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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 October 2010

Visit to Bora Bora May 2010 for anniversary trip. Definitely worth the long travel. Pricey, but this is what you expect traveling to Bora Bora. Staff is especially friendly and remembered our names and preferences at all times. Rooms are spacious and beautiful with fabulous views of Mt Otemanu. Water was somewhat shallow, fed the fish, but no coral or great snorkeling.
We had free breakfast buffet daily, which was quite nice. They would customize juice or anything you'd like. We spent most dinners at FS, but did go to the island a few times for dinner or shopping. Bought pearls from Robert Wan and Nicolas at Baldini. Nicolas even drove us after shopping to Matira Beach for lunch.
We did not schedule many activities, preferred relaxing and sitting by pool/beach. Did enjoy the spa, couple massage was very nice. Would love to return someday.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

After getting married at the end of May, my wife and I flew from LAX to Bora Bora and stay here at the Four Seasons. It was an incredible experience, hands down the best hotel/resort I've ever stayed at. The location is also really amazing; it's quite difficult to put into words.

We stayed in the lagoon view over-water bungalow. There's a deck in the back that I jumped off of straight into the emerald blue water. There was a fresh platter of fruit and a bottle of wine to welcome us as we walked in the door for the very first time. The beds were comfortable, and the tub was quite amazing as well (with double sliding doors that open to the ocean). The privacy was sufficient, though it's probably not advisable to walk around naked. The shower was impressive with the traditional shower head as well as the rainforest style that can be toggled with a simple lever. My wife and I had our sinks.

Breakfast buffet was awesome everyday. Plenty of activities to do, though admittedly the complimentary ones aren't nearly as exciting as the paid activities, which can be arranged with the concierge. Being relatively young and just gotten finished school recently, we didn't have a lot of extra money -- we decided to spend it on a 2- or 3-hour waverunner tour around the island. It was...unforgettable. Definitely recommended. The guide is a super tanned Polynesian dude named Louis/Louie. Good guy. In hindsight, we both agree that room service food is tastier and slightly more affordable than the restaurants there. So think about ordering room service instead. But having just said this, if there's a barbeque all-you-can-eat option, definitely don't miss that. It's extremely delicious!!!

Bottom line -- great, great, great place to stay. Considerations to make are: bring extra cash, sunscreen, and the journey there can be quite lengthy. Air Tahiti Nui also pulled an unexpected switch on us, resulting in having to stay overnight at the Tahiti Airport Motel. That wasn't bad, per se. I'll try to also put up a review there. Also, beware that while this trip served our purpose of honeymoon really great, we had a humorous encounter with an incoming guest (i think they were eastern European), who, much to their dismay, was shocked to learn that there's no "disco" anywhere around the place.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank mychen
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

Unmatched beautiful location/island-- The Four Seasons resort has the best view of Mt. Otemanu in Bora Bora. The service was very good overall and the staff was very friendly. Drinks and wine were expensive- approx. $22-30 per drink/glass of wine. Local beers were reasonable at approx. $6 each. The food overall was good to very good but not great. The bungalows were beautiful and spacious. We had a mountain view bungalow and if you are going this far and paying this much per night you might as well have the best possible view. The landscaping and property grounds were gorgeous and meticulously maintained.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank bobfranks
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

We stayed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora for 10 nights, and it was truly a wonderful experience. From when we landed at the airport, where we were greeted by the Four Seasons staff who took care of our luggages, and the check-in where we had several staff come to sit down with us at the lounge, the service was flawless. The resort itself was absolutely stunning, with traditional Polynesian styling but thoroughly modern in amenities and service. We stayed at the beachview overwater bungalow, and our terrace was child-proofed with plexiglass panels so that our little girl won't fall into the water. The rooms are huge - 100 square meters - and plenty of space to relax.

The pool was wonderful for families, and the restaurants were staffed by the most polite and cheerful people I have met in a hotel or a resort. They took care to remember your name, and we were always greeted by name whenever possible. We were never told 'no' for an answer, but they always seemed to have some kind of a solution.

The jet-ski tour was excellent, and so were the kayaks and paddle boats. The lagoon was fantastic with thousands of fish and other animals and corals - you can snorkel safely in that environment.

Sunset bar was excellent to grab a cocktail or a drink before dinner. It has a beautiful location, where you can watch the sun go down in the evening.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Four Seasons Bora Bora, and we would certainly recommend other families to stay there, too. Don't miss the Polynesian dinner and dance evening!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

The Four Seasons Bora Bora is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful place to re-charge and just relax and enjoy your free time with your partner.
What was great:
Water, beach, flowers, fish, jetskiing, snorkel safari
What was just "OK": the food, drinks (all over the top expensive)
What was seriously bad: the service at the restaurants, bars, etc. THIS IS THE WORST SERVICE THAT I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED AT A FOUR SEASONS. You were often ignored, orders messed up (not once, but repeatedly), not compensated for their mistakes, etc.
*** I recommend that you only travel to this hotel if you have a ton of cash to spare and don't mind the very poor service in exchange for a beautiful setting. Buyer Beware.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Texacali01
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

We stayed at this resort after staying at the Intercontinental Thalasso. I couldn't decide between the two so we decided to divide our time between both resorts. We had paid for a private water taxi from the Thalasso to Four Seasons. When we arrived at the Four Seasons you pretty much step out of the boat right into the check in lobby area. They were waiting for us and check in was fast. There was no tour of the grounds which I thought would have been nice but rather a "down this path are the restaurants, down that path is the spa...etc". We were shown our room and of course it was beautiful. I was thankful to be on the branch closest to the resort grounds and restaurants. We met many people who were bummed to have such long walks from the other pontoon. From our room it looked like that branch was a part of a whole other resort. The room was very different from the Thalasso and a bit smaller but still very nice. It did have a darker feel than the Thalasso because the windows were not as tall and in order to watch the tv in the master, the shutters on the screen doors had to be closed but it was still a beautiful room. We loved that they offered free videos and books to use in addition to free internet. I don't come on vacation to watch dvd's or be online but with the stormy weather we had it was nice in the evenings to watch a dvd to cover up the wind noise that made us wonder at times if the bungalow would still be in Bora Bora the next morning. The bungalow was very drafty and loud from the wind, making it hard to sleep. We weren't even out at the end of the pontoon. When I asked a hotel manager about the wind and how we hadn't noticed it being so bad at the Thalasso he said it was the location of the resort, that the Four Seasons felt the wind more based on where it was located.

Also free internet was great for checking in. There were just a few computers and many times they were being used but it was nice to know that at any odd hour in the night I could probably find one to use.

The beach service was the best of anywhere. First of all the machine they use to rake the sand makes you feel as if you are walking on carpet as you enter the beach area. Towels are on each chair so you don't have to walk over to the towel hut beforehand. We never had a problem getting a beach lounger. I loved the girl who assisted us most days. I wish I had gotten her name. They would frequently check to see if you needed new towels, water, would bring out complimentary shot glasses full of yummy virgin drinks and fresh pineapple and coconut samples. The free sunscreen is something small but after traveling for 10 days we were just about out so it was nice not to have to spend a small fortune going to by a new tube for the remaining day or two. I was able to grab a book from the towel hut and being bummed that I hadn't finished it before out check out, they kindly told me I could take it home!

We found the restaurants to serve excellent food and the staff was always friendly. We drank tap water with all our meals but wondered why we were the only ones not paying up for the $8 water. The waitress said the water was fine, in fact all the ice and blended drinks were made from the same water. We could have brought our complimentary water they left in our room daily to the restaurants but we didn't notice a strange taste or upset stomaches whch I'd read some people noticed.

The grounds are a little nicer than the Thalasso mainly because they are just larger with the lagoon area for snorkeling. Things were far though. The spa and fitness center felt quite far. I can imagine if i was at the end of the pontoon and making that walk I may be tempted for a golf cart lift!

The Four Season boats that transfer you to and from the airport are by far the nicest of all the resorts. Just what you'd expect from a Four Seasons. The two small complaints I have with the hotel is we purposely requested and paid for a beach view room. We received a lagoon view room that looked out on where the boats arrived and departed from. Since the weather prevented us from swimming outside our bungalow and the current at this resort is much more stronger regardless of weather here, being in this section proved not to be a problem but we prefer to see beach and ocean rather than just the lagoon. I could have complained but my husband had already unpacked his stuff as I mentioned it to him and I don't like to be the squeaky wheel. Perhaps they thought they were doing us a favor and it must be a juggling act trying to accomodate everyone into their room requests. But you should get what you pay for. We also had hoped for a late check out and they were unable to accomodate us which we understood but was a bummer. We were able to use the spa which worked out fine.
You can't go wrong with the Four Seasons. Had the weather been nicer, I probably could have overlooked anything and everything. In the end, the beach service and grounds were nicer here than the Thalasso but the bungalow and resort location was nicer at the Thalasso!!! Either way you can't go wrong!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank lar32
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

When we arrived there was a problem with our reservation and one of the management staff Eugenee was ever so helpful. the service was TOP NOTCH the resort was beautiful and I hope to visit there again some day. If you get the chance to go GO and stay there it is truly Heaven

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range: £885 - £2,112 (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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