The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort certainly lives up to travelers’ expectations that the brand is all about the ultimate in good taste and luxury: The property, which opened in 2006, features not only one of Bora Bora’s best beaches and its largest overwater bungalows, but also Lagoon, the region’s only restaurant by world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. While the St. Regis hits all the right notes when it comes to five-star amenities (including butler service), it doesn’t quite exude the authentic Polynesian ambiance and cheery “ia ora na” (the local greeting) ease of some of its competitors.


Aside from the thatched roofs, its luxurious bungalows feature décor that’s more contemporary than culture-centric, and its lobby, spa and other main buildings have white coral and stone walls with polished marble floors and formal, European-style furnishings. Don’t get me wrong: The effect is quite beautiful, but at times a tad out of sync with Bora Bora’s natural surroundings. Even so, guests who want to be pampered in high style, will find much to love about this expansive and lushly landscaped resort. Plus, it’s fun to be able to tell your friends you stayed at the property that doubled as the “Eden Resort” in the 2008 Vince Vaughn-Jon Favreau comedy “Couples Retreat,”; one the top movies filmed in the South Pacific.
It’s easy to keep active and yet refreshed on this 44-acre property, which features two pools: the main pool adjacent to the beach and an intimate Oasis Pool nestled on one of the motus lined with bungalows. But the prime locale for cooling off while having fun is the Lagoonarium, a large, calm salt-water lagoon stocked with fish and ideal for even inexperienced snorkelers, which is accessed via several wooden docks with ladders.
The resort also features complimentary bikes, tennis courts and a fitness center, as well as access to Jet Skis and other lagoon excursions at an added cost. To keep connected, St. Regis offers resort-wide WiFi at a charge of about $30 a day.

While not the largest or most visually impressive spa on the island, the resorts’ Miri Miri Spa, set away from everything at the far edge of the Lagoonarium, does offer a wonderfully revitalizing, sigh-inducing Polynesian massage; afterward, you can relax on a chaise or shaded hammock overlooking tranquil blue water as you contemplate all the ways to indulge yourself at this haven of all things luxurious.



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