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The names “Four Seasons” and “Bora Bora” are both synonymous with luxury tropical vacations. Naturally, I was incredibly excited for my stay at this gorgeous resort. After several boat and plane rides, I was so ready to relax in French Polynesian paradise. Suffice to say that my expectations were high!
The resort opened in 2008 and consists of 100 overwater bungalows and six beachfront villas. I was lucky enough to experience both types of accommodation as I switched midway through my trip. It’s also home to the Rauhatu Lagoon Sanctuary which teaches guests about conservation, grafts coral and conducts research.
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After a day-long journey, I was pretty exhausted by the time I got to the Four Seasons Bora Bora. The second I stepped off of the boat I was revived by the breathtaking natural beauty of the resort. Traditional French Polynesian music filled my ears and I felt instantly welcome. The staff were so warm and friendly as they greeted me, and I found a thoughtful welcome platter in my gorgeous villa.
I stayed in the beach villa first before moving to the overwater version halfway through my stay. Personally, I preferred this type of accommodation. I had my very own stretch of beach that even other Four Seasons guests didn’t have access to. A private beach in Bora Bora really was the ultimate luxury! The style of the beach villa was rustic and a little boho, which made me feel like some sort of well-cared for castaway.
Although I did favor the beach villa, I wouldn’t say that I regretted switching to its overwater counterpart. It was great to experience both types of accommodation, and there are few places in the world that offer you the experience of an overwater stay. If you haven’t travelled to somewhere like Bora Bora or the Maldives before, then I would recommend staying overwater. It truly is a special experience. However, as a seasoned luxury traveller, I’ll probably just opt for the beach villa next time I visit this property (which I hope will be soon!)
The overwater villa was definitely more neutral and modern than the beach accommodation, with perhaps a little less local flair. However, it really was gorgeous and waking up over the vivid blue water is always a special experience.
The incredible Indian food at the resort really was a standout for me. I’m a spice lover and I can’t get enough of flavorsome curries and the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora really delivered in this department.
To counteract the rich Indian fishes, there was also plenty of amazing – and healthy – fresh seafood dishes on offer. The Arii Moana restaurant serves up fresh sea-to-table fare each night, with fresh tropical fruit and a diverse wine collection.
Guests have the option to enjoy in-bungalow dining, which is great when you’re craving a little more privacy, but the Polynesian dinner dance show provided a great opportunity to meet other guests. I lead a busy life and always appreciate tranquility and privacy at a luxury resort, but it’s always great to have the opportunity to mingle with fellow luxury-lovers from all over the world.
Bora Bora is famed for its incredible natural beauty, so staying there at such an incredible luxury resort really is a bucket list-worthy experience. It’s 100% worth the long journey to get there. I actually had such a wonderful time at this resort that I extended my stay for a few nights because I just couldn’t bear to say goodbye.
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