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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Hello -and thanks so much your now second visit to Four Seasons Resort Boa Bora! We're so happy to know that you enjoyed your return visit and even more that you have made a pact to return to see us often!

We're thrilled to know that you particularly enjoyed Fou Seasons service throughout and your very special private dinner (the first of it's kind in the cabana!)

We'll look forward to welcoming you both back soon and to celebrating once again - thank you!

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We stayed with Four Seasons Bora Bora for 8 nights from September 8th 2012.
We have been to Bora Bora before and this time travelled with our 9 year old son
and selected FS Bora Bora on the basis of reviews, resort facilities and that it appeared to cater to kids as well.
From the moment you arrive at the airport motu and are escorted to the classic planing launch through to the resort arrival and in room check-in you realise this is a very special place.
We were overjoyed to have been upgraded to the mountain view room and it is a magnificent room with a fantastic view.
They had arranged a bed for our son (in a separate room to our bedroom) as well as gifts which he still now treasures.
The service is prompt, the staff polite and friendly.
There is no sign what-so-ever of the 'island-time' (which is an excuse for poor service) that tends to plague south pacific resorts.
Yes, the food and drinks are expensive however just accept it since you are being pampered in paradise.
The kids club is excellent (and complimentary).
We had both my wife's birthday and our wedding anniversary during the 8 days and these dates were delightfully acknowledged by staff during our stay.
The grounds are extensive, clean & manicured. We enjoyed snorkelling the lagoon reserve with our son and walking to the ocean side of the reef.
Staff provided a genuine farwell to us at the boat and the delightful kids club lady even gave a carved shell dolphin necklace to our son as a farewell gift. He was very sad to leave.
Really - the worse thing about staying at this resort is leaving it.
Highlights of the trip :
Mountain view room : swimming, lounging, sunbathing, snoozing; we loved every minute !
Snorkelling trip : we snorkelled with mantas, eagle rays, whales (wow!!!!) and dolphins.
Scuba diving : Dived with Bora Diving Centre (rather than the resort recommended Topdive) - see my review of this operation on trip advisor as well.

I dont see how we can keep away from this place for too long !

Maruru! Four Seasons Bora Bora.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Hello Carl! Thanks very much for your lovely review, and for taking the time to share your experience on here.

We're honored that you chose to spend not only your wife's birthday with us but also your anniversary - quite a week of celebrations!

Great to hear that you particularly enjoyed your overwater bungalow. Four Seasons service, our Kids For All Seasons program, the grounds and our Lagoon Sanctuary. Also, that your son had a great time here and is treasuring his gifts!

We look certainly forward to welcoming you back - thanks again.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I could have stayed there for ever! Little issues though; wifi in rooms should be free and possibly reduce use of buggies. Sometimes it felt like Oxford circus! But the setting was stunning, service immaculate and food perfect. Great attention to detail. What more can I say?

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thanks so much for your review, all the way from London!

We're thrilled to know you enjoyed your stay with us, and in particular the setting, Four Seasons service and food! We also appreciate your input on the WiFi and the golf carts - we'll consider both to see how we can fine tune ;)

Thanks again and we definitely hope to have you back one day - cheers!

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

The views were breath taking, no matter what direction. Rooms seated over the water amazing right down to spaces in the floor. We saw a manta ray glide by. Amazing to walk down a couple of steps to the water! Santa arrived by SeaDoo! And to top it off Ellen and Portia were our neighbors!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thanks for the review about your stay with us in a Festive season past!

Happy to know you so enjoyed your visit, and in particular the views, your overwater bungalow and Santa's Jet Ski arrival!

We hope to have you back for more celebrations in the future - thanks again!

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We stayed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora and found it to be AMAZING in every way!

The rooms are huge, with a nice living area, desk area, bar area, & safe on one side, and a huge beautiful bedroom area with two armoire closets on the other -the two rooms are separated by his and hers sinks, a wonderful giant shower area, and the most amazing tub, with windows that open up to your ocean view. Both sides (living area & bedroom area) have sliding glass doors going out to a deck that encompasses the entire distance of your room. Possibly the nicest room I've ever stayed in....

The property itself was great, with a beautiful infinity pool, nice beach area, and a hidden gem in the lagoon area by a kid's beach area. We read on Trip Advisor about taking the FREE lagoon tour with the guide who draws you in with his enthusiasm and knowledge of this lagoon and how it's come to be. You'd never know when walking over the bridge that this lagoon could have so many sea creatures and things to look at! He took us on a snorkel tour showing us some of the fruits of his love/labor - a giant mussel, an octopus and so many other beautiful things to see! This is something you MUST do while visiting.

The staff we encountered always had a smile and was helpful in every way. In one instance the man at the kayak and outdoor water area proactively offered to clean sunglasses after coming back from a jet ski trip. Now THAT's service!

The Four Seasons water taxi service is also the epitome of the entire island. It's an old fashioned beautiful rum runner boat or something like that. We were lucky enough to be the only ones being picked up upon arrival, and we felt like a million bucks with our private boat ride to the hotel.

Bora Bora itself probably has the most beautiful water I've ever seen, and I kept pinching myself to realize it was real, and I wanted the time to stand still, or at least slow down while there!

I've read a lot of people talking about the mountain view being the best. We had an amazing west view of this tiny island with a palm tree and the sunsets were indescribable!
Our room was also CLOSE to the mainland, which at first I was disappointed about, but it ultimately turned into a great thing. Great views, but a short walk to the restaurants, beach, pool etc. This will be something you'll want to consider when looking at the property layout, and what you intend to do. (Some of the bungalows are far down the pier and would not be a quick walk. Of course there are the golf carts.)
The water is more shallow also closer to the land obviously, where we could go in from our bungalow and wade over to the island, or the beach. Others being far out were in deep water, so it's a different swimming experience based on your room location.

If you're going all the way to French Polynesia, make Bora Bora a MUST SEE stop, to experience all that it has to offer in the beauty, friendliness & one of a kind vacation. Four Seasons BORA BORA is amazing in every way

Room Tip: We liked the close to the land location for convenience, had an amazing west sunset view of the beau...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Hello to you, and thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us!

We are absolutely thrilled that you had such a great visit - and that you are sharing details with us and other readers ;)

We're happy to know that you particularly enjoyed your overwater bungalow, our marine biologist Oliver, Four Seasons service and our watertaxis!

Thanks again for being our guest and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

The problem is simply that no other sunny/beach vacation has ever or I believe will ever live up to this experience. This was the sunny pinnacle. Stopped in Tahiti first and was a bit underwhelmed. Botanical gardens are worth seeing but the majority of what I saw on the island was a bit commercial. Morea was beautiful. But from first landing in Bora Bora we knew we had hit the beach/water/island paradise mother-load. Even the waters surrounding the airport were exquisite. It got better from there. Yes the Four Season is extraordinarily expensive but it proved to be the finest beach resort ever and we've been to many on three different continents. Over-water bungalows are beautifully detailed-you do actually luxuriate in your almost completely private world. Food and drink is expensive but not as much as we had heard. Oliver, and the spectacular protected lagoon he has created over the years is worth the price of admission and his tour is not to be missed-and this comes form one who has been scuba diving since 1970. We spent many wonderful, lazy but exciting hours there. As with all Four Seasons I have been too, the service is second to none. The views form this particular spot, the sunsets and the beaches - I had read that the beaches were rocky!!! Not true, they are sandy and beautiful and go on and on. Save and enjoy this one if you can.

Room Tip: Over water bungalows in the mid to high 300 to 400's. Didn't pay for the Mt. View but sorta...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and to share your experience! We're very happy to hear your only problem was having to leave ;)

We're also happy to learn that you particularly enjoyed your overwater bungalow, our marine biologist Oliver, our beach and Four Seasons service!

Thanks again for your time and for visiting us - we hope to see you again one day!

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

The Four Seasons resort is astonishing! I spent 5 nights on a mountain-view over water bungalow and can attest to the resort's quality and top notch service level. The rooms are amazing (huge, with a great view and everything looking brand new), the watersport facilities were a great surprise (we used the free kayaking, snorkeling and paddling) and the people who work there will do anything to help you out ("everything is possible" as they say). Also, the concierge helped us book several activities and were glad to change everything every time we changed our minds!
Quality comes at a price - but me and my wife found the Four Seasons to be worth every penny!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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GuestExperienceBora, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2012

Hi there - thank you so much for the lovely review!

We're delighted to know that you so thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us - particularly Four Seasons service, your overwater bungalow and the activities.

We hope to welcome you and your wife back for another special romantic holiday soon!

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Address: Motu Tehotu BP 547, 98730, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range: $1,175 - $2,804 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora 5*
Number of rooms: 107
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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