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Paradise Found: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Beach bed at Four Seasons Bora Bora

On a recent Paul Gauguin cruise of French Polynesia, the number one must-do on my list was a site inspection at a specific hotel in Bora Bora. As it turns out, I was not the only travel agent on the cruise who had that idea.

I quickly learned that it was not only the destination that was fabulous—so was getting there! Three of us ladies were picked up at the pier in town and whisked to the resort in a fast runabout. For 25 minutes, the skipper carved our way through crystal-clear South Pacific waters of almost every color blue, or so it seemed.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

We approached the hotel’s dock to see staff members, with leis in hand, awaiting our arrival. I was the first off the boat. As a fragrant lei was slipped around my neck, I was greeted with, “Welcome, Mrs. Scheck.”

“There were three of us on the boat. How did you know that I’m Mrs. Scheck?”

This is the Four Seasons. We do our homework.”

It was like a dream for me to finally see Four Seasons Bora Bora. I couldn’t help thinking of it as Paradise Found.

Private beach at Four Seasons Bora Bora

Hammock at a villa at Four Seasons Bora Bora

How could this not be the ScheckTrek Pick for Bora Bora? For one thing, it has what I believe to be the most fabulous pool setting I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

Fabulous swimming pool at Four Seasons Bora Bora

For those who prefer the spa, this one is open to all guests of the hotel. What a view, overlooking the lagoon, with Mount Oteman in the background!

Spa pool at Four Seasons Bora Bora

My friend Karen and I were given the opportunity to enjoy the property for a couple of hours at the end of our tour. The water is perfect! Perfect temperature. Perfect clarity.

Beach & tiny private island at Four Seasons Bora Bora

And how perfect is that little island?

There are a number of ways to enjoy the water at Four Seasons Bora Bora, and one is from an over-the-water bungalow. The smallest ones boast 1,080 square feet.

Overwater bungalows at Four Seasons Bora Bora

I liked fantasizing that I was sitting out here, drinking coffee in my jammies in the morning. Or maybe having breakfast delivered by a flower-draped canoe. (Yes, that is an option. Remember, this is the Four Seasons!)

Deck on overwater bungalow at Four Seasons Bora Bora

The largest bungalows, which can be up to 2,228 square feet, have 2 bedrooms and their own private plunge pools—great for families or friends traveling together. There are also 1- to 3-bedroom villas along a semi-private beach.

In this photo you can catch a glimpse of the sunbathing trampoline just beyond the plunge pool of this bungalow.

Plunge poool of overwater bungalow, Four Seasons Bora Bora

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons

The décor at Four Seasons Bora Bora has an understated, monochromatic theme that allows the view to be the star. How would you like to do your grooming in front of this vista?

Bathroom of overwater bungalow, Four Seasons Bora Bora

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons

Karen and I ate lunch alfresco at the Faré Hoa Beach Bar and tried to fill our memory banks with the beauty of these surroundings.

Faré Hoa Beach Bar, Four Seasons Bora Bora

But for those staying at the resort (not on a limited site inspection, as we were) imagine dinner here at the Arii Moana restaurant on a tropical, starlit night.

Arii Moana restaurant, Four Seasons Bora Bora

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons

For us, the Arii Moana would have to wait for a next visit, as it was almost time to catch our transfer to go back to the Paul Gauguin. I had a few last minutes to snap some photos of the beautiful wooden motor yacht that would take us there.

Vintage wooden yacht, Four Seasons Bora Bora

Vintage wooden yacht, Four Seasons Bora Bora

Vintage wooden yacht, Four Seasons Bora Bora

Sadly, it was finally merci and à bientôt, Four Seasons Bora Bora!

As we sped back to our ship, while chatting with another guest of the resort, his companion handed us her card: she was an Austrian baroness. You never know who you’ll meet at a place like Four Seasons Bora Bora!

Four Seasons Bora Bora, from the water

We had to leave, but the good news is that Paradise has not been lost. It’s still there, and if you would like to discover it for yourself, ScheckTrek Travel can offer the following amenities for 2017:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (excludes plunge pool bungalows and beachfront villas)

  • Buffet breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests

  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excluding products)


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