The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort & Spa – French Polynesia
Ia orana and maeva to Tahiti’s jewel in the crown, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. Those two Tahitian words mean “greetings” and “welcome,” and mark the beginning of every captivating visit to French Polynesia, the world’s ultimate paradise. In the shadow of Mount Otemanu, by the shores of the most beautiful lagoon on the planet, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort beckons to discerning travelers. A private-island resort with 44 acres of extraordinarily magnificent landscaped grounds, it is a Polynesian dreamland matched with the unsurpassed bespoke signature service that only St. Regis hotels can offer.
Choose a spectacular overwater villa, a pool beach villa, oceanfront retreat villa or the Royal Estate (a 13,000-square-foot distinctive private home); regardless of which gorgeously appointed accommodation imbued with Tahitian tradition becomes home, the gracious service and refinement of The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is always at the ready. Be sure to explore the private “motu” (island) in the lagoonarium where the seductive Miri Miri Spa by Clarins awaits; take time to snorkel in the warm waters of that protected area; or simply relax at the pristine beach, looking out across the aquamarine sea to the spectacular view of Mount Otemanu nearby.
Plan a flawlessly stunning engagement or wedding here, celebrate a honeymoon, renew vows on an anniversary or simply bring the family for an unforgettable and extraordinary holiday – The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort Tahitian experience is always Beyond Expectation.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is the epitome of luxury and exclusivity. This haven of tropical beauty features an ultra private selection of villas that range from 1,550 square feet, to 13,000 square feet. Guests can enjoy a range of facilities including private terraces, gazebos, whirlpools, private gardens, plungepools, private beach access, and much more.
Time suspends in lush contemplation at Miri Miri Spa by CLARINS located on its own ethereal island in the middle of the Resort’s private Lagoonarium, this unique 13,000 square-foot spa is a haven of sun-dappled serenity, where peace and rejuvenation go hand in hand. Its secluded beach, facing the majestic Mount Otemanu as it reflects into the lagoon, engenders a profound sense of our world’s elemental beauty.
“Miri Miri” has two meanings in Tahitian: it is the name of a plant, but also the word for caress.
Exemplary meals are an everyday occurrence at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, with taste delights ranging from the spectacular offerings at world-class Lagoon restaurant helmed by internationally renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The top-notch seafood at Sushi Take Japanese eatery, the mouth-watering Italian specialties served up at Far Niente Ristorante and the refreshing cocktails made by our talented barman at the Aparima Bar.
All the restaurants use as much locally sourced, island-grown premium ingredients as possible, guaranteeing unforgettable dining experiences that are unique to Bora Bora, including Poisson Cru, Tahiti’s national dish.
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Ah, Bora Bora. The stuff of dreams. As you arrive by plane, the view says it all. How not to be mesmerised by this stunning palette of sapphire, indigo and turquoise, all mixed together in modern-art abstractions? And these sand-edged motu (islets) and soaring rainforest-covered basaltic peaks? With such a dreamlike setting, Bora Bora is, unsurprisingly, a honeymooners’ choice. But there’s much more to do than clink glasses with your loved one in a luxurious hotel. The good thing is that you can mix slow-paced sun-and-sand holidays with action-packed adventures. Diving, snorkelling, lagoon tours, hiking and parasailing are readily available. What you shouldn’t expect, though, is a thriving nightlife. Bora Bora is a quiet island. And this dream destination is much more accessible than you think. As well as five-star resorts, a handful of low-key midrange hotels beckon.
Sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons, sultry French Polynesia is a place to take it slow and experience warm, laid-back island culture.
The slim stretches of white-, pink- and black-sand beaches in French Polynesia are really just pretty springboards into the real draw: the lagoons. Most high islands are surrounded by fringing reef that creates a protected swimming pool of the most intense aqua imaginable. Coral atolls have this same calibre of lagoon minus the big island in the middle. Fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more inhabit these clear-water coral gardens that are as excellent for snorkelling as they are for diving and swimming. Surfers ride glassy wave faces at reef passes while kitesurfers fly across the water with the trade winds.
Tahiti: just the word conjures up centuries’ worth of images: hibiscus flowers; bronzed dancers in grass skirts; a humid breeze over turquoise sea. The islands of French Polynesia became legends the minute the first European explorers reached their home shores with tales of a heaven on earth where the soil was fertile, life was simple and lust was guilt-free. While the lingering hype is outdated, French Polynesia is still about as dreamy as reality gets. The lagoons are just as blue but there are freeways, more conservative values and nine-to-five jobs. It’s not the untainted paradise of explorer lore, but at least there’s an internet connection.
To Luxe or Not to Luxe
Over-the-top indulgence has become French Polynesia’s – or more specifically Bora Bora’s – signature, and often overshadows what the rest of the country has to offer. Resorts on the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ are a honeymooner’s dream, with private overwater bungalows and spectacular views of the island’s iconic, square-topped peak. But if this isn’t your cup of coconut water, or not in your budget, don’t let that dissuade you from visiting French Polynesia. Small, family-run lodgings offer a closer-to-the-culture experience for considerably less financial output.