How to Plan a Picnic in Paradise

Long-lasting memories will be created for groups receiving an ultimate reward—a picnic on a private islet in dreamy French Polynesia with dishes prepared in the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort’s signature Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, Lagoon. Although this may sound like a faraway fantasy, it is more attainable than you may think. Daily nonstop service from Los Angeles makes the islands of French Polynesia within easy reach. 

The private picnics that the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort offers to groups are truly special. Executive Chef Sebastien Le Gall personalizes this ultimate indulgence according to the preferences of the group. The picnic works well for small groups and as an icebreaker for those who do not know each other. 

The vibe of the islet is intended to be Robinson Crusoe-like, but it is actually located within the resort. The property’s complimentary equipment for water-based activities, like paddleboards and kayaks, can be brought over for some beach fun, and live music can be arranged to add to the festive atmosphere. The islet’s beach faces the lagoon area of the resort with views of Mount Otemanu and the resort’s overwater villas in the distance. 

The picnic is set up on low tables in the sand, with cushions for seating and food displayed at the edge of the lagoon. The resort itself is idyllic, set admist lush unspoiled surroundings and pristine waters in seven shades of blue. 

Sample picnic menu from the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort:

• Caesar salad with roasted chicken and parmesan cheese
• Caprese salad with tomatoes and mozzarella 
• Poached local shrimp in sesame oil

• Seared tuna on focaccia with tzatziki, confit pepper, and a mesclun salad
• Roasted chicken, tomato, pesto, and a green salad
• Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on layers of toast 

• Assortment of cakes
• Fresh fruit plate

Along with a selection of soft drinks and mineral water