At the heart of an island paradise – nestled in the South Pacific between Australia and South America – lies a dream destination that attracts celebrities and the very wealthiest of travellers.
Who else could afford the exclusive $26,000 per night price tag to stay there?
The Four Seasons Bora Bora has welcomed guests including Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Handler, Justin Bieber, Shayne Lamas, Courtney Cox and Jason Bateman according to Celeb magazine. com.
And it’s not hard to see why. From the moment guests step off the plane, they are enveloped in a world of luxury, exclusivity and seclusion.
A private boat will pick them up from the airport and take them directly to the resort.
Once there, they are escorted – on a smaller boat – to their very private overwater bungalows, suspended over the crystal blue lagoon and surrounded by cloud-capped mountains.
The white sands are freshly raked, lest someone else’s footprints remind you – sob! – other people can also afford this level of luxury.
But all that stunning splendor comes at a price – the average cost for a room at the resort is a whopping $4,009 per night, with some stays reaching as high as $26,000 per night. So, what do you get for these eye-popping prices?
Guests paddle board through the clear blue waters of the Four Seasons Bora Bora
The view from one of the private villas over the water
Justin Bieber is one of many celebrities who have stayed at the resort
Jennifer Aniston lounging on a beach. She is one of the many visitors to Bora Bora
A bride and groom are rowed to the resort’s private island for their wedding ceremony
Located on a private motu, or small island, just off the main island, Four Seasons Bora Bora offers guests unparalleled seclusion and stunning views of the turquoise lagoon. It’s a snorkeler’s paradise, filled with fish and rays, thanks in part to the resort’s coral nursery – a protected area where the water is crystal clear.
There is also a small, even more private island a few hundred meters from the beach, popular with romantic couples getting married at the resort.
Each overwater bungalow is a private oasis complete with infinity pool and outdoor shower. If you prefer to dive into the azure blue waters of the lagoon, you don’t have to go far: a ladder from your terrace drops straight down into the water.
Inside, they are decorated in a modern Polynesian style, with local wood and stone… and glass panels on the floor to watch the fish swim by.
Room service is delivered to the villa by a traditional Tahitian boat.
The resort’s most affluent guests opt for even more opulence – in the 5,380-square-foot beachfront estates, complete with three bedrooms, private infinity pool, private beach (with BBQ), personal assistant, custom bar stock and personal Polynesian show.
Jennifer Aniston arrives in Bora Bora with then-husband Justin Theroux and friends Jason Bateman and Courtney Cox
Guests are taken to their villa over the water by boat
Each villa comes complete with an infinity pool and a ladder to the azure waters of the lagoon
The resort is located on a small island separated from the main island of Bora Bora
The endless view from the patio never gets boring
Stretch out on the terrace and enjoy the view
A bridge crosses one of the many waterways that cut through the resort
Employees bring breakfast by boat to a bungalow over the water
Overwater bungalows can be seen at the Four Seasons Bora Bora in French Polynesia
If you want to venture a little further, a fleet of golf carts are ready to take you anywhere on the island. Ask nicely, and a driver can even serenade you with the ukulele.
However, don’t expect those prices to include food. The resort’s signature restaurant, Arii Moana, offers a three-course gourmet dinner that costs an average of $150 per person. To really lean into the lap of luxury, many desserts and breakfast cakes are decorated with edible gold flakes.
You can also take a 45-minute boat ride to the town of Bora Bora and sample the local cuisine.
Traveling with a baby? The Four Seasons doesn’t just provide free cribs – you can expect children’s toys and a diaper pail so that the smell of used diapers doesn’t taint the tropical scent wafting through the air.
It’s hard to put a price on it all.
The feeling of a warm tropical gust splashing your face with fine sprays of rain from a nearby storm is priceless. And you can’t take a picture of the low, rumbling sounds of thunder mixed with small waves lapping against the pillars that support your overwater bungalow.
So, is Four Seasons Bora Bora worth the insane prices? That’s up to you to decide. But one thing is certain, staying at this resort is definitely not for the wallet.
Justin Bieber plays guitar on his private patio at the Four Seasons Bora Bora
A master bedroom is decorated in modern Polynesian style
A living room in a villa over the water. All rooms open up to water views
You can even take a bath while looking out over the water
Prefer the freshly raked beach? Curl up in one of the shaded cabanas
A tuna sashimi appetizer. A three-course meal at the signature restaurant costs about $150 per person
A rack of lamb dish. Many desserts and breakfast cakes are decorated with edible gold flakes
A risotto starter