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Four Seasons Bora Bora

Over-the-water, private, picture-perfect

98730 Bora Bora, Motu Tehotu 98730

(689) 40 603 170

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At a Glance

Impeccably maintained, the Four Seasons Bora Bora opened in 2008 and feels fresh and new, especially compared with some of the more established resorts (like the St. Regis).

Indagare Loves

  • The uber-private overwater bungalow with plunge pool at the end of the pontoon with views of the towering volcano, Mount Otemanu—from the terrace, it feels like you have the entire island to yourself
  • The easy introduction to marine life thanks to elementary snorkeling in the calm and protected lagoon sanctuary
  • Lovely design of the rooms, which have subtle traditional touches and an open layout


The large reef surrounding the main island of Bora Bora is scattered with resorts. But the Four Seasons makes it easy for the choosy traveler: in terms of setting, atmosphere and amenities, it’s simply unmatched.

The all-suite resort comprises 108 overwater bungalows and seven villas on land—clearly the focus is on the spectacular lagoon. Many of the bungalows come with towering views of Mount Otemanu, and 27 have private plunge pools. The rest of the Four Seasons is sprawling, with four restaurants and two bars, a kids club, massive spa, and a large infinity pool (in case you need more water). Getting from one side of the island to the other can be a bit of a walk (Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team to figure out the best accommodations to reserve.)

Couples, especially honeymooners are drawn to the spacious and private overwater bungalows, scattered along two long pontoons, but the two- and three-bedroom villas are also stunning, offering an enormous amount of space and privacy, and a large terrace and pool overlooking the secluded beach just steps away (villas also have the added bonus of being close to the main hub of the resort). Each bungalow, regardless of category, has large teak terraces with easy access to the water below, while oversized marble tubs command their own room and offer views of the ocean through large sliding glass windows. There are genuine Polynesian touches throughout, including floor-to-ceiling polished teak, vaulted thatched roof ceilings, and of course, views of the marine life below through glass floor paneling. Villas and overwater bungalow suites with plunge pools can also be booked with all-inclusive rates, which include all meals on the property as well as a host of daily activities.

While Bora Bora is a renowned honeymoon destination, the Four Seasons does a fantastic job catering to families with children as well, thanks to myriad activities on- and off-property. There’s snorkeling (ranging from basic swims to more intense exploration between sharks and rays), kite- and paddle-boarding as well as sunset cruises. Back on land, you can take 4×4 excursions through the jungle, arrange for a BBQ lunch on a secluded beach and book a traditional Polynesian massage. The kids’ club (for ages five and up) is terrific as well.

One place where the resort’s quiet, romantic angle comes out is the dining scene: the four restaurants usually clear out by 10 p.m. so don’t expect a party scene here. Overall, the resort is a perfect match for couples and families who like being active during the day and who prefer their evenings low-key.

Be aware that guests booked in the secluded bungalows at the end of the pontoon have a 10-minute walk to dinner (or have to call for a golf cart). In-bungalow dining is very popular, as is taking the 5-minute boat ride over to the St. Regis (next-door), home to the acclaimed Lagoon by Jean-Georges.

Who Should Stay

Any first-time visitor who wants to experience the best of Bora Bora

Written by Monique Brendel Thofte

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