This place is phenomenally beautiful. Every shade of blue you can even imagine was there! But let's start at the beginning.
After almost 2 years worth of research and speaking with several travel agents, we went with Custom Tahiti. And really there was two reasons we picked them versus other travel agencies including Pacific for Less was 1) They returned calls and emails promptly (I don't expect a return email or call within minutes but within one day is nice, some travel agents didn't return a call for several days), 2)No matter how I crunched the numbers, Custom Tahiti had the best deal with the most perks.
Jackie at Custom Tahiti was awesome! We were originally set to go in May of 2012 but had to reschedule the DAY before we were suppose to leave because my 3 year old broke her arm! The way Jackie and Richard at Custom Tahiti handled all the arrangements with the hotels, transportation, and our flights were incredible. They kept in contact with me and took care of everything. Thank you Jackie and Richard for such a wonderful job!
Getting to paradise is a bit of a pain but well worth it. You will fly into Tahiti and then fly to whatever island you are staying at. We went to Taha'a first and loved it. Very different from Bora Bora but lovely. We took a helicopter from the resort to St. Regis and I say this is well worth it! We got to see some awesome waterfalls that the earlier rain caused and the approach to the hotel by air was unforgettable!
Once we landed at the St. Regis, we were greeted by the wonderful Marion who I had emailed back and forth for almost a year about our vowel renewal. She is really a detail oriented young woman who made us feel like we were really taken care of. I can't say enough about what an excellent job Marion did, not only on our ceremony but she made herself available to us during our entire stay. Thank you so much Marion for your hard work and kindness!
We were upgraded from a Superior to a Deluxe bungalow (thanks Jackie at CT) and wow, those bungalows were beautiful and huge! We had a beautiful welcome treat and champagne when we arrived. The resort itself like everyone has mentioned is very big. We had no problems getting rides in golf carts and we rode the bikes here and there when we felt like it. We hung out most our days by the Oasis pool which has several private cabanas with telephones you can order food from. There was usually no one there and we had it to ourselves. There are tons of activities you can do on the beach but most everyone just chilled by the pool or by the beach. We did snorkel in the Lagoonarium and saw some interesting fish we haven't seen anywhere else. It's an easy place to snorkel because it's man made and closed in. There is an absence of beautiful coral but plenty of fish. We also had couple's massage (thanks again to Jackie at CT) that we extended from 50 minutes to 80 minutes at the spa. They were remodeling the spa when we were there so we had our massage in one of the private pool villas which was very cozy and nice. Great massage too. Everyone was very friendly and service overall was great. The grounds were beautiful always but the color of the water was what was most impressive. The pictures and words can not describe how beautiful that place is! People ask us was it worth the flight time and money to go there and we always answer, "yes, the pictures just don't do it justice."
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Every bungalow was very nice, if you HAVE to have a view of Mt Otemanu, go for it! If not the Superior bungalows are great even though they don't face the mountain. There was a superior bungalow that every day a bunch of eagle rays hung out under! I have to say there were at least 10-15 of them!
Also you might have read that the food and drinks are expensive in Bora Bora. I have to agree with everyone but I have to say that it is less expensive outside of the St. Regis. We had breakfast included in our package (thanks again Jackie!) which was an excellent array of choices including made to order eggs. My husband had eggs benedict every day and loved them! I'm not sure how much the breakfast buffet cost every day but I heard someone next to us say 90 dollars was ridiculous for 2 people for breakfast! We had burgers and sandwiches by the oasis pool and it cost 95 dollars for them plus one iced coffee and a dessert. We had a beautiful dinner on the beach that you can have St. Regis make for you and the pre fixed menu came from the Lagoon Restaurant. The food was good and the atomosphere with the stars out, candles lit around your table, and the flowers was so romantic. The rice encrusted tuna was AWESOME! Also we ate at Lagoon one night and at the Japanese Restaurant. Lagoon was pretty good, we had a table right by the water as the sun was setting behind the mountain. The fish my husband had was delicious and my tuna was great! I had a mojito and we shared a dessert. Again not sure exactly how much this would have been because it was included with our package. The Japanese Restaurant was ok, if you really love asian food and are use to eating great asian food, I think it might disappoint a little. We had an appetizer and 2 entrees and it was roughly around 150 dollars. Our best meal was Villa Mahana outside of the resort in Bora Bora. Excellent atmosphere and delicious food! Wish we went there twice during our stay. Make those reservations way in advance for sure!
We hung out at the resort most of the time but we did take a couple of trips outside. We did a Reef Discovery tour we set up before we arrived the island. It was fun and we got to see a couple of Manta Rays! Also we did a private tour through the hotel who set it up with Maohi Nui. Patrick our guide was great! I highly recommend both tours!
Overall our stay was excellent because the staff was friendly and the resort was beautiful. There were minor things that needed fixing like there were a couple pieces of wood missing from outside of our window in our bungalow and not being able to use the spa facility was a bit annoying. But you are in paradise and everything else seemed to not to matter:) Oh, and I would NOT recommend doing the polynesian buffet and show at St. Regis. It definitely was not worth the money and we thought the dancers were going to twirl fire but it ended up the dancers just did a little dance and got people in the audience to join in. For 300 dollars the food wasn't great. They close Lagoon on that night so plan on going outside of the resort for dinner. I did hear from a couple who stayed at the Four Seasons that their polynesian show was great with fire!
I would highly recommend getting a travel agent for your trip. The ones that specializes in French Polynesia will get you the best deals. They usually can beat Expedia, Costco, and AMEX travel. Jackie at Custom Tahiti is fabulous!
For those who are struggling with St. Regis or Four Seasons, either is awesome! But I do think next time we go, we will go to Four Seasons just for comparison:)
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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