Wow, just wow! We just returned from 10 days at the St Regis in Bora Bora. Breathtaking is one word I would use to describe it. I actually cried when we left because I left a part of myself in Bora Bora. This island gets into your soul and the people become like family. It was everything we had dreamed of for 15 years and more! Thank you St Regis!
We stayed in an over water bungalow, 331 to be exact. Maybe it was the "low rent" side but we loved it. It was close to the beach and restaurants and we could quickly run back if we forgot the camera, etc. We didn't have the mountain view but we didn't care. We just weren't in our room much so it didn't matter to us. We're serious beach people so we were there all day, most days.
The beach is wonderful and where we spent most of our time. I don't understand why people go to places like this and sit at the pool or even worse, sit there and look at their phones the entire time. Look up people - you are missing it! :)
The restaurants were great. Our favorite was the sushi place but service and food were good at all of them. Be sure to get the chocolate cake or raspberry meringue at the Lagoon - yum!
The people....can't say enough about them. So friendly, so happy, so helpful. (it's easy to be happy with a view like that each day!) They were incredible and were a big part of our stay. They get to know you and greet you by name when they see you.
The water activities were great. Every day, we did SUP or paddle boat or snorkel. The beach guys were always willing to help you with it. Speaking of, shout out to the beach guys (Coco!). They took great care of us everyday and we already miss them. The service was great on the beach for towels, food, drinks, etc. By the end, we were sharing pics of our families with each other!
A few things to consider:
If you don't like bugs, then be forewarned. You are on an island, surrounded by water and tropical plants and trees. It's part of this environment. We had a few cockroaches in our room, usually at night when returning from dinner but we just killed them. They never bothered us. If you get bitten by bugs, take some bug wipes with you and wipe it on your skin. It's certainly nothing to get upset about - just be aware before you go.
We never really saw our butler. But then again, we never really asked for anything. So keep that in mind. At the beginning, when we asked about dinner reservations, we were told to go speak to the front desk about it. I thought that was weird and figured the butler would handle it. When talking with other guests, they said they would just tell their butler to do it. So maybe our fault, who knows.
If traveling and food associated with that bothers your stomach, then take some meds with you. Pepto, Immodium, etc. It's not the resort's problem; you are probably just not used to different kind of foods. People are always so quick to blame the resort but it could just be your own body responding to different foods. Eat the local fish - incredible.
Bring water shoes - the beach can be a little rocky. And if you kayak all the way through to the ocean side, you can walk on the rocks with no problems and the view is even more beautiful there. Deep dark blues compared to the light blue/teal of the lagoon/beach.
We did tip everyone but not the normal American tips that we do at home. With that being said, when something was just excellent, we did tip nicely. But it's a personal thing and both having worked in the service industry, we are extra sensitive about it.
Don't over pack. We travel a lot so pack pretty lightly and carry on our luggage.But when boarding our regional jet, they were very particular about the weight so just be careful with that. Pay attention to the guidelines for Air Tahiti Nui (US affiliate with American) and Air Tahiti (Tahiti domestic travel) Two different airlines, two sets of guidelines.
Use the sunscreen there. It's effective and smells so good! They use the oils from the island so your skin feels awesome. I already miss the smells!
Take the boat to the main island, at least to do some shopping. It's a nice change of scenery. We did not, however, go to the main island for dinners so I cannot speak to that.
If you are a SPG member, there are little extras for you. For example, they will bring french press coffee to your room with one quick call to the butler service line. The coffee was excellent there but it was nice to have french press once in awhile.
Hope this review helps! I cannot say enough about this place. It's where dreams come true and you won't regret spending the money to go. We met lots of people there that had been island hopping and the majority of them said that St Regis was much better than other places they stayed. The service alone made the difference.
Thank you, everyone at St Regis, for making our vacation perfect! It was amazing and perfect and a dream come true!
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- 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