Imagine a secluded island, surrounded by clear blue waters, with miles of white sand beaches and lush vegetation. Now, imagine staying in a luxury resort on that island, whether it be alone, with your partner, or with the whole family. The perfect destination vacation awaits on Bora Bora, an island in the Pacific Ocean that is part of French Polynesia. This island is absolutely stunning, as it is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef.
At the center of Bora Bora are two mountain peaks, as well as pristine rainforests that cover the whole of the island. It’s a place of both luxury and wilderness. The climate is warm all year round, with mild winters that rarely get below 70 degrees. This tropical climate, surrounding protective reef and the endless beaches, makes Bora Bora the perfect tropical vacation spot.
With this island being less than 150 sq. miles, you’ll want to pick the perfect resort for your needs so you can spend your time enjoying everything that Bora Bora has to offer. Each resort offers something unique to its guests, and you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best for whatever vacation that you’re looking to have.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Bora Bora:
1. Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort
Located on Matira Bay, the Marara Beach Resort is a luxury hotel with pristine beaches, nestled between the clear blue waters of the island’s surrounding lagoons and the lush, tropical gardens. The accommodations here are luxury bungalows, where guests will be able to indulges in views of the ocean of the manicured tropical gardens.
French cuisine and polynesian dishes come together at the Marara Beach Resort, with the onsite international restaurant. There is also a pool bar where guests can get drinks and snacks without ever leaving the poolside. Relax your days away at the onsite spa, or spend time in the pool. Guests are also welcome to explore the surrounding beaches and waters with snorkeling or Polynesia canoes.
2. InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
This resort is for those seeking an intimate experience for their vacation. Perfect for couples, The InterContinental Le Moana Resort is located on the southernmost point of the island. Guests here will be able to stay in luxury, over-the-water bungalows and get up close and personal with the marine life, seeming to float above the clear blue waters.
The onsite restaurant, Noa Noa, is where guests will be able to get a taste of the French-inspired dishes, along with local cuisine and international delights. There are also themed dinners that are preformed bi-weekly. Along with a wellness spa, the Le Moana Resort offers snorkel equipment, canoes and paddleboards for those who can’t wait to hit the nearby beach for some water sports.
3. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort
A ten-minute boat ride from the airport on Motu Tevaiora, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is located perfectly for both privacy as well as quick access to the mainland. The coral islet that the resort is located on has no neighbors, allowing guests the ultimate private island feeling while also being able to explore the rest of Bora Bora at their leisure. The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort has over the water bungalows, as well as garden pool villas.
With three dining venues to choose from, guests will be able to dine on French-Polynesian and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also 24-hour room service for those who want to take their meals back to their over-the-water suites. For the guests who want to stay at the resort, there is a spa, a sauna, and even a tattoo parlor, as well as snorkeling equipment and an open-air cinema.
4. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Perfect for all your family vacation needs, the Four Seasons Resort is surrounded by the beautiful lagoon and coral reef, with sandy islets and a real tropical paradise feeling. The Four Seasons has one, two or three-bedroom beachfront villas, and one or two-bedroom over the water bungalow suites.
With three onsite restaurants, guests will be able to have their choice of French-Polynesia island cuisine. Guests can enjoy the gourmet environment with open air seating and views of the ocean, or they can have 24-hour room service delivered to their suite. The onsite, holistic spa offers all kinds of island treatments, along with couples’ treatments. There are also events specifically geared towards kids, so the whole family will have something fun to do.
5. InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
This is a luxurious, eco-friendly resort located on Motu Piti Aau, facing inward towards the main island with stunning views of the rising Mount Otemanu. The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort is surrounded by blue waters and tropical gardens. This resort is more intimate, with 80 overwater villas for a unique guest experience.
Guests will have their pick of dishes here, with gourmet French dining, delicious American breakfasts and BBQ buffets. This resort tries to showcase the best of French-Polynesian cuisine, while still giving guests a range of tastes. Along with the Thalasso Spa, this resort also features a Lagoonarium, which features 200 species of marine life, including a sting-ray touch pool.
6. Le Meridien Bora Bora
A paradise escape, Le Meridien is located on an islet, surrounded by the lagoon and sandy beaches and contemporary Polynesia architecture and interior design. This resort has 99 bungalows, many of which that are over-the-water and with glass-bottoms, so guests will be able to get up close and personal with the turquoise waters of the lagoon.
Dine on French-Polynesia cuisine at a candlelit fine dining restaurant, or buffet style. You can also enjoy two bars on site, where you can get drinks and casual dining. Le Meridien Resort offers a unique array of activities, such as the Bora Bora Turtle center where guests will be able get up close and personal with the marine life.
7. St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
St. Regis Resort is a private island escape, with 44 acres of manicured tropical gardens, nestled against a white sand beach and overlooking the picturesque lagoon. Guests have the choice of fantastic villas, with an over-the-water villa or a beach front villa. Or, for discerning guests who are traveling with a large group, you can stay at the Royal estate.
There are three onsite restaurants for guests to choose from, with cuisine that ranges from the French-Polynesian island cultural dishes, to fresh seafood with all locally sourced and island-grown ingredients. St. Regis Resort has a luxury spa for the guests who would like to spend their vacation recuperating from a long year. There are also excellent nearby watersports, tours and excursions for guests looking for a little bit of excitement.
8. Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Guests who choose the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island will get the most exclusive and luxury experience. A 20-minute cruise will bring you to a private island islet surrounded by the lagoon protecting the mainland of Bora Bora. Luxuriate in a garden bungalow, or get that fantastic experience of an over-the-water bungalow.
The onsite restaurant, Manu Tuki, is a dining venue with international cuisine and an open-air environment where guests will be able to eat alongside the waters of the lagoon, with the sight of the mainland in the distance. The private island experience isn’t complete without a trip to the spa, which has island-inspired treatments that everyone can enjoy.
9. Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Nestled in a private cove between the tropical vegetation of a rolling hill and the clear blue waters of the lagoon, the Conrad Bora Bora Nui resort is perfect for a private, secluded island getaway. Guests have the choice of a beach villa, a king garden villa or an over-the water villa where you can step right out into the blue lagoon waters.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui has six different and unique on-site restaurants for guests to indulge all their dining desires. Guests are free to choose from fine, gourmet dining and French-Polynesian cuisine, to casual lounges that have international favorites. There’s fun for the whole family at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, with miniature golf course for children, and a kid’s club with outdoor play activities. For parents, there is an invigorating hilltop spa.
10. Matira Hotel
On Matira point rests Matira Hotel, with a pristine beach and the tips of the volcanic peaks as a backdrop to the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon. This is another island paradise that is perfect for those seeking and exclusive experience, with 14 bungalows either along the beach, with a garden or lagoon view, or several alongside the road.
Only a short walk from the reception area, Matira Hotel has a restaurant where lunch and dinner are served with French a la carte meals. Guests are also welcome to order room service, and are delivered their breakfast right to their bungalow. For fun, explore the rest of the island of Bora Bora with an island tour, or see the marine life with a glass-boat lagoon tour.
11. Blue Heaven Island
Get the ultimate exclusive experience at Blue Heaven island. Nestled on a quaint, private island across from the mainland of Bora Bora, this resort has five family bungalows that are designed with authentic, Polynesian architecture, while still having all the luxury amenities that the modern traveler loves. This eco-friendly resort using solar panels, and rainwater for their non-potable water supply.
Blue Heaven Island offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with delicious French-Polynesian style. There are also vegetarian dishes available for everyone’s different dietary needs. This island paradise offers both water and land activities, with kayaking and paddle-boarding, and tours through the mainland of Bora Bora’s stunning rainforest and volcanic peaks.
12. Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora
Located on Matira beach, this resort is a magical paradise getaway, surrounded by the waters of the lagoon and the nearby tropical gardens. It’s on the main island of Bora Bora, located near shops and restaurants around the town of Vaitape. Guests can enjoy the beautiful garden or lagoon view from the luxurious guest rooms and suites.
All guests get daily, free breakfast with their stay. They also have access to the onsite restaurant of Haere Mai, with features French-Polynesian meals. Guests can explore both the main island of Bora Bora with outdoor tours, or take to the waters with boat rentals or keep sea fishing and scuba diving.
13. Chez Nono
Nestled along Matira’s white sand beach, Chez Nono is a perfect little hideaway surrounded by the waters of the lagoon and shadowed by the tremendous mountain peaks in the distance. The accommodations include guests houses, bungalows and villas. This is the perfect place to bring the whole family, as the nearby waters are shallow and excellent for children to play in.
This small resort has no breakfast, but there are restaurants nearby within a two-minute walk, as well as a grocery store 10 minutes away for all your food and snack needs. Along with the beautiful beaches and the shallow lagoon, guests can take a motorized boat tour out into the waters and see the marine life face to face.
14. Oa Oa Lodge
Located less than a mile away from Vaitape in Bora Bora, the Oa Oa Lodge is a lovely island getaway that offers free airport shuttle services to and from the international airport just under 4 miles away. This waterfront property is perfect for couples, with over the water bungalows that look out into the endless skies and glistening waters of the surrounding lagoon.
Although there are no restaurants onsite, there are many dining venues within walking distance, making this the perfect place to come and explore the island paradise of Bora Bora on your own. Nearby activities are waiting for the adventurous guests, such as land and water excursions for those looking to explore all of Bora Bora’s natural beauties.
15. Village Temanuata
This is a family-own hotel, and it’s located on Pointe Matira. It’s a secluded little resort, with a knack of that tropical island private feeling. There are only 11 bungalows for guests, so that those who are seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the real world or other tourist locations can do so in the quiet privacy of this secluded beachfront property.
Breakfast is available for all guests, and there are restaurants within walking distance that will fill you up with all of their local island cuisine. From Village Temanuata, guests can take an excursion through the forests, or enjoy a day trip by boat to one of the surrounding islets. And for those who are especially adventurous, try shark feeding or jet-skiing.