There are no words for how amazing it was to visit Bora Bora and stay at the Four Seasons. When friends ask I simply say, "It was life changing." This is a MUST visit destination if you have the time and the means.
Rooms: We were in room 423, an overwater bungalow with a mountain view. It was very spacious and included a sitting area, large bathroom and connected bedroom. There's a deck that spans the entire backside of the bungalow with a dining table and 2 chaise lounge chairs. You can jump right off the deck into the water and get back up with a provided ladder. The best feature of the room is that you can open up the entire backside of the bungalow that faces the water. There are privacy screens on both sides of the deck. You can take a bath in your large soaking tub and feel like you are outside enjoying the view of Otemanu (the mountain).
Our room was one of the furthest away from the main hotel area. This didn't bother us because we enjoyed the walk, and there were often golf carts running that we could jump on if we wanted a ride. However, if you're not into walking make sure you ask for a room close to the lobby/restaurants.
Also, if you're trying to decide if you want to spring for a room with the private plunge pool, we were told by people with these rooms that it was not worth the cost. The plunge pool isn't very private and is also rather cold.
Food: The food was very good. There are several different restaurants to choose from. The breakfast buffet was probably one of the best features, with plenty of different selections, including local cuisine. We ventured away from the hotel for food plenty of times and found the food at the Four Seasons to be the best of what we experienced. However, overall we didn't find the food anywhere on the island to be outstanding. You're probably not going to Bora Bora for the food though.
Service: The service was top notch, which is what you would expect from the Four Seasons. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Beach service was great.
Entertainment: We went during the month of Heiva (the islands' annual dance festival). So the hotel didn't have the local dance that they usually do with some dinners. There's not a ton of other on site entertainment. We did the snorkel tour of the hotel lagoon with the marine biologist (highly recommended).
We booked a snorkel tour through the hotel, which was amazing. You're on a small speed boat with a guide that actually gets in the water with you and guides the group. When we saw other snorkeling tours the guides just stayed in the boat and pointed. So it was really nice to have someone that participated.
We also booked a private jetski tour around the island with an included lunch. This was fun, but the water was pretty rough in some areas, particularly over the crater. It can be a bit scary. We could have done without the lunch... nothing special, but it was a nice touch.
- Figure out what you want to do early (snorkeling, etc.) because the time will go quicker than you think!
- If you're there in July try to get a ticket to the Heiva festival. They sell out fast.
- Bloody Mary's, the "must visit" restaurant on the island, was not very impressive.
- Make sure to ask for a room close to the lobby if you don't want to do a ton of walking.
- Wake up early to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before the rush and secure lounge chairs by the beach. They go quickly!
- Make sure to do some stargazing at night. The location is so remote you will see more stars than you thought possible. You can even see the Milky Way very clearly.
- You absolutely MUST snorkel or scuba. This is one of the best destinations in the world for these activities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a South Pacific paradise, combining the highest standards of service with ultramodern comforts and the natural ease and gracious hospitality of the Polynesian culture. Set upon Bora Bora's surrounding coral atoll, the Resort is a vast tropical grove, replete with coconut palms and pandanus trees. Meandering channels of pure turquoise lead to the main beach or to smaller lagoons, waiting to be discovered. Every vista is breathtaking. The Resort offers 100 overwater bungalow suites and seven beachfront villa estates, all designed with thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork. Four restaurants offer a vast selection of creative culinary experiences, while the full-service spa is balanced by the powerful rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and the tranquility of the island's lagoon - offering an unmatched combination of relaxation and exhilaration. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Resort Bora Bora
- Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- Four Seasons Bora
- Four Seasons Hotel Bora
- Bora Bora Four Seasons