My wife and I were lucky enough to return to the Four Seasons Bora Bora at the end of August for a romantic, relaxing getaway.
We stayed at the Seasons back in May 2010 for our anniversary and said ourselves that we would return someday. Well, a few trips to other destinations and a few years later, we finally made it back.
We generally don't return to the same destination twice, as there are too many beautiful places in the world to see, but we were so glad to come back here.
We arrived early in the morning around 9am and were picked up by the large white Four Seasons catamaran from the Bora Bora Airport. There were quite a few guests checking in, as usually they use the smaller ships for transfers. Check in was easy, and they had our room available right away. We had called and emailed before our stay noting we wanted to check in early and that we had visited before. I'm not sure if this had any bearing with our room, but we were upgraded to the Mountain View bungalow with sunset views, Room 329 (we booked a resort view).
August/September is rainy/windy season, and unfortunately the first day was a little rainy. Lucky for us, I booked the Kahaia Spa Suite for the afternoon.
The treatment was wonderful. My wife and I had the suite to ourselves for three hours, overlooking their own inner lagoon. We relaxed in the coconut bath and had fresh fruits. Just pure relaxing bliss.
The next week was heaven. Previous staff whom we had met the first time remembered us and seemed to especially be happy that we returned. Somehow, the entire staff knows your every move and knows your name. The room was turned over twice a day, as the maids quietly slipped in while we at breakfast or at the beach.
We had a couple of excursions planned for our stay. One was a private tour from Raanui tours and a circle island tour on a Jet Ski. The Jet Ski tours are a little pricey, but very worth it just to go the shallow sand bar near the Bora Bora Pearl (I think). Just calm warm clear waters w/ beautiful views.
We booked a few dinners in town at the St. James and at La Villa Mahana, which were amazing as well as visiting the St. Regis for dinner. Transfers do cost money just FYI.
We also booked a private beach dinner with show on our second to last night there. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating. Aurelian, the food services manager, and Mika called us in the morning and said that they had something special planned that they had never done before.
During our last stay, the dinner was on the beach, overlooking the lagoon near the pool. After dinner, our waiter performed a mini fire show. However, because of the wind and rain, the dinner was moved to our own private cabana at the pool. Mika, who waited on us two years ago, was amazing in setting it up. He used one the private pool cabana's and turned it into a Polynesian themed room with our own table, candles, pareo cloth. Mika and his girlfriend (who works at Tere Nui restaurant) spent the previous night making us lei's and a vanilla bean bracelet.
We loved all the special touches.
The food was great, and the menu had changed from the last time we were there. We had some Polynesian appetitizers and canapes, then proceeded to a family style type dinner. There was local reef fish, beef, chicken, and local lobster, with assorted dipping sauces and side dishes, such as coconut mashed potatoes. Desert was also a mini multidish event. There was so much food, we couldn't finish it all. Alas, no fire show this time, as the wind would have probably picked up the flames and burned the place down.
The set up and dinner, despite the weather blew our minds away. They had never done this before, as usually the only option during bad weather was a private dinner in our own villa. I told my wife that morning that they would do something special and they did. It went over so well that the managers were saying they would do it again when the weather was bad. Our hats off to Mika and Aurelian for setting this up. It just felt as if they only did this for us, as they had never done anything like this before.
Alas, all things come to an end, and we hated to leave. We were able to check out late, as our flight to Papeete was at 6pm. Having late check out is worth it as you can relax, eat and take a shower before you leave. Check out was easy, and we were whisked away to the airport.
My wife and I made a pact during our private dinner: to return every few years, and I know we will.
Thank you to the Four Seasons for making our trip unforgettable again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a South Pacific paradise, combining the highest standards of service with ultramodern comforts and the natural ease and gracious hospitality of the Polynesian culture. Set upon Bora Bora's surrounding coral atoll, the Resort is a vast tropical grove, replete with coconut palms and pandanus trees. Meandering channels of pure turquoise lead to the main beach or to smaller lagoons, waiting to be discovered. Every vista is breathtaking. The Resort offers 100 overwater bungalow suites and seven beachfront villa estates, all designed with thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork. Four restaurants offer a vast selection of creative culinary experiences, while the full-service spa is balanced by the powerful rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and the tranquility of the island's lagoon - offering an unmatched combination of relaxation and exhilaration. ... more less
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