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BEST RESORT EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE
I couldn't have asked for a better stay at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. Everything exceed my expectations from arrival to departure. First off, the property is absolutely stunning. The ground are immaculate and the views can't be beat. There is a great balance of feeling like the only guests on the island and also interacting with other guests at dinner, excursions, the pool. Every single staff member was attentive and aware of our needs. You can tell that they are very well trained and that they brief the staff on the guests ahead of time. The overwater bungalow was straight out of a dream! I never got sick of that view. The food was amazing, even by the pool. We are from Hawaii and their poke was the best I've ever had! The app was great for coordinating excursions, booking reservations and they were very responsive. We are already planning a trip back. Thank you for, Four Seasons, for a trip we will never forget.
Luxury at its best
Our bungalow was absolutely stunning! It felt like we were in a luxury suite with 1/3 of the area in a living room like setting, 1/3 with bathroom areas (full large bath, two vanities across from each other, separate shower) and 1/3 for the bedroom. Across all areas was the outdoor patio/deck. Sliding doors allowed each region some privacy if needed. The grounds (lagoon, spa, resturants...etc) were beautiful and impeccable. Staff filled with smiles and kindness. The cost is really the only negative and not just for the rooms. Cocktails are $25, room service adds $19 per delivery no matter how small, and food was spendy also but this was not unexpected.
First of all, Bora Bora is truly the prettiest place on Earth and the Four Seasons is absolutely the place you want to be. This is undoubtedly a stunning property; the rooms, the service, and the food are all above expectations! However, today I want to talk about the service and the integrity that I experienced during my stay. On the day before my trip ended I decided to visit the main island. I spent the entire day eating, drinking, and shopping around. At about 8 pm, I took a taxi to the ferry that transported my group back to the resort. I spent some time in one of the private villas before going back to my bungalow and as I was getting ready for bed I realized that I had lost one of my diamond rings. I immediately messaged the front desk just in case someone returned it to them, although I truly believed the ring was long gone. I got up early the next day to retrace my steps - visited the villa, the beach, the walkways etc and after a failed attempt to find the ring I headed over to the breakfast area. One of the waiters asked me if I had found the ring yet, (YES, the entire staff was helping look for it!) I told her no and eventually left and got a ride back to my room. On the way back to my room the resorts security pulled us over - He steps out and walks over to me and tells me "Ms. Cormier, we have found your ring on the main island, we have someone going to pick it up and I will deliver it personally to your room." When I tell you I was in SHOCK! I couldn't believe the effort, the integrity of everyone at the Four Seasons. They truly went above and beyond. Finding missing items is not part of their jobs, specially across the island. I will never forget how I felt when they delivered my ring. There is no word to express my gratitude to the entire staff but I am so happy I was able to visit and I cannot wait to visit again! Not only is this paradise but you can trust the people and that is not something you come across very often!
Mora and Mora of Pora Pora
Just a stellar experience all the way around. Easy arrival from the airport with hotel ferry and departure as well. Amazing over the water bungalow. Phenomenal views, sunrise, sunset, stars. 3 great restaurants, service is just exceptional, you will think you are a king or queen. Beautiful grounds, didn't use the spa but the view from there is just incredible. Snorkeling and swimming in the large lagoon and snorkeling the smaller lagoons both fantastic. Beautiful beaches also. "Hot" (free) outside Yoga class was fun. Polynesian dance class, stagazing with polynesian legend storytellers. Treat yourself to the Canoe breakfast. It is worth every penny to take full advantage of everything they offer.
This Is THE Hotel
This review has been a long time coming; we traveled in November 2020. The Four Seasons Bora Bora is unlike any place I have ever stayed- It's so magical that I I don't think words alone can describe how special it is. I actually can't even think of anything bad to say about it. The overwater bungalows are so fun and different. Yes, there are glass panels in the floor to see the water below you and you can turn on under bungalow lighting to light up the water at night. The room itself, was VERY nice. There is a living room on one side, a bathroom in the middle and the bedroom on the other side. Sliding glass doors and windows open the entire back of the suite onto a large deck that overlooks the water/ Mt. Otemanu. The first thing you are going to want to do is put on your swim suit (or not) and run off your back deck into the most amazing water you will ever see. There is a shower on the lower deck and a ladder to get back out of the water. PLEASE, bring a float and a long chord to tie it off. You can just float all day and not drift away. They sell floats there, but the selection was poor and the prices are high. I highly suggest staying in a mountain view room towards the end of the pier. That mountain will be THE focus of your attention the entire time you are there and you won't be able to stop looking at it. Do not get a beach view room close to the shore- they aren't private and that back deck looks back onto the restaurants and beach. The water is also shallow close to the shore so you wouldn't just jump of your deck like I mentioned before. I personally enjoyed the long walks from the end of the pier, but a call to the front desk will get a golf cart to come pick you up and take you wherever and whenever. This is highly suggested if it's raining. My biggest advice is to call the resort before you go and ask if they can upgrade your room; they just might and for free or for a lot less money. The breakfast there was one of the trip highlights and you really should just go all out and try everything at least once. We are still talking about those breakfasts almost a year later. There was one server who we especially loved named Patricia. She went above and beyond to make us feel at home and I really appreciated that. Thank you Patricia!!! Everyone who works there is very friendly and everyone, including us, just walks around with a big friendly smile all the time. I suggest learning a few common Tahitian words and phrases like Io Orana (hello) and maururu (thank you), but most of the people there speak French and many speak English. One of my biggest concerns was that everything was going to be so expensive, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I heard. Drinks do not cost $50, but they are close to $20. Food costs are a little bit more than resort normal and I think $250 a day is about what we spent per person each day for food and drinks. I 100% suggest buying your favorite alcohol when you land at the airport in Tahiti. There is a duty free shop in baggage claim! Friends suggested this and I want to spread the news. That big bottle of whatever you like may save you a LOT of money. You do not need to bring your own snorkeling gear. They have loaner gear and it's new and nice. They also have a nice beach bag and Four Seasons flip flops waiting for you in the room. Do bring plenty of reef friendly sunblock. They also sell sunblock at the resort, but it too is very expensive. Definitely take hundreds and hundreds of photographs every day! Buy a selfie stick! We did a helicopter trip around the mountain and loved it; a golf cart picks you up and takes you to the helipad on the ocean side of the resort. 20-30 minutes is plenty of time to have an amazing experience. There is a Tahitian ceviche dish called poisson cru that might be one of the best things I've eaten in my entire life. We didn't discover it until the end and I have to say please don't make that mistake! We made some new friends who were resort hopping (already stayed at St. Regis and the Conrad) and they said that The Four Seasons was overall the nicest resort out of the three. If I remember correctly they thought the rooms at the Conrad were nicer and the food at the St. Regis was better, but that the whole package winner was the Four Seasons. I'll just say that Paris Hilton and Carter Reum were our bungalow neighbors and she didn't even stay at the Conrad (a Hilton Hotel). One night a week they have a special dinner and show that I highly recommend. The fire dancing was so cool. We went to Bloody Mary's one night for dinner. That was fun and I'll do it again when I go back. Thank you Four Seasons for the trip of a lifetime. We will never forget it and will be back one day!!!
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