Bora Bora archipelago French Polynesia’s most famous destination, with good reason. It partners white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters with rainforest-covered basaltic peaks. Bora Bora is no longer just for honeymooners. It is an ideal location for mixing luxury and pampering with outdoor discovery and adventure.
- Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Spa starting from $700 per night
- Conrad Bora Bora Nui starting from $660 per night
- Four Season Resort Bora Bora starting from $600 per night
- InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa starting from $900 per night
- Le Meridien Bora Bora starting from $530 per night
- Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa starting from $650 per night
- St Regis Bora Bora Resort starting from $900 per night
- About Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Spa starting from $700 per night
Nestled on the pristine Pearl Beach on the Tevairoa inlet, you can book yourself into a classic overwater bungalow, or grab a beach suite that opens onto the beachfront on one side and into the resort’s tropical garden on the other. It is this combination of shallow, clean beachfront and lush gardens that make this resort something special.
You need never leave the resort if you don’t want to. It has three restaurants and two bars, a spa offering treatments in the Tahitian Taurumi tradition, and all the fitness and water-sport facilities that you would expect. If you do decide to venture out, it is only a 15-minute boat ride across the lagoon to the village of Vaitape.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui starting from $660 per night
This was the first resort to offer the overwater bungalows that are now famous in Bora Bora. But it hasn’t rested on its laurels, and it is still one of the best places to stay. The resort occupies almost half a mile of beachfront property on the To’opua inlet. It has a particularly private and tranquil vibe; you cannot see or hear any other resorts from here. It has views over the open ocean rather than the rest of Bora Bora.
The resort has a number of restaurants and bars on site, but really you can eat anywhere. All food and cocktails can be brought to your room or delivered beachside. It has all the spa, fitness and water-sport activities that you would expect, plus an unexpected 18-hole mini golf course. Golf carts are also used to travel around the resort.
Four Season Resort Bora Bora starting from $600 per night
You read the name Four Seasons and might expect something similar to what you find in New York or Paris. But while the brand ensures the quality of the resort, it manages a distinctively Tahitian feel. The resort offers desirable overwater bungalows, an impressive list of restaurants, and more activities than you could do in a month, including yoga or a session with their resident marine biologist. If you are travelling with kids, this is a great choice.
The onsite Kahai Spa feels like a cathedral dedicated to relaxation and you can get a message with monoi oil that contains flecks of 24-carat gold. If you are looking for a more active trip it also has a state-of-the-art fitness centre, water-sports, tennis, classes, and the impeccable staff can help organise any kind of activity available in the area. This is the place to stay if you want to feel secure and pampered.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa starting from $900 per night
One of two InterContinental properties in Bora Bora, this is their flagship resort. You can book a combination stay if you want to split your visit between different locations in Bora Bora. The second hotel is at Le Moana on the main island. The Thalasso resort overlooks Bora Bora and offers stunning views of the ocean and the green mountains of the island itself.
The resort offers all the expected water activities, and many travellers staying at other points in the area will arrive here to enjoy the superior activities, including shark and ray feeding. The resort restaurants are surprisingly affordable, if a little predictable in their offer.
Le Meridien Bora Bora starting from $530 per night
Located in Bora Bora’s blue lagoon, you can stay in an overwater bungalow with glass panels in the floor that allow you to enjoy the ocean at any moment, and make the most of the resort facilities on the sandy beach. The resort also has its own private lagoon which has been developed as a turtle sanctuary since 1999.
The resort has spa facilities, fitness and water-sport facilities, bars and restaurants, everything you need for a relaxing getaway. A highlight is the Miki Miki Bar, which is design as the prow of a ship. It is the perfect location for cocktails while watching the sunset over the Bora Bora horizon.
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa starting from $650 per night
Part of the Relais & Chateaus resort family, you know that this 5-star resort and spa will be high-quality. Located on a white sand inlet, you can book yourself into a gorgeous overwater bungalow, or a villa with private plunge pool closer to the lush tropical vegetation. The whole resort features traditional Polynesian architecture and décor, which gives the space a local ambience.
The resort has three restaurants and two bars. The Tavai Spa offers a variety of treatments using locally made ingredients. There is a fitness centre and scuba centre, and the friendly multilingual staff can organise day trips or offer snorkelling gear and paddle boards free to use.
St Regis Bora Bora Resort starting from $900 per night
Opened in 2006, this luxury brand hotel is located on one of Bora Bora’s best beaches. It also offers the largest overwater bungalows of all the resorts in the area. The resort sacrifices on some authentic Polynesian ambience in order to ensure its signature luxury feel, but the spectacular views more than make up for it.
The 44-acre resort features four restaurants, including the Lagoon, a gastronomic restaurant run by Vongerichten and featuring both French and Polynesian cuisine. It also features the Miri Miri Spa, has two pools, a complete suite of fitness studios, complimentary bikes, and access to Jet Skis for the more adventurous.
About Bora Bora, French Polynesia
At just over 18 miles in circumference and home to only around 9,000 people, Bora Bora is nevertheless Tahiti’s most visited island. It features pristine white-sand beaches, lagoons packed with tropical fish, and contrasting greenery over Mt. Otemanu, a dominating 7,822-foot peak.
The area is famous for its luxury resorts that offer overwater bungalows and traditional Polynesian massages and treatments. It is also the ideal location for snorkelling, scuba diving and paddle boarding. Grab a jet-skiing or organise a mountain walk if you are up for something more energetic.
There are no cities. The main village is called Vaitape, where you can find traditional handicrafts and a few excellent restaurants and bars.