Four Seasons Resort – Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Has anyone ever asked you to describe something you feel is almost indescribable? Something you absolutely adore, but words don’t even do it justice. That’s what I’m about to do here folks; put words to our favorite spot ever (well, so far)- the breathtaking Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. So bare with me, as I attempt to make the indescribable describable!

You know the saying, “is it all it’s cracked up to be?” When people ask about this destination, the first thing I usually say is “it IS all it’s cracked up to be and more.” It’s worth every penny you spend and every hour it takes to get there. From Boston it’s 8 hours to LAX, 8 hours to Tahiti, 1 hour to Bora Bora and then (the best) boat ride to your hotel. When you land in Bora Bora, the Four Seasons places a flower lei around your neck; smell the Tahitian gardenia flowers for the first time and all that travel time will wash away.

Getting to the hotel: Your journey to the resort begins on the Four Seasons private boat (pictured above). It’s mezmerizing to be gliding across clear blue waters and admiring Mt. Otemanu. Having also stayed at the St. Regis Resort in Bora Bora, I can assure you the Four Seasons has the edge on prime overall views of Mt. Otemanu. See that view from the pool below, you won’t find that elsewhere. That’s us (well two out of three, someone has to take the photos!) We’re “jumping into 2019” because in a new year, it’s best to plunge forward with your dreams. There’s no more fitting place to dream than the Four Seasons Bora Bora.

Rooms: Opt for the Overwater Bungalow (OWB) among anything else. That’s what Bora Bora is known for and it does not fall short of fascinating. The Four Seasons is currently renovating all of their OWB’s, so although they’re slightly worn, they’ll be first-rate shortly. Plenty of storage space allows for your attire, but there are FREE washing machines and dryers on the boardwalk as well. Be aware that some of the OWB’s are a trek from the main hotel area so if you have kids, it’s best to request one not too far out. Golf carts can drive you to and from and rumor has it they are also adding bikes to the property. But, be sure to walk to your OWB following dinner- it’s as if you’re walking on water under the stars.

Food: Fresh pineapple juice, yellowfin tuna, lagoon fish, and poisson cru are just a few to name. But if you prefer burgers or tacos, those are on the list as well. As a dessert connoisseur, the chocolate lava cake was heavenly. The service at this resort is first-class and you can’t beat seeing the fish you’ll eat for lunch being brought in by boat.

Kids Club: Art activities, a scavenger hunt around the property, board games, the list goes on and on. Our 4 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed her time out of the sun here. On certain nights they offer a movie by the pool with endless amounts of freshly popped popcorn.

Beach/pool: Play a game of giant beach jenga, learn how to make your own Tahitian flower crown, or master a few ukulele cords. Forgot your sunscreen? No worries- you can find free sunscreen all around. It smells lovely, but beware it could turn your bathing suit a bit yellow! Catch the sunset from one of the restaurants, all with ocean/Mt. Otemanu views. You’ll experience colors of purple and orange you’ve never seen before. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings- we saw Meghan Trainor, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, among others.

Must do excursion: Swimming with the sharks and stingrays is a necessity. Yes that says swimming with sharks, but if welcoming sharks exist, these are them. Put your nerves aside for this majestic adventure. If my ambivalent 4 year old can do it, anyone can. It’s almost as if she knew this experience would be like no other.

Following our two week trip, my cheeks hurt from immense smiling. How often can you say that about an experience in your life? Wake up to literal rainbows and sunshine. And good luck finding something that compares; I challenge you!

More info: For all of our Four Seasons Bora Bora pictures and videos visit our social media sites. You’ll see a video of our Overwater Bungalow, a huge pod of swimming dolphins, the breathtaking colors of the water, and much more.

Four Seasons Bora Bora website

Until next time, The O’Leary Family

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