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!
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Mountain view, mountain view, mountain view! :o)
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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.
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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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