Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora5.0 out of 5.0
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From the moment you are greeted at the airport and take the boat shuttle to the resort is like a dream. The island and lagoon is surreal. The service is impeccable. The bungalows are spacious, well planned with every detail in mind. The beds are super comfy, the food is top notch. The snorkeling in the lagoons on the property are the best I have ever seen. I have traveled to many places in the world including almost every island in the Caribbean. Nothing compares to Bora Bora and the Four Seasons really did a fantastic job. The staff is so friendly and welcoming. Everything is clean. I can go on and on on how impressed I am at this whole experience! 5+ stars!!!!
Having a mountain view room at the Four Seasons in BB was the highlight of our 30th anniversary trip to FP. This resort is impeccably maintained and the service standards second to none. There are jaw-droppingly beautiful views from all around the resort and, in our opinion, especially from the little chapel . Obviously this comes at a price but for a special treat it is well worth it. The only niggle is that the times and prices of the transfer service seem designed to keep guests captive at the hotel itself and since we are quite independently minded and like to explore, we found this a little frustrating. ( $50 per couple in the daytime at 1.15 ONLY and $100 in the evening). The max time permitted on the main isalnd proved to be too short to even manage a 3 course meal the one time we went to eat out
This was the most amazing hotel I have ever stayed at in my life. I thought I stayed at nice hotels, until I stayed here. My husband and I came here for 10 nights to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I felt like each person at the hotel knew our names and just wanted to makes us happy. Maria, Diego, Andrea and Anthony all went out of their way to make our visit extra special. They left several treats for us along the way and every day, someone stopped to see how our day was going! We also renewed our vows while there and Heimite was our wedding planner and was exceptional as well. She stayed with us the whole afternoon, to make sure everything was perfect. She also left surprises for us in the room. The people at the Four Seasons made this trip amazing, but the hotel was gorgeous too. We were fortunate enough to stay in the Mt. Otemanu suite and it was huge and had great views. The pool, spa and all the grounds were very well kept. I can't say enough about this hotel! It should be on everyone's bucket list!
We came here for our honeymoon. This resort was outstanding. The service and food were amazing throughout our stay. The bed was the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in!! We stayed in an overwater bungalow and it was the coolest room we've ever stayed in.
I know it sounds cliche but it's very true; pictures really don't do this place justice. From the moment you arrive at the tiny airport in Bora Bora to them time they drop you off, the resort staff is absolutely wonderful. The colors of the waters of the lagoon look fake. You are relaxed from the moment you board the resorts catamaran. The bungalows over the water are just spectacular with a living room, a two sink bath and separate bedroom with king size bed. There's a balcony across the whole unit with a lower platform and ladder to take a nice early morning swim in the calm waters right off your bedroom. There are 300 bungalows over water ten private beach front villas, all with incredible views of the water with either the island mountain or of the lagoon and shore line. The French restaurant offers an island elegant cuisine while the beach side restaurant is more relaxed and has live entertainment. There is a weakly Polynesian show which is definitely worth it. As well the island tour by jet ski. But the best was the snorkeling trip to see the sting rays and black tip sharks. Definitely ask for Tao as your guide. He made our experience unforgettable. The sunset bar is definitely a go to for some amazing photos. The last night we ordered room service for a moonlit dinner on our Terrace. A perfect last night of a perfect vacation. Forget the big wedding. Spend the money here and have beautiful memories for the rest of your life.
I really struggled with this review and giving a rating of 4 (Very Good) vs 5 (Excellent). Bora Bora and the Four Seasons are both amazing places. However, for the price that we paid I expected perfect and, mainly due to our specific over water bungalow, the trip was not quite perfect to us. Other bungalows are available in the type of bungalow that we purchased but unfortunately we didn't get one of them. I will let those who received the better bungalows leave excellent ratings. In summary we enjoyed our stay here but we were unimpressed with our overwater bungalow. We would come back but would want to assure another bungalow before we did. Pros/Good: - Water: Bora Bora, including this hotel, is absolutely amazing/stunning. Best in the world. - Service: Extremely helpful and always on top of their business. Best in FP. Their ability to double check our activities and to call us by name every time we arrived at reception amazed me. Very personal touch here. - Food: We only ate breakfast here but it was the best breakfast in French Polynesia in my opinion - Pool: The layout of the infinity pool overlooking the beach with the perfect temperature water was the best we experienced in FP. Very well done. - Arrival: The pickup at the airport and personal concierge from the airport to our room was spot on. We even filled out our paperwork in the room which was more comfortable than a front desk. Very personal and nice touch. -Beds: The most comfortable of all we stayed at in FP. Cons: -Overwater Bungalow (FS unable to accommodate a move so we had to live with it): -Faced east and had no sun after 1pm (very chilly with the continuous winds) -Faced east with 15-20 mph west winds continuously (howled through bungalow) -Unlike other overwater bungalows we stayed in we could feel this one swaying -Group of birds living/pooping on our patio (see photo) made it unusable. This is also the reason I did not leave a 5 star rating for cleanliness. -End bungalows have rough water and too deep to stand. Not very relaxing swim. -Because of the above we spent little time at our bungalow and patio area. -Tip: Request a westward (or south west) facing room that is close to land/shallow. -Costly Travel to Main Island: $84/couple in the evenings/nights. In fairness, I do not know what the other resorts (not on the main island) charge. Regardless it seems excessive and I believe it is to discourage leaving the hotel restaurants. There are some very good restaurants on the main island (St. James and La Villa Mahana should not be missed!). -Costly food and drinks especially alcohol ($25 per drink). Tip: Bring your own alcohol from duty free either in your departure airport or in the Papeete airport when you arrive (baggage claim area). We bought 3 bottles for $75 (the cost of 3 drinks) and mixed them with the juices and sodas in the mini-bar and from room service. A large insulated drink container will allow you to bring them to the pool area and at night you can fill them with filtered water and ice at the ice machines. Either towels or sealable wine bottle bubble wrap protectors will allow you to protect the bottles when traveling between islands. Also, protein bars and the like can save you from buying $100 worth of lunch daily when only a snack will do. We loved it here and if we had paid less I would have been comfortable leaving 5 stars. But we paid a lot of money for the perfect trip and we felt that our over water bungalow fell well short of our expectations. I'm certain that, with the right bungalow, you can have a 5 star experience here. Enjoy your travels.
The Four Seasons in Bora Bora, a South Pacific Polynesian paradise, encased by a coral reef that shelters a circular turquoise lagoon. The hotel bungalows are perched on stilts atop the tranquil water wrapped by majestic views and white sand filled islets. The service, rooms, food and activities are all superb. We didn't won't to leave.
The location of the property is ideal because of the natural beauty and views of Mt. Otemanu. The beach and water are exactly what you image when you think of Bora Bora. The water color is electric and you can see fish right at your feet! There has been no detail spared in the man-made beauty of the property. The landscaping, architecture, on-site reef, and the décor are absolutely gorgeous. The entire property smells like local fresh flowers. The staff are kind and want to offer the best of hospitality. That said, there are some things that get lost in translation if you are an English-only speaker. Be patient with the staff and they will fix anything that isn't right. Give them a break! They speak at least 3 languages with the native Tahitian language and French being their primary languages. Be ready to abandon price expectations. Yes, a panini costs $30 at lunch. But remember that the cheese is imported across the planet and that the general quality of the food is top notch. Our advice is to eat the local options and French items since this is what the staff do best. All 3 restaurants are wonderful. We cancelled the reservations that we made at other hotel restaurants and just stayed on site for all 9 days of meals because there was so much variety and the food was just wonderful. The wine selection is unexpectedly good. We splurged and did a couples massage in the spa suite. It was unreal. The massage tables are placed over glass so you can see tons of fish while you lay on your tummy for a massage! The suite has its own soaking tub and outdoor shower to use during the 3 hour appointment. The entire experience is unlike any other spa experience we have had because it is open air over a lagoon, features huge glass views of the reef and fish, and the products smell like local flowers and are rich in coconut oils. We highly recommend booking the spa suite over the lagoon if it is available during your stay.
It's like paradise on earth. The resort is really beautiful, the food is amazing and everyone is super super nice. In some other Islands, like Tikehau, you can see way more sealife and get a better feeling of the Tahitian lifestyle, but if you want to rest without worries and enjoy fantastic food, the four seasons at bora bora is probably the best place
We stayed here for seven nights in celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. We reserved the overwater mountain-view bungalow with breakfast included. From the moment you land at the airport (BOB), the staff at the Four Seasons takes excellent care of you. The boat ride after three flights was very enjoyable, and I'm embarrassed to say how much I enjoyed the chilled towel. Upon arrival at 8 am, our bungalow was not available, which we understood prior to arrival. We were allowed a space to store our luggage and change into our swimsuits, and we enjoyed the beach and pool areas until our bungalow was ready. The overwater bungalows are unique and very enjoyable. Our favorite part was the swim deck and diving platform right into the ocean. We liked being towards the end of the row of bungalows, as the water was 12 feet deep, and we could dive right into the ocean at any time. We spent a lot of time on our deck and swimming around our bungalow. The bungalows are very well-designed to make maximum use of space. We felt comfortable and at home there. Restaurants and food were good. Prepare yourself mentally for the prices; the food has to be transported in by boat, and you are rather at their mercy for the four restaurants on property, unless you want to pay $100 round trip for a boat ride elsewhere. We very much enjoyed the breakfast buffet each morning at Tere Nui. We booked the couples suite for our 25th anniversary, and it was the highest quality in spa services and amenities. We debated about paying that kind of price for spa, but we were glad we did. The massages were wonderful, and the space was truly unique and restorative. We attended the Polynesian show, and it is a smaller version of a luau. I thought the food was quite good in comparison with the standard luau fare - enjoyed the table service versus the buffet that is usual. Other guests complained that the show was small, but we enjoyed it. It also helped break up the week, with a different dinner experience. The coral lagoon was interesting and convenient for a swim to look at local fish. We did hire a private boat to take us snorkeling, and that was well worth the money. The reefs in Bora Bora had the most colorful coral and variety of fish I have ever seen, more so than Maui, Kauai, and Cozumel. It does take a separate trip to get to the coral gardens. We booked our boat through the Four Seasons concierge. The staff at the Four Seasons Bora Bora were just wonderful and gave exemplary service every day, from the servers at breakfast to the concierge staff and housekeeping. I would like to give a special acknowledgement to Housekeeping, as they did a fantastic job. The bungalow was cleaned each day at a convenient time, and turndown service almost amounted to a second cleaning, with pickup of stray items and tidying. We had a fantastic trip and highly recommend the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
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