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
5 days this past week and I can't say enough about how great it was. We'd asked for an overwater bungalow as far out on the pontoon as possible and got exactly that. The views were spectacular, and we were treated to a bottle of sparkling wine, fresh fruit and macarons when we got to our room. (I assume due to Titanium Elite Marriott status). The service throughout the property was simply fantastic, with a never-ending supply of greetings and friendly folks all over the place. The water and weather were perfect, and we also enjoyed both pools as well.
Loved having the bikes to ride back and forth from the main area to our room. The breakfast buffet is phenomenal, with fresh sashimi, made to order egg dishes (have the salmon eggs benedict!), and a daily spread that was over the top. We ate at Bam Boo, and Far Niente, and both were excellent, though the italian cuisine was far and away our favorite.
Have to mention Ida, our super butler, as well as Pierre in the buffet as standout staff members who went well beyond our expectations. Our room was impeccably maintained all week by a great housekeeping staff, and everyone we came into contact with was ready and willing to assist in any way they could. We'd stay again in a minute, and can't imagine going elsewhere should we return. Great job St Regis team, and thank you for making our trip to paradise one we will never forget!
It exceeded my expectations which were high! We have been married 36+ years and were a little afraid we would be the only non honeymooners- but we weren’t! Good mix of that and couples and families. Over the water bungalows were wonderful, service- thanks to our butler- Ritchie Chung- was wonderful. Started iff with the fabulous spa- massages. The service by each and every area was outstanding- so friendly and willing to please. The guests were equally as nice. We did excursions- snorkeling with rays and sharks which we highly recommend. Second was Jeep tour, Bloody Marys lunch and jet skis such a fun day! The food at each restaurant was delicious, beach service was great. Just no complaints at all. A big slice of paradise!
We stayed here for four nights on on our honeymoon after our travel agency, Pacific For Less, booked it for us. We had an incredible stay, and I would definitely go back. However, I was left feeling a little disappointed upon arrival since we had just come from the Conrad. Here's why:
The St. Regis looks tired and dated in terms of the rooms, restaurants, and pool area. It's not very chic, bright, or fresh-looking. Our room was big and lovely, but there were stains on our couch, an outdated bathtub, and lots of termites in the bathroom. I realize this is super nit-picky, but I love hotels with good design and aesthetics, so this is important to me.
The lunch food was very average, as was the breakfast buffet. I was really surprised, but we actually had similar or better food at the Hilton Moorea, which is a 4-star property.
The lagoonarium is incredible for snorkeling! It rivals the coral gardens you have to take a boat to get to. The beach is also amazing with picture-perfect clear blue water. And the restaurants for dinner are INCREDIBLE. I had the best scallops and best Japanese food of my life here. I also had the best massage of my entire life at the spa.
The best part, though, is the service. It's everything you could ever want. We were treated like royalty at every turn and were surprised with lots of lovely sweet gestures, like boxing up these candies I liked for free! Plus, our elite status was recognized here, which helped us save money.