Few places in the world have the power to touch you before you’ve even arrived and to leave you planning your return before you’ve said your goodbyes. Deep in the South Pacific, on the stunning island of Bora Bora, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora does just that. It’s paradise found, and it manages to enchant its guests the moment they step on the arrival dock.
The Four Seasons brand is synonymous with luxurious accommodations, attentive service, and all-around comforts made for pampering, regardless of the destination. When you add Bora Bora into the mix, with its natural beauty and off-the-grid luxury, it’s nothing short of pure vacation magic.
Getting to this fairy-tale resort is not for the travel-timid and involves at least two plane rides, but I can tell you with every confidence that your clients will never regret the journey. The instant sense of relaxation and significant change of pace in Bora Bora is undeniable. And it’s just what your clients will be looking for in a post-pandemic world (we traveled during the pandemic and felt safe and at ease).
Rooms for Daydreaming
The villas at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, both overwater and on land, are among the most Instagram-worthy on the island. All of the accommodations radiate a feeling of barefoot luxury with Polynesian touches and elegant teak furnishings. Finding a room to accommodate families can prove to be quite challenging throughout French Polynesia, where overwater bungalows were originally designed with couples in mind. However, at the Four Seasons resort you actually have options for your client’s stay, regardless of the size of their group—and I hate to say it, but the decision is not an easy one to make.
Your clients can choose to wake up and jump off the deck of their overwater accommodations for a swim before breakfast, or to sip their coffee and enjoy a morning meditation on their private stretch of sand in a Beach Estate. Or like us, they can split their time and enjoy both.
If they’ve never experienced sleeping overwater, then this is definitely a top recommendation. Situated directly above the turquoise waters of the Bora Bora Lagoon, the Overwater Bungalow Suites offer direct access to the ocean with stunning views from private terraces. The 2-bedroom accommodations span over 2200 sq. ft. and are comprised of two bungalows connected via an expansive deck with multiple seating nooks, lounge chairs, a dining area, and a private plunge pool. Your clients can even have breakfast delivered to their villa by Polynesian canoe.
If clients prefer staying on land, book a 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom beachfront accommodation for the ultimate in luxury and seclusion. These spacious villas boast sizable indoor/outdoor living spaces, a dedicated villa host and a private beach set up to their liking, with hammocks, paddleboards, kayaks, and sand toys for the little ones. There’s also a large infinity pool and a full outdoor kitchen where they can request a chef-hosted dinner. These perfectly appointed Beach Estates are plush and comfortable, and larger groups or families are sure to find everything for a flawless vacation.
Adventures in Paradise
The island of Bora Bora is an adventurer’s paradise. Your clients can do as much or as little as they want—the Four Seasons staff will take their cues from them.
They can stroll through the palm-fringed paths that meander through the property, snorkel the coral gardens in the lagoons, or take a tennis lesson with a renowned tennis pro. For more unique activities, there’s jet boarding, exploring the main island by ATV, getting a bird’s-eye view of Bora Bora during a helicopter tour, or going underwater on a submarine scooter. Whatever their pleasure, make sure they leave some time for relaxing at the amazing onsite spa. My recommendation for an out-of-this-world treatment? The Golden Sun Ritual, which uses a signature 24-carat gold oil to regenerate the skin with a golden glow.
For those traveling with children, the Kids For All Seasons at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is arguably the most complete program for children in French Polynesia. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it offers a weekly schedule with unique daily activities, including snorkeling with a resident marine biologist, making Polynesian handicrafts, or even competing in a hermit crab race. What’s more, kids will love the lively playroom with video games and the outdoor playground, which boasts a large splash pad, where parents have been known to join in the fun.
The dining options at the resort are nothing short of astounding: fine French cuisine from Arii Moana, local Tahitian seafood served family-style at Fare Hoa Beach Bar & Grill, eclectic Asian cuisine at Vaimiti, and even a romantic private island dinner and show. There’s even an island version of a food truck for a quick snack or ice cream treat.
The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is truly a bucket list destination. Its versatility is beyond impressive. Regardless of your client’s group size or their reason for visiting, you can’t go wrong recommending this little slice of paradise.
This story originally appeared in worldstompers.com, a family travel website created to inspire families with kids to expand their idea of adventures. You can follow the adventures of the Bazavilvazo family @worldstompers on Instagram and The Worldstompers on Facebook.