Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora creates an authentic Polynesian experience
Beauty and tranquility blends with relaxation
By Regina Arnold
Traveling to the majestic island of Bora Bora is the ideal vacation. The perfect white sand beaches, pristine turquoise colored lagoon waters, lush coconut palms and the fresh scent of flowers have become essential to its legend as a haven for relaxation and romance. It’s this beautiful atmosphere that has evolved Bora Bora into one of the world’s top resort destinations.
Blending relaxation and tranquility, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora gives guests a truly authentic Polynesian experience including the art of dance, song, cuisine, textiles, seafaring and sport. Adding to the beauty of this Tahitian paradise is the breathtaking mountainous terrain surrounding the area. The resort offers 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, all designed with thatched roofs and decorated with native artwork. Dining choices include four restaurants with a wide selection of creative culinary experiences including Polynesian, French and traditional favorites. The hotel also offers a full-service spa providing a combination of relaxation and exhilaration.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora’s overwater bungalows measure more than 1,100 square feet. Inside, hardwood floors and walls are stained in a light palette that suggests driftwood or coral, while small windows fill the space with glimmering sunlight as it reflects off the water. Each bungalow contains two flat-screen televisions, DVD/CD player and video-on-demand, an island rarity. Pull-out sofas accommodate families. Room décor consists of framed traditional artwork of fishing lures fashioned from mother-of-pearl to coconut palm fans. A gorgeous panoramic view of the lagoon can be seen while lying in bed or relaxing in a large soaking tub. Large sundecks provide chaise lounges, a covered dining area, a ladder to the water below and a rinsing shower. The bungalows are located on branching piers that extend into the heart of Bora Bora’s inner lagoon at one of its most serene points. From here, guests can view schools of fish or gaze above into a star-filled night. Views of the sunrise over the Pacific, sunsets over the water and towering Mount Otemanu is sure to provide a soothing natural oasis.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora also offers two- and three-bedroom beach villas with expansive living space ranging in size from 3,228 to 5,380 square feet. Every villa has separate entrances to each bedroom, a pool, dining areas, a hot tub, access to the beach and complete privacy.
Bora Bora is a place where French, American and Maohi cultures have met, mingled and flourished. The dining experience at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora captures that rich history in culinary form that feature a base of traditional and nouvelle French cuisine with American-style fusion accentuating the ingredients and flavors of Polynesia and beyond.
Have your breakfast delivered by a ceremonial Polynesian canoe while basking in the warm sun on your private deck. Fragrant bouquets of flower petals accompany this relaxing meal. While a vahine sets your dining area, enjoy a short canoe ride around the pontoons with a rower and listen to the sounds of Tahitian song.
Hideaways shaded by palms and sweeping views of the ocean and lagoon provide the perfect setting for a romantic beachfront dinner. Begin with a sunset cocktail and canapés on lounge chairs, before moving to a specially decorated table on the sand, where you will be served an intimate dinner by candlelight. Dinner is complete with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, a dedicated waiter, and live entertainment. Guests can also opt to enjoy this dining experience on the private deck of their overwater bungalow.
For a combination of French and Polynesian dinner cuisine, there is Arii Moana. The restaurant has three dining options: a rich, blue-floored dining room, loungy restaurant terrace or al fresco bringing guests close to the water’s edge. Some specialty dishes off the menu are pan-fried foie gras with kumquat chutney, passion fruit and coconut shooter; New Caledonian shrimp with vanilla oil, celery and sweet potato and zucchini pesto; spiced Australian rack of lamb, with Oriental-style vegetables and date purée with lime.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers a dinner and a show weekly on Otemanu Beach alongside the inner lagoon. Dinner is served family style to tables of 10, while Polynesian performers sing, dance and play music. The evening ends with a spectacular fire dance performance.
No vacation would be complete without a day at the spa bringing relaxation to an even deeper level. The spa has seven air conditioned rooms and ensures absolute privacy. The Kahaia Spa Suite is a spacious room with a glass floor overlooking the lagoon’s pristine water. Guests can also combine their chosen treatment with the natural healing energy of Bora Bora’s climate in one of two open-air treatment pavilions, nestled deep within the tropical grove.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted with an herbal infusion and scented cooling towel. In preparation for their treatment, guests are guided to the water experiences, where they relax in the vitality pool, steam room and sensory shower. A short time in the relaxation room is the final step in preparation, ensuring the mind and body are at ease and ready for therapy. Healing massage and therapeutic treatments have been passed down from generation to generation giving the South Pacific a rich history, called Taurumi.
During treatment, native extracts are used from flowers, herbs and other elements that are home to the island. Kahaia flowers are used throughout the treatments for their healing powers. Monoi oil combined with native tiare flowers is used to nourish the skin as well as black pearl powder to exfoliate and revitalize. Local scents like sandalwood and frangipani are used during the spa therapies, and vanilla is used for its ability to deepen breathing as well as its energizing and aphrodisiac qualities. Other natural ingredients from the island are used for the treatments; volcanic basalt forms the foundation of hot stone treatments, sea salts are the key element of exfoliating scrubs and seaweed the basis of full-body wrap treatments.
Add adventure with the many outdoor activities this beautiful paradise has to offer. Learn to parasail, kite-surf or scuba dive. Take a canoe out to a nearby reef and snorkel among the tropical fish. Or take a tour around the island on a Sea-Doo. Guests that are ambitious sport fishers can sail into the open waters in search of mahimahi, blue marlin, skipjack and other deep-sea fish. A local guide can show the underwater worlds of coral revealing colorful reef fish, rays, eels and shark. With the many locations within the island’s lagoon and outside the ring into the Pacific Ocean, scuba and snorkeling enthusiasts can explore for hours. For larger groups wanting to explore the magical turquoise lagoon, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers the ultimate way with their custom designed catamaran, Navigator. Enjoy a sunset cocktail cruise or group snorkeling outing on this bi-level design complete with a full bar, dining tables, rooftop sundeck, lavatory and rinse shower.
On land, Bora Bora also offers a wealth of cultural treasures ready to be discovered. The fine white coral sand is optimal for beach volleyball. Explore the art and science involved in cultivating the Tahitian black pearl, one of the world’s most rare and most valuable gems. Take a dance course and learn the steps to the ‘aparima, the hivinau and the ote’a. Hand dye a Polynesian pareu, or sarong. Once outside the resort, guests can take a bicycle ride to tour the 19-mile ring road on the mainland. At the Lagoonarium, visitors can swim with sea turtles. Land Rovers can escort guests on history tours of the island, exploring ancient marae temple ruins at sea level, then up the steep sides of Mount Otemanu to visit American World War II installations—from storm bunkers to tunnels to cannons. Experienced hikers looking for a real challenge can make the trek up Mount Pahia or even Mount Otemanu. Those seeking a true bird’s-eye view of Polynesian beauty can tour the region via helicopter.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora combines the highest standards of service with the natural ease and gracious hospitality of Polynesian culture. Guests can lose themselves in the deep serenity of the location, immerse themselves in the customs and traditions of local culture, or set off on one of the island’s many adventures, creating an unforgettable experience. From elegant surroundings of the finest quality, to caring, highly personalized 24-hour service, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora embodies a true home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best. In one of the most beautiful places in the world, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora ensures a memorable experience for guests.