The Four Seasons Bora Bora was the perfect place to spend our 30th anniversary! My wife and I had talked about visiting Bora Bora for years and after our trip, wish we hadn't waited so long!
The big question was whether or not Bora Bora's beauty would live up to the hype! Question answered..it DOES!
First, travel information. I'm going to provide a lot of details on this topic since I couldn't find much info about getting there.
Our itinerary was San Francisco to LA, LA to Tahiti, Tahiti to Bora Bora, Bora Bora to the Four Seasons.
- The first leg was from San Francisco to Los Angeles on American Airlines.
We were able to check our bags in San Francisco to Tahiti.
In LA you land at the domestic terminal and from there it's a short walk to the Tom Bradley International terminal.
Although the distance from the American Airlines domestic terminal to the Tom Bradley Int'l terminal isn't far you do have to go through security and the Int'l terminal is VERY BUSY so give yourself plenty of time.
- The second leg was from LAX to Tahiti on Tahiti Nui Air. We were concerned since we hadn't heard of Tahiti Nui Air but I had read a number of positive reviews online. The plane was clean, the crew friendly and the service equal to United, American, Lufthansa etc. We have no concerns with recommending them.
- We went through Immigration in Tahiti, picked up our bags and then had to re-check them for the flight from Tahiti to Bora Bora. The Tahiti airport is not very large and it was only a short distance from baggage claim to re-check them at Tahiti Air. We had a 2 hour layover at the Tahiti airport.
- The third leg wasTahiti to Bora Bora on Tahiti Air.
The flight was only 45 minutes on a large prop plane (30 rows of 2x2 seating).
- We arrived in Bora Bora and as expected the airport is very small. There were representatives from the various resorts holding signs (Four Seasons, St. Regis, Hilton etc) in baggage claim.
There were 3 representatives from the Four Seasons who presented us with leis, checked our names off the guest list and gave us baggage tags. We pulled our luggage, put our name tags on the bags and gave them to two other Four Seasons representatives to load on a catamaran.
- The final leg of the trip was from the Bora Bora airport to the Four Seasons via catamaran.
The catamaran is a large two deck boat (open upper deck and covered lower deck). Once under way the Four Seasons representatives provided us with cold towels and bottles of water. The views on the way to the Four Seasons are amazing. It was a short 30 minute ride.
- Arrival at the Four Seasons Bora Bora!
Waiting at the dock was a Four Seasons staff member for each guest/ couple/ party.
The staff member welcomed us and gave us a tour of the grounds via golf cart before taking us to our over water bungalow.
Over water bungalow:
The over water bungalows are as you've seen them in magazines. Individual bungalows to the left and right of a long walkway. Ours was a mountain facing unit towards the end of the walkway. We like to walk and didn't mind the location but for those who prefer to ride the Four Seasons staff will pick you up and take you to your destination and back.
The bungalows are spacious: On one end a living room area with minibar (stocked prior to our arrival as requested and replenished daily), the bathroom/ sink/ soaking tub/ shower area in the middle and the bedroom on the other end.
There are glass viewing areas in the floor that look onto the water below.
The highlight of the bungalow is the large deck area with a ladder leading into the water.
** Note the bungalow is set up for European electric plugs. The Four Seasons provided two adapters, if you need more you just need to ask. Not that you're going to watch much television but there is a TV in the living room and bedroom. There are only 2 English language stations (CNN and ESPN) the rest are in French. ESPN shows European events. There is a DVD player so you can bring DVDs.
There are 3 restaurants on the property (plus room service and a pool bar): The Sunset Bar, the Tere Nui and the Arii Moana. The Sunset Bar is a good sized bar that serves food but primarily (only fair) sushi. The Tere Nui is the only restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. The Arii Moana is the fancier (but still resort casual) of the 3. We ate at all 3 but only ate at the Sunset Bar and the Arii Moana once. The variety of food at the Tere Nui is best as the dinner menu changes nightly. The Sunset Bar sushi and appetizers are fair. The Arii Moana is overly complicated (pick a couple of appetizers to share, two of the main course and one dessert etc) and not plentiful. The staff are all three restaurants, room service and the pool bar are very nice.
We spent most of our time on our bungalow deck. It's great to be able to sit in the sun and jump off your deck into the water to cool off. There is a fresh water shower to rinse off on the deck.
We sat at the main beach area on lounge chairs under thatched roof covers a few times. The Four Seasons staff brings fresh water, cool towels and small tropical slushies to the beach and pool area guests.
We did a couple of private activities to celebrate our 30th:
- Sunset Cruise. We took a Sunset Cruise on one of the Four Seasons yachts staffed by two Four Seasons employees. The Sunset Cruise was a champagne and sushi cruise. Since my wife doesn't eat sushi I asked for something else to be served for her. The Sunset Cruise was worth the money: 2 hours touring around the island, sushi, appetizers other than sushi for my wife and plentiful desserts. A highlight of the evening was the sunset and a whale spotting!
- Swimming with the sharks and Rays. We took this as a private activity arranged by the Four Seasons with John Tanoa. We wanted the flexibility to adjust our time depending on the day (more time with the rays and sharks and less time snorkeling with fish etc). The trip was a blast (a couple of photos attached)! John is funny, knowledgable and a 3rd generation Bora Boran. He provided the snorkeling gear, water, snacks, towels etc. John's boat was new, comfortable, nicely padded and stable. The standard tour utilizes a large boat with side by side seating, bring your own everything and a lot of people. As another TripAdvisor recently commented "you've spent this much money already don't skimp on this one)!
We had a 2 hour couples scrub and massage treatment. I wasn't sure about getting a scrub but the entire treatment was great! Time flew and the massage was one of the best that I have ever had!
Outfitted with a couple of treadmills, elliptical trainers, strength machines and free weights.
The Four Seasons provides water, cold towels, an espresso machine and fruit.
Paddle boards and kayaks are available at no charge.
Four Seasons property:
The Four Seasons property has a number of lagoons teeming with fish. We didn't have enough time to snorkel or kayak in them but I would highly recommend that you do it. There are so many fish, visible over the many little bridges that you'll be able to view up close in the lagoon.
I highly recommend that you carry a camera everywhere that you go. I couldn't go more than 10 yards without wanting to stop to take a picture of something.
Water shoes. We needed them on the shark, stingray activity and there are pieces of coral walking from the beach into the water. You can buy them in the gift shop if you forget them.
The Four Seasons Bora Bora is a fantastic place to rest and relax! The staff is friendly, accommodating and attentive but not intrusive! My wife and I have been fortunate to travel to many places in our 30 years together and we agree that Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful places on earth!!
Return Trip Home:
We took the same route home. Four Seasons Bora Bora to Bora Bora airport, Bora Bora to Tahiti, Tahiti to LA, LA to SF. Immigration out of Bora Bora in Tahiti, customs and immigration in LA.
We will go back to the Four Seasons Bora Bora!
- 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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- Also Known As:
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