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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Our final stop on our whirlwind 2 week Tahiti getaway and right off the bat we knew we were in for a first class stay when we were greeted at Bora Bora airport and whisked away in a private boat to the resort. The first thing you realize is the enormity of the property. We stayed in overwater bungalow #325 and it must have been a mile and a half from the main lobby / restaurant areas. Which isn't a bad walk if you're doing it early in the day or after sunset, but we found ourselves calling for the golf cart shuttle more often than not. Our bungalow was immaculate. By far the best accommodations of the resorts we stayed in. Strong wifi, good water pressure, and reliable air conditioning. The layout of the bungalow was smart. It seemed there were electrical outlets in all the right places, the light switches made sense, the night lighting under the bathroom cabinets was a nice touch. We spent a lot of time in the bungalow and didn't feel cooped in once. As part of our arrangements through Tahiti Legends we enjoyed complimentary daily breakfast for two and the buffet offered anything and everything. We especially enjoyed the fresh banana juice and pineapple juice. By the second day all the waitresses knew us by name. Nice touch! We took advantage of the free daily boat shuttle to Vaitape (downtown Bora Bora) which leaves the Four Seasons at 11:15am and returns at 2:45pm. We ate lunch, shopped for pearls, did a bit of sightseeing and picked up a few groceries to keep in the mini bar back at the bungalow. Housekeeping was more than happy to empty it for us for just this purpose. Speaking of housekeeping after the first night's sleep I was unhappy with the king mattress, and after letting the front desk know it wasn't long before a crew was at our door to replace it. The boat shuttle also leaves for Vaitape each evening at 6:45p but that one is NOT free. It's $17 per person one way. So for us that totaled $68 each time we went to town. Monday night was Villa Mahana for a five course Epicurean experience. Wednesday night was Bloody Mary's, the famous tourist spot, and Thursday night was Maikai, the place most locals favor as their bar / restaurant of preference. Also it goes without saying the food and beverages are very expensive everywhere you go in Bora Bora. Back at the Four Seasons we had drinks at the sunset bar one night and my Banana Colada was $25, and my wife's virgin Pina Colada was $20. But the view was priceless! All around the resort were constantly amazed at the attention to detail. The grounds were immaculate, the beaches swept and the amenities top notch. One thing we especially enjoyed at the Four Seasons were the towels. Towels everywhere! No need keep track of towel cards, take as many as you wish! If you were going to the pool there are towels waiting for you there. Going to the snorkel beach, towels under every cabana and so on. Also the minute you sit by the swimming pool or the beach a waiter arrives with fresh glasses of ice water at no charge. Nice! As for the activities the Four Seasons offers paddle boarding in a private lagoon for beginners and along the beach for those willing to deal with the current. Snorkel masks and breathers are in a box on the patio of your bungalow but if you require assistance the kind staff at the activities hut were always willing to help. My wife loves to snorkel and feed the fish and the Four Seasons has it's own private snorkel lagoon where the fish are conditioned to come right up to you and eat bread. While the lagoon is natural (not man-made) we were a bit disappointed to discover that man-made barriers had been placed to keep certain fish in the snorkel area and at the same time keep other fish out. We can understand why they do this, but it almost becomes more of a preserve rather than open water snorkeling where anything can swim by. The best day trip we had was the Aqua Bike Adventure. An underwater motorized vehicle built for two that you can breathe in. It drops about 12 feet down and you are guided by a scuba diver who feeds fish in front of your submarine scooter. We brought our GoPro camera and got some amazing underwater footage. The tour also included some brief snorkeling and as we returned to Vaitape our tour guide was very informative about the island, Mount Otemanu and other landmarks. If we had one regret while staying in Bora Bora it was choosing the Circle Island Tour by Jet Ski rather than swim with sharks and rays. The Jet Ski tour felt more like a race as we were basically on full throttle around the island over rough water. Many couples we met back at the resort showed us pictures of swimming with the sharks and rays... and if we had it to do again we would have done that instead. We had a 75 euro Spa credit at the Four Seasons and my wife used that towards a foot massage. The Spa has a relaxation room prior to entering your massage room, and they offered various teas and other items to soothe your senses. The Four Seasons was the most "Americanized" resort of the three we visited during our 2 week stay. Many creature comforts. Strong wifi, plenty of english language TV channels, full menu of comfort foods like burgers and pizza. It was a welcomed difference to the more European, back to basics, Gilligan's Island vibe we felt in places like Taha'a or Moorea. It really just depends on what it is you're looking for. Hands down the Four Seasons made us feel the most luxurious and well taken care of. If you enjoy roughing it, or being one with nature then somewhere else might be better. Finally we can't say enough about the staff - so friendly, always smiling, always greeting us with "Ia Orana" and thanking us with "Mauruuru" they learned our name after one day and greeted us every day with our surnames. The day we departed our airport boat shuttle seemed a bit overcrowded - 8 couples (16 people) plus luggage. The boat took on water from the floor and wound up soaking the bottom of our carry on bags. This caused major stress during our trip home. I won't go into all the details but upon returning home I notified the Four Seasons and received a call back that same day from Ewe Mozejko with customer service, who genuinely seemed empathetic with our situation and wasted no time reimbursing us the cost to replace damaged items - PLUS she also credited our card for ALL of the boat transfers incurred during our entire stay. This was the right thing to do and a smart customer service move to insure our trip had a happy ending.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Jeffrey K
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2014

Ia Orana Jeffrey and Mauruuru for taking time to share your experience here on Trip Advisor. We're thrilled to know you enjoyed your time here, and we're very happy to hear you particularly enjoyed Four Seasons service, the little details and the resort itself. It sounds like you did it all- thank you again and we hope to welcome you back one day soon!

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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.

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- 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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11  Thank Melissa G
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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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1  Thank JuanCabanas
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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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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fsboraborastaff, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range: £858 - £1,997 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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