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Four Seasons Bora Bora Review: A Slice of Paradise!

In this Four Seasons Bora Bora review, guest contributor Debbra Dunning Brouillette enjoyed a night at the resort – fulfilling her dream of staying in an overwater bungalow.

Four Seasons Bora Bora review

My husband and I had booked a 10-day Tahiti and Tuamotus trip with Windstar Cruises.

For many years, I’d had a bucket list dream of staying with my husband in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Since our cruise itinerary included an overnight stop in Bora Bora, we arranged a one-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

As well as some beachfront bungalows, the resort has 108 thatched-roof bungalows built on stilts over the water – we were finally going to fulfill my dream!

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A night in an overwater bungalow

After checking in, we savored a seafood feast at the resort’s toes-in-the-sand Faré Hoa Beach Bar & Grill that evening, then breakfast the next morning.

Just enough time was left to fit in snorkeling in the Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary, where exotic unicorn fish and Picasso trumpetfish surrounded us, followed by a quick swim off our bungalow.

When we finally closed the door to our overwater bungalow and walked to the end of the elevated wooden walkway, I looked back to take a final look.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora bungalow

That’s when I captured the photo of the row of bungalows suspended over the lagoon – with Mount Otemanu providing the perfect backdrop (shown at the top of this post).

We ended our overnight at the Four Seasons Bora Bora with a light lunch – Tahiti’s signature dish, poisson cru, served in a coconut shell.

Four Seasons Bora Bora seafood

Then we reluctantly boarded the resort’s private launch, which returned us to Bora Bora’s pier to catch a tender back to our cruise ship.

The colors of French Polynesia

Being able to drink in the colors and fill my senses with the French Polynesia’s scenes helped me get through the Indiana winter following our cruise.

And when I look back to this and the other images I captured during our less-than-24-hour stay at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, I feel blessed to have been able to experience this little slice of paradise in the South Pacific.

I’d return in a heartbeat!

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora awards

The Bora Bora resort is consistently rated one of the world’s best luxury resorts.

It was named the best luxury beach hotel in the world by Luxury Travel Advisor in their 2023 Awards of Excellence.

Previously, it was named the best hotel in Oceania in United Airlines’ Hemispheres 2022 Readers Choice Awards.

It’s also picked up awards over the years from Conde Nast Traveler and other prestigious publications.

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Photo credits: 1, 6 Debbra Dunning Brouillette | 2 to 5, 7 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora | Debbra won an Honorable Mention in the 2018 NATJA awards (North American Travel Journalists Assocation) for her Four Seasons Bora Bora photo shown as #1 here

About the author

Debbra Dunning Brouilette is an award-winning travel writer, blogger and photographer. Her travel articles have been published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, AAA Home & Away and other magazines and newspapers. You can read about some of her travel adventures on her blog, Tropical Travel Girl.


Friday 18th of January 2019

Ah, I can only imagine how relaxing it must be to wake up in one of these overwater bungalows! That blue lagoon with the perfect backdrop of that mountain peak looks simply heavenly.

Janice and George

Friday 18th of January 2019

She obviously enjoyed it (as we did) :-). Bora Bora is heavenly indeed! And we're so excited for Debbra! She just won an award for this photo of the overwater bungalows from the North American Travel Journalists Association.

Anna Makridi

Thursday 10th of May 2018

The place looks fantastic! I love the post!

Janice and George

Friday 11th of May 2018

Glad you like the post :-)


Tuesday 8th of May 2018


I love the photo of the coconut with fruit & veg stuffed in! Mind you, I can't actually have any of it 'cos I'm allergic to nuts,but it looks awfully good!

Janice and George

Friday 11th of May 2018

It's mostly seafood in the coconut shell. "Poisson cru" translates as "raw fish" in French and is considered the national dish in Tahiti and French Polynesia. So maybe you could eat it!