We wanted to do a special trip for our 25th anniversary and decided on Bora Bora. We normally don't use a travel agent, but after reading all the mentions of Pacific for Less, we decided to contact them. Boy, were we glad we did. Claudia and her team handled everything for us and made sure every detail was taken care of. Plus, our total price was significantly less than what we could have arranged on our own.
Pacific for Less arranged for our 8-night stay that began May 11, including a shark/ray snorkeling tour, couples massage at the St. Regis spa, champagne on arrival and breakfast included. The big plus that Claudia's team was able to get for us was a free 3-course dinner each night at any of the St. Regis restaurants. That was a huge money saver, as dinner will easily cost you $250-$300 otherwise. That promotion isn't often available, though, so you may need to get lucky at the time of your booking. The Lagoon restaurant (by Jean Georges) was simply fabulous. Try to book a table on the terrace if possible for the ultimate dinner view at sunset. We ate there three times and loved every meal.
One night we did leave the resort for dinner and went to La Villa Mahana on our anniversary. Claudia's team made the reservation for us and was able to book the private, VIP table upstairs on the terrace. What an incredible meal -- one of the best we've ever had. Two 7-course tasting menus were offered. I had one, and my wife tried the other. Each course was delicious, and wines that were paired with each course also were excellent.
The resort won't disappoint you at all. Even though the pictures make it look spectacular, they don't do the place justice. We had a deluxe overwater villa with a mountain view, room 121. We couldn't believe the views with the mountain on one side and the brilliant colors of the lagoon surrounding us. Just amazing. The room itself was huge, with plenty of windows and sliding doors to enjoy the views from inside, too.
The resort grounds were beautiful and extremely well manicured. It never felt crowded and lounge chairs were always available at the pool and beach, but enough guests were around to strike up conversations with, too. The staff was among the friendliest we've experienced, and they knew your name by the second time you met them.
We arranged a photo session through the concierge, and Jennie the photographer was fantastic to work with. Our 90-minute session lasted over 2 hours. One hiccup was that the concierge booked the photo session for the late morning, and the sun was rather harsh. When the photos didn't come out the best, Jennie actually came back a second time and took more photos in the hour before sunset. Those photos turned out amazing, and I highly recommend Jennie for her technical ability and her desire to make sure we were happy. She was wonderful to work with.
One of the nice things the St. Regis does is print out your itinerary for the next day and drop it off at your door each night. You know exactly what you have planned, where to be and when. Checkout was the same way, with a detailed letter explaining exactly when the boat shuttle will take you to the airport.
One tip -- drinks are expensive, $20 to $25 each. If you want to defray some of that cost, pick up a bottle of your favorite liquor at the duty-free shop in LA or whatever airport you are going through. That will make for an inexpensive happy hour on your deck before dinner.
We couldn't be happier with how our anniversary trip turned out. The time Claudia spent with us on the phone answering all of our questions prior to booking, and the follow-through by her staff were a huge help. And the St. Regis staff and facilities made it all worthwhile. It was the perfect trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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