St Regis exceeded our expectations at every turn. We spent half of our honeymoon on Moorea (at the Hilton) and half on Bora Bora (at St. Regis). At first we were unsure of where to stay on Bora Bora - the Four Seasons vs the St. Regis. Now i can only comment on my personal experience and what was told to us about the Four Seasons (for my comparison, skip to the bottom).
Concierge service - top notch. For example, when setting up a SCUBA trip, we were told that about 10 others would be on the boat (with TOP dive - which seems like the McDonalds of French Polynesia diving). The concierge took notice of our disappointment, immediately found another dive service (DIVEASY - wonderful experience) and set up our trip (same price and it was a private boat). By the way, we didn't even get the chance to ask for a different dive company. This was all done after hearing only a of couple uneasy groans.
Location: great views of Mt. Otemanu. Calm lagoon. Crystal clear water. Beautiful sunsets (despite setting behind a low portion of the main island). This is not seen with all resorts (pay attention to where your resort is located on the island)
Bungalows: large, clean, and modern. The water is deep off the private deck, which allows for a nice morning / evening swim. The beds were incredibly comfortable.
Staff: very responsive. We had a great bungalow at first, but did not have a sunset view. The management took notice and upgraded us for our last two nights (to one with a private pool and a sunset view). Everyone is polite and goes out of their way to help. I do not believe we heard the word "no" our entire trip.
Restaurants: Sushi (which we did not partake - heard mixed reviews from other couples); fine dining (Jean George - phenomenal meal. take advantage and get a reservation to eat on the terrace. The sommelier, despite being only 23, was very helpful and knowledgeable); last, but definitely not least, was their main restaurant. Worth a night. The food was outstanding.
St Regis v Four Seasons: Ultimately, the reasons we chose St Regis were that (through Tahiti Legends):
1) They provided more "included" perks. We had a complementary 50min couples massage, bottle of champagne, upgrade (even before the upgrade experience noted above), and flower turn down. You may be able to get these items through a different travel company with the Four Seasons, but its definitely worth it to look into it.
2) We were told that St Regis bungalows are larger (which you can confirm on their web sites).
3) St Regis provides complementary boat shuttles to the main island (which you may or may not want to take advantage of). I do not believe that the Four Seasons has a complementary shuttle. The only times when this is useful is when you want to grab dinner on the island (I highly recommend villa mahana; everyone will tell you to go to Bloody Mary's, but it's very similar to a night at a Margaritaville), go into town to grab some groceries (alcohol, juice, snacks), or when to explore the island / town (I don't highly recommend the latter).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The exclusive St. Regis Bora Bora is 44-acre island resort located in Polynesian paradise. Our elite accommodation features the 13,000 sq ft Miri Miri spa and Lagoon Restaurant by Jean Georges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The St. Regis Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- St Regis Hotel Bora
- St Regis Bora Bora
- St Regis Resort Bora Bora