Me and my wife spent a few weeks around Bora Bora in September 2012 and split the time between St Regis and Four Seasons in mountain view overwater bungalows. I won't waste time detailing these resorts, just note that they are both in the top-notch category with excellent restaurants, protected snorkeling, spa & gym, pools, tennis courts and overwater bungalows that feature rain showers, glass floors and private decks from which you can jump straight into the crystal clear waters.
The restaurant selection was pretty good at St Regist, with "Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges" getting my award for best restaurant in Bora Bora. It's worth a visit even if you are not staying at the resort, just make sure to book a good sunset table ahead of time. The opposite goes for the polynesian show, I would recommend going over to Four Seasons instead for a better experience.
We had quite a few dine-in experiences, and the room service does a good job setting up inside or on your deck with candles and flowers for a romantic dinner. We only had one disappointing experience, with a late night dinner, where the staff was outright rude.
Spa & Sports & Pools
We had some massages in the spa and used the exercise room, but the facilities did not come close to the facilities of the Four Seasons. On the other hand, the water sports at the St Regis beats the Four Seasons hands down. The bay where the kayaks, boards and boats are launched is pretty protected and the staff lets you roam free. In general, the resort felt much less busy than the Four Seasons, and not just in the zen pool area where you can lounge in your private cabana with your own private pool.
We had an unacceptable number of mishaps during our stay, but nothing that ruined our trip. It even started before we arrived, when we got stranded at the airport as no one came to pick us up, although we had sent our flight plans to the hotel ahead of time. Luckily, one hotel staff was being picked up, so we managed to get a ride to the hotel, but without the customary flower greeting. In preparing for the stay, we made special plans with the resort for private paddle boards during our stay, however we ran into several issues and we were not happy with the arrangements until a week into our stay. We also ran into other minor issues, like when we made front row reservations for the Polynesian show, but the reservations were lost. Unfortunately, it ended on the same note it started as we did not get the customary shell necklaces when leaving.
It's hard to beat the romantic setting at the St Regis with it's huge bungalows and non-crowded feel. Thanks to the layout, the bungalows feel more like homes than hotel rooms. Despite our poor luck with service, our butler made us feel better every time someone messed up. I would say St Regis is the resort to pick over Four Seasons if you are an active young couple that value privacy and romance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The exclusive St. Regis Bora Bora is 44-acre island resort located in Polynesian paradise. Our elite accommodation features the 13,000 sq ft Miri Miri spa and Lagoon Restaurant by Jean Georges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The St. Regis Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- St Regis Hotel Bora
- St Regis Bora Bora
- St Regis Resort Bora Bora