Staying at the Four Seasons Bora Bora : Everything You Need to Know
Four Seasons Bora Bora, with its sparkling azure waters, fine white sand beaches, stunning palms and to-die-for overwater bungalows, is a French Polynesian paradise. A magnet for honeymooners, it is largely considered one of the best hotels in the world, and is the ultimate place to stay in Bora Bora for luxury, seclusion, and top-notch service. I absolutely LOVED our stay here, and I can’t wait to dive in deep in this review and re-live our experiences there with you all!
The Four Seasons service delivers the Bora Bora dream, and next time I would stay here 10 nights in a row if I could. This hotel is an IDEAL honeymoon resort, and easily one of my top three resorts I’ve ever stayed in. (If you read this post on the Best Resorts in the World, you may be able to guess my other two!)
Jetset’s highlights of the Four Seasons Bora Bora:
• Huge bungalows
• The mountain views
• Their private beach which I would argue is one of the best beaches in the world
• Their private island, that you can walk in the water to from the beach
• The pool
• The app!! You chat in the app to do everything – order room service, request a flower crown, ask for dinner recommendations. It’s a one-stop, contact-less concierge available to you throughout your stay, and even afterward, and I love it.
• The spa, where I had the best massage in my life, and there is a hot tub with jungle views to relax in
• The calm lagoon, which is the perfect place to canoe around in a Polynesian va’a
• The WINE GLASSES in the room – as you guys know, I’m a fancy wine glass snob (here are all my favorites), and Four Seasons Bora Bora has three different types of amazing wine glasses in your room ready for you to use. I loved that, as thick, crappy wine glasses is one of the things I hate most in a resort.
• The laundry available, complimentary. Right by the ice machine is a laundry machine with complimentary pods you can use throughout your stay – this is such a luxury, and is amazing for washing your airplane clothes, and not having to pack as much!
The clientele of Four Seasons Bora Bora:
We found the clientele at the Four Seasons Bora Bora to be a lot of young honeymooners our age, and there were also a couple families, and a few older couples celebrating big anniversaries and birthdays. Everyone was in absolute paradise on the private, secluded motu, with its expansive beach, beautiful lagoon, and dreamy pools.
How much does a one week vacation at the Four Seasons Bora Bora cost exactly?
*Based on September 2020 pricing, in USD, check this site here to check your specific dates.
Let’s break down the cost of a Four Seasons Bora Bora vacation, starting with the cost of a bungalow. At the Four Seasons, you have the choice of 3 overwater bungalows:
1. The superior suite, 1 bedroom, beach view, overwater bungalow (~$1,500/night and up)
2. Premier suite, 1 bedroom, mountain view, overwater bungalow (~ $2,140/night and up)
3. Overwater bungalow, with pool (~ $3,130/night and up)
+ the beach villas, which are very spacious and are popular with families ( $5,000 per night and up).
The mountain view rooms run quite a bit more expensive than the beach and lagoon view rooms, which is common in Bora Bora, as the view of Bora Bora’s famed Mt. Otemanu is what many guests covet, and come to Bora Bora for. We were lucky enough to have a mountain view room during our stay and it was BREATHTAKING. I highly recommend splurging for a mountain view room.
How much do food and drinks cost at the Four Seasons Bora Bora?
Food and drinks in Bora Bora, no matter the resort, are definitely expensive, in fact, Bora Bora is the most expensive destination I think I’ve ever experienced in terms of food and drink prices (and yes, Bora Bora is more expensive than the Maldives).
If you’re eating out at the restaurants at the Four Seasons Bora Bora, dinner will run at least $100 per head without any alcohol. My favorite restaurants at the Four Seasons were the French restaurant and the beach seafood restaurant. Also room service was the most amazing experience. Highly recommend doing room service a night or two of your stay. If you order room service for dinner, it is more like $75 a person without booze. A burger at room service is $40. Cocktails beachside or poolside are $25 each, but the cocktails at the Four Seasons are SO good, made with top shelf alcohol, are strong, so I’ve never loved a $25 cocktail more.
As far as wine goes, a glass will easily set you back $16-$20, and I love the Iconoclast label chardonnay ($90 for a bottle) that is only available at Four Seasons properties (I first discovered it at the Four Seasons Maui – and was addicted!)
PS check out my wine hack on my How to Save Money on Your Trip To Bora Bora article here – these easy tips and tricks saved us so much money on our trip!
What are the best activities to do at the FS Bora Bora and how much do activities cost at the Four Seasons Bora Bora?
You can do as little, or as much, as you feel like in terms of activities in Bora Bora. My fiance and I found ourselves loving the beach, pool, and bungalow so much we hardly wanted to leave! All non-motorized water-sports (such as the Va’a pictured below, paddle-boarding, kayaking, etc.) are all included in your room rate, which is awesome.
If you choose to do an activity like a shark and ray snorkeling excursion (which I highly recommend), you can expect to pay about $100+ per person. If you do something special like a canoe breakfast at your bungalow, it is $250 for 2 people (but beautiful, and so memorable). And there are also options to do private romantic dinners in the sand on the beach.
The arrival: What does it cost for the boat transfer to the Four Seasons Bora Bora from the airport?
The boat transfer is AMAZING, and I do recommend it, but is definitely pricey. It costs about $300 round trip per person. The other way to get to your resort, wherever you stay, is to forego the resort airport transfer and book a private transfer instead. This is significantly cheaper than the resort transfer, and an easy way to save some money on your trip to Bora Bora.
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What does a week long vacation cost at the Four Seasons Bora Bora in total?
All in, a vacation to the Four Seasons Bora Bora for a week would cost around $12,000 at minimum without flights, with that price obviously fluctuating with how many activities you do, how much you drink and eat at the resort, etc. From California, flights to Bora Bora are around $1200-$1500 round trip, and can be less if you’re flexible on when you fly, and we were able to use credit card points for these, which I definitely recommend (check out my list of favorite travel reward credit cards here). So for two people, you’re looking at about $15,000 and up for a week-long vacation.
Kenny wearing his Kenny Flowers ‘All-Inclusives’ swim trunks to match his coconut!
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