The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
What We Love
- On-call butlers who cater to your every whim, including free pressing of two garments upon check-in
- Snorkeling in the Lagoonarium, the resort’s own saltwater lagoon that is teeming with native fish
- An adults-only pool with secluded private cabanas
What To Know
- WiFi access costs $32 per day
- The hotel welcomes families and offers crafts, movie nights and other activities to keep little ones happy
- Don’t dismiss beach villas as they are not only bigger but also offer private gardens and access to a private stretch of sand
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Located on a private island, The St. Regis Bora Bora’s 100 thatched-roof villas, spa set in its own islet, Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and sushi-and-sake restaurant are spread over 44 acres along the edge of a calm lagoon. The look in guest villas and public spaces is Bali-Thai chic, and rooms feature earth-toned textiles that are traditionally woven as well as exotic wood furniture. Intricately carved Polynesian sculptures and paintings depicting island life add a local design touch throughout.
Bed and Bath
Thatched-roof villas set on the sandy beach feature private gardens or terraces with plunge pools, outdoor showers and dining gazebos while the rest are perched over the lagoon overlooking the jagged peaks of Mount Otemanu, an extinct volcano that rises out of turquoise waters that stretch to the horizon. The décor in all villas fuses native woods, woven textiles, floor-to-ceiling windows and Polynesian art. Huge Italian marble-clad bathrooms offer double sinks, sunken tubs, rain showers and separate dressing areas. There’s plenty of hi-tech gadgetry, including 42-inch TVs, CD/DVD players and Bose surround-sound systems. In overwater villas, wooden doors in the bedrooms slide open for views of the sea. Guests can also peek down into the underwater world via indoor glass viewing panels built into the floors.
Cool off during the day with drinks at Aparima, the swim-up bar. And don’t miss dining at Sushi Take Restaurant, the first sushi joint in Bora Bora. You know a restaurant is good when even non-hotel guests are dining there: Jean-Georges’s Lagoon is one such place, and it’s easy to see why. Suspended above the lagoon and affording awesome views of Mount Otemanu, the restaurant serves delicious Franco-Asian dishes prepared with ingredients indigenous to the islands. The resort offers a free kids club—activities include sand crafts, swimming, tennis and Polynesian arts—for children aged 5 to 12. And Miri Miri Spa, which sits in its own islet within the resort, offers treatments under open-air cabanas or in spectacular indoor treatment rooms that lead to private patios with plunge pools and outdoor showers.
In the Area
Ask the concierge to book a diving or snorkeling excursion with Diveasy Bora Bora. Or experience the underwater world in a submarine and encounter snappers, lemon shark and stingrays, among other marine life. Everyone who goes to Bora Bora eventually makes it to Bloody Mary’s, a laid-back restaurant and bar that specializes in fresh-caught seafood dishes.
How to Get There
We stayed at the St. Regis at the start of our two week 30th anniversary trip to French Polynesia and it was utterly magnificent. Our butler greeted us on arrival, gave us a full tour of the resort and even though we arrived quite early in the morning, was able to take us to our bungalow at the end. Because it was our 30th anniversary, there was a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us, along with a lovely selection of macarons set in shredded coconut. The St. Regis bent over backwards to make our celebration very special. While we did not tell them exactly which day was our actual anniversary, later in our stay they brought us a lovely chocolate 'happy anniversary' cake. It was wonderful! Our bungalow faced the 'inner' side of things - we did not overlook the main island - and was spacious and lovely - a living room area, the bedroom, a large bath/shower/dressing area and of course the outdoor deck and covered outdoor pavillion. Heaven. The one oddity was the large but unenclosed shower area. There are a couple of glass areas in the floor - in the living area and in the bath/dressing room - so you can see through to the lagoon waters below. Alas, not much marine life - though a large spotted ray did come wandering lazily past at one point. you can easily swim and snorkel right off your bungalow. The water is deliciously warm - mid-80'sF - great for humans but not so good for coral. The resort is huge - there are a fairly plentiful supply of bikes to get around with, all older but serviceable in various sizes and heights. You can also call for an electric cart to bring you from place to place. While we were there the spa was closed for renovation, so my excellent massage was done in our bungalow for no additional charge. We're scuba divers and water rats so most days we were off-resort doing water sports: diving, snorkeling, jet skiing (my husband does not believe that vacationing equals 'doing nothing'). If you want to see the tropical fish but do not want to go off-property, the lagoon at the St. Regis has a beautiful array of fish, including a huge, gorgeous napoleon fish. Snorkel equipment 'rental' is free. Two of our nights we went over to the main island, once to La Villa Mahana (wonderful) and once to Bloody Mary's (just ok), the other nights we rotated through the restaurants on the resort, including the the Lagoon, the sushi/chinese place and the italian place. We did not find anything outstanding - overall the food was probably our least favorite part of our stay. As expected, it was very expensive - if you are shocked by the food and transportation prices here, you have not done your homework - but it was also not as tasty as hoped for. The staff seems genuinely thrilled to be there and many of them live in the onsite staff housing. We met many native French Polynesians, but also a selection of staff members from all over the world. Everyone greets guests warmly on every encounter. Service at the St. Regis is exceptional.
Bora Bora is a bit like Venice: if you are staying away from the main island at one of the resorts on a Motu (outer barrier island), the only way to get around and get from and to the airport is by private boat and these do not come cheap. Still, speeding over the pure turquoise and sapphire waters of the lagoon is a treat in itself (try jetskiing!). The colors - lagoon, lush mountains, blue sky - are just breathtaking. We had thought this visit to a such a far flung part of the world would be a one-off - but we cannot wait to come back both to French Polynesia and to the St. Regis.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort in French Polynesia is one of the top worldwide hotels. The 44 acre property is superb, beautiful and serene. The service including the butler is professional and exceptional. The 2 bedroom over water villa with a private pool was beautifully designed and offered extraordinary views. For its beauty, comfort and service I highly recommend the St. Regis.
I'm now sure how to top the vacation to St. Regis Bora Bora. Everything was truly amazing. Our butler, Po, greeted us after landing at the dock and gave us a tour of the sprawling resort. When we got to our bungalow, it was hard to contain myself. It was large, very large, with a huge deck. Water temp at the time was near 90 degrees so it made jumping in easy.
We enjoyed all of our meals at the resort. Breakfast was so delicious and we were warmly greeted by staff every day. Lunch was at the pool side bar - great burgers and tacos. Have the Bora for dessert! Dinner was a rotation between the on site restaurants as well as one night a Bloody Mary's on the main island.
We took an off site snorkeling trip one day. Seeing the healthy coral was amazing. But, the resort's lagoon had as many fish as the ocean with so many colors. Worth spending time there.
Had the pleasure of staying at this amazing St. Regis. I’ve never had a disappointing stay at a St. Regis property. This location is gorgeous, the staff is extremely attentive. The villas are lovely regardless of whether you’re over the water or not. The private pool/ beach area is an extra special touch. Carmen and Arina have been very helpful planning all aspects of our stay. Would highly recommend taking this trip.
We just returned from a 5 night stay at St. Regis Bora Bora for our honeymoon. We were completely blown away by the beauty of the resort, phenomenal rooms (OWB, although the other rooms looked to have character as well), amazing food, & impeccable service.
We never had a butler before and consider ourselves pretty independent. Our butler, Guilio, was so friendly and helpful, it was truly a pleasure to see him each time & I'm convinced he's the best butler anywhere. He set us up with dinner at the 3 restaurants on the resort, which were all incredibly delicious.
Like many couples, we debated between here and the Four Seasons. One night we picked a couple at Four Seasons for an excursion and asked them about their stay. The resort is big, like St Regis, but they do not offer bikes like the St Regis does, so it's more difficult to get around. Overall, I'm so glad we chose the St. Regis as it was utter perfection!