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
I spent the last 2 weeks with my family (aunt, uncle and mother) at the St Regis Bora Bora. Over the course of our stay we had the opportunity to explore everything that the hotel has to offer. To say that it was an incredible experience would be an understatement and here are some of the reasons why:
Nature - crystal clear water that has infinite shades of blue. I have been to the Maldives but what is truly unique here is the topography, it’s not just flat land there are large mountains surrounded by lush forests such as the Mount Otemanu that can be seen from all parts of the hotel. I saw all kinds of exotic wildlife (ex. manta ray, eagle ray, black tipped shark, octopus) many of which I saw on my daily paddle board ride (which is complimentary for guests in addition to a hobby cat, kayaks, water bicycle) or dip in the ocean. On my daily walk to breakfast, schools of colorful fish greeted me from the various canals that snake through the resort. However, there is no need to walk if you don’t want to, there are bicycles available and you can also call the front desk and get picked up from your room. In summary, the most beautiful place I have ever been to and will most likely ever see.
Hotel - excellent service, I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t approached regularly to see whether I needed anything or if I was enjoying my experience (with a contagious smile). I ate at every restaurant and enjoyed every meal. A few of my favorites were (exact names may be wrong):
Far Niente (Italian) prosciutto pizza, pan crusted veal, meatball pasta grandmother style (and yes chef is Italian and he uses his family’s traditional recipe).
Bamboo (Asian) - sweet and sour pork and the raw fish/sushi.
Lagoon (fine dining) - unbeatable ocean and mountain views with a sunset to die for. Grilled octopus entree and Uravena (local fish that is very difficult to catch, only a handful of people on the island know how to) as a main course.
Aparima- main restaurant - I ate almost every dish and can’t think of one I didn’t enjoy.
Spa - I didn’t go, but my uncle went for the first time three days before our departure and subsequently scheduled daily massages. Not sure what type but he obviously had a good experience.
Rooms - I stayed in room 310 which is a bungalow on the water with a living room and large balcony that you can swim from. There were glass panels throughout the room showcasing the crystal clear turquoise water. Simply amazing, there’s really not much more I can say. It was beautiful during the day but also at night, I found myself laying on one of the padded beach chairs and watching the sky which was covered in stars (something I do not get to experience in NYC)! Housekeeping was very detail oriented and even managed to meet my extremely OCD aunt’s cleanliness standards which quite honestly, is a miracle. They come twice a day and make sure everything is ready before you sleep.
Culture - French Polynesians are very friendly and proud of their rich culture, which they are very happy to share with you. They have intricate tattoos that tell the story of their lives. Additionally the hotel has a traditional Polynesian dance show every Wednesday night on the beach which is very entertaining. They also have a show during lunchtime on Saturday.
Trips/Excursions that I did and highly recommend
1)Private boat tour of island which included swimming with sharks and manta rays
2)Jet ski excursion around island which included a lunch stop at Matira Beach Club
3)Trip to Vaitape - there is a complimentary shuttle for guests. There are a few shops that sell local handmade goods and pearl jewelry.
Loved this resort and service. We stayed 4 nights in the beachfront villa. It was very spacious with large bathroom and a living room. Enjoyed the private pool also.
Food was delicious. We went to lagoon twice. We had fun riding the bikes around the resort and exploring the lagoon. View from the spa is great.
It is a resort located in a wonderfull part of lagoon, the support of local Italian staff (Giulio) has been very positive and appreciated but there are several material issues (of the Resort-ndr) they are not compliant with a 5 star and related prices (more expensive of a lot of top world wide resorts in which I spent holiday time).
1) the quality of the food it is very negative, very poor breakfast and the restaurant tried (French and Italian ones) are nothing positive to give evidence a part unbelievable prices more expensive than a 3 star Michelin, the quality of the food it is very negative.
2) the room (overwater) it is nice but the furnitures are very old and there are no places for clothes, not compliant with a 5 star standard (and also prices paid);
3) the concierge services arranged they are good even if they cost 2-3 more than equivalent arranged in other islands of Polinesia (dives, boat etc).