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
After honeymooning in Bora Bora 25 years ago, we finally returned to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and the island is as magical as we remembered! Everything about the Four Seasons was perfection! The airport transfer on a beautiful boat, being greeted by name upon arrival, the check in process with complimentary croissants and fresh fruit, the personal service and attention to detail - it was exactly what you would expect and more. We stayed in a lagoon view bungalow for 8 nights and it was wonderful. The rooms are huge and newly furnished. We especially loved the large deck with lounge chairs and shaded seating area. We spent every morning on our deck enjoying our coffee with the wonderful breeze and stunning views of the turquoise water.
The food was very good in all of the restaurants, but the Sunset was our favorite and we ended up eating there several times. The service was 5 star and we were so well cared for! Sit at the bar over the water and enjoy the sunset. You'll feel like you're in a dream!
The pool and beach area are stunning and the service in both areas was also 5 star. We really enjoyed getting to know the servers and staff at the resort and everyone was genuinely kind and friendly at every encounter. We loved the staff at the breakfast restaurant too and looked forward to seeing them every morning. It was so hard to leave!
Tips: Use the app for everything! So easy to chat with the concierge and book reservations for dinner, request housekeeping and room service with the app.
Bring sunscreen and snacks for your bungalow. They provide power adapters, complimentary beach bag, flip flops, and robes. Water shoes and snorkeling gear can be picked up at activity hut and kept in your room. Bring floaties and they will blow them up for you.
Our favorite excursion was the 4 hour shark and ray snorkel trip with Coco! We went from 9:30-1:30 and made 4 stops. Saw the most beautiful fish, sharks and rays. Worth every penny! We also did the complimentary motu getaway with Manu and had the best time! We had 3 hours (9-12) so we went snorkeling and then relaxed and swam at the motu. Such a wonderful trip and the guides were really fun and interesting.
Other activities we did were the jet ski tour, couples massage and Polynesian dinner show. All were high quality experiences but the snorkeling was our favorite.
Mauruuru Four Seasons resort for a magical anniversary! We will be back!
The friendly staff, the amazing turquoise water, the wonderful food! This hotel has it all. When face down on massage table I was looking at glass floor watching beautiful fish swim in coral garden. After traveling the world for nearly 4 decades we finally made it to Bora Bora and can't believe we didn't get here before now. You hear people talk about paradise but this is the REAL paradise. We'll never forget swimming with the blacktip sharks and stingrays as long as we live, it was incredible. Thanks Steven and Timmy, our hilarious guides. No past or future vacation will ever top this I'm sure.
The first time I went to Bora Bora I was 16 and I had the great fortune to return 30 years later. The Island is still magnificent. I left a piece of my 16 year old heart here and found it again in the turquoise waters. It was a bucket list to stay in an over water bungalow. My morning coffee was enjoyed while looking at the rainbow across the lagoon with Mt. Otemanu in the background. It was heaven on earth for that week and I will never forget it. The food was my favorite and miss it every day. Swordfish ceviche was amazing.
The hotel took great care of us. This was a trip of a lifetime and a little piece of my heart still lives in Bora Bora.