Best Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora

Here's our pick of the best overwater bungalows (OWB)  at each of the luxury Bora Bora Resorts.


St Regis Resort

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The St Regis Resort is where the movie 'Couples Retreat' was filmed.

Best OWB: Royal Overwater Villa

  • plunge pool
  • decadent furnishings
  • largest over water bungalows in Bora Bora
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Large tub in the bathroom

Why we like the St Regis:

  • Adults only pool area
  • The St Regis Butler service is a wonderful touch
  • Bicycles to get around
  • Bridal botique
  • The resort is spread over four motus
  • large inner lagoon
  • Large bathrooms with spa

  • The Four Seasons Bora Bora

    Best OWB: Otemanu Over-Water Bungalow Suite with Plunge Pool

    What makes it so special?

    • Large living area
    • Large Deck
    • Beautiful plunge pool next to the lagoon
    • Opulent furnishings
    • Glass panels throughout the bungalow

    Why we like the Four Seasons Resort:

    • Newest Bora Bora resort
    • Organised kids club
    • over water yoga platform
    • raked beaches
    • magnificent spa
    • The pool and cabanas are out of this world
    Four Seasons Overwater Bungalows © Ty Sawyer

    Intercontinental Thalasso

    Best OWB: Diamond Otemanu Overwater Villas

    Deep Ocean Spa

    This unique spa offers health benefits from mineral-rich water drawn from more than 800 meters under the sea. There is a deep chiller walk, steam chamber, deep seas plunge, swim spa and jacuzzi with magnificent views to the mountain. It really is a spa unlike any other I have seen!

    What makes them so special?

    • Outstanding view to Mt Otemanu
    • Located in the most turquoise part of the lagoon

    Why we like the Intercontinental Thalasso?

    • The unique Deep Ocean spa
    • Elegant resort with a lovely layout along the beach
    • Over water chapel with view to Mt Otemanu
    • In contrast to its sister resort, Le Moana, the Thalasso's style is chic modern elegance with a touch of paradise.

    Hilton Nui Resort

    Best OWB: Presidential Overwater Villas

    • The only two story over water bungalows in Bora Bora
    • Sauna, whirlpool, plunge pool
    • Sunset views
    • Good snorkelling right near the villa
    • Large decks

    Why we like the Hilton?

    • Short boat transfer to the main town of Vaitape
    • Good snorkelling around the resort
    • Million dollar view massage area
    • Hilltop Chapel
    • Black volcanic rock next to the white sand beach

    Le Meridien Bora Bora

    Best OWB: Premium Overwater Bungalow

    What makes them so special?

    • Large glass floor area
    • Modern decor
    • Set over the most 'turquoise' part of the lagoon

    Why we like the Le Meridien resort?

    • There is a turtle sanctuary on site
    • Large 'inner lagoon' 
    • Enjoy watching colourful fish swim around the lagoon from your table at the waterside restaurant

    Sofitel Private Island Bora Bora

    Best OWB: Island Luxury Overwater Bungalow

    What makes them so special?

    • Dramatic views to Mt Otemanu
    • Wooden interiors with Polynesian touches like mother of pearl and tiki carvings

    Why we like the Sofitel Private Island Resort?

    • Located next the best snorkeling spot in Bora Bora
    • Enjoy the privacy of a Motu location with easy and quick access (5 minutes!) to the mainland via the shuttle to the Sofitel Marara Beach.
    • Beautiful wooden pathways to a lookout that gives you 360 degree views of Bora Bora, the lagoon and Mt Otemanu.
    • The most magnificent location for the most romantic lunch of your life!
    • Polynesian cultural events throughout the week.
    • Only 20 bungalows on the island

    Pearl Beach Resort

    Best OWB: Otemanu Premium Overwater Bungalows

    What makes them so special?

    • Amazing Mt Otemanu views
    • Polynesian decor and furnishings
    • Set over a shallow part of the lagoon so it is relaxing to swim

    Why we like the Pearl Beach Resort?

    • Beautiful gardens around the resort
    • Their Spa
    • Hammocks dotted along the beach between palm trees

    Intercontinental Le Moana

    Best OWB: White Overwater Villa

    What makes them so special?

    • Uninterrupted horizon views
    • All-white romantic decor
    • Located furthest out on the lagoon for privacy
    • Glass top coffee table that you can feed the tropical fish through

    Why we love the Le Moana?

  • Located on the main island so it is close to Bora Bora restaurants and shops
  • Near Matira Beach
  • Intercontinental Le Moana guests are welcome to visit the Intercontinental Thalasso resort which is on an outer motu. So you can spend time on the motu, enjoy the unique Deep Ocean Spa, dine looking out to Mt Otemanu and relax around the motu's beach.
  • One of the first International hotels on the island, the Le Moana has a genuine Polynesian feel to it.

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