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
This place was absolutely extraordinary! Loved everything from the boat ride to the check in, to the absolutely wonderful service. Felix at the bar said it best, "Here, EVERYTHING is possible!" And truly, they did EVERYTHING well and beyond my wildest expectations. Overwater bungalow was beyond words. Their own private lagoon was my best snorkeling experience ever. In a word, all was EXTRAORDINARY! ENJOY YOUR VISIT!
Outstanding resort by any measure, particularly service, attention and food...!! In the setting of the 'most beautiful place on earth, as stated by James Mitchener, the Four Seasons Bora ranks among the best resorts in the world.
This was an unforgettable vacation for us. From the guest rooms, the views, to the service. 4 Season in Bora Bora is the only way to go! The staff became like long time friends to us. My wife and I were sad to say good bye to them.
My wife and I made this resort the middle of our honeymoon. I had starting planning our visit about a year prior to arrival.
Albeit slow answering my emails, the resort answered all my questions before my arrival and helped me book all the restaurants and activities for our stay.
The second we landed and walked into the BOB airport, a staff member of the hotel was there waiting. We got our leis, and were asked to tag our bags and they would load them onto the boat. Once we got settled into the boat, we were served water and chilled towels that smelled divine. Please, if they sell this essential odor, send me the link to purchase. The day ended up cloudy but calm, so the boat ride there was smooth sailing.
The check in process was a tad jumbled. One of my pre-planned surprises was not on my activity list, and had to ruin the surprise to ensure it worked during the check in.
The app would not work with our name/confirmation number, and we were told IT would call us to fix it. We were told the app would make communicating with the concierge and booking things would be made easier with it, but it was never fixed. Truly the worst part of our vacation.
We were told the bungalow would not be ready until after 3. We went to a delicious lunch and walked the beach and resort. It was gorgeous and clean. Be aware of the bugs, bring bug spray.
We eventually made it back to the front desk where we waited a bit longer until the room was ready. They called a cart and brought us to the bungalow.
The cart drove us to our bungalow, where our jaws hit the deck, then fell into the water. The amazing Mountain View and refurbished bungalow left us speechless and gasping. The room was amazingly big for the 2 of us. Our bags were already waiting for us inside. Our driver asked if we would like a tour. He was wonderful. Truly a spectacular room. Everything was fantastic.
If anyone knows where to buy the shampoo and conditioner, please let me know!
All the restaurants were very enjoyable. Some were better than others. The room service and Fare Hoa had the greatest people working there. They learned our names by the first day, learned our preferences, and were accommodating without being overwhelming. The Moana restaurant had the best steak and lobster I’ve had in my life. The staff was very good.
Sunset Grill had amazing food, definitely should try here first. The dumplings were so good we had to order another. What an amazing view as well. Great atmosphere.
The luau was very nice, but if you miss it, don’t feel bad.
Movie by the water/pool was a great experience. Great atmosphere, was calm and later in the day, the staff gave us popcorn and seemed to be enjoying it as much as we were.
The stars and night sky are breathtaking. Download some star gazing app before you go, because you can see every star I could think of. We were even able to see some planets with how clear and dark it was.
We went to St James restaurant on the other side of the island. The boat ride was nice, but the taxi was questionable but safe. The food was delicious and cheaper than the resort. It was nice seeing the other side and outside the resort, but after that night we canceled our quick trip across to it again.
The scuba diving was a life changing experience. We did an intro semi-private dive. Our instructor, I believe Elise, was truly amazing, patient, kind, and so helpful. We can not way to get certified now and to try it again.
We did scuba with the marine biologist, and that was fun and educational! He was knowledgeable and well spoken.
The spa had the most amazing couples massage of my life. We did their special room with gold scrub and 3 hour special. The spa staff were phenomenal at what they do and how kind and professional they were. I highly recommend their spa.
Overall, we had an amazing time here. If we come back to Bora Bora, there is no where else we would stay.
Loved Bora Bora and certainly aspects of the FS but major failures at the resort.
Brief outline of issues:
1. Bugs in room. Hotel notified. Room sprayed. Smelled like pesticide. 2 of us developed rashes/broke out.
2. Terrible food experience at Sunset grill. Over an hour wait for cold undercooked appetizers. Food came out at separate Times. Kids were done eating and left before I even got my lukewarm food. Second visit better. Final visit not good also- lukewarm food, slow, my entree came 15 minutes after everyone else had eaten. Kids had left for movie night.
3. Polynesian dinner- requested gluten free shellfish allergy meal for daughter. Daughter receives bento box. Staff comes back 5 minutes later after she has eaten part of it and tells her not to eat it and that they made a mistake. Staff Leaves. No one comes back or being her food. I have to hunt down a manager to get her a dish. My food was cold and remaining food at table eaten.
4. Front desk is not friendly. At all! Very disinterested and aloof. Check in experience was awful. We wished we had considered St. Regis.
5. Carts are in disrepair and break down.
6. Not nearly enough carts. Wait times 10-20 minutes.
7. Wood on overwater deck is rotting and falling apart in areas.
8. Spa facilities are very small and dated. Steam room broke off and on. It was either cold or ridiculously hot. Unusable. No dry sauna. Coed hot tub and steam room bizarre for this level of resort. Men’s locker room tiny. Needs complete renovation, expansion and modernization.
10. Told I would be contacted by upper management during our stay but no one reached out.
11. Breakfast buffet- Too small for resort size. One person making omelets and waffles for entire resort. Long wait times.
12. Food options are limited. Need a complete overhaul of restaurants and more variety.
13. Resort needs more daily activities. Can be slow when you don’t get out on water. Look at level of engagement at FS Costa Rica!
14. About half of cart drivers appeared annoyed and to hate their jobs. The rest were great.
I was at four seasons Costa Rica in March. It was spectacular. Pretty much perfect. FS Bora Bora could learn a lot from that property.
Can’t get over the bugs in the room- the spraying resulted in the room smelling for days. Who knows what we were exposed too.
The inability to handle gluten and shellfish allergy diet restrictions was hugely difficult and hazardous to guest safety. Our dining experiences were pathetic to be frank.
The failure of management to contact us was weak.
Shuttle to main island at night was a bit in the scary side. It did not feel safe. My kids did not like it.
Pool staff and service great as was room service. Concierge we and spa staff were fantastic. Spa treatment rooms fantastic. Pool area and cabanas great.
Amazing unbelievable stunning location and views. The water is unlike anything I have ever seen. Snorkeling and scuba were incredible.
Pick up at airport and transport was great.
Overwater bungalow was beautiful, large, well laid out- but the bugs!
Overall, I would return to Bora Bora but would would look into other properties. I know FS can do better. I personally experienced it in March at the Costa Rica property which is outstanding in every way... if only it had the water of Bora Bora.