Wow. From the moment we we got on the yacht to to go FSBB from the airport, to our farewell glass of champagne on the same boat, there wasn't a missed note. The staff is exceptional. The lovely Margot checked us into our room (mango juice, golf cart ride, fruit & local white wine awaiting us). I immediately went for a massage, my husband went straight for a snorkel. Dinner that night at Arii Moana (lovely lovely lovely). The spa was gorgeous and very relaxing. I'd skip the facial as it wasn't a very deep one (and if you're getting one, get one, right?), but the Balinese massage was TOPS!
The rooms are amazing. We were actually quite close to the beach and ended up loving that as it wasn't a long walk to breakfast, etc. The water is deep enough under all of the bungalows to snorkel or just float (we brought inner tubes to aid in that) and the water is clear as glass - such fun! Went paddle boarding one day which was fun, but harder than it looks ;) The bed linens are fabulous, and there are pocket doors all over the bungalow so you can close off parts of it if one if you is sleeping and the other one is awake. Great shower. The huge tub was great, but I personally was a little too short to enjoy it (I kept slipping under), but I'll never forget the view from the tub, that's for sure. Our bungalow was technically a "beach view" but we could Mt. Otemanu from our deck, so it seemed like we had the best of both worlds.
On to the food. My husband and I are foodies, and we were a little nervous after reading some reviews, but it was GREAT. We ate off the property twice (La Villa Mahana & Lagoon @ the St. Regis - both were totally worth the trip), and every meal we had on the resort was great. Breakfast is fabulous - omelette bar, usually some kind of egg special (scrambled with mushrooms was FABULOUS), and of course, the juice of the day, which was kind of my favorite thing ever. We mainly did lunch at the beach bar, and the archipelegos drink (the one in the coconut) is the BEST. Good salads, friendly guys working there - a great vibe. Good burger too! We did all the restaurants for dinner, and did the Christmas Eve gala dinner at Arii Moana, which was special. Christmas night was room service sushi on our deck as the sun set. I really don't think it gets better than that. Except it did! They brought us our "Christmas Amenity" which was this awesome chocolate "ornament" with fruit - lovely! Add in Santa jet-skiing by our deck that morning, and I truly felt the joy of the season ;)
The resort itself is gorgeous and all very relaxing. Everywhere you go someone is say Ia Orana to you (and they mean it!). There is a smaller private lagoon on the property where you can go snorkeling - tons of great fish and coral to see as well.
We also did the semi-private ray/shark feeding tour and that was amazing. It was 4 of us from FSBB, and a family of 3 from the Pearl Resort, and it was really nice talking to people from another resort! We drove by the "private tour" and it looked like there were 12-14 people on that one, so I'm glad we opted for the cheaper/chiller tour. It was the absolute highlight of the trip. You get all up in the sting rays, and were close enough to the sharks that I was totally freaked out (in a good way).
All in all, this was a new standard for us (or at least one we'll try and meet with every trip from here on out). We felt totally known by the staff on day 3, and really didn't want to leave. We would love to go back someday. This was an absolute splurge on every level. Treat yourself - you won't regret it.
P.S. - Hit up the duty free in LA for wine and spirits in your bungalow - you'll save a ton of money, and a nightcaps on the deck under the stars were amazing.
- 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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