We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Nearby Hotels
US$1,752
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$1,656
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
US$2,911
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$1,064
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
Conrad Bora Bora Nui(Bora Bora)
US$887
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
US$1,010
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Beachfront
US$751
Orbitz.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$517
Expedia.com
View Deal
  • Beachfront
  • Pool
US$902
Orbitz.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora(Bora Bora)(Great Value!)
US$462
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$416
Booking.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
US$1,429
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Beachfront
Blue Heaven Island lodge(Bora Bora)(Great Value!)
US$205
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
Reviews (3,084)
Filter reviews
3,085 results
Traveller rating
2,696
259
82
27
21
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
2,696
259
82
27
21
Show reviews that mention
All reviewssunset bararii moanatere nuifare hoamountain viewour honeymoonoverwater bungalowfishmarine biologistroom serviceplunge poolkids clubworth every pennysushigolf cartmain islandfrench polynesia
Filter
Updating list...
2,262 - 2,267 of 3,085 reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2011

My wife and I went to the Four Seasons Bora Bora 2010 for our honeymoon and we can't wait to go back. We stayed for 2 whole weeks in an over the water bungalow. It was a true paradise. The staff was incredible, and from the first day, every single staff member we saw remembered our name and what we liked, whether it was breakfast or at the bar at night.
Truly the best place on this earth! Can't wait to return

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Mina K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 November 2011

Went to Bora Bora and stayed here for our honeymoon. Fabulous, luxury resort. After about the 5th day we felt a little "trapped" as where to eat but that is just part of going to a small, remote island. All the food and drinks were fabulous but bring your check book. Spa was outstanding and customer service could not have been better!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Akseagal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 25 November 2011

The beauty is idyllic. The over the water bungalow we had was far away from the main area of dining, snorkeling beach, but the MOUNTAIN VIEW was well worth the walk! The concierge team is great. If you are waiting for a golf cart to pick you and your luggage up, you may want to stay on top of it. We waited over 20 minutes to be picked up and began stressing before we had to fly out. Beware of getting run over by the carts, this was ANNOYING! However, you are still in paradise so don't get too upset. ;) The pricing on the food is a bit crazy, but it's Four Seasons Bora Bora. The food is allright, but you can't beat the view. If you come here, bring snacks! Don't think about missing the hiking/anthropological tour with "Tama" Whalid. He was a serious highlight of our trip! We also immensely enjoyed ourselves on the jet skis.

This is a place to unwind, if you are the type that must be entertained 24/7 you will be disappointed, if you want a place for romance, nice strolls (minus the golf carts and bugs), this place is for you! The rooms are beautifully appointed. The beds are a bit too soft for my taste, but that's all I'd change about the bungalows.

Room Tip: ***Ask for a bungalow with a view of Bora Bora's mountain, anything less would be a real drag as you are shelling out the money! *** Don't miss taking the hiking / anthropological tour with "Tama" Whalid. He's fascinating and puts Bora Bora into an incredible perspective. The hike is not at all difficult and you will be super happy you did this! *** Bring your own reading materials, DVDs etc. Unwind, learn and rejuvenate. :)
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank HappyRascal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 November 2011

Three-night stay in a beach-view bungalow, with service flaws that left us disappointed.

Good points: very nice resort, great work by the conciergerie team, efficiency and kindness of some staff members (including resort manager and assistant manager with whom we had a feedback talk after our stay), one excellent (Arii Moana) restaurant.

Average points: no great snorkeling at the resort itself (not much to be seen near the bungalow); have to take a boat to really enjoy Bora Bora sea life.

Some bad points:
- Bungalow was not ready when we arrived (not an issue in itself) but no transit room or convenient location was offered for us to change clothes and wait comfortably. Ending on all fours opening suitcases near reception is not a five-star experience; changing clothes in the toilets next to the swimming pool either, and leaving us stranded on the beach was the worst. We had been told that we would access our bungalow before 2 pm (which seems to be the check-in time) but nobody ever showed up. I had to use my cell phone to call reception twice after the deadline before someone finally came to the beach and took us to our bungalow well after check-in time. Entering your bungalow in wet swimsuits with a towel around you is not fine. Furthermore, no updates were provided while waiting at the beach, nor explanation given for the delay. (But resort assistant manager gave us compensation in the evening with a bottle of wine and some sweets).
- Many failures and mishaps in our room: one clogged sink, the living room TV set which was out of work on arrival (got repaired after 48 hours and numerous visits from staff / obviously a problem due to the new entertainment system), phone system that crashed making it impossible to place any call and made us walk to the reception any time we had something to ask (we even ended writing memos we dropped to the front desk staff), no slippers provided, missing beach bag, broken umbrella, and so on.
- During our stay, some staff gave us wrong information such as "Oliver the marine biologist is available any day during your stay" (he was actually on vacation).
- Toiletries in the bathroom are provided in large and open containers instead of the usual individual packages, which raises health issues. No information provided on the ingredients (allergies?), no expiration date either, and no guarantee on when the product offered was opened in the first place or on the way it is refilled (what about the risk that someone might have introduced something inside?).
- Finally some conception flaws in bungalow: the AC flows arrive right in the face of people laying in bed (bedroom) or sitting in the couch (living room). It is quite uncomfortable

To sum up, we did not experience the Four Seasons level of service we had been accustomed to in other resorts and we are supposed to get for the price paid.

Room Tip: To avoid walking a lot, choose bungalow close to the sea shore.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
15  Thank Eric_Beylon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 November 2011

We stayed for 14 nights at the 4S Bora Bora in late October/early November. This was our fourth trip to French Polynesia and we decided to just pick one fabulous place to stay the entire time rather than island-hopping. We chose the 4S Bora Bora after reading various reviews on TripAdvisor.

Pros:
- The service is exactly what you would expect from a 4S property; the staff is mostly a blend of local Tahitians and French expats. Everyone was friendly and the concierge was extremely helpful in arranging our activities. Some other reviewers have stated that the 4S concierge adds a 20% upcharge to activity booking, but we did not see this on our activity charges when we compared the prices to those for direct booking. The one place the service suffered a few times was in the restaurant, but those were minor hiccups.

- The setting is absolutely stunning. I won't even try to describe it here... just look at the pictures and then try to mentally add another layer of beauty that doesn't come across in the pics. The beach chairs are nice and comfy; we didn't spend any time at poolside but saw many people going there day after day. The snorkeling in the inner lagoon is a nice diversion when you want to get out of your beach chair and move around a bit. We put on our fins one day and snorkeled all through the inner lagoons; there aren't a lot of fish to see beyond the main lagoon by "Teen Island" but it was a nice swim. The grounds are beautifully maintained in the main part of the resort, and you can walk beyond the spa to the back side of the motu to enjoy a more natural landscape and waves crashing on the rocky beach.

- On our last day, we booked a private excursion that included snorkeling stops and lunch on a private motu. This was by far the most expensive activity that we did, but it turned out to be our favorite and well worth the price. Billy, our guide and boat captain who was born and raised on Bora Bora, was friendly without being intrusive. He cooked us a lunch of grilled lobster, steak, fish, and chicken with amazing side dishes and coconut cake that was the standout meal of our entire trip.

- We booked several dive trips through the resort; the boats and equipment were clean and well-maintained. If you are planning to do several days of diving, be aware that they mostly visit the same 2 dive sites unless you request something different. On one of the dives, we were graced with the presence of 30+ enormous manta rays - I'm sure we counted the same ones multiple times as they were swimming all around us in big sweeping loops, but the entire time we were down (about 45 minutes) the mantas were with us.

- We also did the Reef Discovery excursion with Cristoff. It was a nice way to spend half a day, and one of the snorkeling sites we visited was a wonderfully shallow coral garden teeming with fish and macro life. Cristoff knows where all the good critters are hiding.

- The room was well-appointed and spacious. We stayed in room 228 (lagoon view overwater bungalow) toward the end of the first pier. We wanted to move to the 300-400 pier to get a little further away from the main resort, but due to the large business group who were there, the resort was full. But, in the end, we were happy with our room with the exception of the noise from the disgruntled neighbor (see below under "Cons"). Our bungalow faced west (on the "sunset" side); we had full sun on the deck by about 10:30 am and it stayed that way until the sun started setting around 5pm. The wind was pretty fierce on some days, and we did have 3 days of terrible rain, but the weather the rest of the time was OK. Since we were there for 2 weeks, we didn't have issues with the way you had to order mini-bar items in sets of 6, but I could see where that would be a problem if you were only staying for a couple of nights.

- Our room rate included breakfast, so we went to the buffet every morning. They have just about everything anyone would want, from fresh juices to made-to-order omlettes, cold cereal to sliced meats and salmon, and of course, pastries and breads. We found the lunch and dinner menus a bit limited, and wish they would either expand the menu or change it up every few days. The food was just OK, nothing to write home about. I've seen a lot of reviewers complain about the cost of food, but this is French Polynesia where most items have to be shipped in to the island. Yes, it's expensive, but you have to expect that.

- We had dinner at Bloody Mary's one evening; we had been there about 10 years ago and it hasn't changed a bit beyond the updates to the celebrity visitors board out front. It's definitely a place that you go more for the atmosphere more so than the food. There is something about sand beneath your feet while you're eating dinner that's just so appealing.

Cons:
- There is a disgruntled local living next to the resort who has posted three very large signs complaining about the resort construction and its impact on the lagoon. While you can ignore the signs by looking the other way, these folks were extremely loud on several mornings and blasted music that was so loud we couldn't really relax in our bungalow. If you stay on the 100-200 pier, you may be bothered by this; they were particularly loud on Sunday mornings (both Sundays that we were there).

- Boat transfer to the main island is inconveniently timed during the day, and expensive in the evenings. Most of the other resorts offer a more flexible transfer arrangement that is complimentary. 4S should rethink its approach to the boat transfers.

- The first week we were there, there was a large group of people conducting a business convention. At first, we were looking forward to them leaving so that the resort would be less crowded... but we didn't realize that when they did leave, only one of the restaurants would be open for dinner on a given evening. It was very annoying that we could not go to the ala carte restaurant on nights that only the buffet restaurant was open; we ended up ordering room service on those nights.

- As many other reviewers have noted, the food is not stellar and not what you would expect from a four- or five-star resort. It wasn't awful, just not very good. Since we had read the reviews on Trip Advisor, we knew what to expect so we weren't terribly disappointed.

- Being there for 2 weeks, we did laundry a couple of times. None of the dryers we tried worked very well (maybe because of the high humidity??) and we had a tough time getting our clothes dry.


Although I've listed some "cons" above, we were happy with our stay at the 4S Bora Bora and would stay there again.

Room Tip: OWB's on the 100-200 pier are closer to the main resort, but also get some noise from the neighbors
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank MS-214
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews