A well-balanced contrast between turquoise and sapphire waters, palm grove covered white beaches and peaks coated with lush tropical forests, carefree lounging in the sun, and diving makes Bora Bora one of the most sought-after luxury travel destinations in the world. Over-water villas and oceanfront residences that seamlessly merge into the surrounding landscape in one of the five-star resorts provide an unrivalled experience that will likely have you wishing you’d never have to leave.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Located on Motu To’opua with an acclaimed lagoon, Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a mere 20-minute boat ride from the Bora Bora Airport. With breathtaking views of the Mount Otemanu volcano and peaceful horizon vista, the resort embraces the Polynesian culture, history, and mythology. Thatched-roof over-water villas sitting on wooden piers offer absolute privacy – even more so as no other properties are visible from this location. The resort boasts 114 suites – 83 over-water bungalows and 22 of these have the additional infinity pools stretched on oceanfront decks.
The interiors are beautifully sleek with a contemporary nude colour palette letting the outside world do the talking. Overwhelming accents are replaced with fresh flower arrangements and oceanfront views steal the spotlight. The resort is equipped with a hilltop spa and an 18-hole mini golf course. Complimentary non-motorised water equipment allows for slow-paced water activities – from kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
The first-class brand that is the Four Seasons is sure to impress in any of its locations, and it has surely made a splash in Bora Bora with its Tahitian-style resort ever since opening in 2008, now marking a decade of excellence. Traditional teak wood furnishing, high ceilings, and pandanus leaf thatched roofs in the 100 bungalows and 7 villas create an authentic experience, and undisturbed views of the dramatic peaks of Bora Bora are both awe-inspiring and lavish.
Everything at this Four Seasons Bora Bora resort is created to implement the uttermost sense of ease, pampering, safety, and tranquillity. All of the bungalow suites and villa accommodations are spacious and thoughtfully planned out. The on-site spa not only offers the most relaxing treatments but the space itself has a temple-like feel to it with its 72-foot ceiling. Activities like snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, parasailing, scuba diving among others as well as the two tennis courts will keep you pleasantly busy.
InterContinental Bora Bora
With the clear, blue lagoon on one side and the South Pacific waters on the other, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa majestically sits in a position which couldn’t be more perfect, offering uninterrupted views of Mount Otemanu. The eco-friendly 5-star resort has 84 spacious over-water villas, all designed in a sleek contemporary island style with thoughtful traditional Polynesian design touches.
All over-water villas have large, furnished sundecks with direct access to the water, as well as an outdoor freshwater shower. Inside a glass-bottomed coffee table doubles up as a window to the lagoon below offering a tranquil experience watching the reef fish. It’s impossible to talk about this spectacular location without mentioning its divine spa – the Thalasso Spa’s Deep Ocean Spa was the first thalassotherapy centre in the South Pacific. Using marine nutrients derived from the surrounding waters, it’s not just about relaxation – the whole experience is healing both for the body and the soul.
Le Méridien Bora Bora
Le Méridien was one of the first resorts to open in Bora Bora and since then it has kept raising the bar of excellence. The 5-star resort, fresh from a recent renovation, is not only located in the most serene location surrounded by cerulean waters and stunning landscape, but also contributes to local wildlife with its Bora Bora Turtle Center and Sanctuary, where hotel guests can gain a deeper understanding of the magnificent, centuries-old creatures that are native to these waters. From the moment you arrive on a boat shuttle to this private islet, you can expect nothing but peaceful luxury and endless tropical vistas.
The resort offers a mix of beach and over-water bungalows. The beach bungalows are set around the inner lagoon and each has a private beach, while the over-water bungalows, set on two large pontoons, have direct access to the warm waters of the lagoon via private deck. On top of that, these feature a large section of glass flooring which allows for uninterrupted underwater views. The interiors are modern with a pop of coral accents and traditional Polynesian elements.
St. Regis Bora Bora
Famously making an appearance in the 2009 movie Couples Retreat, The St. Regis Bora Bora resort is the epitome of island luxury. A 15-minute private boat ride to your own over-water suite or beach villa after being greeted with flower garlands and scented washcloths are only the beginning of a first-class experience you can expect throughout your stay here. St. Regis are experts in delivering only the finest luxury experience, and it’s no exception at its Bora Bora location too. A private butler will ensure that everything during your stay is to your liking, while pool attendants serve you cool drinks.
77 over-water villas and 90 suites altogether are all spacious and soaked in comfort. Expect hardwood floors with glass panels, traditional Polynesian elements adding authenticity, and sundecks with a dining area. The furnishings have bright pops of colour that fit perfectly with the tropical setting. Miri Miri Spa by Clarins offers tranquil relaxation in one of the five private treatment rooms. As expected from St. Regis, the dining options here are some of the best in all of Bora Bora.