By way of background, we ended our honeymoon at the Four Seasons in April after staying at Le Taha'a and spending four days with Roa Yachting. I recommend the FS to anyone but with the small reservation stated at the end (and in the title of the review).
The room was fantastic. We had a plunge pool suite at the very end of the pontoon. From our deck we looked straight across the lagoon at Mount Otemanu and it could not have been more perfect. The plunge pool is a wonderful touch to have as the days were very hot and although you can just jump into the ocean, the depth and currents made that a little more difficult at the Four Seasons than at Le Taha'a where we had stayed earlier. Plus the main resort pool was constantly filled beyond capacity with a very large and very loud corporate group on retreat (so much for an end to fat cat perks) so the great room was much appreciated. But bottom line, the rooms are beautiful. Well decorated and huge. Definitely one of the nicest rooms I have ever stayed in.
We had the breakfast plan so we had the buffet everyday except one. It is a good buffet with fresh fruit, and egg station, and plenty of options to satisfy my North American belly. We often ate so much that we skipped lunch although on occasion we ordered a burger or a sandwich tp share. It was always good but not great. We only ate out at the fine dining restaurant once and it was good. Again, not great but good. The service was a little slow but pleasant. We had a canoe breakfast one morning and it was great (the Polynesian breakfast with poisson cru). If you go to French Polynesai and don't try the poisson cru you are crazy. It is excellent. We found that by far the best option for supper was room service. The portions are very big (especially the chicken fingers) and while the food is basic, it is great to sit on your patio and enjoy the silence and the view.
I didn't have any treatments at the spa but my wife did. She was very happy. I did tour the spa and it is beautiful and the people very friendly and accommodating. The fitness facility is very good.
The grounds are very big. Prepare for long walks or rides on the back of a golf cart (very handy). The private lagoon is nice but certainly no substitute for the great snorkeling around Bora Bora. The marine biologist is very interesting and I would recommend his tour of the private lagoon (its free). The pool is very nice and the day cabanas are free to use although we didn't use either very much due to the very loud and obnoxious North American corporate function that planted itself in the pool every day. Absent that, I am sure it would have been a great place to hang out. The beaches look fine but we never used them and never saw anyone else using them either.
It is hard to describe why this hotel doesn't get my full and complete recommendation. I guess it is just not a Polynesian 5 star luxury hotel. It is a 5 star luxury hotel that just happens to be in Polynesia, if that makes any sense. It is almost like French Polynesia Vegas style (and don't get me wrong, I love Vegas). You will be pampered and spoiled and love your room but if you are looking for a real Polynesian experience, this just isn't the place (in fact you will be hard pressed to find any Polynesians anywhere except on the cleaning staff). My view may be coloured by our stay at Le Taha'a (a much more intimate "Polynesian" experience) and 4 days with Roa Yachting (the best 4 days ever!!) and I would be happy to answer any questions anyone might have on my comments.
- 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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