • The Halleberry Hallelujah Bowl (add chopped almonds and dates)
  • Cold pressed watermelon/mint juice
  • Golden milk shake, add pea protein & Kale
  • Grab and go section- Frijole roller burrito (Vegan but not GF)

3206 White Oak Dr.


5310 Kirby Dr.


1340 Westheimer Rd.

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Beet Box Blend Bar - All Day

I love this place because it was the first juice bar in Houston that I found and loved-oh and everything is organic!! My favorite smoothie also inspired my favorite make at home smoothie/smoothie bowl. They have tons of fresh smoothies and juices and a small selection of grab and goes and a daily soup. The people here are so sweet and you can tell they really love their jobs and turning people onto new things!

I recommend:

  • The kale shake (in the fall I add cinnamon)

1909 W Gray St Suite B



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Dish Society - B, L, D & Brunch

With three locations in the the Houston area, this has quickly become one of my regular spots. It’s quick, healthy, farm to table and just delicious. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner 7 days a week (brunch on Saturday & Sundays). They have tons of GF options and it’s indicated by a nice yellow “GF” dot next to all the GF items and they have fresh cold pressed juices.  They offer beer and wine and a small patio that is amazing to relax on in the fall and spring (let’s be honest, it’s way too hot to be outside eating in the summers in TX).

You order at the counter, and get a number and then they bring your food to you, no need to clean up after yourself, they take care of that too. For brunch you see a hostess and are seated, get there early though because this place fills up for the weekend brunches!

I recommend: 

  • Chicken tortilla soup
  • Brussel sprout super salad
  • Build your own salad
  • Shrimp tacos
  • Fresh juices

5740 San Felipe St.
Houston,TX 77057
(832) 538-1060


Memorial Green
12525 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 467-3474


Katy/Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch BLVD
Katy, TX 77494
(281) 394-7555

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Local Foods - L, D

Local Foods has 5 locations throughout Houston. They’re super cute with great patios to enjoy a drink with your healthy lunch. It’s a favorite for Houstonian’s and you will see quite the line around lunch time at all of their locations. They have online ordering which comes in mighty handy in a rush and it’s ready in 15 minutes!

They have nightly specials that range from tacos to sandwiches all the way to short ribs and chimichurri roasted chicken.

I recommend:

  • Vegan taco salad
  • Arugula shrimp salad
  • Tuscan kale (side dish)
  • Vegan gumbo
  • Garden sammie as a salad
  • Seasonal mintade or homemade kombucha

For the non Gluten free’ers:

  • Vegan Banh Mi sandwich
  • “Crunchy” chicken sandwich (pretzel bun!)
  • Butterscotch brownie (I don’t typically like butterscotch, AT ALL, but this, this is DELICIOUS)


Kiran’s - L,D

Indian Food done authentically and incredibly well, they also have a full bar and extensive wine menu. They start by serving a medley of fried veggies, and let me tell you fried kale is now one of my favorite things, ever! Don’t worry, this is GF. In fact, most of their dishes are naturally gluten free. They offer two different types of gluten free naan. The texture is a little different than typical naan but it tastes like a fluffly, savory pancake. They also have a tasting menu if you wan’t to really get a taste of their extensive menu.

The staff is incredible and so kind and are very helpful when it comes to making sure that whatever you’re ordering is gluten free. 

I recommend:

  • Tomato and burrata salad
  • Palak paneer
  • Chicken vindaloo (super spicy and served with incredible basmati rice with nuts and dried fruit)
  • Kheer for dessert (rice pudding topped with pistachios, I love me a good rice pudding)!

2925 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098



Pondecheri/Bake Lab - B, L, D

This Indian spot started in Houston and now also has a home in Brooklyn. You may have heard of this place as one of their desserts, Chai pie, made the List of New York Magazines Crazy Awesome dessert feature. My husband swears it’s one of the best things he’s ever eaten!  Chai pie aside, I really love this spot. They have the main restaurant on the first level and then another stand alone spot called the Bake Lab. I love running to the bake lab for a quick GF treat or for breakfast served in a cute little skillet. They have lots of gluten free options and put Indian spins on some of your favorite items.

The Bake Lab serves Breakfast, Lunch and early dinner (closes at 7pm). Their menu changes seasonally so I like to stop in frequently to see the new menu items, I typically go for breakfast, or to grab a sweet treat and afternoon coffee, no alcohol.

Pondicheri serves breakfast daily 8am-3pm, lunch 11am-3pm & dinner 5-9pm, full bar.


  • Butter chicken
  • Shrimp chutney salad
  • Carrot roti (for the GF option of naan)
  • Cumin rice
  • I love getting “the Earth” under Thalis as it’s a little sampling of everything

Bake Lab:

  • Lemon square cookies (gf)
  • Carrot quinoa muffin (gf)
  • Pondi bar (gf)
  • Chai Pie (not gf, but award winning)

2800 Kirby Dr., Ste. B132
Houston, Texas 77098

Bake Lab
2800 Kirby Dr., Ste. B240
Houston, Texas 77098


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Kata Robata - L, D

Sushi, you either love it or hate it.  I for one, love it!  And Kata Robata has made me love it even more!  Their fish is incredible and always fresh.  They have a large selection of gluten free options including their soy sauce and many of their marinades for their cooked items.  This place is very unassuming and straight to the point.  The staff is super friendly and very knowledgable about their products.  Sit at the sushi bar if you can!  Their bento boxes and rice bowls on the lunch menu are seriously crave worthy!

I recommend:
(Gluten Free Options)

  • The rising sun roll (truffle oil!)
  • 72 hour slow cooked Texas kobe beef skewer (literally melts in your mouth)
  • Chicken skewer 3 way, I get just the teriyaki to ensure it’s GF
  • Shisito peppers with yuzu ponzu
  • Hamachi & jalepeno shashimi 
  • New Zealand King Salmon (sushi/shasimi menu)
  • Sweet shrimp (sushi Shasimi menu)

(Non Gluten Free’ers)

  • Spicy soy Ramen (if they’re running the lobster special, do that!)
  • Miso Gyoza 
  • Miso lobster mac and cheese

2925 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098

Uchi - D

This always busy gem is now also in Austin, Dallas and Denver. Make sure you make reservations in advance or you will be waiting till the very end of the night to eat, it’s worth it, but I know not everyone enjoys super late night dining. 

Extensive GF list and just really great food and sushi. Their nightly specials are really a treat and usually can be made gluten friendly!  


904 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

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Steel City popsicles

Okay, this chain is starting to make it’s way around the country, thank goodness! I may love this place because I grew up in Iowa and so did the founders or I may love it because it’s really just that good, did I mention it’s also locally sourced and GF?! Think coldstone creamery of popsicles, only everything is GF and locally sourced and hello it’s on a stick, what could be better?!

Honestly they’re all really insanely amazing and you can add so many different toppings to customize it and make it your own but I think my favorite is still the passion fruit (because I’m obsessed with all things passion fruit) or the mango habanero (because I’m equally obsessed with all things spicy)! Houston is HOTTTTT in the summer, go there then and ENJOY! (Also in Alabama, Kentucky & Georgia)


429 E 20th St
Houston, TX 77008

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HS Green - L, D, HH

Conveniently located near the Galleria this is a great spot for a quick juice or smoothie or a hearty salad or healthy snack and happy hour drink with friends. While their pizzas are not gluten free, they have tons of salads, dips and snacks that are!  

They serve wild-caught shrimp, hormone-free chicken, cage free brown eggs and local ingredients when available. I love not having to guess when it comes to quality and this place really nails it. They also have calories listed in case you’re into that, sometimes I think ignorance is bliss.


  • Blackened shrimp with pico 
  • Mediterranean shrimp salad
  • Kale chicken Caesar salad
  • Southwest steak salad 
  • Asian fusion chicken

*Check out their awesome happy hour! Great for lunch, dinner or a low-key date night.


5092 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77056

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Tiny Boxwoods

This may be my favorite place in all of Houston. Grab a table outside in the garden or peruse the nursery and shop next door after you finish your lunch. Grab one of their cocktails or mimosas during Sunday brunch. They have an afternoon menu with small bites that can be enjoyed from 3-5pm, if you’re not super hungry I suggest grabbing a friend and a glass of wine during this time, it’s quiet and beautiful! It’s also the perfect date night spot, grab a seat outside and enjoy the Italian lights and the beautiful bulbs throughout the garden. This place is really a gem!

While I’ll admit their cheese boards and picnic boards do not offer gluten free bread, they’re amazing sans bread! If you’re not GF, make sure you try their breads and pastries, they’re incredible! We love Tiny Boxwoods and find ourselves there at least once a week, it’s our go-to when we have friends in town. 

I recommend:

  • Chia seed pudding
  • Tiny’s summer salad
  • Cheese and meat board (hold the bread)
  • Wood fired artichokes
  • Days catch with coconut rice!
  • Coconut rice side (get it, trust me, I crave this stuff!)
  • Red sangria

3614 W Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77027

Tiny Number 5

 This is the sister location of Tiny Boxwoods in West U, it’s equally as cute and offers a nice outdoor space with a different (yet very similar menu). They even have a shop on the side, Tiny’s Milk & cookies that has incredible cookies (not GF) and ice creams on the go!

I recommend:

  • Morning quinoa
  • Southside special 
  • Kale caesar (hold the croutons)
  • Weekend warrior smoothie
  • French picnic (hold the bread)
  • Spring pea salad
  • Shrimp & risotto

3636 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005


Siphon Coffee

Cutest little coffee shop in Montrose with great breakfast items (served till 5pm) and beer and wine for when you need more than just a caffeine kick. I absolutely this little spot. It’s perfect to cozy up with a cup of coffee and your laptop and get work done or to grab a quick bite on your morning commute and surprise the office with some fresh pastries. Although they do not have a dedicated gluten free menu, there are plenty of offerings that are gluten friendly on their own if you skip the bread.

I recommend:

  • Daily Cold Brew
  • Cappuccino w/ Almond milk
  • Stuffed avocado
  • Meat & Eggs
  • Hummus w/ Crudite
  • Arugula Salad

701 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77006

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Cavo Coffee

Don’t let the name fool ya, they are doing SOOO much more than coffee! While I wish their incredible toasts came as a GF option, unfortunately they don’t! But Try the tacos as a bowl, ditch the tortilla, promise you won’t miss it! The tomato basil soup is awesome among other things. Oh yeah, the coffee is bomb too!  If you’re not gluten free, please eat all the toasts and let me know how they are!

I recommend:

  • Almond milk cappuccino
  • Tomato basil soup
  • Tacos sans tortilla
  • Cobb salad 
  • Veggie Salad

3773 Richmond Ave, #1f
Houston, Texas 77046

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Local Pho

Pho is kind of an obsession in our household, so is ramen, but it’s much easier to find GF pho than ramen since they often use rice noodles. This is located right next to an orange theory so if you have a killer workout and need a pick me up, this is the perfect spot! Make sure and ask for a side of chili oil to dump into your pho, it put it over the top!  I also like that the toppings (jalepenos, limes, sprouts) are serve yourself so I don’t look crazy when I ask for a mound of jalepenos. 

I recommend:

  • Phở Gà
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (the chicken is shredded which I LOVE)!
  • Gỏi
  • Vietnamese Salad with shrimp
  • Matcha green tea

Sawyer Yards
2313 Edwards St, Suite 145
Houston, Texas 77007

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Le Colonial

If you like vietnemese food and a great atmosphere than this is your place, they also have one in Chicago (have I told you how much I LOVE Chitown?!)! The food is amazing, with lots of gluten free options and if you go on a beautiful night (aka NOT summer in Houston) the large doors are open connecting the patio to the main dining room, with the lights from the river oaks district in the background, it’s really magical. You can also keep the night going by heading upstairs to hear live music or the DJ and have cocktails in the lounge.  

I recommend:

  • GOI TRON SOT CARI Crunchy Salad
  • CARI TOM Green Shrimp Curry 
  • TOM XAO SATE Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry 

4444 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX


BCN Taste and Tradition

This was the first restaurant in Houston we loved! It is situated in a neighborhood and in a beautiful restored home. If you have been to Barcelona then this restaurant is a real star! They have an entire Gin and tonic menu, every single one is delicious and probably the most refreshing cocktails you’ll ever have. The menu changes often to incorporate fresh ingredients and the staff are incredible, and you can tell they love their jobs and to see you enjoying your food and sharing stories. They’re adding a new location in the River Oaks district, I can’t wait to try it, but I have a feeling nothing will beat the charm of the original BCN!

I recommend:

  • Manzanilla olives
  • Spanish Iberico
  • Burrata salad with watermelon
  • Bomba rice
  • Tarta De Santiago Almond cake (yes it’s really GF)

4210 Roseland Street
Houston, Texas 77006



This is the kind of place you want to go sit at and take pictures of your food while having a cappuccino and a glass of champagne. They have a great patio and it’s conveniently located! They do breakfast 5 days a week and brunch on Saturdays. I find myself stopping in the most during lunch hours because I love to bask in the sun while enjoying my salad. They don’t have a ton of gluten free options (aka no pastries, bummer) but it’s easy to make small tweaks to have plenty of GF options. Oh and did I mention they have a great wine list?!

I recommend:

  • Tomato basil soup (hold the croutons)
  • Kale salad
  • Chopped salad 
  • Quinoa and kale side
  • The works tacos on corn tortillas 

2810 Westheimer RD
Houston, TX 77098

Houston Tried and True (Food)

True Food - L, D & Brunch

You know my love affair with this restarurant. Most of their dishes are gluten free and their gluten free pizzas are incredible! I love that it’s a great meal and you don’t feel the guilt of eating out and cheating on your diet here.  


  • Kale salad with shrimp, no breadcrumbs
  • Chicken salad, no farro (I seriously love farro, but unfortunately it is not GF)
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Lasagna 
  • Kalel Aid 

(Non GF’ers)

  • Crudite!! (The olive dip is one of my most favorite things!) 

1700 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, PA, TN, TX, VA)

California Pizza Kitchen

Okay, I know you’re probably like hunh? Honestly their GF pizza and now their cauliflower crust pizza are honestly something to write home about! My favorite pizza is spice pepperoni with serrano peppers, pineapple and if I’m feeling real fancy truffle oil.  That on a cauliflower pizza may change your life, it did mine!


  • Italian chopped salad (sub the dressing and ask for oil and vinegar on the side, I like the extra tang of adding my own)
  • Anything on the cauliflower crust, you save 90 calories per slice (makes me want to eat pizza every meal)

Post Oak Plaza
1705 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX


Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City Mall #610
Houston, TX

Steak 48

We often find ourselves eating out late, which isn’t the easiest thing to do in Houston. Steak 48 is open late and it satisfies the healthiest, and most unhealthy cravings alike. I love the beautiful/lively atmosphere and the staff is simply incredible!


  • Ribeye
  • Colossal crab claws
  • Hasselback potatoes
  • Chilean Seabass (seriously tastes like butter)
  • Brocolli
  • Tomato salad

4444 Westheimer Rd A-100
Houston, TX 77027
(Houston & Chicago)


Similar to Steak 48, it’s a great late night dining option. They have live music most nights and again, you can eat as healthy or as unhealthy as you’d like. If eating unhealthy, PLEASE get the lobster black truffle gnocchi, no it’s not gluten free, but I discovered it long before I went gluten free and oh boy do I miss it!,


  • Mediterranean chopped salad
  • Di Stefano burrata cheese & heirloom tomato
  • Vine ripened beefsteak tomato and onion 
  • Bone in KS strip
  • Sauteed sea scallops
  • Chilean Sea Bass
  • Garlic Mashed potatoes (I ate a whole bowl by myself on multiple occasions)
  • Truffle butter sautéed wild mushrooms
  • Grilled Brocollini 
  • Hamachi w/ crispy onions

(Non GF’ers)

  • George Banks Sauteed Sea scallops
  • Lobster bisque
  • Butter Cake

1650 W Loop S
Houston, TX 77027
(AZ, CA, FL, IL, MA, NV, NY, TX, DC)

Eddie V’s

Again, a great late-night spot complete with incredible live music! I love how you know what you’re going to get every single time! The food is amazing and so is the staff! They’re super aware of their menu and dietary restrictions and even have a GF menu.


  • Chilean seabass, prepared Swordfish style (trust me, they know what you mean)
  • Brocolinni (I literally crave this stuff it’s so good)
  • Tomato and Burrata salad (don’t ever trust someone who doesn’t like burrata)

2800 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098


12848 Queensbury Ln
Houston, TX 77024


Reviews: Bora Bora

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Four Seasons Bora Bora

Heaven.  Bora Bora just has to be God’s version of Heaven on Earth.  

I can sit here and try to describe the insane beauty of this place all day, but the truth is, there really is no way to adequately describe the beauty of Bora Bora.  No matter how many days you stay you never get used the breathtaking scenery!  We’d heard mixed things about the island- people loved it and it was the most relaxing trip ever, or it was boring and the food was sub-par. After planning a wedding in 5.5 months and traveling non-stop, boring sounded pretty fantastic!  

Turns out our trip was anything but boring!  We spent the first few days of our vacation doing nothing outside of eating, reading books on the beach, occasionally sitting in the water while reading, and then eating some more.  Okay, you caught me.  We may have had cutesie little umbrella drinks in our hands during each of those activities.  It was our honeymoon so maybe we had a few other extra-curricular activities included as well! Haha!

By day four we were ready to take advantage of all the amazing things the Four Seasons has to offer outside of the killer breakfast buffet and amazing restaurants.  Our first outing, and one you MUST do if visiting, is take a jet ski tour of the island.  The island is small so this doesn’t take long, but wow, it’s one of the most stunning and peaceful, yet thrilling, things we have done.  It’s truly the best way to see Mount Otemanu and the entire lagoon. 

Other highlights of this incredible property are the tennis courts, gym, pool, and all of the water sport options.  You can grab a kayak, paddle board, or snorkel at any point of your day, then go for a quick dip or paddle in the private lagoon that extends onto the property.  The gym is on the small side but very well equipped and looks out onto the Pacific.  There is also a nice walking trail along the water.

The spa.  Oh man, the spa!  We did a couple’s massage followed by a coconut milk bath. Views for days.  The views from this room were simply stunning with a direct view of Mount Otemanu in all its glory.  My favorite part of the massage was looking down through the glass in the floor where we could see the fish below us.  Who knew that could take your relaxation up another level?

The Four Season’s concierge was incredible and set up two other trips we did around the lagoon, both of which were memorable.   For one excursion, we snorkeled along the reefs and  swam with stingrays.  My nutso new groom swam with sharks just outside of the lagoon.  He saw mainly black tip sharks, but was lucky and laid eyes on a lemon shark as well.  I was more than happy to enjoy my view of my sexy man and the not-so-sexy sharks from the boat – umbrella drink in hand.  That’s a little more my speed. Adding to the experience was our boat captain. He was a local and would play the ukulele and sing while we boated from one location to the next.  He also prepared us a spread of fresh coconut and an assortment of freshly made muffins.  Can’t lose with a local musician and some yummy food!

We brought our trip to a close in style, taking a sunset boat cruise to town for drinks and dinner before returning to the resort.  It was gorgeous, romantic, and delicious.  Amazing on every level.  There’s not a whole lot more description needed for our last jaunt while on our honeymoon.

We truly had the best time and cannot wait to return.  The staff, the food, the activities were absolutely top notch and nothing about our trip was boring.  We found plenty of things to do, loved the food, and enjoyed the relaxation!  

Where to stay in Bora Bora

  • Four Seasons
  • St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui
  • Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach
  • Intercontinental le Moana Bora Bora
  • Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
  • Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
  • Le Meridian Bora Bora
  • Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora

Top 10 things to do in Bora Bora

  1. Take a jet ski tour around Mount Otemanu
  2. Paddle board from your bungalow to breakfast
  3. Snorkel in the lagoon (Four Seasons has a spectacular lagoon on their property)
  4. Swim with the black tip sharks & sting rays
  5. Book a sunset cruise 
  6. Grab drinks or dinner at Bloody Mary’s 
  7. Watch a traditional Polynesian show
  8. Have a romantic dinner at Arii Manu-order the tasting menu and wine pairings
  9. Take a quad tour around the island

How we did Bora Bora

LAX-PPT (8 hour flight)
Air Tahiti Nui
*You can also take Air France, from LAX to PPT.  Note if you book via Delta or American, you will still be flying on an Air Tahiti Nui plane, but you will be able to utilize your mileage.

Each airline only flies to PPT certain days of the week so your airline choice may end up being dictated by the dates of your trip.

PPT-BOB (45 minutes)
Air Tahiti
*This is the only airline that flies to Bora Bora

*Be sure your suitcases are not over 50lbs each. They have very strict weight requirements and you will have to have your bags sent on another flight if they are over the weight allotted to each passenger. 

Four Seasons (or hotel you are staying at) will meet you at the airport. They will then load your luggage onto a boat taxi to your hotel.  You will be with other families and couples also heading to your resort.  Each resort has their own water taxi.  

The hotel concierge will be your best friend when planning excursions.  They set up all excursions with trusted companies they work with, and they can guarantee you the best rates.

Excursions planned via Four Seasons Concierge:

  • Jet ski tour
  • Swimming with Sharks
  • Sunset Boat cruise to the main island
  • Dinner reservations at Restaurant St. James & Bloody Mary’s

Water sports via Four Seasons:

  • Jet skis
  • Kayak
  • Paddle Boards
  • Snorkeling 

Due to flights leaving from the island, and flights leaving to our next destination we had a 24 hour layover in Tahiti.  

We stayed at the Intercontinental Tahiti.  I will be honest, after leaving Bora Bora, it does not seem as lush or luxurious as Bora Bora, but it is still beautiful!  The hotel is in the process of renovating.  If you book a room, make sure you ask if you’re booking a renovated room as they are far and away nicer.  If you want to spend a few days in Tahiti, Intercontinental also has over water bungalows.  

We left PPT on Air New Zealand and flew directly to Auckland, but that is for another post.  Make sure when booking your flights you add in your mileage account numbers.  We booked Air NZ via United so we were able to accrue miles for our trip!