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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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“Paradise on earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2010

The 5 days we spent in the Four Seasons Bora Bora were amazing. We stayed in the Lagoon View Overwater Bungalows and they were great. The views were breathtaking. Staff were friendly and always helpful. You get a feeling that everything and everyone is relaxed in Bora Bora so u tend to be more forgiving about "flaws". For instance, no bedroom slippers (altho beach slippers are provided). No throw in the living room - which would have come in handy on cool nights. Housekeeping sometimes forgets to replace the deck chair towels and once left their cleaning rag in the room. But all these are small flaws. The place is amazing and nothing can ever detract from that. Every cent u pay is worth it. The waters are crystal clear and the atmosphere is pure relaxation. We will be back.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2010

This review will be helpful for couples of all ages who like to eat at nice restaurants, drink good wine and travel in luxury. My wife and I are from San Francisco and enjoy traveling in style and enjoying a well prepared meal. When we arrived at Four Seasons Bora Bora we were amazed of how beautiful the Hotel was and how accomodating the staff was treating us. We stayed here for 7 nights after 3 nights in Moorea and thank god we saved the best for last. The first three nights was in a 2 bedroom villa that had everything you wanted. Your own private beach to your own pool and spa. The other 4 nights were in the overwater bungalow with the view of mount Ottemanu (I suggest this bungalow if your going that route). Overall the Resort was the nicest I have ever stayed at and the staff was very helpful all trip.
ACTIVITIES
1. It is a must to do the shark and ray feeding. the fish can become aggressive, but I never felt that I was in harms way.
2. It is also a must to do a pruvate snorkeling tour with DAMIEN. He not only brings you to two amazing snorkeling spot, but he takes you on a tour around the island while shooting history at you. This is like booking two activities in one and there will be no need of setting up an island tour b/c Damien does that for you.
FOOD
Before i write about the restaurants, I want to let you know my wife and i eat at very nice places regularly being so close to San Francisco and Napa. I tend to be a difficult critic.

La Villa Mohana,
Might as well start with the best. This restuarant would be a 2 star michelin place in any city in the world. I had the prix fixe menu and it was fabulous. From the tender tenderloin down to the best Foie Gras I have ever had. My wife had the other Prix fixe which was the exotic island menu which was also very good, but i suggest the french courses. DO NOT get the Wine pairing with the Prix fixe courses. (that was the only down fall,) There Wine list is very extensive, so it should be no problem finding a great bottle. YOU NEED RESERVATIONS AT LEAST ONE MONTH IN ADVANCE. (ONLY 8 TABLES)

La Matira Beach

Four seasons recomends this place a lot b/c its almost impossible to get a last minute reservation ay La Villa Mohana. This place was TERRIBLE. We had two appetizers (tuna sashimi and some other fish dish) both were under seasoned and had no flavor. The they gave us an amuse bouche (their signature salmon tartare) which was an old fish. MY wife ordered their version of surf and turf which was a filet mignon and lobster tailed. The steak was cooked well done when ordered medium rare and the lobster tail took quite a bit of chewing. I had the mahi mahi which looked and tasted like cardboard. Not even a nice bottle of Cotes Du Rhone helped this dinner.

Four seasons main restaurant

Better than MAtira Beach not as good as Villa Mohana, but atleast everything was preapreds right. Ate there twice and I suggest the Lamb.


I know this was a long review, but i wish i could have read one from a person who has the same criteria that i have. Thanks

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2010

I usually don't write reviews but this is my exception. I stayed @ the Four Seasons in 6/2010 and it was AMAZING! We stayed in an overwater bungalow. The staff is what sets them appart from the other hotels. The are very helpful and honest the concierge was my best friend! The food was delicious! You can't stay anywhere else other than here. Trust me!! One thing that I will say that is negative is that they charge for the shuttle to the main island. Other hotels don't and it isn't cheap (well nothing in Tahiti is)... Other than that you will love it there.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2010

We stayed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora for a week in early June 2010. We traveled with our 2.5 year old daughter.

This place is as advertised ... breathtaking location and hotel grounds, the bungalows are spacious, private, and just generally amazing to hang out in, the staff was very friendly, attentive, and generous.

Getting to the hotel is relatively painless ... a short connecting flight from Papeete, then a 15-min-ish boat ride to the hotel from the Bora Bora Airport. The Four Seasons staff at the airport were very quick to locate our bags and load them up for us while we climbed aboard the boat and enjoyed some juice drinks and cool, wet hand towels. Checking in and being whisked to our bungalow (we were upgraded to a mountain view before having to ask for it) was smooth and easy and we were splashing into the lagoon within a 45 minutes of landing at the island.

The majority of our time was spent around the pool, walking around the resort's paths, taking the paddle boats & kayaks for rides, snorkeling in the inner lagoon, and walking, wading, and swimming at the beach near the pool. I'm not sure how full the place was while we were there, but we never felt like we were in a crowd and never had to wait to use anything or look for space to relax.

Our little girl loved every minute of it and spent most of her afternoon nap times in the cabanas near the pool. She didn't spend too much time in the kid's club, though it was nice to have it close by in case she did want to go splash in the big sprinklers. With so many honeymooners there, I half-expected to see some annoyed faces because of the presence of some small children, but didn't get any of that. In fact, we had nothing but smiles and many stopped to say hi to her and everyone we met there were very welcoming to our young family.

A couple of the staff members went out of their way to make us feel at home ... Aurilian (not sure I'm spelling that correctly) became our personal guide - offering some destination ideas, grabbing a cabana for us when he saw nap time was approaching, he even fetched a large coffee-table type wine book from his stash once he found out we were in the industry and shared a wine-making home as he did in France (we're from Northern California.) The other was Jean-Paul, a bartender at the pool-side bar. Jean-Paul not only kept us in good supply of cool drinks everyday (and juices for our girl), he found some sand-castle-making toys for our girl to play with at one point and also burned some CD's of local music for us one night after work and brought them to us on our last day there.

We have many more examples of the perfect service we experienced, but this review would go on for pages, so I'll leave it as just "Perfect."

The only thing we left with thinking that could be improved was the daily list of charges we racked up while just eating and drinking. We knew it would be pricey going in, but the $45 breakfasts, $30 sandwiches, and $20 drinks added up quickly ... so much that in the final few days, we really were mindful of curbing our spending and that wasn't what we wanted to be thinking of while there. Also, being into wine, we found the wine list to be a little lacking, though we did not check out the list in the top restaurant there. The food was good for the most part, though inconsistent at times and surely not spectacular.

We were part of the gang that was stuck a few extra days due to the strike in Tahiti, and I have to say the concierge team there was very good in keeping us informed and did their best to stay on top of rescheduling flights for us, extending our room reservation, etc. They also gave us the room for three extra days for half price during the extended stay - very nice of them to offer that. We had our laptop with us in the room, so we were able to stay up to date with the news of the strike (through Trip Advisor and some other message boards) and we were actually a little ahead of the staff on the news front, but they still did well.

Anyway, for anyone that plans to do Bora Bora at the Four Seasons, I can't say enough good about it. If anyone is traveling with a young child, I would whole-heartedly support this as the place to be and if anyone wants to chat more about it, please don't hesitate to message me.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2010

We've done it all - Hawaii, Caribbean, Europe, etc, all high-end, and this was by far the best vacation we have ever been on. We were celebrating our 5 year anniversary and this resort and location were perfect. We booked through Altour Travel with Helga Frehe, and she really got us a great deal. We paid for a beach view room and upon arrival had a triple upgrade to an mountain-view bungalow because of her relationship with the Four Seasons. The service is amazing, rooms are unreal, and Bora Bora is the most beautiful island we have ever seen.

Room tips:
The water is deep and the current is strong by the mountain view rooms. If you want to swim off of your bungalow daily, I would recommend a beach view room. That said, they don’t have much privacy. And, from what we saw, the people with beach views didn’t really swim off of their bungalows too much either. The mountain view room balconies have tons of privacy, but the ones at the end with the plunge pool, as other people have mentioned, constantly had boats driving by them and I could see how that would affect their privacy. We did have a school of trumpet fish that were always off our balcony and got a chance to snorkel with them and feed them.

Services to take advantage of:
The cabanas are awesome and free. Make sure you swing by and drop your stuff off in one of them (to reserve them) early in the morning. There are only 5 of them, and by 10am, most were taken. The kayaks are free too and so much fun to cruise around them in the lagoon. And everyone gets snorkel gear in their rooms to use for the week for free.

Food:
We loved Tere Nui (the outdoor more casual place). We did 1 night at Ari Moana (the nicer place) and it was a little disappointing. The included breakfast buffet is well worth it and we ate around 10:30 and it held us over until dinner. Ask for a box at the buffet and waitresses will happily bring you one -- perfect for bringing fruit and cheese back to your room for an afternoon snack. We went to the main land once for dinner to Kaina Hut (Villa Mahana was totally booked for the whole week, but we heard it was great). Food was fine, but it wasn’t worth the trip. You spend $30/person, take a boat from the hotel that takes 30 minutes each way, get in a car to drive to your restaurant, we got to the restaurant, finished dinner, then waited for almost 45 minutes for the car that drove us back to the boat to wait another 30 minutes on the boat for all others to arrive so we could take the 30 minute ride home. Would have preferred to just eat at Tere Nui and skip with the hassle. TRY ROOM SERVICE for dinner! We did that on our last night and had a wonderful dinner on our balcony and it was one of my favorite meals. When you arrive, get the schedule for Tere Nui's dinner options - they had a BBQ night, Pasta buffet, sushi buffet - wish we had known about the options because we missed some of the theme dinners. One other thing - the appetizers on the menu were priced way off - all were around $30, close to the prices of the entrees. They would be smart to put a few normal priced salads (even $20 would be reasonable) because we just dealt without appetizers.

Spa/Gym:
Spa is wonderful, although not very big (1 shower, 1 restroom). They also allow opposite sex workers in your spa locker rooms, so beware. I got an 80 minute hot stone massage for $115. Not sure if it was a mistake, but I was pleasantly surprised because everything else is so expensive. Spa is free for use even without treatments, so I went 3 or 4 times. And, the gym is apparently really nice too. We stopped by there daily to grab a few extra water bottles too. And the relaxation room is delightful - give yourself a few minutes extra to hang in there and read a book before your treatment.

Prior to your trip:
Book your spa reservations and dinner at Villa Mahana if you are up for dinner out. When you are at the international airport, buy a few bottles of wine. We had cocktail hour in our room every afternoon and it is a blast to sip wine on your glorious balcony while you watch the sunset.

Weather:
June is a great time to go. Prior to June 25th, it isn’t high season, so you save $100 or so per night. It's dry season but nice and warm. Weather changes drastically rapidly. One night we thought there was a hurricane brewing and the next morning there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, so just be prepared for serious changes in weather, and lay out when the sun comes out.

Sea Life:
You don’t even need to snorkel to see fish because the water is so clear and shallow. Head out to the ocean side to take a walk in the morning. There are 3 or 4 tide pools filled with better fish than you see in the lagoon. And we happened upon a friendly octopus too.

We talked to tons of people who were honeymooners and did a few nights in Moorea, and they said the Four Seasons Bora Bora was MUCH better. Book your trip - you won't regret it. My husband and I came home yesterday and can't stop saying "ia ora na" (pronounced yarana) and mauruuru (thank you). I didnt give the details on the amazing bungalows - better for you to be pleasantly surprised as we were. Enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Benicia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2010

Exceeded our expectations and well worth the price. The property, staff, location, rooms, and food are simply the best. This is the only place to stay on Bora Bora. The level of service is so far above the St Regis and starts when you arrive at the airport and continues until you depart. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, but this place seemed equally well suited for newlyweds (for which there were many) and for children of all ages. Our travel agent tried to get us to go to the St Regis, and we are so glad we followed the reviews for this site. We ran into many St Regis guests who were lamenting their decision. The Four Seasons Bora Bora is incredible!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2010

Had a wonderful time! Would recommend this resort to couples, or romantics!

We just returned from our honeymoon at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. What a fantastic resort! They had us at the reception upon arrival - when we came by water taxi. When they pull up to the dock it's the most amazing experience!

After presenting us our over the water bungalow for our last 6 nights we thought we were in heaven! The room was spacious with plenty of space to stow luggage and clothing. The bathroom was large with a shower and tub that overlooked the beautiful water area. We had some long soaks after plenty of activities during the day.

Would suggest the snorkel trip, island tour, shark feeding and jet ski tour. Our travel agent, Donna Salerno put everything together. I'm glad we had professional help with putting all our ideas together. We could of never booked this trip on our own, with all the details and planning that she did for us.

The spa treatments that she arranged were wonderful, the best we had in Tahiti (we visited a couple of other islands prior to this visit). Everything was clean and the attendants were wonderful!

Dining here is incredible. The wine list was extensive, for such a remote resort. We had breakfast on our patio that overlooked the natural beauty of the island.

We would definitely recommend this resort to others. We're thinking of making a return trip for our 5th Anniversary.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
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
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#1 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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