Snapshot Story #27: A little slice of paradise at Four Seasons Bora Bora

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Four Seasons Bora Bora

There’s no going back.

Ever since we dived off the deck of our overwater bungalow into Bora Bora’s impossibly blue lagoon, we’ve had overwater bungalows on our brains.

Villa resorts with private pools are pretty posh places to stay. But there’s something uniquely dreamy about having your own bungalow perched on stilts above water where colorful fish swim beneath you.

When we saw this photo by Debbra Dunning Brouillette of Tropical Travel Girl, it brought back great memories of our stay at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. And if you lust to sleep overwater, her story below will resonate with you.

Debbra’s story of spending a night at the Four Seasons Bora Bora

“We closed the door to our overwater bungalow, one of 100 of the thatched roof luxury accommodations at the Four Seasons Bora Bora, and walked to the end of the elevated wooden walkway. I looked back to take a final look at the row of bungalows suspended over the lagoon, with Mount Otemanu providing the perfect backdrop, and captured this shot.

Being able to drink in the colors and fill my senses with the overall scene helped me get through the Indiana winter following our 10-day Tahiti and Tuamotus cruise on Windstar’s Wind Spirit.

Since our cruise itinerary built in an overnight in Bora Bora, my husband and I arranged a stay here – which included fulfilling a bucket list dream I’d had for many years… to spend the night with my husband in an overwater bungalow.

We savored a seafood feast at the resort’s toes-in-the-sand Faré Hoa Beach Bar & Grill that evening and 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.

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, before 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.

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

I’d go back in a heartbeat!”

Double the pleasure

Because sometimes one photo isn’t enough…

Four Seasons Bora Bora seafood

About Debbra Dunning Brouillette

Visit Debbra’s website Tropical Travel Girl, and you’ll discover she has always been a tropical girl.

Like a fish out of water, she was born and raised in the Midwest, but from the age of seven, Florida vacations opened up her world to sun, sand and turquoise water. Since then she’s visited more than 50 islands and tropical destinations around the world. On her first Caribbean trip in 1990, a snorkeling excursion introduced her to the incredible world that exists below the surface of the sea. The fish out of water was hooked.

A scuba diver and avid photographer, Debbra enjoys exploring the reefs and natural wonders, savoring the food, meeting the locals and finding what makes each island unique.

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Four Seaons Bora Bora


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  1. Gorgeous!

    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!

    1. Author

      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!

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