Two Bora Bora Properties Honored on Travel + Leisure “T+L 500 World's Best Hotels 2013" List
January 1 2013
Bora Bora, located in the Islands of Tahiti, is home to the two properties named in the French Polynesia category of Travel+Leisure’s “T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013” list – one of the magazine’s prestigious annual readers’ survey. Both the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort made their debut on the list this year. The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora scored as the number one hotel in French Polynesia and was honored as “top-ranked for romance.”
The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora includes 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, all designed with traditional thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork. Dining options at the resort offer a vast selection of creative culinary experiences, from Polynesian to French and South Pacific fusion. The Spa, balanced by the powerful rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and the secluded tranquility of the island’s lagoon, offers a combination of relaxation and exhilaration. Families enjoy an array of activities, in addition to full-day complimentary programming at Kids For All Seasons (ages 5 - 12) and Chill Island for teenagers.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort features 100 one to three bedroom overwater and beach villas, many with terrace whirlpools or private swimming pools and ranging in size from 1,550 square feet to the resort’s ultra-luxurious 13,000-square-foot Royal Estate, fittingly set apart in a secluded cove. The resort’s accommodations showcase exotic woods and regional art and pamper guests with private outdoor showers, Pratesi linens and Acqua di Parma amenities and a brand new Spa Miri Miri by Clarins located on its own island in a turquoise lagoon. For those looking to wed, renew their vows or just enjoy a romantic vacation, the resort’s new bridal boutique is complete with dresses available for rent or purchase from Norwegian designed Cecilie Melli and a romance concierge and menu to assist with proposals or any romantic request. Guests also enjoy 42-inch plasma televisions, Bose DVD/CD players and high-speed Internet throughout their villas. Guests also enjoy access to world-class restaurants, including a new Italian restaurant complete with brick-oven and the resort’s signature restaurant, Lagoon which is suspended over the water and features cuisine by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
The Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Hotels list is the annual compendium of the top hotels and resorts as voted by readers in the World’s Best Awards readers’ survey are listed on www.TravelandLeisure.com.
Bora Bora is often called the most beautiful island in the world. The tiny island – just 18 miles in circumference – is encircled by a protective necklace of coral. Lush mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for the indescribable turquoise, lapis and aquamarine of the sheltered lagoon. Arriving by air is a unique experience, landing on the airstrip that was built by U.S. troops during World War II. The runway is on a motu (small islet), and visitors must travel by boat to reach the main island. It’s no surprise that most of the island’s activities center around the spectacular lagoon. Bora Bora is home to world-class resorts and quaint French-inspired restaurants, and is known for its jet-setting celebrity visitors who relax anonymously on its secluded beaches.