We’re frequently asked which Bora Bora resort is the best.
Before we can know which Bora Bora resort is the best to recommend for you, we first have to know what criteria are important to you! What are your expectations for a Bora Bora resort and what experiences do you want to have on your Bora Bora vacation?
To help you determine which Bora Bora resort is the best for your vacation, we've spotlighted the characteristics which define each of the best Bora Bora resorts. Read below and decide which Bora Bora resort is the best – for you!
Want to feel like you're in Bora Bora every moment of your vacation? Then this is the Bora Bora resort for you. Every area of this glamorous resorts has dramatic views to Mt Otemanu. The creatively manicured resort grounds weave around towering palm trees so you feel you’re in a tropical paradise - while still having 5 star luxury and conveniences at hand. The resort is set up so that you don’t have to leave – except for taking a lagoon excursion, when the boat will pick you up right from the dock!
The Four Seasons is the most family friendly hotel in Bora Bora so it’s the best Bora Bora resort for those traveling with children. Every detail has been thought of: water stands are located around the pool, sunscreen and aloe is at your disposal by the beach, and deck chairs covered with clean, fitted towels sit waiting for you. As this was the last resort to be built, careful planning prioritized privacy around the luxurious villas and over water bungalows. If you want to be pampered in Paradise, and views are important to you, then this is truly the best Bora Bora resort for you.
If you want the newest over water bungalows in Bora Bora, then the Conrad Nui is the resort for you. The Conrad has been recently renovated, so it has brand new luxurious over water bungalows! The Conrad Nui resort offers the level of service and luxury of the Four Season but with a horizon view of the lagoon and Pacific Ocean. The tropical, flowering grounds, of the Conrad are nurtureded with meticulous attention. If you are a garden lover, the Conrad is the most colorful and tranquil paradise of all the resorts.
The Conrad is also conveniently located near Viatape, the main town of Bora Bora, and for a small shuttle fee you can easily visit the main island.
Which Bora Bora resort is the best for snorkeling? The Conrad also has the best snorkeling straight from your over water bungalow or the beach! Most of the Conrad’s over water bungalows are set over deep turquoise water. These bungalows are perfect for jumping off into a calm lagoon. The interesting coral life under these bungalows is more impressive than the many of the coral gardens in Bora Bora.
The St Regis has the largest over water bungalows in Bora Bora, so if size impresses you, then this Bora Bora resort is the best for you. Guests can enjoy the freedom of riding bikes around the huge grounds of this large resort, with motu views.
The St Regis has the best inner lagoon of the luxury Bora Bora resorts, so if you have children or like the idea of beginning snorkeling to view the sea life in a controlled environment, you may consider a stay at the St Regis to enjoy their lagoonarium.
The Intercontinental Thalasso Resort is is virtually all over water, in the palest-turquoise part of the lagoon, where a soft, sandy floor makes it easy to swim directly from the bungalows. The Thalasso is known for it's quaint over water chapel, so it's a favorite Bora Bora resort for those getting married in Bora Bora. This motu resort is also the location of a Thalasso Deep-Ocean Spa.
The Intercontinental Thalasso has the convenience of a shuttle boat service over to the Intercontinental Le Moana so this motu resort has much easier access to the main island than some other motu resorts. The beach and view to Mt Otemanu are spectacular. If you want the experience of staying at a luxury motu resort, with views to Mt Otemanu and have regular shuttle access to the main island, then this is the resort for you.
Want a to see the marine life from inside your bungalow? Le Meridien Bora Bora offers over water bungalows with the largest panels of glass flooring in Bora Bora. These bungalows have a modern decor, and are only a moderate size, but they’re light and airy with a large glass window for viewing the lagoon below.
At night, a light shines down on the lagoon so you can see sharks and sting rays swim past. Le Meridien has wonderful views from the restaurants and main area of the resort to Mount Otemanu directly across the lagoon. Le Meridien's inner lagoon is home to a sea turtle sanctuary so if you'd like to swim with sea turtles, or want to help contribute to this good cause, then this could be the highlight of your Bora Bora resort stay.
Want a motu view of Mt Otemanu, at a fraction of the cost of staying at the top resorts; plus easy, free access to the main island for dining and shopping? Then the Sofitel Private island might be your perfect Bora Bora resort. If 5 star luxury is not important to you, the Sofitel Private Island has a spectacular location in the lagoon, with rustic bungalows in true Polynesian style. Don't expect all the conveniences of the Four Seasons or Conrad Nui– which are the best Bora Bora resorts for luxury – and you will enjoy a more budget friendly vacation in Bora Bora with spectacular views of the lagoon.
There's no pool here, but there is a sandy, shallow beach - in a light turquoise part of the lagoon - with easy access to great snorkeling. Sofitel Private Island is located near the famous 'aquarium' snorkeling spot known for it's thousands of fish. You can paddle a kayak or outrigger canoe to the back of the island and explore the coral gardens at your own pace.
Want a resort stay on the main island with convenient, easy access to budget eating and activities? Then consider Intercontinental Le Moana. Le Moana is a quaint Polynesian resort that feels like it has been frozen in time. The resort is simple but offers rustic, romantic overwater bungalows and beach bungalows which provide more comfort than a main-island stay in a pension or hotel. Guests can also use the shuttle (at a cost) to visit the Intercontinetal Thalasso resort which is out on a motu with dramatic views across the lagoon to Mt Otemanu. A day trip to the Thalasso will give you a taste of a luxury motu resort, without the cost. If you want to experience local Bora Bora life, with some comforts of a resort style stay, then this is the best Bora Bora resort for you.
The Pearl Beach resort has overwater bungalows built above crystal clear, shallow lagoon water.
This is the best place to come if you want to be in an over water bungalow but don't like deep water. The resort has an authentic Polynesian charm, and locals say it employs more Polynesian staff than any other Bora Bora resort. Pearl Beach is on a sandy motu with wide views across the lagoon to Bora Bora's main island. It has lush, tropical gardens, a tranquil spa set over lily ponds, and a mini golf course. If you want a casual style resort stay, in a beautiful island environment - with no fuss - then the Pearl Beach Resort might be the perfect resort for you.
That is for you to decide, depending on your preferences! Want the best sunsets, the best snorkeling, or the best spa? Then visit our page on choosing the best Bora Bora resort location.