Why The Four Seasons Bora Bora Is Heaven on Earth
This iconic resort in Bora Bora doesn't disappoint
Bora Bora Tahiti vacation at Four Seasons
When you think of luxury travel, what comes to mind? Take a moment and really think about it; where is the most exotic destination you have ever been, or would even like to visit at some point? Are you, perhaps, still searching? After a recent holiday for two, we discovered the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora – without a doubt, it is a true tropical paradise and quite worthy of its title as the #1 Resort in French Polynesia [and #23 in the world] by Conde Nast Traveler.
The Four Seasons along the eastern atoll of the island are amazing. In addition to luxury resort accommodations [including 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, all designed with traditional thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork], there are also year-round private residences available for purchase; lots start at $2 million Euro, with ocean or lagoon views, along with private beaches and the enjoyment of all-inclusive resort amenities.
The island itself is volcanic, encircled by sand-fringe islets and an outer coral reef. As a result, the water is typically warm, calm and unbelievably clear! The lagoon is relatively shallow, and lends well to aquatic-centered activities, including a snorkel safari, scuba and kayaking. And for the more romantic gesture, a sunset sail aboard a private catamaran is an enticing escape.
From the moment you step onto the waterside yacht at the airport to your arrival at the dock for check-in, the service and hospitality is undeniably priceless; you are greeted with some of the kindest, warm-hearted people you will ever meet – which we were told is the “Tahitian Way.”
A holiday for two in Bora Bora is simply the best money you will ever spend. Why, you may ask?
Oh my, where to begin? Lets start with the helpful and friendly staff and the complimentary water activities. Stand up paddle surfing is a favorite, as it gives you a broader panorama of the sea life below – countless colors of fish and oversized rays home to the lagoon and coral gardens. Or, on second thought the much welcomed warmth of sun kissed afternoons, the light breeze of the trade winds, dining alfresco, the unspoiled vast tracks of deserted white sand beaches, “coconut island,” the massive poolside cabanas or even the local flavors of Polynesia-South Pacific cuisine? So many choices for you to choose from.
For many it's the accommodations themselves at the Four Seasons; the over water bungalows, impeccably decorated, are simply magnificent! Upon check-in, you are greeted with cold towels and a drink; and we love how the staff knows your name. A concierge then drives you via golf cart to your bungalow, over the winding and massive wooden roadway-bridge structures. Our room unveiled an incredible unobstructed view across the lagoon to the slopes along the center island. The multi-room, single story bungalows are the largest in French Polynesia and are often referenced as being “stadium sized” in several travel publications; with well appointed furnishings, the living space offers an open flow throughout, unfolding to an outside dining loggia and deck.
The bedroom suite and spa extends to a private outdoor deck for sun bathing and lounging; and without any hesitation, take a dip into the warm waters of the lagoon below. Complimentary snorkel gear is available on the patio, along with complimentary robes, slippers and beach bags. The bungalows also feature floor viewing panels throughout the residence for a glimpse at the underwater world of Bora Bora. By far, the private patio with direct and easy access to the lagoon was an unexpected treat that tops the list for this locale.
It is good to know that whenever you go, there is really no off season in Bora Bora. The water comes from desalination and is safe to drink; and even though French and Tahitian are the official languages of the famed Society Islands, English is extremely common. Wedding and anniversary celebrations are certainly a natural fit, but in any case, it deserves top spot on your bucket list. You can certainly take our word for it!