If you're wondering where to stay in Bora Bora, you are not alone. This is the most important Bora Bora vacation choice you will make!
Whilst in many destinations your hotel is simply a comfortable bed to sleep in at night, in Bora Bora your hotel is your daytime playground too! Add to that - the cost of your stay, and the abundance of beautiful resorts to choose from; and where to stay in Bora Bora can be a very difficult decision. To make it easier, we've compiled a list of favorite places to stay in Bora Bora. Whether you’re looking for luxury, convenience, or affordability; find out which recommended Bora Bora resorts offer ‘what’.
Bora Bora is famous for its overwater bungalows with glass floor windows to the lagoon. While the best overwater bungalows are at the 4 and 5 star resorts, there are also some budget friendly overwater bungalows. To enjoy the true Bora Bora over water bungalow experience, you will want to stay in one of these.
Want to know the best resort in Bora Bora? There are three contenders for where to stay in Bora Bora for the best resort. The Conrad, the Four Seasons Resort and the St Regis Resort. All offer world class luxury, dramatic views of the world’s most beautiful island, and out-of-this-world over water bungalows. If you desire to stay at the best hotels in Bora Bora, you can have that experience by booking one of these. People often ask, how do you choose between the St Regis Bora Bora and the Four Seasons Bora Bora? That's an interesting question.
If you haven't got the dollars for the St Regis or Four Seasons, don't despair. You can have a wonderful time at the more moderately priced Bora Bora resorts. Our next picks would be the Pearl Beach Resort, Sofitel Private Island, the Intercontinental Thalasso Resort or Le Meridien Resort. The price of the Sofitel and LeMeridien's over water bungalows are almost half that of the St Regis or Four Seasons...so you can stay twice as long! (wink wink).
We are fans of the Sofitel Private Island's unique and amazing location within Bora Bora's lagoon. While this is not a 5 star resort, the ambiance is spectacular, the staff friendly, and the bungalows traditional Tahitian style.
Another consideration of where to stay in Bora Bora that we consider as very good value for money is the Intercontinental Le Moana Resort. The quaint over water bungalows here are set over calm turquoise water and integrate exquisite Polynesian craftsmanship in their décor. Yet the price is much less than at the other resorts. For even greater savings, stay in one of their gorgeous beach front bungalows. There is a view to Mt Otemanu from the beach, and Matira Beach restaurants are just out the gate. You can up the luxury by taking the free shuttle-boat to the Intercontinental Thalasso Resort (on a motu) to relax by the pool, eat at the restaurants, and swim at the private beach; all with prime views to Mt Otemanu. This is one of our best Bora Bora vacation insights. For more valuable insider tips like this one, download our ebook.
“Where to stay in Bora Bora, on a tiny budget?” is a pertinent question from dreamers. Family pensions are small lodgings owned by local families. While they are not luxurious, they offer friendly island hospitality. Most Bora Bora pensions are located on the main island of Bora Bora. This gives access to nearby restaurants and markets. To get around you will usually be provided with bikes, and some hosts offer to take you places in their car. When staying at a Bora Bora pension, you will need to take Bora Bora excursions and activities to see the Bora Bora attractions. You will only use your accommodation to sleep and night, and will be exploring and relaxing in other beautiful places around the island. So be aware that while your accommodation is cheaper, you will likely spend more on activities.
Most of Bora Bora's accommodation is know as 'resorts' because of the abundant facilities provided. There is only one place to stay in Bora Bora that we consider a 'Bora Bora hotel'. This is Le Maitai. The Maitai Bora Bora offers simple 'block' style of accommodation as well as simple beach front bungalows and over water bungalows. The hotel does have it's own small white sand beach with un-motorized water-sports on offer, but you won’t have a pool, gym, spa, or decadent sun-lounges to relax on. The Maitai is a well priced Bora Bora hotel, and a good option for those traveling to Bora Bora on a budget.
There are a number of vacation rentals available in Bora Bora. Most of them consist of a whole house or apartment. Make sure you check out the location thoroughly before booking, as most of them are not in the best locations for getting around Bora Bora. When you stay in a Bora Bora vacation rental, you may find you are isolated and need to hire a car to get around the island. You’ll probably need to take excursions to visit the best things to do in Bora Bora; and if you want to go a beach, will have to make your way to the only public beach on the south of the island. Where to stay in Bora Bora for a vacation rental? Check out Bora Bora One.
AirBnB now advertises quite a few options re home-stays in Bora Bora. Before booking, make sure you check its location, and that the host offers help to get around if it is located on a motu. Otherwise you may find yourself stranded. Some motu located rentals don't offer regular shuttles to the mainland, so you are stranded on their little isle and are limited to buying their meals. If you are wanting an isolated, quiet getaway, this might be for you. We feel that the essential Bora Bora experience requires several nights in a Bora Bora resort. So consider mixing a few nights in budget accommodation and a couple nights at the end in a gorgeous Bora Bora resort. You’ll enjoy a grand exit and be elated you made the choice!
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