Luxury Resorts: The St. Regis Bora Bora is the perfect

amalgamation of five-star accommodations, world-class service,

exhilarating activities and tantalizing meals. This 44-acre South

Pacific paradise has views of Bora Bora and Mount Otemanu and is

surrounded by powdery white sand beaches and a tranquil, crystal clear

blue lagoon.

The all-suite resort has 30 bungalows and 70 over-water villas. The

options include Spa Beach Villa, Over-Water Bungalows, Deluxe

Over-Water Bungalows and Premier Over-Water Bungalows. Of the different

villas at the resort, eight villas have terrace Jacuzzis, five are

two-bedroom over-water villas with private swimming pools, and 11

one-bedroom villas and two two-bedroom villas are located on the beach.

All of the villas and bungalows are large ranging in size from 1,550

square feet to the 13,000 square feet royal estate. All are equipped

with plasma TVs, iPod adapters, DVD players and butler service. The

décor is a luxurious combination of Balinese and Thai influences that

fits the upscale but easy beach vibe perfectly.

My husband and I stayed in one of the Over-Water Bungalows and were

extremely impressed with the large size of the villa and its luxurious

décor. The bathroom is spacious to say the least, with a Jacuzzi

bathtub, a beautiful separate stone shower and his and her sinks. The

living room has a glass bottom where you can see tropical fish swimming

at any time of the day or night. Our private patio was also impressive

and spacious with room for entertaining several guests. There is a

lower deck with two lounge chairs and end tables, and a covered upper

deck for in-room dining (which I highly recommend!). The water under

and around the bungalows is about 10 feet deep so it is safe and

convenient to dive right off of your room into the beautiful turquoise

water. Closet space was a bit tight but not a problem as the year-round

balmy climate does not require many wardrobe changes.


The resort boasts three restaurants including the Lagoon restaurant by

noted chef Jean- Georges Vongerichten. Lagoon is located over water

with completely unobstructed views of Mount Otemonu across the Bora

Bora lagoon. There is an outside deck that is perfect for watching the

sunset while sipping one of the tasty cocktails that are served. The

menu is gourmet, emphasizes local seafood, and changes constantly. We

dined at Lagoon twice and were impressed with everything that came out

of the kitchen. The service was efficient and attentive, and our

servers offered great recommendations. Lagoon also has a wonderful wine


Sushi Take is the first sushi restaurant in Bora Bora. The menu is

traditional sushi prepared with freshly caught local seafood. There are

only 20 tables at this restaurant so I strongly suggest making a

reservation. Te Pahu serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a spacious

area that opens to the beach and private St. Regis Lagoon. The

breakfast buffet is wonderful with fresh juices, fresh pastries,

various meats and a chef to prepare eggs to your liking. Lunch and

dinner are also very good with menus that are comprised of grilled fish

and meats, sandwiches, vegetables and salads. Everything is seasoned to

perfection with fresh herbs.


are numerous activities at the St. Regis. There are two pools and two

swimming beaches where guests can check out kayaks, snorkel gear and

canoes free of charge. Scuba diving, fishing, jet skiing and other

activities can be arranged with the concierge. I strongly recommend the

scuba diving with sharks just outside the reef entrance to Bora Bora,

which guests can do without a certification. The myriad of fish, sting

rays, reef and lemon sharks that occupy the reef are breathtaking and

the water is warm and clear. While the idea of diving with numerous

sharks may sound daunting, our instructor Ben quickly put us at ease

with endless stories of his daily scuba diving and calm instructions.

The St. Regis also has a complimentary grass tennis court and fitness

center for guests who choose to stay on land.

The Spa Miri Miri is the perfect end to a day in the sun. It

is located on its own private island in the lagoon with a small swim

beach and deck for diving. Traditional and contemporary Tahitian

treatments are offered including facials, waxing, body wraps, massages,

manicures and pedicures. I recommend the relaxing massages, which are

given by pleasant and capable therapists who will change pressure

according to your desires. Be sure to make a reservation, as there are

only seven treatment rooms and they fill up quickly.

The St. Regis Bora Bora is truly the trip of a lifetime. The

beauty, elegance and luxury of the resort set a new standard in

five-star accommodations while the scenery, smells and sounds of this

spectacular vacation will be burned in my memory forever.