Dreaming of a trip to Bora Bora but struggling between staying at The St. Regis vs. The Four Seasons? The battle of the Bora Bora resorts is on and having stayed at both, we’ve got the answers to your questions!
Views: Wherever you may be on the Four Seasons property, such as the pool or the restaurants, you can fully see the magnificent Mt. Otemanu. At the St. Regis, the view changes depending on where you are. For example at breakfast, you can barely see the mountain. The Four Seasons has unparalleled views of Mt. Otemanu and trumps this category completely.
Service/Food: The St. Regis has an impressive Lagoon restaurant with a partial glass floor bottom. There are sharks that swim in an enclosed area under the restaurant. It’s unlike anything the Four Seasons offers. It’s an impressive experience but beware the food is gourmet and picky eaters may have adversity to the menu! If you choose to stay at the Four Seasons, you can opt to take a boat (with a price point) to the Lagoon restaurant given the two resorts are next door to each other. You could even paddle board over in your dress attire to save money- kidding, kidding. If you attempt this, please do send me a photo! Overall, we felt The Four Seasons had a slight edge on quality and variety of food as well as service.
Activities: Both properties offer stand up paddle board but as far as overall water activities, the St. Regis out performs the Four Seasons. The St. Regis offers large aqua bikes and a hobie cat sail boat. Given the St. Regis beach is tucked into it’s own little bay, the hobie cat experience is stunning. The St. Regis also offers bikes (for little kids as well) to make your way around the property. Riding your bike to breakfast from your overwater bungalow is heavenly. BUT, Four Seasons is supposed to be adding bikes to their property as well. Both properties offer a safe lagoon to swim in, but the St. Regis lagoon precedes the Four Seasons. It’s longer and appears to offer more aquatic life. The only area in which we feel the Four Seasons trumps St. Regis activity wise is the kids club. The St. Regis kids club is far away from the beach and pool- it was harder to check in with our kiddo. The Four Seasons kids club is located at the pool and offered more structured activities.
Rooms: It’s true, the St. Regis overwater bungalows (OWB) are larger than the Four Seasons but in all honesty, it feels like wasted space. The Four Seasons room are thoughtfully designed, especially in their closet space. Four Seasons is currently undergoing an extensive OWB renovation as well.
Lastly, let’s talk about the type of clientele each resort attracts. The Four Seasons crowd can be pretentious, flashy, and high maintenance. If you have the ability to ignore and find amusement in those types, you’ll be just fine. The St. Regis crowd feels grateful and humble to be experiencing the wonders of Bora Bora. Interested in seeing a celebrity? We saw one at the St. Regis and MANY at the Four Seasons (over the holiday time period). If you can only choose one to stay at, our vote is Four Seasons Bora Bora. To experience the best of both worlds, stay for a few nights at the St. Regis and end with a few nights at the Four Seasons. It will feel like two completely different vacations despite being next door to each other.
(All photos in this post are from the St. Regis Bora Bora property. To view the Four Seasons Bora Bora property, check out our separate blog post.)
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Until next time, The O’Leary Family