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
- 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 are in our last night at St Regis Bora Bora. We have stayed at quite a few St Regis before including Maldives so take this review into that consideration.
- Good location, great view of the mountain
- Large resort with many activities
- Great pictures
- Breakfast is absolutely terrible for the quality of this resort. The options are tiny and the food is of low quality. This would be a below average breakfast for a $200 / night hotel in SE Asian and a standard breakfast for a $250 hotel in US.
- Food in general is just overpriced considering the quality. There are no excuses when the Tahiti and the main Island of Bora Bora has comparable food at 20-25% of the price.
- Housekeeping is extremely understaffed. We would leave for 3-4 hours and ask to have our room cleaned before we left only to come back to not have it cleaned. We had to beg to have it cleaned before their cutoff of 4 PM.
- Upgrades. The resort is at about half capacity yet they refused to upgrade us on our honeymoon even for a payment. This is because they wanted to do construction on several villas.
- Biking. Be careful riding your bike as all staff will tail you until you stop to let them by on their buggy. For a $1k+ per night resort this is ridiculous. Its largely because the place is understaffed and everybody is in a huge hurry. In the Maldives all buggy's wouldn't even move when they save a guest about to ride by them on a bike. I've seen guests get knocked over by the buggy's here.
- Complimentary Services. The shuttle to the main island only runs from 11 to 2 to ensure you make it back for an expensive dinner.
- Personalization. Our butler was absent during our breakfast or dinner. Emails were not answered. In app requests. etc etc.
- Degustation. We tried their most expensive meal on the island. Would not recommend.
- Polynesia buffet. Lacked any polynesian food. ??
FYI. I'm 8 years platinum at Starwood and used basically all of my points to stay here. We got some great pictures, and of course managed to have a good time. But it simply is not up to the standards or quality of many resorts around the world including island resorts. Even the little things like being courteous enough to wait as you bike past a buggy is lost. So they cannot hide behind the veil of "we are on an island, and prices are high"
Should have listened to thepointsguy!
We recently spent 4 nights at the St Regis Resort in Bora Bora. I have to say that this was the best resort that we have ever visited hands down! The resort and all employees were outstanding. We were very impressed that the GM routinely stopped by guests tables in the restaurants to introduce himself, and to make sure we were enjoying our stay. We had multiple interactions with him over the 4 days. The rooms were first class and very well appointed. If your thinking about visiting Bora Bora you should look into staying at the St Regis, you will not regret it!!
I just can't say enough about this hotel. From the moment you step onto the dock and set foot at the Resort it is just amazing. Pictures do not do this Resort justice because your eyes have never seen anything so beautiful. The lanscpping, rooms pool, bars lobby everything is just incredible. I will definately highly recommend this property to any of my clients. Thanks for allowing me experience the beauty of your Resort!
We Stayed 4 nights at the beginning of March after coming from 5 nights from the Hilton Moorea and we were blown away. Upon arriving at the Bora Bora airport, we checked in quickly with the St. Regis desk. Our bags were tagged once they were claimed from the baggage check area. Our bags were loaded on the boat and we loaded shortly after. We left the airport boat dock and rode approximately 15 mins to the St. Regis Resort.
Check-in: We arrived around 1 pm, our room was not ready yet as we figured would be the case. We continued the check-in process with the very friendly helpful front desk and met our Butler, Ida. Since our room was not ready we took a tour with our butler on a golf cart around the resort. She pointed out and explained many of the resort features and layout. I think she was almost more excited for us then we were, it was a great first impression with the St. Regis to meet with someone so friendly and helpful. After the touring the expansive resort, we still had about and hour and half. We decided to go to the bar and grab a light lunch and a drink. Just prior to 3 pm, we meet back up with our butler and proceeded to our Mt. view bungalow. Our bags were already in our room and our butler showed us in and explained the rooms features, and we settled in, still blown away with the resort.
Rooms: We stayed 4 nights in the Mt. view bungalow number 225, this might have been the best bungalow for the view of the mountain although others close by were probably good too, but maybe we're a little bias. The bungalow itself was fantastic! The size of the bungalow is huge, and cleanliness, the features, and functionality was impressive. The deck area is also impressive as there is a table and chairs along with two cushioned lounge chairs. The water off the bungalow is a little deeper around 10 feet or so and there isn't a reef structure but we would see some fish from time to time. There are also life jackets in the bungalow to use if you need to. The wifi in the bungalow was also pretty good and we had zero problems.
Pools/Ocean: Most people come for the beautiful water and the St. Regis is surrounded by it. There are multiple pools but most guest seem to use the main pool closes to the beach and bar. The pool has a swim up bar, which is great. Best snorkeling can be found in the lagoonarium, tons of fish, and crystal clear water.
Resort: The resort is quite large so the St. Regis offers golf cart rides or you can grab a bike and ride around. We always chose to ride the bikes around the resort, it was a lot of fun. We never had a problem grabbing a bike but at times there weren't many left. The resort is well maintained and we loved the expansive layout.
Bars/Restaurants: As can be assumed the prices on the resort are high but considering everything is imported in, we didn't find it to be ridiculous but defiantly worth budgeting for. Beers go for about 9.5 usd for a bottle of Hinano, cocktail typically ranging from 18-30 usd. We found the cocktails to be well prepared and especially enjoyed the Tahitian Old Fashioned. Food was overall pretty good, we shared several meals and with appetizer and a main entree portion size was adequate for us. Food depending on which restaurant varies in style and cost. We enjoyed the Bam Boo chicken at the Bam Boo restaurant. We found that Tai Chicken Wok at the Aparima Bar to be fantastic. Our favorite was eating at Jean George Lagoon Restaurant. Overall, we had a great conversation with the bartender and enjoyed our entire dinning experience. Everything from the glass bottom floors to the quality of food and service was excellent. Most of the restaurants do require reservations so your butler can arrange those for you, we had no problems to get the times we wanted.
Additional: Weather can often make your vacation even more spectacular when it cooperates. We got lucky as we had nothing but sun for our entire stay in French Polynesia. South Pacific weather is unpredictable and our forecast showed rain prior to arrival but we never got any. Overall we felt we chose the best resort in Bora Bora, the level of service was unbelievable. The resort staff was with us every step of the way, often knowing where we were going before we got there. A special thanks to our Butler Ida for making our stay so special. For many including us this is the number 1 bucket list trip, and some place we always dreamed of going. We found ourselves to be extremely fortunate to experience a once in lifetime trip. Book here and you won't regret it or ever forget it. And yes they do stream the movie Couples Retreat 24/7.
We had a beautiful beach front villa with a pool.. Service was outstanding. The lay out of the property was great and laid back . We enjoyed the restaurants. the only downfall we had when we were there was the beach bar was closed for remodel. keep in mine we also stayed at fourseasons st regis was the best