Gillian Simon

Four Seasons Bora Bora

  • Where:
  • Why:The third stop in French Polynesia on my honeymoon!
  • When:Late March 2013
  • Who:Me and my new husband Lee
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Four Seasons Bora Bora Lee diving into the water from our bungalow.

Lee diving into the water from our bungalow.

Four Seasons Bora Bora View from the plane!

View from the plane!

Four Seasons Bora Bora No words or photos can describe how beautiful it is.

No words or photos can describe how beautiful it is.

Four Seasons Bora Bora Bungalows are designed so that although you <br data-src=

Bungalows are designed so that although you
have neighbors you still feel private.

Four Seasons Bora Bora Plenty of room for sun and plenty of room for shade.

Plenty of room for sun and plenty of room for shade.

Four Seasons Bora Bora Your private jacuzzi with doors that open to the sea.

Your private jacuzzi with doors that open to the sea.

Four Seasons Bora Bora The pool at sunset.

The pool at sunset.

Four Seasons Bora Bora Anything involving fruit is beautiful and fresh.

Anything involving fruit is beautiful and fresh.

Four Seasons Bora Bora The private lagoon is a mini ecosystem <br data-src=

The private lagoon is a mini ecosystem
with a fair amount of life in it.

Four Seasons Bora Bora Raw Tuna marinated in coconut milk. <br data-src=

Raw Tuna marinated in coconut milk.
I might miss this more than the view.

Four Seasons Bora Bora The little bit of time you would spend <br data-src=

The little bit of time you would spend
poolside is still beautiful and quiet.

Four Seasons Bora Bora The spa. Amazing view for both men and women (separated). <br data-src=

The spa. Amazing view for both men and women (separated).
Don’t plan on being in a hurry to leave.

Four Seasons Bora Bora Quiet and beautiful white sand beach.

Quiet and beautiful white sand beach.

Four Seasons Bora Bora Low carbon footprint Bikram yoga if that’s what you're into.

Low carbon footprint Bikram yoga if that’s what you're into.

Four Seasons Bora Bora If heaven has rooms they must be overwater bungalows.

If heaven has rooms they must be overwater bungalows.

Highs & Lows

  • The service at Four Seasons Bora Bora is unparalleled. Whatever you want or need will be delivered to your room before you even realize it happened. For example, If you walk to a restaurant, you’re handed a cold cloth infused with the tiare flower scent before you even realize you got warm walking in the sun!

  • Usually I will get used to a view after a couple days, no matter how great it is. 5 days in I was still pinching myself, not believing that a place so beautiful actually existed on this earth. And the architecture of the actual bungalows adds to this experience.

  • Jumping off the private deck on our bungalow into the lagoon. We did this for hours every day. Never gets old.

  • I racked my brain, and the only real low was the fact that we had to leave.

  • Expensive but worth it.

  • Property is pretty large so you will do a bit of walking in the heat. (golf cart rides are easily available we just chose to walk most of the time.)

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Hotel

  • Vibe

    Truly magical, otherworldly and subtly luxurious and relaxed.

  • Location

    Overwater bungalow suites attached to a reef facing a lagoon and mountain. Near nothing else.

  • Rooms

    About 100 Overwater Bungalows and 7 Beachfront Villas

  • Music

    Only in the restaurants. Mellow, refined, relaxing…barely noticed it.

  • Year Opened

    2008

  • Designed By

    Didier Lefort and Pierre-Jean Picart. Interior design by BAMO.

  • Health & Wellness

    Yes. Pools, amazing spa, nicest I've ever seen. Gorgeous gym overlooks the ocean. Yoga classes are available.

  • Restaurant

    Four different restaurants, each a different style, although best option is the room service! The food is amazing. All the fish dishes are locally inspired and super fresh.

  • Bar

    Yes, on the water under a thatched roof for maximum sunset viewing and lagoon watching.

  • Children

    Equally good for bringing children or for a romantic getaway.

  • Price

    Expensive Luxury, but wow is it worth every French Pacific Franc!

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