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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Motu Tehotu BP 547, 98730, French Polynesia   |  
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“Like heaven !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I've been all around the world, including the best luxury hotels but I've not seen one such this resort hotel. Beginning with the welcome at the tiny but so cute airport, you are made to feel like you are the king and queen of the world. The nature helps a lot but the resort is the best of all. The staff is amazing; they all know you by name. The bungalows on the sea are awsome and you never want to leave the room or the resort.Just to find something to criticize; most of the time you really want to spend time in the bungalows and the sooner your room is made the better it is. But you really have to wait till afternoon for the staff to come and make the room. You can call the reception and ask for it but why not to put a visible sign in the room like tke ones 'Don't disturb', so that we can hang it outside the door, the staff (they are everywhere ready to help you) sees the sign and gives that room priority. Otherwise, the place is like a paradise. It is expensive but worth every penny.

Room Tip: Bungalows are awsome
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Hello and thanks for sharing your experience with us here! We appreciate you taking the time to do so, and are very happy to hear you had such a great stay.

We're glad to hear that you particularly enjoyed Four Seasons staff and service, the arrival experience and your overwater bungalow. We also appreciate our feedback on housekeeping times. We like to perform housekeeping based on the guest preference, and will consider additional ways to ensure this.

Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back to paradise soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights last week and enjoyed every moment from the airport boat transfer to the farewell.
The overwater bungalows are beautiful and very spacious. The bathtub overlooking the water with big opening doors enables you to bath and enjoy the view all at the same time!
We were in the last bungalow and swam everyday, the current is there but for anyone who can swim in the ocean it is not a problem and means you are more likely to see sea life.
The staff are all amazing! How they remember your name after seeing you once is beyond me, the pool staff keep you refreshed with water and cocktails all day long.
The food is all good and is not much dearer than a good restaurant in Australia, although I can imagine if you are from the US it would seem expensive. The burger by the pool is possibly the best burger ever!
The Polynesian night was fantastic, the dancers really looked like they loved what they were doing and didn't just go through he motions of entertaining the tourists! The food that night was beautiful too, all the local favourites served in a "family style" to be enjoyed by all the table. Wine was included which made it a good value night! It is also a nice way to meet new friends (honeymooners mostly!) from around the world and exchange holiday stories.
I would make sure you take the snorkelling with the sharks and rays trip. It is well worth leaving the luxury of the resort for half a day to have this amazing experience. We had Robert as our guide and a nicer, happier, and adventurous guide can not exist! His ukele playing and singing were also a highlight as we cruised across the turquoise water.
I can not recommend staying here enough, a travel agent who was staying there also said it is the best in Bora Bora and she had seen all the resorts!

Room Tip: The mountain view bungalows are beautiful.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
G'day Cally! Thanks for the lovely review and for taking the time to share your experience with us here.

We're so happy to to hear you had such a great stay with us, and that you particularly enjoyed your overwater bungalow and bathtub, our staff and Four Seasons service, the food and restaurants (including the Polynesian Dinner Show) and snorkelling in the lagoon!

Thank you for choosing to stay with us, and we hope to welcme you back again one day.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Four Seasons is worth every penny spent. From the time you arrive at the Bora Bora airport, you are welcomed by the Four Seasons staff and you are transported into their ferry after they pick up your luggage for you. As soon as you arrive in Four Seasons, you are able to check in 1 minute and then you are straight taken into your overwater bungalow in golf cart. We did not have to wait even a minute to be taken into our bungalow. The staff is so friendly and accommodate to every need and demand you have! The bungalows are out of this world! Be prepared to be blown away by the size, decor, furnishings, and I could go on and on. There are two entrances to the huge deck which is super cool and the views from each of the water bungalows are amazing! You will not be disappointed no matter which bungalow you are in! We were at the beach view bungalow since we did not want deep water and we loved the location and water depth (the furthest beach bungalow is not more than 5.5 feet). We saw the sunrise from our bungalow each morning which was breathtaking. The sunsets which you can see from the walkway is equally breathtaking. Dont waste your money for the mountain view bungalow - trust me you wont be missing out on much because you can see Mt Otemanu from the walkway anytime you want! That's what we did, as soon as we stepped out of our bungalow, we had a breathtaking view of Mt Otemanu right outside where we took million pics! I loved the soaking tub in the bungalow - so huge and you get a view of the lagoon right from there. The activities at this resort were so awesome as well: from kayaking to stand up paddle boarding to peddle boating. You can use these anytime for free and they are really fun! We did the jet ski excursion (booked it through four seasons for which you dont have much choice for) with reasonable pricing (was 175 bucks for one jetski which me and my husband shared) and we did the circle island tour with that and stopped at a spot where the water was so gorgeous and clear! Loved it! The guide was awesome! We also did the semi private shark and ray feeding excursion (semi private means only with people from four seasons and is slight more priced than the shared one) and it was an unforgettable experience! Trust me, you dont want to miss this! It doesnt matter if you cant swim because you can wear the life jacket and go. The first sport for stingray feeding was on shallow water anyway. The snorkeling over the barrier reef is GORGEOUS - i even saw a big fat eel there! Then comes with sharks... it was very scary at first but soon as you get into the water, it's not a big deal at all! The sharks were way down below anyway and the huge lemon shark was gorgeous! Amazing experience! Highly recommended. I loved both of the excursions. The spa is mindblowing in four seasons! We both had massages there (i had the kavelia haven one) and i felt so rejuvenated afterwards. Get the polynesian massage there - it's unbelievable! You will feel like butter afterwards. The oils are sooo nice and pleasant to smell. Dont forget to try the steam room and the jacuzzi - AWESOME! I loved the smell of the oil even in the steam room and the jacuzzi faces a beautiful lagoon on the women's side - you can try these amenities in the spa anytime for free.

We booked with Tiffany from South Seas Adventures: highly highly highly recommend her for any trip in the South Pacific. She is awesome and she will share her experiences of the islands with you and give you great tips and hints and make perfect arrangements!

TIPS: If you can get AirFrance, pick that over Air Tahiti Nui because Air Tahiti Nui is officially the worst flight i have been on - the seats are rock hard and the service sucks. Skip even one night in Tahiti (Papeete) as Tahiti sucks. We went straight to Moorea and then Bora Bora and it was the best trip of my life! Do the snorkeling in one of the lagoons in Four Seasons - feed the fish there, great experience. Try the Spa for sure. Go to Vaitape (inner town of bora bora) at least once to visit St James restaurant - was great and reasonably priced. See Matira beach at least once.

Room Tip: We loved our beach view bungalow with only 5.3 feet deep water and on the sunrise side. Dont pick mo...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Hi there, and thanks for taking the time to share your experience here! We're very happy to know that you so thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us.

We're glad to hear that you particlarly enjoyed our friendly staff, your overwater bungalow, the array of water activities (including the JetSki circle-island tour and shark and ray snorkelling), and of course our Spa. Sounds like you did it all!

Thank you for choosing Four Seasons, and we hope to welcome you back again one day.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

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.

Restaurants
None of the restaurants at Four Seasons were spectacular, but all were good. The staff was very friendly and always very welcoming. The one event that cannot be missed is the polynesian show, where local inspired food is served family-style during a grand polynesian show with dancing and fire. Just make sure to inquire about it immediately when you arrive to know which day it’s happening.

Room Service
Due to the small bungalows, we did not dine in as much as we did at St Regis. The only real place to set up for dinner was outside on the terrace, but the choice of dishes and quality of food made up for it.

Spa & Sports & Pools
Four Seasons is the place to go if you like pampering. The spa and exercise facilities are superb, from the amazing structures and incredible pools to with the small details like the espresso machine in the gym. The water sports could be a disappointment due to the location of the resort, as the current can be pretty strong at times. The huge cabanas at the pool and ample hangout spaces makes the Four Seasons a great resort for relaxing, providing you can block out the air traffic since the hotel is right under the takeoff flight path.

Service
The Four Seasons got it right, from the minute we arrived to when we left, we felt special. The staff went out of their way and were always greeting you with the warmest smile. At our warm flower welcome at the hotel, I mentioned my ukulele in passing as well as my favorite song (“over the rainbow” by Iz). Later that night, when we got a ride to dinner, the driver brought another staff member in the cart, who brought a guitar and performed the song for us as we drove to the restaurant.

Overall
The Four Seasons felt like a luxury resort, with bungalows that resembled hotel rooms and people and kids roaming around the premises. I would say Four Seasons is the resort to pick over St Regis only if you bring kids or if your focus is relaxing and hanging out in the spa most of the time.

Room Tip: Don't get tempted by bungalows at the end of the pontoons, the current can be strong as a river...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Hello and thank you for the great review! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us here.

We're most happy to know that you particularly enjoyed the Polynesian dinner show, the pampering and Four Seasons service.

Thanks again and we hope to welcome you here again one day!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The best of all.

Since the arrival of the airport to the checkout, my wife and I were super happy with the hotel. Every detail is thought to our well being. Yes, it's expensive, but worth every cents. Grade 10 for everything: transfer, checkin inside the bungalow, concierge, breakfast, staff, pool area, room service. From now on I will have forget this hotel, or anyone will receive low grades.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Hi Leonardo! Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay wth us, and for the lovely compliments.

We're very happy to know that you had a great experience at Four Seasons, and that you particularly enjoyed the airport transfers, check-in inside your overwater bungalow, concierge service, breakfast, our staff, the pool and room service.

Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back again one day!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora in September for four nights in an Overwater - bungalow with mountain view within our 2-week honeymoon trip in French Polynesia (Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora). Ok, we wanted to stay in an overwater bungalow but we had been so lucky that we had the opportunity to stay in luxury heaven, but we come back to this later in that review... :o) The Four Seasons was the last stop and the best hotel we booked. So, expectations were already high, also because the journey from Germany to Tahiti took us 26 hours...

And what can we say, we were just blown away from everything: the beautiful resort with its bungalows and sandy white beaches, the unbelievable friendly staff of the Four Seasons and of course the setting, beautiful Bora Bora with the magic mountain and the clear turquoise water of the lagoon! We lived for 5 days in a screen saver!!

Before arriving in French Polynesia, the Four Seasons provided us with several information about our stay and the possibility to book excursions, dinner etc. via an email package. We booked for the first day the free day-shuttle to the main island which is recommendable since you then have the possibility to buy snacks and drinks at an affordable price in a grocery shop there. It is really great that they provide now the possibility of a complementary transfer to the main island which was not the case before as I have seen from older TA reviews. (However the night shuttle still needs to be paid: 3.000 XPF per Person per way). We also booked the transfer from the airport to the resort and back. The transfer is expensive (almost 70 Euros per person per round trip) given the fact that there is no other way to get to the resort...

We arrived at 12 pm and we were greeted by the FS staff with the obligatory lei. The staff took our luggage and guided us the way to the absolutely beautiful Four Seasons boat! We were lucky that we were the only ones arriving with this plane, so we had the boat for us alone! The staff handed us two bottles of water and towels for refreshment. The about 20 min. journey from the airport was really nice! When we then arrived at the reception, we were greeted with a juice and went together with the person that caught us up on the airport to the golf cart that brought us to our overwater bungalow. The bungalow was already ready although we had not booked the early check-in. Then, the registration took place at the terrace of our overwater bungalow! Really nice experience! When we entered our bungalow we were absolutely speechless! We loved the design and the bungalow was so big! The bath tub was a highlight and the glass floor was so impressive! We received a honeymoon welcome letter together with fresh fruits and a bottle of champagne!

At the end of the arrival day we had a little problem with our bungalow. The staff was really friendly and helped us by giving us a different bungalow for the night. The next day, we received a phone call from a really nice woman called Laurence and she told us, that she was really sorry and that she might have a solution for us by showing us another bungalow. We agreed and then she showed us this “other bungalow”. It was a 300 m2 (3,228 sq.ft.) Villa with private whirlpool, private swimming pool and our private own beach!! We were so speechless when we entered the villa, standing in the living room which was as big as our whole apartment back in Germany! We just cannot describe this absolutely stunning place, maybe our pictures captured the property somehow... of course we accepted this “solution” and were so happy to spend the rest of our stay in this exceptionally place that we would definitely not be able to afford ... It was just perfect... besides our villa we enjoyed the resort lagoon where we were snorkeling and saw some beautiful fishes or we used the nice fitness facilities. For dinner we ate twice at the sunset bar and twice at the Arii Moana. It is true, that the dinner is quite expensive, so we always only ordered two main courses and shared one dessert which was perfectly fine. The breakfast was great, you are offered everything you dream of at breakfast: a fresh juice of the day, pancakes, omelets made for you with the ingredients you like, local marmalade, crepes, wafers, cake, muffins, croissants, scrambled eggs, fresh fruits, yogurt, bircher muesli etc. … And you can take a collection of the daily news from your country to be kept up to date while enjoying the great breakfast with the view on the lagoon and the mount otemanu... incredibly relaxing...

The only thing besides the expensive boat transfer we would criticise is the fact that WLAN is not complementary and indeed very expensive! We travel a lot and also stayed at much cheaper hotels where often the WLAN is included in the rate. This should definitely be the case at the Four Seasons, where you really pay a lot and just don’t want to be annoyed with huge extra costs...

Besides that, we highly recommend the Four Seasons Bora Bora, this was really a once in a life time experience (although we hope to be able to return some day, maybe for our 10th anniversary... :o)! The island is the most beautiful place on earth, it is truly paradise and the Four Seasons Bora Bora gives you the perfect setting for enjoying everything! Thanks to Laurence and all the staff!

If you got further questions or want to comment or see some more pictures you can visit our blog:
https://christiankoeln.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/bora-bora-1-0/
https://christiankoeln.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/bora-bora-2-0/

Room Tip: Mountain view, mountain view, mountain view! :o)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Hello and thank you for the lovely review! We're so happy you had such a great honeymoon with us. And thank you for taking the time to share this on here.

Indeed it was a long journey for you, but it sounds as though you really took in the Island and made the most of your time here. And we're happy to know that you particularly enjoyed our friendly staff, your overwater bungalow, swimming in the lagoon, the food and breakfast.

We also loved the pictures on our blog- thanks for sharing that! We hope to welcome you back for your 10th anniversary ;)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

It dosen't get any better then the four Season's in Bora Bora. We've stayed in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the Carribean. Bora Bora is an unspoiled jewel. The Four Seasons is hands down the best resort in Bora Bora. Be prepared to relax and be spoiled by the staff. Footnote: Don't waste your time in Tahiti, it's a big disappointment after Bora Bora.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Hi Joe - thanks for the wonderful review, and for taking the time to share your experience here!

We're thrilled to know you had such a great stay and enjoyed all the pampering and spoiling we provide.

Hoping you and your loved ones are doing ok back East after the storm, and that we'll see you again here in paradise.
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Also Known As:
4 Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Hotel
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Four Seasons Bora
Four Seasons Hotel Bora
Bora Bora Four Seasons
Address: Motu Tehotu BP 547, 98730, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora 5*
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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