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Out of the Blue

Bora Bora offers the vacation of a lifetime with unmatched beauty and magical adventures.

Article by Gabi De la Rosa

Photography by Photography courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Originally published in Memorial Lifestyle

Nowhere else can you find the same combination of remote island beauty, a deep appreciation of local culture, and sun-kissed luxurious pleasure as in Bora Bora. On the island of the "First Born," a stay might mean experiencing the thrill of swimming with sharks and rays, diving into the depths to see colorful coral reefs, or basking in the tropical sun for days. Visiting this French Polynesian island might also mean kicking back in a flower crown, listening to the island's bird songs, and hearing lapping waves while enjoying the deliciously prepared catch of the day. 

Bora Bora seamlessly blends stunning panoramic views with exotic fun. Its crystal-clear turquoise waters and unspoiled beauty have been a magnet for honeymooners, retirees, and families for decades. For Houstonians, a trip to the island paradise usually begins with a flight to the West Coast before a long haul to Tahiti and, finally, a puddle jump to Bora Bora. Although visitors might be tempted to stay inside their dreamy overwater bungalows, there is much to explore, see, and do on the island. 


Set against the backdrop of Mount Otemanu, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is known for its famed overwater bungalows and lavish attention to detail. The resort offers accommodations for every size group, including private villa estates with one to five bedrooms. The villas have private beach access, private pools, daily breakfast, and a personal concierge. 

However, the overwater bungalows are what put Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora on the map. The spacious suites offer fantastic mountain, beach, or lagoon vistas and private balconies with direct access to the water. Even better, guests can catch underwater views without getting wet – each bungalow has portals built into the floor, making it easy to watch marine life going about their daily business. There is nothing like having a bird's-eye view of a school of fish as you brush your teeth or relax inside. 

The service and hospitality at the resort are impeccable – no request is too big, and thoughtful gestures are a quiet part of every interaction. The resort's open design also lends itself to feeling like no one else is around. Even with the resort at nearly full capacity, it is possible to take a quiet stroll to enjoy the sights and sounds of the island with minimal interruption.  


The Four Seasons Bora Bora offers tailor-made experiences for guests of all ages. Kids and teens have dedicated spaces and activities with other guests similar in age. The resort's activity calendar is jam-packed with events every day, many of which are complimentary. With an emphasis on educating guests about Polynesian culture, the hands-on activities include flower crown making, textile design, and other island-centric classes led by local experts. 

WiseOceans, a global provider of marine education and conservation services, plays a significant role at the resort. Guests can tour the resort's private lagoon with a WiseOcean marine biologist for a close encounter with its inhabitants; there is so much to see without ever leaving the resort. One of the highlights of a WiseOcean experience is taking part in their conservation efforts, including coral restoration. 

Many excursions are also available for guests looking for off-property island adventures. Along with guided jet-ski tours, deep-sea fishing, and water sports, thrill-seekers can also book a full—or half-day adventure to swim with the island's black-tipped sharks and rays. 

Those looking for a more sublime experience can book a treatment at Te Mahana Spa, which offers stunning beach and mountain views and an overwater spa suite. The spa features a full range of services; standouts include the couple's massage and Golden Sun Ritual. 


A remote island like Bora Bora needs a strong culinary game, and the Four Seasons Resort's four restaurants and open-air bars deliver on taste and service. Guests can choose from Mediterranean cuisine at Arri Moana, breakfast buffets and themed dinners at Tere Nui, Asian cuisine at the popular Vaimiti, or a toes-in-the-sand experience at Fore Hoa Beach Bar & Grill. Each restaurant offers a robust wine and cocktail menu along with tempting treats for even the most discerning palates. The themed Oro'a Night dinner features Polynesian dancers and a fire dance performance – it is a genuinely can't-miss immersive experience.