...would never have left Tahiti had he stayed at the St Regis. Call us crazy, call us strange, but this was our 3rd stay at the St. Regis Bora. 2009, 2010 and 2011. Why did we come back? Why the 'three-peat'? Perhaps a short quiz to best answer this:
a.) The St. Regis is by far the most beautiful resort in Bora.
b.) The St. Regis is situated on the most breathtaking part of the lagoon.
c.) A myriad of oceanic activities one can embark upon from the hotel.
d.) A revisit the humongous Manta Rays that are a mere 60 seconds from the St. Regis Dock.
e.) Restful luxury after sailing a catamaran around Tahaa and Raiatia for a week.
f.) Mouth-watering French, Tahitian and Indonesian cuisine.
g.) The friendly, warm staff.
h.) We wanted to celebrate our 11th honeymoon by vegetating on the deck of our OWB watching the sunset over Mount Otemanu with endless bottles of CakeBread Cellars.
i.) We missed the endless reruns of 'Couples Retreat'.
j.) All of the above.
If you answered a.) through h.), you are correct.
Not too much left to say after our last review, except things are even better. The management staff continues to attack attention to detail with clam-like tenacity. From the moment we landed on Bora, we never touched our luggage until we were in the room. Cold towels and cold punch waiting for us on the dock. Friendly staff greeting us with warm hugs - many of whom we remembered from the past two years. A personal greeting from Tracey, the VP of Marketing for the St. Regis. A quick golf-cart ride to the room. What we really appreciated was the VIP treatment since this was our third trip back. We won't tell you what they did, you'll have to come back for a 3rd time and find out :) Let's just say that they know how to foster 'loyalty to a resort' if there is such a thing.
Ok, so what was different this time? Let's see....more fish under the OWB's, including tons of Sting Rays. Beautiful sunny weather each and every day. Plenty of bikes, sailboards and hobies. Candlelit dining tables on the St. Regis private beach and on the dock, too. There was no wind this trip, so eating outside at night under the stars was surreal and mega-romantic. All three restaurants open. The Jean George had a menu 'dedicated to spices' for the month of November; simply delicious.
The snorkeling and diving tours continue to impress upon us the undeniable and unbelievable beauty that is Bora Bora. The Manta Rays, reef and lemon sharks and brilliant turquoise waters with hundred-foot visibility. We know that you can eat on the main island blah blah blah, but not for us, since the St. Regis is more beautiful at night than during the day. And fresh 1 kilo lobsters, too!!!
We really, really considered trying the Thalasso or Four Seasons this trip, but just couldn't do it. We've seen them both - and they are 9/10 resorts for sure - but the St. Regis is an 11/10 no doubt.
Our Butler, Emmanuel (yes, you get your own butler) was the kindest and most helpful person you could imagine. He gave us a private tour of the oceanfront and beachfront villas - which are just as beautiful as the OWB's. He checked in on us each day, made dinner reservations and was just a very good soul.
Lastly, as soon as it hits December 1st, we'll be making reservations for our 4th trip to Tahaa and Bora at the St. Regis.
The only thing left to say is that the St. Regis is the ONLY resort we've been to in the world where we didn't want to leave the room. The OWB, the luxury and the other-worldy beautiful, cool blue water. You'll not find this in the Caribbean, Seychelles, Maldives or anywhere else...no way.
To TF and MS - thank you very much!!!
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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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- The St. Regis Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- St Regis Hotel Bora
- St Regis Bora Bora
- St Regis Resort Bora Bora