Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
What We Love
- Resort restaurants highlight fresh caught fish and meld local and French traditions
- Plenty of free activities, including non-motorized water sports, tennis and shark feeding
- The excellent Kids for All Seasons club offers free activities, crafts, meals and child-minding for children 5 to 12 years old
What To Know
- The resort is a 15-minute boat ride from the Bora Bora airport
- There’s a $24 per day fee for WiFi access in rooms
- A free boat shuttle takes guests to nearby Vaitape for shopping and sightseeing
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Set on a private motu, or small islet, in one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world is this hideaway of lush tropical gardens and pristine beaches. Directly across, and visible from bungalows, the spa and restaurants, are the craggy green peaks of Mount Otemanu. The resort defines laid back luxury thanks to a blend of sexy yet comfortable textures in the bungalows, tiki torches that light up paths come nighttime and a staff that goes above and beyond to make sure guests are happy.
Bed and Bath
Sprinkled across the motu are 15 immaculately furnished beachfront villas and 100 over-water bungalows with high ceilings, thatched roofs and glass panels (including one on the floor in the over-water bungalows). Inside, the traditional teak furnishings are complemented by cozy cotton and linen textures in a soothing palette of creams and mocha. Roomy living spaces open onto a furnished deck for private lounging and, in OWB, a stepladder leading into the lagoon. Bungalows are stocked with snorkel gear, iPod docking stations, satellite TV and WiFi access.
The resort offers four restaurants as well as in-bungalow dining. Sit at the bar at the Sunset Restaurant and, with cocktail in hand, watch Mother Earth paint the sky into evening. For a post swim option, there’s Faré Hoa, a casual beachside café that serves a killer seared Wagyu beef with goat cheese and caramelized nuts. Don’t leave the resort without visiting the spa and partaking in one of their signature rituals, which blend ancient Polynesian practices with essential oils and scrubs made with local ingredients.
In the Area
Book a guided snorkel with the resident marine biologist, Oliver Martin, who’ll point out the exotic fish that live in the resort’s Lagoon Sanctuary. During World War II, the island was an American stronghold, and you can still visit the cannons that were left scattered throughout the island of Vaitape. After your tour, stop at St. James, an overwater restaurant that serves traditional dishes with a French twist. Coming to Bora Bora and not diving is like going to Paris and skipping the Eiffel Tower. The hotel’s concierge can help you book a dive with Top Dive Center.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed at the Four Seasons for 4 nights in the overwater bungalows (Bungalow 120) last month. When booking our trip, we researched and wanted to stay at the St. Regis Bora Bora for 8 nights, however, they were only able to accomodate us for 7 nights. Our travel agent asked us if we would stay at Four Seasons for one night and then we could move over to the St. Regis. Since we were staying 8 nights, we decided to split it up and stay 4 evenings at each resort to get the experience at both resorts. We stayed for the first 4 nights at Four Seasons. The grounds are beautiful and the staff was friendly, however, they did not go above and beyond to make our stay memorable. I was disappointed that the $100 voucher per day that was given, could only be used for certain things. It would have been great to use towards meals there. You have to allow yourself an extra 10-15 min to walk everywhere from the bungalows. We moved over to the St. Regis for the next 4 evenings and it was a completely different experience. Everyone we met, remembered our names and went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing stay. We had 24 hour butler service, bicycles to ride around the resort and keep at our bungalow at all times. Wake up each morning and dial 9 and you have your coffee delivered to you! We did enjoy our stay at Four Seasons, but when I return to this beautiful island, it will be at the St. Regis resort. One positive thing that Four Seasons has over St. Regis is that they have a washer/dryer near the ice stations to do laundry. St. Regis doesn't offer that.
We stayed here 5 nights during our "Dream Anniversary Trip" in one of the overwater bungalows. The hotel is in a beautiful spot with amazing views of the lagoon and main island. The staff could not have been more helpful, friendly, and welcoming from reception, concierge, restaurants, to housekeeping. We really cannot say enough about the great treatment we received from staff. There are only a few things keeping us from giving this resort 5 stars. Firstly, they are undergoing building new bungalows and repairs on existing ones, which is great, except the noise, workers, etc. that you hear and walk by each day does take away from what could be a relaxing beach experience. Because of this, they give you approximately a $100/day credit towards the spa and select resort activities. Secondly, our bungalow was in need of updating and maintenance. We don't know if they were eventually going to renovate ours or not, but for the price, and the years of anticipation staying here, it didn't quite meet our expectations. While the housekeeping staff did an amazing job cleaning etc, the tub was worn and looked unappealing, the sink was cracked, the furniture and deck needed staining desperately, and the desk chair had literal holes in it. Just not what we're used to when staying in a four seasons hotel. ( I get it, it's in a tropical paradise, but again, it is Four Seasons brand.) Thirdly, while the food is great, we found it limited. There are a few restaurants to choose from at the resort, but the hours are limited, so if you don't eat at certain times, they are closed. Even the pool side bar only has room service menu during many hours. And, if they are having a themed dinner that night, only room service menu is your only other option, unless you want to take a 30 minute boat ride to the main island restaurants. We also thought they should have a small shop at the resort to buy some basic supplies/meds/snacks/something? (They were kind enough to send a messenger to the island pharmacy for us, but we still didn't get the right product.) Speaking to other guests at the resort, these complaints were shared and unsolicited. We didn't view the other resorts, so unable to compare to Thalasso, St. Regis etc. in person.
You wont be disappointed. Four Seasons Bora Bora has it figured out and we were totally impressed. Every person we came in contact with made sure we were having the best time and it was genuinely important to them. We have traveled to several luxury resorts over the years and this one became our new number 1.
We have been fortunate to be able to travel the world and nothing compares to our trip to Bora Bora. It’s so amazing that I am writing my review while we are still here.
Four Seasons is the place to stay when you come to Bora Bora!!
March for us was a great choice in terms of weather. It’s been blue sky and cloudy so a
Little sprinkle of rain to cool us down for when the sun is not hidden behind clouds was perfect. When the sun is out, it’s extremely hot. There is sunscreen all over the resort so we are consistently putting more on to protect
The flight for us was 35 hours, four planes to get here door to door however I say this as any distance you have to travel is beyond worth to arrive to what we feel is a dream destination.
We were met at the airport by boat taxi by four seasons and boat ride was 20 minutes. Check in was smooth and rooms are ready for 3pm. All huts are beautifully placed - we were in the 200 section with a mountain view which was worth it for us as the view alone is beyond entertaining. Huts in 300-400’s would be further to walk. There is no bad spot to stay in at the four seasons in Bora Bora - all beautiful!!
Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. We swam and snorkelled every day off our patio.
The resort is perfect. When we are here it’s sold out (they have about 108 units) and it feels like we are the only ones here as we see nobody. The resort we are told was designed this way, to make one feel like your the only ones.
The staff are exceptional. From housekeeping, activity area, spa, concierge, bar/restaurant and front desk...everyone was exceptional.
We brought a bottle to have drinks in our room at night.
Snacks is a must to bring and thankful we did. We kept In our room and fridge.
Perfect for in the day to have or at night when we sat on our patio.
Polynesian night is entertaining and great food.
Get up at 4am and sit on your patio to watch the sky packed with stars - amazing!
Stingray and shark snorkelling is a must - if your going to do a tour this is the one we recommend highly. Best ever. 930am-130pm $150 US a person and you’ll get to go all around the island. Worth every penny.
We also did the 45 minute jet ski and it was so much fun $200 US/ person. We only rented one for the two of us to sit together and the cost was still $200 US.
Bring an underwater camera - lots of snorkelling around the resort and you get to see amazing fish.
Paddleboarding and kayaking is available at no cost daily and so fun.
Life jackets available.
Bring a sunshirt and hat!!!
Hotel provides water shoes and snorkel gear you can keep in your room for your stay.
You have bathrobes and flip flops in your rooms to use for your stay.
There is some
Construction happening on the property during our stay as they are expanding rooms however it has not disturbed our holiday in any way. We don’t even notice it.
Once you mark this off your bucket list, I guarantee you’ll put it right back on the list...because it’s that amazing! Enjoy.
The whole experience was fantastic! The over water villa was very spacious and luxurious, we were constantly pampered by very friendly and attentive staff. The restaurants offered a wide variety of fresh and delicious food. The ground was lush and beautifully landscaped with tropical plants. We spent the time on the pristine beach with the beautiful view and gorgeous red sunsets! Amazing snorkeling among colorful exotic fish, great tours around the island, loved the huge stingrays under our vila at night, the it was great waking up to see the gorgeous sunrise from bed!