Dazzling Bora Bora – Four Seasons Bora Bora
Following our stay at the beautiful island of Moorea, we headed to dazzling Bora Bora – another paradise in the South Pacific. A bungalow over a blue lagoon, a dazzling white beach, amazing sunsets and starry night skies. Can you blame us that we didn’t want to leave the Four Seasons Bora Bora during our 3-night stay?
With everything that the Four Seasons Bora Bora offers guests for an unforgettable getaway, there is absolutely no reason to want to leave until the very last minute. There’s the selection of restaurants, spa treatments, complimentary non-motorized water sports, pools, and tennis courts – to mention a few.
Let me inspire you to visit the dazzling Bora Bora on your next island break.
Where is Bora Bora?
Some people say Bora Bora is the most romantic and beautiful island on earth. After visiting the dazzling Bora Bora I find it hard to disagree.
The small island of only 12 sq miles is part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Reaching Bora Bora is easiest with a 45-minute flight from Tahiti, the main French Polynesian island. The Four Seasons Bora Bora is on its own private Motu islet in the string of coral islets surrounding Bora Bora’s main island and overlooks Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia.
Arriving at Four Seasons Bora Bora
I mention this as a highlight because arriving at the Four Seasons Bora Bora is somewhat different than the usual arriving on four wheels and walking into a hotel lobby.
A chilled towel and tropical drink awaits you when you set foot on Bora Bora Airport ground on the islet of Motu Mute. Then you board a boat for a 20-minute cruise to heaven. Keep an eye on the water because you may see fish and manta rays coming to welcome you.
It’s quite surreal to enter a hotel lobby in a boat on water the color of turquoise. You’re greeted with your own Polynesian flower lei, infused pineapple water, and typical Polynesian hospitality. After this, you are whisked off to your overwater bungalow by friendly staff to start your holiday in paradise.
Our Four Seasons Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow
The overwater bungalows at the Four Seasons Bora Bora were designed to bring the indoors out and the outdoors in. They are spacious and equipped with everything you need for the ultimate relaxing island holiday. There is even complimentary snorkeling gear to use during your stay.
Each standard overwater bungalow suite offers the following:
- A bedroom, ensuite bathroom with oversized tub and waterfall shower, and a living room with dining space and a TV. Other modern comforts include WiFi and a Bluetooth speaker.
- Teak wood furniture and local Polynesian art to make you feel at home. The ceilings are high and you can watch for marine life through several glass panels on the floor.
- Private covered deck with chaise lounges to relax on and enjoy the views.
- Steps to access the blue lagoon to cool off, swim or snorkel.
Island Food and Drink
It’s only natural to have a good appetite in such a beautiful outdoor setting. Although there is a good variety to choose from, the cuisine at the Four Seasons Bora Bora is ultimately inspired by the sea and the French.
What about a fresh pineapple and shrimp salad? Or how does coconut-marinated raw tuna sound? It’s yummier than you’d think and a dazzling Bora Bora specialty. Try the Sunset Bar’s sushi for something light or a burger from Faré Hoa Beach Bar for your after-swim hunger. You can even pair or share dishes to experience as many tastes as possible.
Here is a breakdown of the eating and drinking options at the Four Seasons Bora Bora:
- Arii Moana – a waterside dinner restaurant under a thatched roof with a Polynesian and French-infused menu. Their appetizers are great because you can sample four different ones for an entrée instead of having to choose only one. Signature dish: Line-caught yellowfin tuna “on the rock”.
- Faré Hoa Beach Bar and Grill – The place to be for lunch or a late-afternoon snack with your toes in the sand beside the blue lagoon. Or simply enjoy a tropical cocktail while listening to the live music provided in the evenings. Signature dish: Spiny lobster cobb salad.
- Tere Nui – Start your day with a fresh sea breeze to awaken you at this open-air restaurant with its stunning views of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu. You won’t get hungry soon after feasting on the expansive breakfast buffet. Light meals are served during the rest of the day. Signature dish: Mediterranean and Pasta Night, BBQ Night.
- Sunset Restaurant and Bar – Exchange your overwater bungalow for an idyllic overwater sundowner setting. Sip on a cocktail (ask about their special margarita recipe) paired with Asian-inspired bites and sushi. Signature dish: Freshly-prepared sushi.
3 Tips for a Memorable Dining Experience
Attend the weekly Polynesian dinner show on Otemanu Beach if you can. Enjoy the dinner served family-style to your table while Polynesian performers play music, sing, dance, and even eat fire.
Catch your own supper in the company of no other than executive chef Edgar Kano. Afterward, he will prepare your catch of the day before it is served to you in an intimate blue lagoon setting.
Order in. From breakfast delivered to your private deck in a ceremonial Polynesia canoe to a romantic dinner – anything is possible.
11 Things to Do in and Around Four Seasons Bora Bora
1. Non-motorised Water Sports
Everyone staying at the Four Seasons Bora Bora can make use of the complimentary non-motorised water sports equipment. This includes snorkeling gear, paddle boards, and kayaks. The still, clear water of the lagoon will inspire you to make use of the equipment and even try standing up on a paddle board!
2. Snorkel Safari
While it’s possible to snorkel on your own from your overwater bungalow or the beach, it’s worth taking a half-day discovery tour where you’ll see a bit more of the underwater offerings of dazzling Bora Bora. The guides know exactly where the best coral gardens around the island are.
Leaving by boat, you cruise past Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to swim with manta rays and sharks.
There’s also a full-day version of this tour which stops at the house of a local fisherman for a traditional Polynesian lunch.
3. Playing Tennis with a Pro
The Four Seasons Bora Bora has two tennis courts where you can play on your own or improve your serve under the guidance of Peter Burwash International (PBI). The latter offers daily tennis activities to guests who prefer to stay active this way. Who knows which professional player or coach you will team up with on the Four Seasons court?