Luxury Resorts: The St. Regis Bora Bora is the perfect amalgamation of five-star accommodations, world-class service, exhilarating activities and tantalizing meals. This 44-acre South Pacific paradise has views of Bora Bora and Mount Otemanu and is surrounded by powdery white sand beaches and a tranquil, crystal clear blue lagoon.
The all-suite resort has 30 bungalows and 70 over-water villas. The options include Spa Beach Villa, Over-Water Bungalows, Deluxe Over-Water Bungalows and Premier Over-Water Bungalows. Of the different villas at the resort, eight villas have terrace Jacuzzis, five are two-bedroom over-water villas with private swimming pools, and 11 one-bedroom villas and two two-bedroom villas are located on the beach. All of the villas and bungalows are large ranging in size from 1,550 square feet to the 13,000 square feet royal estate. All are equipped with plasma TVs, iPod adapters, DVD players and butler service. The décor is a luxurious combination of Balinese and Thai influences that fits the upscale but easy beach vibe perfectly.
My husband and I stayed in one of the Over-Water Bungalows and were extremely impressed with the large size of the villa and its luxurious décor. The bathroom is spacious to say the least, with a Jacuzzi bathtub, a beautiful separate stone shower and his and her sinks. The living room has a glass bottom where you can see tropical fish swimming at any time of the day or night. Our private patio was also impressive and spacious with room for entertaining several guests. There is a lower deck with two lounge chairs and end tables, and a covered upper deck for in-room dining (which I highly recommend!). The water under and around the bungalows is about 10 feet deep so it is safe and convenient to dive right off of your room into the beautiful turquoise water. Closet space was a bit tight but not a problem as the year-round balmy climate does not require many wardrobe changes.
The resort boasts three restaurants including the Lagoon restaurant by noted chef Jean- Georges Vongerichten. Lagoon is located over water with completely unobstructed views of Mount Otemonu across the Bora Bora lagoon. There is an outside deck that is perfect for watching the sunset while sipping one of the tasty cocktails that are served. The menu is gourmet, emphasizes local seafood, and changes constantly. We dined at Lagoon twice and were impressed with everything that came out of the kitchen. The service was efficient and attentive, and our servers offered great recommendations. Lagoon also has a wonderful wine list.
Sushi Take is the first sushi restaurant in Bora Bora. The menu is traditional sushi prepared with freshly caught local seafood. There are only 20 tables at this restaurant so I strongly suggest making a reservation.
Te Pahu serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a spacious area that opens to the beach and private St. Regis Lagoon. The breakfast buffet is wonderful with fresh juices, fresh pastries, various meats and a chef to prepare eggs to your liking. Lunch and dinner are also very good with menus that are comprised of grilled fish and meats, sandwiches, vegetables and salads. Everything is seasoned to perfection with fresh herbs.
There are numerous activities at the St. Regis. There are two pools and two swimming beaches where guests can check out kayaks, snorkel gear and canoes free of charge. Scuba diving, fishing, jet skiing and other activities can be arranged with the concierge. I strongly recommend the scuba diving with sharks just outside the reef entrance to Bora Bora, which guests can do without a certification. The myriad of fish, sting rays, reef and lemon sharks that occupy the reef are breathtaking and the water is warm and clear. While the idea of diving with numerous sharks may sound daunting, our instructor Ben quickly put us at ease with endless stories of his daily scuba diving and calm instructions. The St. Regis also has a complimentary grass tennis court and fitness center for guests who choose to stay on land.
The Spa Miri Miri is the perfect end to a day in the sun. It is located on its own private island in the lagoon with a small swim beach and deck for diving. Traditional and contemporary Tahitian treatments are offered including facials, waxing, body wraps, massages, manicures and pedicures. I recommend the relaxing massages, which are given by pleasant and capable therapists who will change pressure according to your desires. Be sure to make a reservation, as there are only seven treatment rooms and they fill up quickly.
The St. Regis Bora Bora is truly the trip of a lifetime. The beauty, elegance and luxury of the resort set a new standard in five-star accommodations while the scenery, smells and sounds of this spectacular vacation will be burned in my memory forever.