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
We decided on Four Seasons Mountain View room and so glad we did. The room was roomy, comfortable and accommodating. The view and property was spectacular. The staff was extremely attentive and there isn't anything they haven't thought of. The snorkeling lagoon was an unexpected delight. Best vacation we have ever had -will definitely go back!!!!
For all the talk about Bora Bora it’s easy to have unattainable expectations. Somehow, Four Seasons surpassed ours. The staff and room were incredible. The hotel was more remote than I could’ve imagined; we felt like we had the resort to ourselves. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. We can’t wait to comeback.
We just returned from our first, but not our last, vacation to this incredible resort. The trip was a bucket list item, but now the Four Seasons Bora Bora will be on our regular vacation cycle. From start to finish the resort, amenities and service were simply exceptional and second to none. The staff were so accommodating in catering to our every need.
We were pleasantly surprised at the restaurants too. In some pictures online, the meal portions looked beautiful but very small. When we ate, we found the portions to be much more substantial and filling. And the quality was outstanding. The chateaubriand at Arii Moana was to die for. The sushi at the Sunset Bar was fresh and first class and even the Fare Hoa Beach Pool Bar & Restaurant had amazing food. The included breakfast buffet is awesome and be sure to order the items on the menu that are not on the buffet display (e.g eggs benedict). They’re included but have to be ordered separately. We must also compliment our server at Fare Hoa, Patricia from Argentina. We only dined there a few times but at the end we felt we had made a great friend. We had some great conversations and on our last night we exchanged hugs with her. (Management – she’s a credit to your resort and a huge asset). Constance, the new sommelier at Arii Moana was also a perfect mix of friendliness and professional sommelier and we also enjoyed chatting with her. Even Oliver by the lagoon who catered to our concerns of a fish who we felt “may have been under the weather” lol!!
The amenities are beautiful and the resort is kept in tip top condition and perfectly manicured. We loved snorkeling in the private lagoon and exploring the work the onsite marine biologist is doing to restore coral formations etc. You can be provided small packets of fish food to feed the abundance of fish and that’s a must do, especially if you have kids, as the fish swarm you and literally eat out of your hand.
The rooms are to die for and we loved our bungalow 319. It’s perfectly in the middle of the accommodations and has a nice deck and 10/12 foot of crystal clear water to dive into. We loved rolling back the room shutters, lying in bed and staring out at the amazing view and pristine turquoise waters. They are furnished perfectly and truly make you feel you’re living the life of luxury.
Even the “random” services are great. On one occasion I lost my expensive sunglasses shopping in Viatape. Back at the Four Seasons I called around and tracked them to a store – however, I had no way to pick them up. On contacting the front desk through the great resort app, they quickly arranged a messenger to go by boat, collect them and deliver them to out room (in a handmade bag out of woven leaves).
On checking out we learned if you have to wait a few hours for the boat back to the airport terminal you can use the spa facilities free to both relax and freshen up.
Congratulations Four Seasons Bora Bora – we can’t wait to see you again!
There are no words for how beautiful Bora Bora is..but I can invest some in reviewing this hotel. The thing I like most about Four Season Resorts and Hotels is that they do all the little things right..every traveller is treated with the best of care and respect. And they are absolutely the best when it comes to kids. I can't push this anymore...if you are planning on going to Bora Bora, you should stay here. It's as simple as that.
We stayed at this property due to a suggestion from a friend and we are glad we chose this resort. Everything was perfect from landing at BOB to departing after our stay.
Using the Four Seasons App was easy, room service, requests, etc. all from the app.
The excursions set up through the resort were done very well. Swimming with Sharks and the Jet Ski excursion are must do's. These 2 give you a good idea of what the lagoon has to offer.
This resort is expensive, no doubt about that but well worth it in my opinion. Will definitely be back again.