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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Four Seasons Bora Bora is a beautiful hotel with gorgeous overwater bungalows and fantastic staff. When considering booking the perfect Bora Bora hotel, there are many things to consider and this hotel is beyond fabulous in every regard.
1. OWB. Elegantly decorated, spacious with high ceilings, directly over turquoise water, and overlooking the mountain, Four Seasons Bora Bora has everything you’d want in an OWB. Other key features: central AC control in each individual room (cools silently and efficiently), beautiful sliding doors between rooms, and multiple glass floor areas throughout the bathroom. Private balcony.
2. Service. Top notch and best experience we’ve had. Marine was the best host, she catered to every possible need and made us feel like family. She deserves recognition for her excellent and professional service, hospitality, and going above and beyond in every way.
3. Pool, Beach, Water Activities. We went right before Easter, so it was quiet, serene, and we had access to everything. Greatest part is access to all water activities. Snorkels, water shoes, paddle boards are all available.
4. Attention to Detail. Every element was thought about. We received coconut waters in our room on arrival because the staff (Marine) knew we did not drink alcohol. We were whisked away to our room even though we arrived so early after having 20+ hour flight. Again, Marine checked in with us frequently to make sure we were having a wonderful stay. She was absolutely phenomenal and really contributed to us having a great trip and made it feel like paradise.
5. Food. Breakfast was fantastic, tons of options, all delicious. Since you pretty much eat all meals on property, I would say this was my favorite meal. Dinners were not as great and were pricy, but it was satisfying... they do have have to bring everything here and you can see how remote it is to do that.
We had friends that stayed at the neighboring St Regis and I can say that our trips were nearly identical, but perhaps our food was a bit better. We also had a better view.
First Class place to stay. We booked it because of our previous experience with Four Season resorts ,but the personnel at the facility made our stay the best experience we have had staying at a destination Vacation spot. The facility was very clean, modern but appropriately decorated and the staff was second to none . The local Polynesian people were as Sweet and Nice as they come and made us feel very welcome, at all times. Extremely professional staff.
This place is simply amazing. One of the best places I have ever stayed. Do yourself a favour and just book!
Spacious over water bungalow with everything set out perfectly and very private. Really quiet except the wind and lapping water, nice and dark and comfortable bed. The only slight issue was the poor shower pressure.
Absolutely beautiful. The gardens are perfectly manicured, the lagoon is simply stunning and it is just a please to walk around.
Do the jet skis. Do the shark and ray tour. You will not regret either.
The gym and day spa are out of this world. We have just come from the Brando and the FS gym and day spa is far superior. Amazing view from the gym, the two jacuzzi options are epic and the treatments fantastic.
We also played tennis, beach volleyball and table tennis. Great given we have kids.
Kids club was basic but decent activities. Generally our kids were the only ones in there. Wouldn’t make my top 10 kids clubs. The water park outside kids club is no longer.
Extremely expensive food. This is by far the biggest issue you will find. It’s insulting to pay 4500 XPF for a burger.
A birthday cake cost 10,000XPF!
Nice variety of restaurants though and quality was ok.
Breakfast was really good, lots of choice and lovely setting. They did miss the little things like cracked pepper and decent coffee. Loved the coconut drinks, waffles and pancakes.
The pool is exceptional. A place you literally can spend all day at. Has atmosphere but isn’t busy. Great jacuzzi. Lots of seating options. Amazing view over the lagoon. Also well sheltered from the constant strong wind (unlike the Brando pool which was unusable in the wind).
The beach looks good but isn’t really that usable. Lots of sharp coral and surprisingly not great visibility. We swam far more in the pool and also jumping off the villa into the water.
The snorkeling in the lagoon was fun but nothing amazing. Could see as much from the land as the water. Places like Fiji with house reefs far better.
Loved running along the ocean path as well. Spectacular.
Typical FS service. Personable, attentive, friendly and would remember your preferences at breakfast. Check in easy, the airport greeting fantastic and room service always delivered quickly. The guys running the sports/beach activity were awesome. Concierge good in person, pretty hopeless on the ap.
A relatively large resort that still felt personable. Sensational activities, amazing day spa/gym, great pool and in one of the best locations in the world make this an absolute favourite.