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The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Houston, Texas
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“Wonderful Honeymoon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed at the St. Regis for 6 nights in March of 2013 for our honeymoon. We had originally been planning to stay at the IC Thalasso, but when I emailed the resort inquiring about the status of the site reservations, I was told the pool would still be closed for part of our stay. We immediately asked our travel agent to move us to either the Four Seasons or the St. Regis - so glad we ended up here!

It is an amazing place to relax and enjoy the beautiful sites. I had no qualms with the quality of the food, but would not recommend spending the extra money on the Polynesian Buffet - I thought it was just so-so, and enjoyed the food on regular evenings at Te Pahu (sp?). Lagoon was delicious and the view from the deck was amazing. We did a dinner at Bloody Mary's one evening, it was also so-so, but I am glad we did it, despite the fact that is is kind of a tourist trap.

Anyone complaining about the quality of this resort is really nitpicking. You are in the most beautiful place on earth - you are really going to complain about how the bikes look, or seeing a bug in your room in a tropical environment? I had no qualms and enjoyed my stay so much. After reading about how every other resort nickel and dimes you on things like water bottles and shuttles to the main island, it was nice to never have to worry about it at the St. Regis - free shuttles, free water by the pool, etc.

We stayed in a Superior OWB, at the end of the pontoon (301) and loved it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We just returned from a wonderful stay at the St Regis for our honeymoon! In preparation for this holiday we did lots of research on what resort to stay at. If you are reading this review now and having the same dilemma as we had about choosing resorts, trust us and book St Regis! This place is truly magical!! We have been to some wonderful places and resorts around the world but St Regis Bora Bora trumps them all!
The villas are huge and amazingly furnished. We were unsure what interior we would prefer between St Regis and Four Seasons but having been to St Regis, we wish we could have their interior designer come to our house- it is amazing and the pictures online really don't do it justice!
Every single employee we came across was very friendly and helpful! We were regularly greeted by name (even by staff we hadn't met) and while walking back to our villa asked if we would like a lift by staff passing by on their buggies. The resort provided a turn down service each night which included fresh water and cookies. The guys working at the beach are awesome and give out free water and ice fruit drinks and snacks by the beach and pool. They also look after all the water sport activities- so much fun on the sailboat, jetski, paddleboards!
Grounds are amazing. We got bikes daily and rode around the resort, to the lagoonarium (beautiful spot, enough fish to have a good snorkel with), spa (had a couples treatment which was so relaxing, they have recently done the spa up and is lovely), two pools (loved the swim up pool bar, and the oasis pool was so relaxing and peaceful) and beautiful beach. We have seen complaints about the quality of the bikes on here- what do people expect when the bikes are spending 24/7 next to salty water and with regular rain periods- seriously! While they are not 'Tour De France' standard, all the bikes we came across worked well, we had no issues whatsoever, and the resort got some new bikes while we were there so I think they continually update them.
Also would highly recommend the shark and ray feeding tour and the jetski tour while you are at Bora Bora! On these tours we got to have a squiz at all the other resorts and think that St Regis has the best position. St Regis is located around a bay (whereas all other resorts face onto the open water) and the bay feels really secure and private to go swimming and do all the water sports!
We seriously had the most amazing time of our lives! It's impossible to put into words our experience- all we can suggest is to book St Regis and experience it for yourselves!


Also, I know there has been lots of mention of Pacific For Less on here- we also booked through this company and do highly recommend them. They were by far the cheapest quote we got and were quick to respond to emails and very easy to deal with.

Room Tip: We stayed in a superior overwater villa- almost at the end of the pontoon- which we would highly rec...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

We chose the St. Regis Bora Bora expecting top of the line service. We were surely not disappointed. We stayed in a Superior Overwater Villa that was spacious, tastefully decorated, and provided a great view of the lagoon and Mt. Otemanu. The service at the St. Regis was top notch and the personal butler that was assigned to us kept us on track with the times and places of our various dinners and excursions throughout the week. The food was excellent and we enjoyed a week of fine French cuisine and French wine. We booked the Honeymoon package with Pacific for Less and they gave us a free couples spa treatment and a romantic dinner on the beach. I highly recommend Pacific for Less as your travel agent and the St. Regis Bora Bora for your hotel stay. You will not be disappointed with either of them. If you can get a reservation at Villa Mahana's restaurant, definely go. You will love chef Damian's French cuisine. You need to make an early booking since his villa only has 8 tables. It is worth getting there but make sure you go hungry. His plates come with enough food for two people.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Why we chose the St Regis Bora Bora and glad we did! We had a fabulous
most indulging 5 nights in our Premier Overwater Villa, took advantage
of the Couples Retreat Pkg, paid the Deluxe Overwater and free
upgrade to this largest Overwater with Jacuzzi at your deck overlooking
the famous Otemanu Mountain (we took advantage of this deal
through our agent, Geri Miller with Tahiti Discount Travel
in Newport Beach, Calif, she recommended to take advantage
of this package, for its best value with free upgrade
and breakfast, champagne, 50mins couples massage and flowers turndown all free with this package), we were greeted by our butler sabre openning
of our champagne and announced welcome to Bora Bora! WOW! I have arrived
and I know this is going to be a start of a honeymoon only one can dream and imagine. Our first night was pure romance on the deck seating
of the Lagoon Restaurant. I will say this is the most beautiful restaurant
in the world. Reserve in advance for 6pm or 8pm. You will be entertained
by watching the school of fish dancing before you and the backdrop of
the Otemanu Mountain across the lagoon and millions of stars
on top of you and while enjoying every bite of the island's delicacy well prepared by the Jean Georges kitchen, really a treat, as this is the
highlight of our trip. For great snorkeling, go to lagoon by the spa,
where the movie Couples Retreat yoga scene was filmed, lots of fish
and very relaxing place to snorkel and spend time with your honey.
Our honeymoon was fantastic and envied by many of our friends. One
should visit this amazing resort and destination in their lifetime.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

This was our second trip to the St. Regis Bora Bora, our first being in Oct 2010. There's some great reviews out there but I wanted to address a few points others have made previously. Your experience here will primarily be what you make of it. Someone recently blasted the breakfast buffett for being horrid but I found it to have a large variety of selections. You can have eggs, omelettes as well as crepes made at your request. Sure, if you eat at the buffett every day during your stay you might become a little less enthusiastic about your choices but it is simply because you choose to eat the same thing every day. My favorite was the ham and cheese croissant! When booking we had the breakfast buffet included otherwise it is about $50 per person. It was filling enough that we skipped lunch and had nice dinners at the Lagoon restaurant on site.

Regarding dinners and the price of food. We found it pretty reasonable actually and you can walk away without spending an arm and leg at dinner if you order just dinner and stick to water. Dinner for two you can easily walk away for under $100. At the Lagoon restaurant the chef always has a complimentary, and delicious amuse bushe and dessert of three small offerings as well as homemade fresh baked rolls of wonderful varities.

Many have complained about the lack of nightlight at the St. Regis. It's true. If you expect to be entertained then seek another property to stay. But, we enjoyed having a nice dinner and then a long walk back to our room where we'd sit out on the bungalow patio at night enjoying the peace and quiet as well as the random fishes that would swim by. Again, it's what you make of the experience. We never once turned on the television during our week stay. Bring a deck of cards or your favorite travel game if you want entertainment without staring at the television.

The bikes on the property are rusty but guess what, they've been through the rainy season. Bikes are going to rust when guests take them, use them and leave them sitting outside all day long. There's no way around that. I suspect that they will replace the bikes soon now that the rainy season is finishing up. When we were there in Oct 2010 the bikes were in great shape which is no surprise since it was the tail end of the dry season.

Take the time to enjoy the free water activities they have available. My husband and I had the time of our lives sailing the Hobie Cat. The 'beach boys' will give you a quick lesson and off you go. It's pretty easy. We enjoyed the stand up paddleboards, kayaks, water 'bikes' and snorkling in the Lagoonarium. Two year's ago the Lagoonarium had two turtles in it which we're told were moved to the Le Meridian due to them being too much maintenance. We didn't enjoy the Lagoonarium as much the second go around but it was still a fun afternoon to snorkle/swim a loop around it. We took extra bread from our roomservice and enjoyed feeding the fish too.

Based on reviews here we also packed two pool noodles and I would say they were heavily used during swims off our bungalow. I see others have taken note of that suggestion as we saw at least a half dozen available for guests to take at the pool. So, maybe skip bringing your own and ask the 'beach boys' for a few. We used only but once the inflatable pool loung/mat and I'd skip this if you're doing most of your swimming in the ocean as opposed to the pool. If you're going to snorkle the one thing we wished we had was an anti fog spray for our masks. Not sure if the St. Regis had some on property for guests. Our tour guide had it for the tour we took but had horrible fogging when snorkling in the Lagoonarium.

One last note, the staff is pretty wonderful. Many knew us and addressed us by name. Don't abuse the staff by being a high maintenance guest. I saw a few guests that acted like the staff was their assistant/servant, etc. Don't be those people that have four staff members waiting on your at breakfast because you want to have a speciality tropical drink made when there were about 8 different fruit juices to drink at the buffett. Don't be the guy who sent his eggs back because they were cold when really they were warm. Don't be the lady that goes off on the staff because she was being told she'd have to pay for her breakfast when she said the day prior it was included in her booking. Yes, we had that happen too but we cleared up the matter easily by going to the reception and presenting our paperwork. The lady who was rasing her voice at the hard working staff and demanded a manager may have gotten a free fancy dinner on the house but she was classless in how she fixed the matter.

We did not get a free upgrade for our return visit but we didn't expect it. We did get a bottle of champage with a lovely note hand written from the manager. Nice touch. Overall, the St. Regis Bora Bora is a wonderful relaxing stay with a hard working kind staff. They will go out of your way to make your stay enjoyable but it's up to you to make the experience great.

I had to laugh when someone wrote in the tips section to not stay on the 'cheap side' facing the beach. None of the rooms are cheap! On our honeymoon we were upgraded to a bungalow facing Mt. Otumanu. It was amazing. But this time we were in bungalow 321 facing the beach and I would say that was equally lovely (and cheaper!). When you swim around your bungalow you will see the mountain very well as well as when you are out and about on the property enjoying your day. Upgrading isn't worth the price of admission. We felt that our second trip here without an OWB facing Mt. Otumanu was even more better simply because my husband and I were with each other and had 2 1/2 years of marriage under our belts and a host of experience and love. Views are nice but company makes the journey priceless.

Room Tip: They're all great rooms. OWB with views of Mt. Otumanu aren't any better than OWB with view...
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Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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los angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

We just returned from six nights at St Regis. Fantastic place. We stayed in an overwater bungalow with view of the mountain. The room was huge. Service was terrific except a few mess-ups on orders at the bar for lunch (which they rectified so good for them). We had our own butler--Carmen--who made our stay so easy and lovely. If you can snag her, do! Whomever said the breakfast buffet was bad is crazy. I have been everywhere and this buffet rocked. Fresh fish, fruit, homemade yogurt. Yes, bora bora is expensive. Don't go and then complain when you see this. There really is no way around it. We ate in the sushi restaurant twice (I am a sushi snob and it was good) and also Jean George (pricey but a great locale). Honestly we had our best meal at the 3rd restaunrant (can't remember the name, but it's the one where they serve breakfast). Amazing mahi mahi cru. We had dinner at Villa Mahana which, despite the cheesy music playing, was worth it and also went to Maikai, which was good too. The trip into town on the bus is long so consider whether you really need a t-shirt. Why leave that amazing beach?? Io rana, Saint Regis!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Me and my wife spent most of our honeymoon in this great hotel. One or another minor issues occurred, like malfunctioning of the keys, but nothing that would spoil the trip, or get us into a bad mood. The overwater bungalow was amazing. The food was great, specially the lagoon restaurant. I highly recommend to schedule a nice dinner at the lagoon deck in advance. Snorkelling at the hotel lagoon is also amazing! It's packed with all kind of very friendly fish!

We highly recommend this awesome hotel, specially for honeymooners!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Address: Motu Ome'e, 98730, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#3 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 89
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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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