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.
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.
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.
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!
Read more about Bora Bora: See Debbra’s blog post on Tahiti and Tuamotus: Bora Bora
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