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Bora Bora: The St. Regis

The deck and private pool at our Royal Overwater Bungalow

Our last stop in Bora Bora was at the St. Regis, the other Starwood property on the island. Since we were making the trip, it made sense to check out both hotels if for no other reason than to figure out which one we like better. After our time at the St. Regis, it’s safe to say that it’s the better Starwood in Bora Bora and one of the most stunning hotels we’ve ever visited.

St. Regis Bora Bora Polynesian Show fire dancers

Like the Le Meridien, we hopped in a golf cart after checking in and were taken to our bungalow. Upon arriving, I immediately made a fool of myself, asking “do all of the bungalows have stone entryways?” Turns out, thanks to Kristen’s hard-earned Starwood status, we had been upgraded to a two bedroom Royal Overwater Bungalow, one of 5 at the hotel and second only to the absolutely ridiculous Royal Estate. After picking our jaws up off of the floor, we explored our new home and caught sight of a stingray family swimming underneath before taking a dip in the pool and the lagoon.

Lagoon by Jean-Georges at the St. Regis Bora Bora

After exploring the hotel a little more, we cleaned up for the Polynesian buffet dinner at Te Pahu, one of the hotel’s four restaurants. While I’m sure all of the food (except the fish) was imported from who-knows-where, it was the best meal we had on the trip. After dinner, we stuck around for our second Polynesian show of the week before wandering off again to check out some of the other parts of the hotel, including Lagoon, one of the other restaurants that overlooks, you guessed it, the Bora Bora lagoon.

Enjoying the Bora Bora lagoon

We spend our next and final day in Bora Bora soaking up as much water, sand and sun as possible, testing out every body of water and beach available at the hotel. Though the lagoonarium didn’t have any turtles (the only downside of the hotel, if you can call it that), the entire experience was one we won’t soon be forgetting and hope to repeat in the near future.

We caught the boat back to the airport in the afternoon for our return flight to Tahiti. Due to the flight schedules, we had another two nights there, so we ventured into town and did some shopping. Dinner was at the hotel that night, where we saw our final (and the best) Polynesian show of the trip. The next morning was an early wake up call for the flight back to Auckland.

Bora Bora is really one of those places that has to be seen to be appreciated. It’s one of the top destinations for a reason: remote, pristine and absolutely spectacular. I hope you, dear reader, have the chance to visit some day (and I hope that you take us along with you!)

Sunset over the Bora Bora Lagoon