St. Regis Bora Bora versus Four Seasons Bora Bora

St. Regis Bora Bora
St. Regis Bora Bora
St. Regis Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora

There are certain destinations blessed with a luxury hotel conundrum, and Bora Bora is one of those places. Clients always want to know which hotel is the best, and the St. Regis and Four Seasons are at the tops of everyone’s list.

I knew as soon as I had secured my Air Tahiti Business Class award flights that I would stay at both properties, and settle the debate once and for all.

Which hotel is better?

OVERALL ACCOMODATIONS

Four Seasons Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora

Winner: Four Seasons Bora Bora

St. Regis Bora Bora

Pros: Larger and spacious, well laid out, especially for light sleepers, quiet.

Cons: Bathrooms are dated with low vanities, room was showing wear, you have to call for adapters.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Pros: Sofa bed in living room, more contemporary and updated décor, two US adapters provided in room, complimentary shared DIY laundry.

Cons: No dedicated table indoors for dining, no shaving platform in shower, some rooms can be noisy in the morning.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

St. Regis Bora Bora
St. Regis Bora Bora

 

Winner: Tie

St. Regis Bora Bora

Nice uninterrupted views of the mountain and a feeling of overall spaciousness. Adult’s only pool and a swim up bar at the main pool. Good lagoon for snorkeling. Our bicycles were rusty, so we did not ride them.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Gorgeous views of the mountain, but only rooms on the end of the pontoons have uninterrupted view. Resort felt more compact and easier to get around than St. Regis. Kids Club and Teen Island. Only one pool.

DECK, SWIMMING PLATFORM AND LADDER

St. Regis Bora Bora
St. Regis Bora Bora

Winner: St. Regis Bora Bora

St. Regis Bora Bora

Deck lacked some privacy on the sides. Swimming platform was large and sturdy. Ladder had flat rungs, but could have been a little longer. No dedicated chaise lounge covers.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Deck was private from side to side. Platform was large, but had some give. Ladder had round rungs, which hurt to step on, but was plenty long. Dedicated chaise lounge covers

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Four Seasons Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora

Winner: Four Seasons Bora Bora

St. Regis Bora Bora

Our dinner at Lagoon was very good and I appreciated the vegetarian menu. Breakfasts and lunch via room service were average to not good. The breakfast buffet was below average.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

All meals whether in room or in restaurant were good to very good. Breakfast buffet was small, but well stocked. Vegetarian was understood by staff and easily accommodated.

SERVICE

Four Seasons Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora

 

 

Winner: Tie

St. Regis Bora Bora

Our butler was lovely, but we didn’t need much for a two night stay. Restaurant staff were average to very good. There were some misses such as having to ask multiple times for a refill.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Staff ranged from average to great. Pool service was slow. Room service was easy to order via the Four Seasons app, and the set up was nice.

WI-FI

Winner: St. Regis Bora Bora

St. Regis Bora Bora

Wi-Fi worked well throughout the resort.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Wi-Fi worked well in the room, but signal strength was low to nonexistent at restaurants, pool, and beach

 

Interested in knowing which one is BEST for YOU? Contact me today at 508-485-3061 or via email and receive special complimentary amenities with your booking.

 

Stay tuned for my trip report from The Brando!

Luxury Resort Showdown in French Polynesia

Billionaire's Pool
Billionaire's Pool at The Brando
Billionaire’s Pool at The Brando

 

On a whim I decided to set up an alert in May 2016  for two business class tickets on Air Tahiti Nui for multiple dates surrounding our 10th Wedding Anniversary in August 2016. Imagine my surprise one night about one week later when two seats popped up as available. I knew this trip must be meant to be, so I grabbed the seats, handed over an obscene number of AAdvantage miles (320,000) and started piecing the rest of the trip together.

Champagne PDB
Champagne PDB

 

There are certain destinations that have highly competitive luxury hotels, and clients always want to know the difference between them and which one is the best and Bora Bora is one of those places. Therefore, I knew that our trip had to include the Four Seasons Bora Bora and the St. Regis Bora Bora, so that I could once and for all settle the debate.

On our way to Tahiti we spent one night at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, which is  a quick drive from LAX. Since we did not have through tickets, I wanted to do everything possible to ensure that we didn’t miss our flight to Tahiti.

Club Lounge at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
Club Lounge at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

 

A stay at the Intercontinental Tahiti was required on arrival because we took the daytime flight to Papeete which lands too late to get to Bora Bora. I also booked a room there for our last day, as we had about six hours between our flight from Tetiaroa and our flight to Los Angeles.

Intercontinental Tahiti
Intercontinental Tahiti

 

The coup de grace for the trip, and our second honeymoon, was our week long stay at The Brando, Marlon Brando’s private island on the atoll of Tetiaroa located north of Tahiti.

The Brando Bed
The Brando Bed

 

A complete write up on the St. Regis Bora Bora versus the Four Seasons Bora Bora, as well as The Brando will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you are interested in a trip to French Polynesia please email me or give me a call at 508-485-3061.

 

Trip Report: Four Seasons Las Vegas 4th of July Cabana

Deluxe Poolside Cabana

Four Seasons Las Vegas Cabana

We decided to take advantage of the 4th of July holiday and head to Las Vegas for a little rest and relaxation. That may seem like an oxymoron, but it is entirely possible to find solitude in Sin City at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Since we were going to be there during a holiday weekend and the pool would presumably be very busy, we decided to rent one of their new cabanas for our own personal 4th of July celebration. We selected Cabana 3 for it’s location nearest to the pool.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Cabana

The cabana is approximately 145 square feet and comes with a standard hotel sized safe that is large enough for a laptop and a mini-fridge.

Safe

The mini-fridge is stocked with Evian water, an Evian mister, chilled washcloths, and a fruit plate. Everything you need to keep your cool in the desert!

Mini-fridge

For lunch we ordered the nachos, which were absolutely perfect and well worth every calorie.

Nachos

Our drink of choice for the day was sparkling wine and the best pool staff member in all of Las Vegas, Shelly, made sure that our glasses were always full.

Sparkling Wine

The pool area at the Four Seasons is my favorite in Las Vegas because it offers the best combination of amazing service, great food and drink, and exclusive atmosphere.

My three takeaways:

Fabulous

The service from Shelly was the best.

Faux Pas

None

FYI

Make sure to rent your cabana in advance of your stay. This will give you the best chance at being able to select your desired location.

If you are wondering about the room product at the Four Seasons Las Vegas, please check out my previous review of our stay in a Strip View Room.

The Four Seasons Preferred Partner complimentary amenities are as follows:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites and villas)
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms, complimentary premium Internet in all suites.

Please get in touch via phone at 508-485-3061 or email if you have any questions about the Four Seasons Las Vegas, or if you are ready to make a reservation!