The Four Seasons Bora Bora beach view overwater bungalow is their least expensive accommodation, however, at +/- $1,100 per night, it’s still costly.
When it comes to accommodations at the Four Seasons, if you didn’t experience the cream of the crop, you’ll think this bungalow is completely amazing, and at just over 1,000 square feet, it truly is. Really, aside from our super awesome bungalow (there are four of them total), and a handful of smaller suites, all the bungalows are the exact same size. The only difference in them is the view (your choices are a Mt. Otemanu, lagoon, or beach view).
The Mt. Otemanu view is self explanatory, the lagoon view showcases the resort’s lagoon, and the beach view has some sort of land view. We had a beach view for part of our stay, and I have to admit, I really loved it – more than I thought I would! Yes, it was difficult moving from a room that was so beyond amazing to something less amazing, but they were both unique in their own way, that really, it was fine.
If you look at the pictures from our stay in the Mt. Otemanu bungalow with plunge pool, you’ll notice that it’s not super private. That was the one and only downside to that room – The boat traffic, and then if you stand on the one side, you can see your neighbors pretty well (these neighbors being the ones in the Mt. Otemanu view bungalows, as well as the lagoon view bungalows).
Our second room, the beach view overwater bungalow, was located on the “second” pontoon (and then on the second half after the “fork”), so we were pretty far out there (also pretty far away from the “main” portion of the resort). Actually, we were on the same pontoon as our first room, just on the other side (facing away from Mt. Otemanu). This resulted in some lengthy (but beautiful) walks, and more importantly, a very private experience.
However, if your beach view bungalow is on the first pontoon, while closer to the main action of the resort, it’s certainly much less private. Beach view’s on the first pontoon face either the resort’s main beach (which is busy), or the side where the water sports are located (also very busy). The lagoon and Mt. Otemanu view’s look out to the other pontoon, and in the middle is the busy waterway.
A Mt. Otemanu view:
A Lagoon view from the first pontoon (looking towards the second pontoon) and the resort’s waterway and water sports area in between…
… vs a view from the second pontoon looking in the direction opposite the resort… much more private and peaceful!
Another view from the second pontoon (beach view):
We had the above view, and really lucked out. It was so secluded and quiet! There was no boat traffic. We couldn’t see our neighbors. We couldn’t even see the rest of the resort. It was just land in the distance, and that beautiful, beautiful water.
More pictures of the view and the outside of our beach view overwater bungalow:
The privacy and serenity was unbelievably wonderful. The water depth wasn’t nearly as deep as it was by the Mt. Otemanu bungalow with plunge pool, but it still wasn’t standing height. When you jumped off the swimming platform, you could hit the bottom, unlike in the other bungalow, where you didn’t even come close. Still, the water was calmer on this side (thanks to the limited boat traffic), so we had a lot of fun bringing tubes out and floating around.
We even ventured under the bungalow, to check out Mt. Otemanu on the other side, and to do this… swimming under the bungalow while someone stood inside to watch.
The inside of the bungalow was a mini version of the suite (with a bedroom/closet area, bathroom with two sinks, separate shower, tub, toilet area, and a living room area). I loved how the outside lit up so well that you can even take a dip in the dark!
And speaking of dark, those Bora Bora stars made their appearance each and every night, even from here. Although, I did miss seeing Mt. Otemanu in the background!