Fantastic view of the famous mountain and the sunset. Awoke every morning to a view of the beautiful aqua of the lagoon and view of Mt. Otemanu. Paying for the mountain view room was worth it. Well laid out floor plan and spacious bungalow, tastefully furnished with a Polynesian influence.
Everyone was very friendly; smiling, greeting us, surprised us multiple times by calling us by name.
The whole tone was peaceful, tranquil, relaxed.
Sure there were some minor glitches - no turn down service one night, no water available at the tennis court two days in a row, keys not working one day, no t.v. reception for a day and a half and then again on another day, a washing machine that wouldn't work and a dryer that wouldn't dry. Were those enough to spoil a vacation? No way - minor inconveniences. Was that acceptable for a Four Seasons? Probably not, we've never stayed at one before, would have expected a little better.
One thing that I do not recall reading about in anyone else's comments is the very strange way the mini bar works. It is empty upon arrival and one must order things from the menu to stock it. The drawback is that things are only sold in quantities of 6. So you must order a 6-pack of tonic water at 30 dollars, or 6 bags of chips, or 6 cookies - everything priced quite expensively. You pay for it when you order it, so you need to be committed to consuming 6 of whatever it is. (Exception to the minimum order of 6 pieces, was the liquor - large bottles sold individually, Grey Goose about $200). None the less, I found this rather inconvenient.
I needed a doctor one day. That was handled marvelously by the hotel. One arrived at our room in 2 hours with the appropriate medication in hand. Approximately $300, worth it.
One thing we found out of character for a 5 star property was that they charge to pick you up at the airport or to take you into town. It seems quite "cheap" of them. Do they really need that $15.00 or so? It was really just the principal of the thing - for a luxury resort, include it in, don't nickel and dime the guests - bury the cost in the room rate. In our minds it was the equivalent of a cruise ship that can't dock - do they charge for the tender?
The only thing we were disappointed in was the lack of visible fish from our overwater bungalow, and the lack of snorkeling right off your own deck. We were expecting what we had experienced in Moorea three years ago - fantastic swimming and snorkeling right off our own deck and a parade of tropical fish right under our glass floor. The hotel actually advises against snorkeling off your deck - there is a sign in four languages warning about the strong currents and winds in the lagoon. They do provide life jackets. I just wish we had known this beforehand - not that we would have altered our plans, maybe nowhere in Bora Bora is there great snorkeling in the lagoon, I don't know - I just like to know the downside in advance and not arrive expecting something and then be disappointed. (Why do they have those glass panels in the floor?)
The grounds were extensive, well laid out, and well kept up. Walking to see the wild open ocean with the crashing waves is well worth it. The whole resort has fantastic views around every curve.
The tennis court was wonderful. Most days someone would bring us cold water - a most welcome treat - one that we came to rely on - so the two days there was no water available left us parched and unprepared.
The restaurants had a nice ambiance and the food was good. Don't bother with the steak - if you are used to what we get in the states, this does not live up to ours in either tenderness nor taste. We did wish that they varied the menu in their nicer restaurant, Ari Moana. It got a little repetitive after a while. I wished they had a cheese plate offered on their dessert menu. At the buffet restaurant, Tere Nui, they had cheese offered which makes a nice treat, rather than a sweet. The breakfast buffet was nice.
I don't wish to sound like I am complaining, we'd go again. (Actually we might go back to Moorea next time.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On this mystical island with its necklace of white-fringed coral islets, Four Seasons elevates the excitement to redefine South Seas escape. Exotic over-water suites, and beachfront villas with pools, immerse you in ultramodern comforts and the spirit of French Polynesia. Culinary art embraces operatic sunsets over the island’s primeval peaks. Introduce your family to sea turtles. Kite-surf across the impossibly blue lagoon. Spirit yourselves away in a spa by the rolling Pacific surf. Surrender to the liberating service of a luxury resort unmatched on Bora Bora. ... more less
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