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The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

5.0 out of 5.0

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We were beyond impressed. The resort and grounds were absolutely breathtaking and the service was impeccable. The room was lovely and quite large, we had on villa over the water. One of things we particularly enjoyed was having coffee delivered every morning and sitting on our deck as we read the resorts newspaper. Be sure to sign up for the coffee service. In order to get around, they recommend that you call their golf cart ahead of time and it drives you to your destination, this isn't to say that you can't walk, it justs takes a bit longer. We found the golf cart service quite spotty--we would have to wait a while or call back to check on the status, a couple of times we had walked towards it and it would drive off, lol... This was at the start of our trip, luckily, we found out about the bicycles, you can get them in front of the resort and they were absolutely lovely to ride around the grounds, problem solved. The bikes are first come first served, for example, when you ride to breakfast and park it, there's a good chance that someone leaving breakfast will take it to return to their room. You can take the chance or try and secure it with your beach towel which worked most of the time. Another thing I recommend is taking out the kayaks (included), my husband and I took separate ones and it was a very peaceful (not trying to be funny here). It was nice to get away from the main beach and have a little alone time. The Lagoon restaurant (at the resort) was incredible!! We sat outside on the deck and watched the sunset. The food, the service and the ambiance were truly out of this world, definitely make a reservation here!!! The resort also offers shark feeding (by a professional) at certain times throughout the day and it's really fun as well as educational--this takes place on the side of The Lagoon restaurant. Make sure to visit the spa, it was beyond beautiful. If you'd like to get a glimpse into the resort and have a few laughs, be sure to watch the movie Couples Retreat, it was filmed there. Lastly, be sure to get off of the island, we swam with the sharks, combined with snorkeling and it was incredible (this was booked in advance by our travel agent). I would have never done it had my friend not highly advised it. It sounds scary but is way fun!

My husband & I just returned from our honeymoon in French Polynesia & stayed at this resort for 4 nights. We should have stayed longer since it was purely paradise - the service was amazing - the property is beautiful - and the water/beach is unreal!! My one con is that it is very pricey to eat and drink here - even for us from NYC but it was our honeymoon so we were ok with splurging. The food at the Lagoon restaurant is very good - portions aren't huge but we didn't mind since the atmosphere is great and the food was delish so was nice not being overfull for once. We ate at the sushi place too (Bamboo) which was also very good. We ate lunch most days and although pricey - was very good as well. The St Regis is beautiful and being its own island is a great place to explore, plus they provide bikes to get around which was very fun :) We booked this vacation through Pacific for Less who were great in coordinating everything with the resort and gave us some honeymoon perks - including a free bottle of champagne & delish chocolates upon arriving. The service was great and everyone was very friendly & helpful! we stayed in an overwater villa and it was very amazing - much bigger than our apartment back in the States!! The depth was good too - at least 6 feet sowas great for jumping. There are not many fish though since Bora doesn't have many corals, but that keeps the water looking so beautiful. Overall we had a great time here & would definitely return!!

I had the best time celebrating my birthday with my sister for a week in Bora Bora. St Regis over exceeded my expectations, from the time we arrived and departed. Everyone was so friendly and helpful with always a smile on their faces. My Butler was so great she surprised me with a delicious chocolate cake in my over water villa for my birthday. It was the best chocolate cake ever. The food at St Regis was so good. Everything was a 10 out of 10. It was definitely worth the prices. I definitely recommend St Regis.

Bora Bora is fantastic! Definitely should be on your South Pacific list. The St. Regis property is magnificent. Not perfect, because this is an island in a remote place - but this absolutely deserves five stars for a fabulous destination. I plan to go back to the St. Regis Bora Bora vs. other options in the area like Four Seasons or Conrad. Would select it over FS overall and even though I think the location of the Conrad allows for interesting snorkel opportunities, I still prefer the St. Regis. Might have to be a cost based decision looking at the rates at the time, but if its close - pick the St. Regis. Also, pay the extra money and get a bungalow over the water. Really. You are going that far, so splurge if possible - it makes a significant difference to have a view of the mountain Otemanu and to be able to dive off of your deck into the aqua blue waters. Ask for a bungalow that is closer to the main lobby for convenience and because the water is friendlier there for swimming. Unless you want to be totally private - then of course, maybe request further out. They give you bikes to ride all around the island - one the best parts of the stay. Some are not the smoothest, switch for a good one! If you think of it - take a ribbon to tie on your bike, so when you get a good one - other people will leave it for you. There is a gorgeous lagoon on the property. Absolutely do not miss hanging out there with the colorful fish. Look for feeding times. Photo opps galore. You can get awesome pictures from the spa lawn by the lagoon - with the famous Bora Bora peak in the background. Exquisite at sunset! With that in mind, the spa is really exceptional and I almost missed it. Even if all you do is lounge in their chairs by the water on the lawn, it will add to your relaxation. There is a bike trail that takes you back to the spa and lagoon - jump off the main trail and check out the back bay and houses where locals live that work there - really pretty views. To manage expectations, I would say to consider everything is on island time - the food service is slow. The costs are very expensive, but the food was good. Take the breakfast included option. The bungalows are very nice, not perfect. This is a remote place. Amazing views. Overall the space looks fantastic. Bed is super comfortable, linens highest quality. Decor is still good, will need refreshing soon though. Bathrooms are large, but a little odd - not the most luxurious. Shower in the middle of the room, things need some updating. Nothing bothered us - we felt like it was heavenly. We loved every single moment of our stay. Make arrangement for a private half day or full day boat tour to snorkel. Super fun! St. Regis can have the orange boat pick you up right from their dock. You can see the flock of sting-rays, the sand bar, go shark swimming, snorkel on a great reef, make the most of your time. They also had a wonderful jet ski tour we enjoyed - take the tour and not the private. It will likely just be you and few others anyway. Private boat tour was the best, though. You might be able to arrange more economically before you go with main island operators. St. Regis offers a boat transfer to the main island town - a great excursion for a day trip or for dinner out. They can also arrange dinner at the other properties for you. The staff is exceptional (as in all St. Regis properties - if by chance you get a butler that is not your personal favorite, ask for another assignment) and we felt like they went out of their way to make our stay magical.

We spent a week at the magnificent St. Regis Bora Bora. The property was the most beautiful one at which we've ever stayed, and we travel quite a bit. It is ideally situated a short boat ride from the airport overlooking a calm turquoise lagoon on one side and striking Mount Otemanu on the other. The tropically landscaped grounds were perfectly manicured (bikes are available to get around the large property). The snorkeling lagoon was our favorite part of the property. It is a mini ecosystem full of mangroves and coral sheltering a wide variety of colorful fish. The restaurants are all great, and the breakfast buffet is amazing (make sure you have the pain perdu). The spa overlooking the snorkeling lagoon is also beautiful. There are two pools: the larger one near reception with a swim-up bar and the small, unique Oasis pool with private cabanas and plunge pools. The one bedroom overwater bungalows are the perfect size for a couple, with a large bedroom and living room opening onto a two-tier deck overlooking the azure water. You can dive or take a ladder into the water from the lower deck. The bathrooms are also large, with separate shower and bath next to a small walk-in closet/dressing room. The decor is South Pacific high-end casual chic. Oh, and I can't forget the in-floor viewing windows (large ones in living room and bathroom, smaller ones in a few other places). You can turn on the lights under the bungalow at night and watch the fish swim under you. The service was perfect, too. Everyone was so friendly. And the butler service was great: you basically have access to just about anything you could want by simply picking up the phone. Mauruuru to everyone at the St. Regis for a perfect stay.

Our first trip to Tahiti and frankly wondered why we waited so long to visit these beautiful islands and meet the incredible Tahitian people. The staff at the St. Regis went out of their way to make our anniversary truly exceptional. From the welcoming by our gracious butler Guileo at the dock through the thoughtful welcoming champagne in our room, everything was exceptional. It was the perfect end to our 10 day trip of exploring the islands of French Polynesia. Only downside was the evening flying termites we had in our room - management changed our room but still had the same issue - just a minor thing to deal with to be in paradise.

Our review is based on our previous experiences in other exotic/ocean resorts also v.s Conrad Bora Bora, which we stayed previous to this resort. Weather is horrible during our stay here, cyclone nearby and heavy heavy rain with really strong winds. Pro: Butler service! Novi and Po were amazing! They were knowledgeable, courteous, hard working, everything you want and need in a relaxing resort. They also have drink service in the morning that they deliver to the room for fresh Coffee, hot Chocolate etc etc and they are never late. Everyone other than butlers were also amazing, food delivery etc very kind and courteous. Food is way better here at St. Regis vs Conrad, no flies, no mosquitoes during breakfast/lunch/dinner ( see our Conrad review for details.. ). Just a note, breakfast tasted so much better if you go earlier in the morning, not later in the morning. View of the mountain from certain villa or main area if you like. Spa has amazing outdoor sitting area with great views of the mountain. Sharks at lagoon and lagoonarium is a fun activity during the good weather break in bad weather situation. Lagoonarium even though its man made and doesn’t really feel like ocean snorkeling, more like a fun pool with entertainment, still provided a good amount of value. Parents with kids probably enjoy this too since it’s not an ocean setting, safer snorkeling experience? Villa stood up well in a cyclone ish strong winds, we felt the whole villa shake through the night but very little damage outside, more on the inside later. Size of the villa vs Conrad definitely wins, if you like separate living area etc. Cons: Villa feels old and not updated, this is comparing to other older 5 stars Maldives resorts and Mooreas too. It doesn’t feel like a 5 stars resorts, you feel the age, scratches on floors, doors, outside you can see the age as well with some wood exterior missing from railings etc.. The bathroom ceilings you can see stains from rain leaks etc.. The property itself probably hasn’t been updated for a while, the main pool is filled with kids, floaties etc. Pool doesn't have a view or luxury feel to it. The view is so so if you are on the lower category villas, or island villas. During the storm, the ceiling leaked rain in above the bed. The bed has a canopy above it so we can see water marks getting bigger and bigger and starting to wet the bed. Called maintenance, someone came and said he’ll come back never did. It also leaked in the living room, sofa was damp. You can’t see pouring water but drops of water. To be fair, the wind was really strong as well as the rain, maybe he had worse cases and ours was just damp bed on one side and damp sofa so low priority on his list? Definitely not the kind of villa where you go down the steps and snorkel in the water. There’s pretty much no snorkeling anywhere else than the lagoonarium. There’s no sea life to view outside of your villa vs Conrad. Also kayaks and other water toys are confined to the area vs Conrad you can kayak anywhere and see ocean life right beneath your kayak.

My Husband and I went to Bora Bora for our honeymoon and couldn't decide what hotel to book so we booked 4 nights at the Four Seasons and 5 nights at St. Regis. What I learned is both hotels are next to one another so really wish we would have split our time at the Four Season's and the Conrad (as it is the newest resort and from the locals I have heard is far superior to both St. Regis and Four Seasons and is on the other side of the island so would have different views) St. Regis promises to have a 'Butler.' This was not at all the case..our 'Butler' Marisella (I believe was her name) was never there basically took us to the room when we arrived and waved goodbye at the end. In the begining of the trip when I asked her if she was our butler she told me 'no ..we work as a butler team' (that was a lie..she was our "butler" but didn't want us to know for some reason ..probably in fear of a bad review. At the beginning of our trip I was told tips were not acceptted yet the maids stopped comming to our room and delivering water bottles (which I believe was because A. they were mad they didn't get a tip day #1 or B. the service is terrible). Breakfast was included with our packages and during breakfast we could never get anyone to get our coffee order in or our egg order in. Note to management if you can't handle the crowd please have eggs out in buffet so I can help myself. When I talked to breakfast manager he told me 'We are busy.' There are only so many rooms and we were not visiting in prime time so they weren't booked out! The only reason this review is not lower because my husband has platnium status with starwood and we were upgraded the last two nights to the corner one with a plunge pool (sooooo sweet!) and free couples message because he was a member (amazing massage nice touch)and the rooms were bigger then 4 seasons and I liked the bicycles. Now, for other members I do believe 2 free upgrade nights might be a hotel policy because other reviews I read from members that's all they got too. Other tips: at the itailian restaurant order the caprese, tomato soup, and four cheese pizza. Bora Bora tips: take shuttle into Vaitape and go to local supermarket to buy boose for your entire trip, bring bug spray, all the fish on the island comes raw, and be prepared to spend at least $75 a person for every meal. This island is beautiful so trip was great overall just for the price st. regis is not worth it. Four Season's were wayy better to the people staying there. Same server for breakfest every morning. everyone knew your name and even though the rooms need upgrading worth every penny. Read my review on Four Season's page!

This was our third stay since our first in 2014, and we keep coming back for a reason....we love it! It’s one of our top places from everywhere. The best overwater bungalows anywhere we have stayed, with a beautiful bedroom, great bathroom with two sinks and walk-in shower and large built-in bathtub (large enough for two). Terrific high ceiling great room. Two flat screen TVs for those who want to use them....hard to do instead of looking at the majestic Mt Otemanu across the beautifully blue lagoon....great mostly private deck complete with two comfortable lounge chairs, a table under a canopy on the lagoon, your own lower “dock” complete with outdoor shower and ladder into the beautiful blue lagoon, which is deep where we are.....about 12-15 feet probably, but we use the supplied life vests or inflatable tubes/rafts we brought with us for “lagoon swims” which are great. The inner lagoon here is pretty safe with no strong currents we have observed, and allegedly the sharks stay outside or by the one small inlet on the other side of the main island, far from here. We also use the main beach which is terrific. Totally calm and comfortable water, no current. Just awesome! Great little Tiki Bar and great beach boys who cater to your every need. No charge snorkeling, kayaks, water bicycles, SUP, and even a Hobie Cat which was great. Easy to get a margerita pizza, burger, bottle of wine and the excellent local beer Hinano right there. Beautiful views with the omnipresent Mt Otemanu. As good as it gets! There are a variety of restaurant options on property. We took the included meal plan, and it worked out well. Daily excellent buffet breakfast at Te Pahu, a huge thatched building right next to the beach. Espresso and eggs to order included. Terrific staff! Far Niente is the Italian restaurant option with very good Italian food (see my reviews of each of these restarurants separately). Excellent pasta. Great waiter in Tomateo! The same area is used for the Asian/Seafood restaurant Bam Boo. Excellent sushi, sashimi, nigiri and wok options. In both, we had full choices from the meal plan. Great ice cream! The Aparima Bar supplies the lunch/snack food on the beach. Great Bloody Mary’s! $21 a pop though. Ask for the Pinot Grigio at $56 a bottle at the beach. (Not on the list except as a by the glass, but you can get a bottle). Or some Hinano, the great local beer. The beach guys are absolutely some of the nicest people you will ever meet. There to help at all times, and just refreshingly nice people! (Like Tom and Mario). We tried Bamboo on our first visit and haven’t been back since....in our view too limited and over-the-top expensive, especially the wine list. The drinks and wine are really expensive, which is really my only complaint here. The prices are beyond Moorea and even Le Taha’a where we stayed on this trip. No reason for 3x-4x retail wine pricing. No happy hour that we have discerned to take the sting out like at Hilton Moorea or Le Taha’a. So here’s what those in the know do, like us: On the day after you arrive, take the shuttle boat into Vaitape, the main town on the main island...a short and very nice boat ride....you do have to book ahead the night before now......it’s free. You leave at 11am, 5 minutes across the lagoon by boat, the van into town at Robert Wan jewelers, a short walk from the main town area....that takes 25 minutes. Then you have to be back there at 1:30 to get back to the shuttle boat at 2pm. That gives you two hours in town. Plenty of pearl shops.....our favorite, and more reasonable priced, is Tahiti Pearl Market, on the right as you walk thru town....just before the nice church. Then a short walk after that is your best cocktail advice on Bora Bora....the Chin Lee Market where you stock up on vodka, rum, Hinano, wine, nice cheese, and other snacks, for your daily lanai happy hour where you will find the drinks much more reasonably priced! We ran into just about everyone on the boat there....the word gets around quickly....one guy brought a stewardess roller bag; he said “got my bar stocked now”.....bring a nice woven grocery bag, or they sell them at the register. No cash needed....they take all the credit cards. That’s the best advice I can give you as to how to make this trip more reasonable! Take the meal plan and go to Chin Lee! The restaurants on the main island are also very nice, and despite the meal plan, we did two of them. Our favorite, Villa Mahana was closed this week, which really disappointed us since it is EXCELLENT. So we returned to St James and Mai Kai, both of which are very nice, and on the water with great views. We’ve been to Bloody Mary’s twice; they say you have to go there once. We didn’t go there this time. Hot inside and touristy. Here’s another excellent option: book a Sunset Cruise thru your butler with Lagoon Services. It costs $600, but not bad for two couples. Leaves the St Regis dock at 4:45 pm. Ask for To(e) from Taha’a, who is a wonderful guy who plays the uke and sings for you while he runs his excellent outrigger, very stable, around the main island for sunset. Great guy, great trip! We have done it twice now with another couple, and will do it again next time. He also can drop you off at St James or Mai Kai, and you can have them shuttle you back to the 9pm shuttle on the return. Note also: the evening restaurant shuttle now costs $15 a person round trip. Reserve ahead. You leave at 6pm; the restaurant picks you up in van on the other side; then returns you in time for the 9pm boat back. If you miss it, you wait until 10pm....so don’t dawdle in the restaurants....you need to leave any restaurant on the main island by 8:30pm to make the 9pm boat back. A very smooth 5 minute ride by boat. Our butler, Marisella, was great....we were with her last time as well. Will take care of all of your restaurant and other arrangements. You also get two free iron items per person per day, which is another great service included. They will also shuttle you around the property if you don’t walk; it can be far. All you have to do is call and they are there pretty quickly....they all have cell phones and plenty of golf carts on premises. Really nice staff always. Everyone greets you every time you pass them with “Ia orana”. It’s contagious! You really don’t have to convert money to local currency here or anywhere in the islands. Dollars work just fine when you need them for tips (I always bring a series of 5s and 10s when coming). Service is included in all the food here....even it if doesn’t say so.....hey....this is FRENCH Polynesia....just a little extra if you feel like it. Not expected. Nobody has their hand out around here like you may be used to back home. Also re Air Tahiti: they really mean it on the packing....one bag each up to 50lb; and one carry on, and they mean a small one not weighing more than 6lb....NOT a stewardess case....that will get checked and weighed, and if you exceed 80lb combination, you will get tagged for extra charges...we were with another couple. We got tagged for $140 for having a stewardess bag and another bag they said was nonconforming; the other couple $85....if you DO get hit, take their offer to pay the amount (which was included in the above) which will mean you get a blue slip which is a “pay once” for all charges; which you then present on your next Air Tahiti flight back or to another island (we did Moorea, Taha’a and Bora Bora, and back to Papeete). Make sure you keep the slip for the next flight! So those are the tips. But most of all; the St Regis Bora Bora is just simply terrific. The ultimate in island romance and relaxation. As pretty a spot as you will every see in this world! Highly recommend!

We visited St Regis July 2017. You can't go wrong if you choose this resort. Comparative to FS, the layout of SR is larger and the esthetic beauty to include the beach and grounds are kept meticulously clean and appealing. The staff very friendly. It was wonderful to interact with someone from the Caribbean Islands who shared our taste in the Caribbean, (Thanks Simon!!). We frequent places we love for beauty, privacy and relaxation and have no problems returning over and over again... St Regis, checks all of our boxes.... Maruru, and Merci Beaucoup

Motu Ome'e BP 506 Bora Bora Bora Bora

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • Private beach

Located 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Le Meridien Beach, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is within a 5-minute drive of Bora Bora Photo Lagoon. This 89-room, 5-star resort has 2 outdoor pools along with a private beach and a full-service spa. On the waterfront, the resort is also close to Mt. Otemanu and Mt. Hue.


Dining

There are ample dining options with 5 onsite restaurants, including Sushi Take Restaurant, which specializes in Japanese cuisine and serves dinner, and Lagoon by Jean-Georges with its ocean views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

The 89 air-conditioned accommodations feature furnished balconies or patios and afford space to spread out with separate bedrooms and living rooms. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 42-inch LCD TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Minibars, espresso makers, and free bottled water are also standard.


Property features

Awarded Conde Nast Gold List status in 2013, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort features a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 outdoor pools. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for XPF 13500 per person roundtrip. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a 24-hour fitness center, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2250 reviews