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
Excellent hotel, staff, rooms, amenities. Everything was just perfect from the time we were picked up at the airport to the time we were dropped off at the airport for our departure. Hotel staff are very courteous and very helpful all the times. Food was good. The polynesian dinner with show was great. The location of the hotel is great. The four seasons app you have to download it once you get there. Its a must. Makes everything much more easier. Reservations, questions, or anything you need you can send a message through the app and they’ll respond right away. No need to be picking up the phone to talk to someone. Also when we arrived to the hotel in the yatch, there were hotel staff waiting for each couple that got off the boat. Great personalized service. No waiting in line to check in. Overall I got no complaints at all from our stay. It was truly a dream vacation. Will defenetely be staying at four seasons next time we go to Bora Bora. Be ready to go with an open check book or credit card. Nothing is cheap in Bora Bora
What an amazing experience from start to finish. The property, bungalows, and entire resort are in perfect condition. Service is great and all the staff is helpful and all smiles. Everything is expensive but well worth it.
We stayed on Bora Bora 25 years ago on our honeymoon, and while we loved the island's spectacular natural beauty we were underwhelmed by the quality of the food and service at our resort, which was top-of-the-line back then. We were hopeful that the Four Seasons would bring their usual high standards here and were not disappointed.
The hotel is built on the outer ring that surrounds the Bora Bora lagoon, so our room, like most of the resort, had a spectacular view of Mount Otemanu (a view that's not easy to get from the main island). Our bungalow was an overwater suite with a plunge pool - spacious enough to relax, read, sleep, use the pool or take a dip in the lagoon right from the back deck. Service was impeccable and prompt, and the food was very good.
The hotel had called us a month before our stay to advise us of ongoing renovations at the property, in consideration of which we would receive a resort credit though we were told that the noise would be far from our bungalow and not noticeable. In fact the work wasn't that far from our bungalow and the noise was noticeable on our first day, but overall it did not detract materially from our experience and we felt more than fairly compensated by the property credit.
We went in February, which I would not advise as it is rainy season at that time of the year. It rained on most of our days including one day with all-day downpours. The weather was poor enough to affect lagoon swimming / boating activities on most days. Our main island excursion tour had to be canceled because the roads were too muddy despite the fact it was actually not raining that day. For the most part, since we were just planning to relax anyway, this did not affect us that much, but worth considering if you plan to be active.
Like most Four Seasons hotels, this property is very expensive, but to my mind it's worth it for both the responsive "can-do" service attitude and the spectacular facility. We plan to return in the not-too-distant future.
Awesome place. Yes expensive, but worth it! Come during construction... Your stay is not interrupted but you get credit for some things to do. We loved of time here and so glad we chose Four Seasons. We are definitely coming back. 💕
We celebrated our anniversary in French Polynesia in February. We have been twice before. We are well-traveled, but this is truly one of our favorite destinations. On this trip, we were looking for a mix of styles. We wanted something nice with Polynesian warmth and authenticity combined with something 5 star upscale. So we chose the Sofitel Ia Ora Resort in Moorea for authentic charm and the Four Season resort in Bora Bora for the 5 star top of the line experience. I am posting reviews of both and both were excellent in their own ways. We always book with Venture Tahiti because of the well organized and reliable experience we have had with them all three times.
We have visited Bora Bora twice. We stayed in a different hotel before which was also great, but we wanted to try the Four Seasons for this visit. You notice subtle and not so subtle differences every step of the way with Four Seasons. First, the pick up at the airport and ride in the hotel’s beautiful boat sets an impression different and above from other hotels and the boats they used at the airport.
The Four Seasons delivered what we expected from a 5 star luxury hotel in Bora Bora. The setting of the resort is gorgeous with direct views of the mountain peaks. The lagoon water around the hotels is clear and inviting for swimming. We booked the Mt. Otemanu View Overwater Bungalow with Plunge Pool suspended over the lagoon. This was a big splurge for us, but we had a good special offer and guidance from our travel agent who works with the Four Seasons quite closely. Perhaps it seems silly to have you own pool directly over the clear lagoon, but this was a big anniversary for us and we wanted to do it. We have no regrets. I am not sure we would do it again, but having the plunge pool on this trip was very special and we sipped champagne happily from it. There was a bottle of champagne waiting for us in the bungalow when we arrived and we managed to go through a couple while we were there. The bungalow itself was spacious and wonderful with deep rich wood and every amenity you would expect from a Four Seasons.
The hotel has some construction going on and our travel agent was concerned about the impact it might have on us. It seemed like the construction was minimal or just starting. However, we received a very generous daily compensation credit from the resort (about $250 per day) . The construction may be more of an impact later.
The staff were very kind and accommodating. I did use the spa twice and thoroughly loved it. The man-made inner lagoon that runs through the resort is nice and stocked with a number of colorful fish. The food and bar service were very good. I’m not sure about service or atmosphere at the main pool or beach because we never used either since we were booked overwater with our own plunge pool. But, if they are like anything else at the resort then I am sure they are great too.
The one drawback is the limited boat service to the main island. We knew this in advance, and were prepared for it. In Moorea, we had tremendous access to the island and being able to go and explore on our own. But that is not the case in Bora Bora with the Four Seasons and some of the other hotels there. You are pretty much going to spend your time at the resort and not really go off of the property for dinners out or exploring on your own. As long as you understand that in advance (and our travel agent could not have been more clear about that) then you will be fine. The resort is beautiful, the food is good, the service great, and with a bungalow like the one we had, you just want to be there the whole time and enjoy it all as much as you can.
We loved the Four Seasons. We like to try new things and enjoyed this experience very much. We will return to Bora Bora again and very likely the Four Seasons, but if going for more than a week to French Polynesia, we would recommend combining the trip with another island with more flexibility where you can explore on your own and interact more with local people. We did that in Moorea this trip, and we have done it in Huahine on a previous trip. Anyway, it was a wonderful trip and a great way to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you to John at Venture Tahiti for the perfect room category recommendations, your advice is always spot on, your service was great, and all the information you give us is so helpful.