The Four Seasons Bora Bora is paradise. It’s located on it’s very own motu, between the ocean and the lagoon, so when you stay here you’re actually facing the main island of Bora Bora. The resort is huge, and much bigger than I expected. It’s not as remote as I thought it would be either. If you look at the picture below (as well as the shots from the plane), you’ll see for yourself. The Four Seasons Bora Bora and the St. Regis Bora Bora are right next to each other, and there’s actually another resort by where the blog’s name is on the picture below. Still, while they look close, they aren’t at all.
I don’t have to tell you how beautiful Bora Bora is – the shades of turquoise and blue, Mt. Otemanu – it’s all drop dead gorgeous. Call me vain, but I had high expectations when it came to Bora Bora’s looks, and they were all met. She’s stunning.
We chose to stay at the Four Seasons, because we love their hotels (check out some of the others we’ve recently stayed at, like the Four Seasons Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica here, and the Four Seasons Bangkok here).
If this is your very first time experiencing the magic that is the Four Seasons Resort brand, you’re going to be amazed. However, if it isn’t your first rodeo, you’ll actually be slightly disappointed by the lack of service (for a Four Seasons). Their biggest issues are by the beach and pool areas, as they are MAJORLY understaffed.
During a moderately crowded time of day, you will have to wait for someone to make up a chair for you. So much so, that you’ll end up finding yourself grabbing towels and tackling it yourself – and them letting you. If you’re looking to hang by the pool and it’s super busy, you won’t even find empty chairs, and don’t look for help in trying to get some brought over. Umbrella’s are also hard to come by, so you’ll most likely find yourself out of luck on that front too. However, if you arrive early enough, secure one of the beautifully shaded (and totally heavenly) bed areas.
One of the biggest disappointments is that you will actually have to raise your hand and call over an attendant to take your lunch order (or if you need anything in general). Nine times out of ten, they don’t just come by and check on you willingly. Also, don’t expect to be waited on hand and foot like you are at other Four Seasons properties. Don’t bother waiting for someone to bring around sunscreen either. It happens, but it’s rare. You’ll be a lobster by the time they do come around! Same goes for water. You have to continually request it, which is so unheard of at other Four Seasons properties.
So like I said, if you’ve never been to a Four Seasons property before, you’ll think this place is beyond wonderful, and it is. However, if you’re a seasoned vet, you’re going to question the staffing and service, and why, when pool service shuts down at 5pm, are they starting to clean up the chair beds and not willingly making one for you when you arrive at 2:30? It’s small things like that which makes this resort seem slightly off given the brand that it is.
As you can see, the pool is stunning. You just have to work a little more than at a typical Four Seasons, where usually the staff is always one step ahead. We’ve never had to ask for anything when staying at a Four Seasons resort in the past, but here, we did. Like when we had to call housekeeping because they didn’t change our wet lounge chair towels on our deck. Or when turn down service forgot to leave us water. Nothing was a big deal, but it’s the little things that separates a Four Seasons from say, a Marriott. Especially when you’re forking over the big bucks.
I noticed a lot of those who stay here brush off these little (mis)service mishaps. They equate it to dealing with the French culture, which is very laid back. The Four Seasons Bora Bora employs locals, and, well, they say it’s their mentality. However, it’s simply not the Four Seasons’ mentality, so to me it feels a bit off. And please keep in mind that I’m being super picky with my high expectations for this brand. The Four Seasons Bora Bora is clearly beautiful, and you cannot have a bad time here.
I loved that not only is Wi-Fi complimentary throughout the resort, but the connection is GREAT! Even from our overwater bungalow, which was the very last one on the pontoon. We never had any problems.
The beach is absolutely breathtaking. The only downside is that they share staff with the pool, and well, see my issues above. But just look at it. It’s SO pretty.
I still to this day cannot get over the color and clarity of the water. I’ve been to islands all over the world, and nothing comes close to being as beautiful as this. I could literally sit here forever.
The water is so clear that you can see fish swimming from above. I know I’m lucky to have experienced coming here, and its greedy of me to want to return. But oh my gosh do I! Bora Bora is a dream!
Even the sunsets are better here. And the stars! Oh the STARS! We sat outside on our deck every night to admire them. I’ve never seen night shine so bright before!
I would choose this hotel in Bora Bora again and again, and I’ll tell you why: Snorkel sanctuary. Bora Bora isn’t widely known for its reefs, and many visitors mistake the fact that they will see a lot of fish under their overwater bungalow when in fact they won’t (that’s why you go to Moorea!). The Four Seasons Bora Bora makes up for this big time with their snorkel sanctuary. It’s a huge lagoon that runs throughout the resort. They even have an in-house marine biologist, Oliver Martin, who is informative and wonderful! If you see him, definitely spark up a conversation, or even join him in the mornings for some coral grafting.
When walking the grounds one thing you’re sure to notice is all the crabs. My goodness they are everywhere! I think I’ve only ever seen the small ones that hang out on beaches before. The ones here are monsters! So don’t be freaked out when you’re walking to dinner and it’s dark out. That movement in the bushes? Or that thing that just ran right in front of you? It’s just them 🙂
The resort also offers a ton of water sports. Non-motorized sports are complimentary, and of course when in Bora Bora paddle boarding is a MUST! The staff at the water sports desk is wonderful, and they will give a quick lesson to anyone in need!
I’ll go into much more detail about everything I brushed on in this post later on, including the food here. Breakfast was wonderful, and offered an amazing selection. Room service was decent and timely, and the filet mignon at Arii Moana was the absolute best I’ve EVER had! Ever.
We obviously didn’t go to any other resorts while in Bora Bora, but I can’t imagine them having a spa better than the one here. The Four Seasons Bora Bora’s spa is to die for! I mean, the view from the spa pool is gorgeous, and I have to give a HUGE thumbs up to any resort that offers coed spa facilities. THANK YOU! It was so relaxing!
So much more from the Four Seasons Bora Bora to come!