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InterContinental® Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa has created a romantic secret garden of love in the resort’s botanical garden where sweethearts can symbolize their eternal devotion by sealing their love with a lock in Bora Bora in Polynesian style. 

Honeymooners, those celebrating a wedding anniversary, or amours, can leave their mark of love. In the quiet and intimate garden, guests can select between four Polynesian symbols—the turtle, the sun, the sea shell, and the lizard, which each correspond to a specific palm tree.    

  • The turtle is one of the most important and popular elements in Polynesian culture. It symbolizes many meanings including long life, wellness, fertility, union, family and harmony.   
  • The sun in Polynesian culture often stands for riches, brilliance, grandness and leadership. Similar to other cultures, the sun’s periodic rising is regarded as eternity and connected to rebirth.   
  • Seashells often symbolize shields, protection and intimacy in Polynesian culture. The designs have many variations and styles. Bivalve shells symbolize couples and marriage.  
  • Lizards are important part of Polynesian beliefs and regarded as forms of gods, who can speak to gods, watch the hidden world, and are regarded as ancestors of Polynesian people. 

Lovers can then attach their lock to the palm tree with their chosen symbol and throw away the keys in the garden’s Tiki, which symbolizes the protection of love forever. Guests are encouraged to bring their own customized lock. Locks are also available for purchase in the resort’s boutique.  

More information: concierge.boraboraspa@ihg.com