BLENDING LUXURY WITH CULTURE AT FOUR SEASONS BORA BORA

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a cultural paradise, a resort that blends the relaxation and tranquility of the South Pacific with the invigorating Polynesian arts of dance, song, cuisine, textiles, seafaring and sport. The Resort combines the highest standards of service with the natural ease and gracious hospitality of Polynesian culture.

Set upon Bora Bora’s surrounding coral atoll, away from the bustle of its mainland, the Resort is a vast tropical grove, replete with coconut palms and pandanus trees. Meandering channels of pure turquoise lead to the property’s main beach or to smaller lagoons, creating secluded private beaches waiting to be discovered. Every vista is breathtaking, and all have been incorporated into the design of the Resort: views of the open water and its vast sky contrast with the lush green of the island’s mainland, capped by the towering monolithic peak of Mount Otemanu (727 metres/ 2,385 feet) and the domed summit of Mount Pahia (658 metres / 2,159 feet.) 

The Resort offers 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, all designed with thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork. Four restaurants, offering a vast selection of creative culinary experiences, from Polynesian to French to traditional favorites, are complemented by special open-air dining, from private oceanside dinners to Tahitian beach parties with musicians and firedancers.

A full-service spa, balanced by the powerful rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and the secluded tranquility of the island’s lagoon – and featuring open-air treatment decks amid the kahaia trees –  offers a combination of relaxation and exhilaration that only Bora Bora’s unique location can provide.

Set upon a sprawling 22 hectares (54 acres), the Resort meets a vast array of needs and accommodates a wide variety of entertainment programs. Facilities for families are unrivalled in the region: a Kids for All Seasons clubhouse with splash pad for children ages 5 – 12 and, for older kids, Chill Island: a private beach and coral lagoon area complete with a clubhouse, cultural activities, volleyball and watersports. The connection Four Seasons has with the island community provides a truly authentic Polynesian experience. Local guides are available for many excursions, as is the Resort’s own marine biologist, providing a wealth of learning opportunities, whether scientific or cultural.

The Villas

The accommodations at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora are designed to immerse guests in the island’s soothing natural oasis.

Situated on one of Bora Bora’s outer motus, the Resort features an unobstructed sunrise view over the Pacific and sunsets over the lagoon and towering Mount Otemanu. The Resort’s living quarters are sustainable designs, defined by the natural light and rhythm of the lagoon.

Traditional thatched-leaf roofs adorn every building at the Resort, made from the leaves of the indigenous pandanus tree, grown on local plantations and woven by local craftsmen. In typical Polynesian fashion, the pandanus leaves overhang on all sides of each building for cover from the tropical sun. Inside, hardwood floors and walls are stained in a light palette that suggests driftwood or coral, while small lagoon windows fill the space with magical, turquoise-tinted sunlight as it reflects off the water. Each bungalow contains two flat-screen televisions, DVD/CD player and video-on-demand, an island rarity. Rooms are appointed with framed indigenous artifacts, from fishing lures fashioned from mother-of-pearl to fans made of coconut palms. All signature Four Seasons beds feature panoramic views of the lagoon, as do large soaking tubs, allowing guests to relax suspended above the lagoon, immersed in Bora Bora’s pristine water, radiance and ocean air. Large sundecks provide chaise lounges, a covered dining area, a ladder to the water below and a rinsing shower.

Each of the Resort’s 100 overwater bungalows measure over 100 square metres (1,100 square feet), and offer pull-out sofas in the living areas to accommodate families. Located on branching piers that extend into the heart of Bora Bora’s inner lagoon at one of its most serene points, guests can view schools of fish below (and even swim among them from their private berth) or gaze above into the star-filled South Pacific night.

The Restaurants

Bora Bora is a place where French, American and Maohi cultures have met, mingled and flourished. The dining experience at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora captures that rich history in culinary form, which Executive Chef Frederic Angevin calls Polynésien moderne: a base of traditional and nouvelle French cuisine, with American-style fusion, featuring the ingredients and flavours of Polynesia and beyond.

Dining options include:

Romantic Beachfront Dinner
The Resort’s grounds offer innumerable palm-shaded hideaways and panoramic views of both the lagoon to the west or the Pacific Ocean to the east. The most romantic and private of experiences is the Romantic Beachfront Dinner. Begin with a sunset cocktail and canapés on lounge chairs, before moving to a specially decorated table on the sand, where you will be served a romantic dinner by candlelight - complete with Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, a dedicated waiter, and live entertainment. Guests may also choose this dining experience to be served on the private deck of their overwater bungalow or on our private Sunset Motu.

Polynesian Dinner Show
This weekly event is set on the Otemanu Beach, alongside the inner lagoon and is a feast for all senses. Dinner is served family-style to tables of 10, while Polynesian performers sing, dance and play music. The evening ends with a spectacular fire dance performance – this is a night to remember, and an experience to be had by all.

Tere Nui
An open-air restaurant with a 180-degree vista featuring the lagoon, the beach and Mount Otemanu, Tere Nui - a Tahitian term meaning “great voyage” - allows for the island’s natural fragrance to mix with the aromas of fine cuisine. Sea breezes and plantation-style ceiling fans add to the airy ambience. Tere Nui serves a spectacular breakfast buffet, with fresh fruits from around the world, freshly baked goods, an omelette station and traditional favorites. Evenings are graced with culinary creations from the Grill (with a live action station in which guests choose their proteins, which are then cooked to order.) Weekly themed dinners include an Asian Noodle Night (featuring made to order pasta bar) and BBQ Night, both fun and festive occasions with live food stations.

Arii Moana
The Arii Moana restaurant, which takes its name from the Tahitian phrase meaning “King of the Lagoon,” is a Signature cuisine option. Overlooking the still waters of the lagoon, its thatched roof is held aloft by two 12-metre pillars (40-foot) of solid merbau timber. Guests may choose to dine in one of three dining environments throughout their stay: in the rich, blue-floored dining room, on the loungy restaurant terrace, or even al fresco, close to the water’s edge. Arii Moana offers a menu highlighting the coming together of French and Polynesian cuisines and offers such specialties as Pan-Seared Foie Gras with truffle and porcini mushrooms and coconut cream; Crunchy Moorea Shrimp with vegetables and vanilla vinaigrette; Colorado Lamb Loin & Chimichurri, with Piperade, crushed potatoes and black olives. Arii Moana serves dinner only.

The Spa

Situated on the high summit of the Resort’s motu, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is where the forces of energy and relaxation meet in harmony — where the surging, raw power of the ocean meets the lagoon’s tranquility, capturing the unique balance that defines Bora Bora. With its soaring 22-metre (72-foot) ceiling, the Spa provides a depth of view in all directions, surrounded by native trees and the fragrance of the kahaia blossom. To the east the vast Pacific tide breaks upon the reef, each wave revealing a different colour as it reflects the tropical sun: shades of azure, ultramarine, cobalt. To the west lies the sheltered, verdant serenity of the lagoon.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with an herbal infusion and scented cooling towel. In preparation for their treatment, guests are guided to the water experiences, where they relax in the vitality pool, steam room and sensory shower. A short time in the relaxation room is the final step in preparation, ensuring the mind and body are at ease and ready for therapy.

The South Pacific has a rich history, called taurumi, of passing down the art of healing massage and therapeutic treatments from generation to generation. It also offers a veritable trove of natural therapies, extracted from native fruits, herbs and other elements that harness the islands’ energy and flourish in its midst. Kahaia flowers are one of the most renowned in Polynesia for their healing powers, and are used throughout the treatments offered by The Spa. Monoi oil, produced by combining native tiare flowers with the natural oil of local coconut, has been used for skin care by generations of Polynesians, a people known for their youthful appearance. Black pearl powder, or parau, is used in skin treatment for its exfoliating and revitalizing attributes.

The islands’ native vanilla has long been known to traditional medicine for its ability to deepen breathing, as well as for its energizing and aphrodisiac qualities. Sandalwood and frangipani are among the other native scents incorporated into spa therapies. Volcanic basalt forms the foundation of hot stone treatments, sea salt the key element of exfoliating scrubs, and seaweed the basis of full-body wrap treatments.

The Spa’s signature two-hour treatment is: Kahaia Haven Ritual.

Restore inner balance with this life-embracing treatment, ideal for sharing with a loved one in one of our double treatment rooms. Experience a truly divine ritual that is idyllic, luxurious, unforgettable and true. A skin-smoothing body treatment begins with cleansing using naturally exfoliating apricot kernel and aloe, intertwined with legendary Tahitian black pearl powder and native fragrant vanilla. Once the skin is prepared, an exquisite volcanic hot stone massage follows. Designed to maintain equilibrium and inner harmony, this ancient therapy, known as ofai in the South Pacific, grounds and centres the mind and body, ensuring physical and emotional balance. This two-hour ritual concludes with a holistic and de-stressing express facial, rich in antioxidants and plant extracts, ensuring the skin is hydrated, nourished and renewed.

High-level treatments include Balinese and Thai massage, Shiatsu, Watsu, reflexology and cranio-sacral massage. Private and group yoga sessions are also available for all levels.

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Complementary WI-FI available for guests;
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Both tennis and beach volleyball courts are located nearby for those in the mood for a little competition. For tennis, the QuickCourt surface provides a cushioned hardcourt suitable for allweather play, while the volleyball surface is, of course, Bora Bora’s fine white coral sand;
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Bora Bora also offers a wealth of cultural treasures ready to be discovered. Explore the art and science involved in cultivating the Tahitian black pearl, one of the world’s rarest and most valuable gems. Take a dance course and learn the steps to the ‘aparima, the hivinau and the ote’a. Hand dye a Polynesian pareu, or sarong;
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Complimentary bicycles are available at the Four Seasons Harbour on the Bora Bora mainland for those who wish to tour the island’s breezy 32-kilometre (19-mile) ring road, stopping at the Lagoonarium to swim with sea turtles;

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