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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

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.

Tips:
- 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.

Room Tip: Mountain facing rooms are the best. Ask for something close to the lobby if you don't or can...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Ia Orana Melissa and thank you for taking time to share your experience here, it’s lovely to hear that you had an absolutely amazing experience with us. We’re thrilled you found your overwater bungalow spacious, the food good and your excursions fun. Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

This was stop #4 (of 5) of our French Polynesian honeymoon. We spent 4 nights here and loved every minute of it. The transfer boat form the airport is clearly the best one there among the hotels, the bungalows are beautifully finished & furnished, Occitane amenities, and plenty of windows exactly where they need to be (in front of bed, in front of tub). Staff is helpful & courteous overall, the grounds are very well kept, and dinner is delicious at the Arii Moana. We ate there twice. Bungalows can be a little far out into the lagoon but it ends up being a good little walk to digest the Polynesian portions, or if you rather, there are staff on golf carts who can drive you around. We visited the St. Regis next door and Four Seasons looked and felt newer. Overall, a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Hello and thank you for the great review. We’re thrilled be part of your French Polynesian honeymoon! We’re even more excited to read that you loved the arrival and departure experience and that you enjoyed your dinners at Arii Moana and our signature Four Seasons service. Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back…maybe for an anniversary?
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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

If you want your Tahiti trip to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Four Seasons at Bora Bora is the place to go. From the moment they pick you up at the airport until your departure, they take care of every detail with the highest level of service quality I have ever experienced. The location is unbeatable and the bungalows are very large and elegant. The staff goes overboard to treat you like a king. We notified them ahead of time of our daughter's dietary restrictions and they sent us complimentary home-made gluten-free biscuits to our room upon arrival. Nice touch and delicious, too!

The staff at the beach and pool areas greeted us by name every day and remembered our food and drinks preference. Can't top that. Whatever you need, you just have to ask and they take care of it.

I used the spa facilities the last day and regretted not stopping by earlier. The outdoor hot tub overlooking the Pacific, amidst the tropical vegetation is an ideal place to recharge your batteries after a day of lazing under the sun or doing some water activities.

The place is a little pricey but worth every penny.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Hello Juan, Thank you for choosing Four Seasons and for writing such a lovely review! Whilst we are very proud of wonderful food and fantastic location, I am equally delighted to hear your great comments on our service and staff. We’re very proud of our team and the job they do to make every guest feel special and it will be my pleasure to share this with them. Thanks again and we hope to welcome you and your family back one day.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Cut to the chase: This place is NOT cheap. Get the plan with Breakfast and Dinner included. Might want to get a Currency Converter on you smart phone (or maybe you don't want to really know what everything is costing). We went there for our Tenth Anniversary and stayed in a Suite with a Plunge Pool. The room was incredible. The service was incredible. The views were incredible. There is nothing negative or average about this resort. Primarily American and French guests. Very few kids. After the first day, most everyone on Staff called us by our names. We had a fabulous week there and really needed another week just to soak up even more of Bora Bora.

Room Tip: We were in Suite 331, a one bedroom Suite with a Plunge Pool. Way out on the tip of the Resort. Ab...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Hello and thank you for the kind words. It’s always a pleasure to read that guest find our service and overwater bungalow incredible, we’re also very happy to read that you had a relaxing stay. Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back again – hopefully for 2 weeks.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

From the minute you arrive at the airport, and board the boat that takes you to the resort, the wonderful service begins! The grounds of the resort are so beautifully maintained, it is truly a paradise! Our over the water room was stunning, with a seperate sitting area and large bedroom both with sliding doors that opened to a large deck. The wonderful service contunued beachside. They were constantly bringing cold water or samples of concoctions the bartenders were blending up that day. It was a wonderful relaxing stay. If you are looking for wild night life this is not the place. If you are looking for quiet luxury with wonderful service in the most beautiful setting then this is the place.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Thank you for taking time to share your experience here we really appreciate it; we’re thrilled that you found the service wonderful, the resort beautifully maintained and your overwater bungalow stunning. Thank you again for sharing and we hope to welcome you back again one day soon.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

Yes it is far more beautiful than the photos. Yes, if you are reading this it means you are toying with the idea, so you MUST go ! And yes, it is worth it. Whist I was in two minds about going top end, as after all it is the location that you are going for, the logistics of a hotel on a coral atoll miles from anywhere dictates go luxury. It is it's remoteness and inaccessibility that gives you the sensation similar to that described by Alex Garland in The Beach.
The staff are just so divine, they really are attentive without being irritating. I am not going to describe how stunning this place is as everyone should experience it for themselves . If you want to chill, this is the place. It is truly Paradise.
Dress code; Tory Burch, big Rolex and shining new wedding rings !

Room Tip: They are all beautiful , there is a golf cart service to pick you up front the furthest away.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Hello and thank you for taking time to share your experience here. We’re very happy to read that you found our staff “divine” and that you found a little piece of paradise. Thank you for the kind words and recommendation, we hope to welcome you back soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

When your plane touches down in Bora Bora all the hotel boats are lined up waiting to whisk you away. It's clear, comparing the 4 seasons boat to the rest that this is by far the best hotel in the region. Classy, outstanding customer service, but for me the most important thing is the lagoon. The marine biologist Oliver is creating a little oasis inside the hotel grounds, what a privilege it is to sip a cocktail then dive into the beautiful turquoise lagoon and see so many exotic fish free from jelly fish, sharks and choppy water. The shark ray ballet and snorkel safari is a must, the wave runner circle island tour follows the same route but is great fun. The marine biologist tour is fascinating and worth doing. Of the 3 restaurants, all have amazing food but our preference is for sushi and therefore we dined at the sunset bar almost every evening. The weather in mid-July was 25-29C sunshine everyday with a few small drifting clouds every now and then. At night it was a lovely 24C. It really was the perfect weather. The whole place makes you feel like you are in a James Bond movie. You only live once, so come to paradise.

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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Thank you Jack for sharing your experience here, we’re thrilled you found the service to be classy and outstanding, the lagoon sanctuary an oasis and your excursion great fun. We agree Sunset bar and restaurant is a must- thank you again for sharing, we hope to welcome you back to paradise again!
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Property: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Address: Motu Tehotu BP 547, 98730, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora 5*
Number of rooms: 107
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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