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The 8 Best Bora Bora Resorts for Every Budget

Last Updated 28 Nov 2022 by Fiona Perisone

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Surrounded by a ring of coral reefs, turquoise water, and a sparkling white sand beach, Bora Bora is undeniably one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world. Its remote location and unparalleled natural beauty make it the perfect place to escape the stresses of everyday life.


The South Pacific island is part of French Polynesia, only a short flight away from the larger island of Tahiti. Though best known for its luxury accommodations (think Kardashian-level private islands and overwater villas), it's home to all-inclusive resorts, eco-lodges, and hotel rooms for all budgets. Below, we've highlighted eight of the best resorts in Bora Bora for every traveler.

The 8 Best Resorts in Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Best Overall

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Boating
Overall Rating: 
5/5 stars

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The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a private island paradise in the heart of French Polynesia. Its overwater bungalows and beachfront villas offer an up-close and personal view of the turquoise lagoon's exotic fish and colorful coral. The resort partners with WiseOceans, leading marine conservation, and education company, to help preserve the beautiful oceans surrounding it.


The picturesque lagoon and high-end accommodations aren't the only things that'll make for a memorable stay at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Guests enjoy the exceptional service and endless luxury amenities that set Four Seasons apart from the rest. Unwind in a thatched-roof pool cabana, stargaze in your private plunge pool, or enjoy a rejuvenating ancient Tahitian treatment at the Te Mahana Spa. Even the simplest moments feel exceptional here.

Pros:

  • Stunning views make this spot a true tropical paradise
  • Beautiful infinity-edge pool
  • Four on-site restaurants serve everything from classic French to sushi
  • A weekly Polynesian evening with a Polynesian buffet, cocktails, and dances
  • Complimentary non-motorized water sports and snorkel gear

Cons:

  • Additional charge for a shuttle boat to and from the main island

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Best for First-time Visitors

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bicycle Rental
Overall Rating: 
5/5 stars

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If it's your first trip to Bora Bora, book a stay at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. The 13,000-square-foot compound features the largest overwater villas in the South Pacific and a private beach with stunning views of Mount Otemanu. Its Lagoonarium provides a protected underwater sanctuary for tropical fish, coral, and marine life, with several pontoons for easy snorkeling and scuba diving access.


Discerning guests can expect uncompromising luxury amenities, accommodations, and experiences at The St. Regis Bora Bora. Unwind in a private cabana at the Oasis Adults-Only Pool, dine at the delicious Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges, or enjoy a trip to the Iridium Spa, located at the center of the Lagoonarium. It won't take long to understand why the resort has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Architectural Digest, and other major travel publications.

Pros:

  • Stunning views
  • Two pools are available, one with a swim-up bar and one for adults only
  • Complimentary non-motorized water sports, bike rentals, and daily shuttle to and from Vaitape
  • A weekly Polynesian evening with Polynesian buffet, cocktails, and dance

Cons:

  • Property can feel big that it requires bikes or golf carts to get around

Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

Best Value

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Canoeing
Overall Rating: 
4.5/5 stars

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Don't let the luxury lodgings fool you; there are plenty of value resorts in Bora Bora too. At the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, longer stays amount to better savings. With endless water adventures, dining experiences, and spa treatments to enjoy, you'll be glad you've booked yourself an extended stay in paradise.


Nestled inside Motu Piti Aua (the 'islet of two hearts'), The Intercontinental Resort's overwater villas offer panoramic views of the turquoise waters and star-lit sky. Discover the authentic flavors of French Polynesia at an array of casually elegant restaurants and bars. But what really sets the resort apart is the state-of-the-art Thalasso Spa. Book a Deep Ocean hydrotherapy treatment or Algotherm facial on your final day to head home feeling fully relaxed.

Pros:

  • Huge overwater bungalows with stunning views of Mount Otemanu, and a few have private plunge pools
  • The small protected lagoon that's great for snorkeling
  • Free non-motorized water sports
  • Free water taxi between both InterContinental properties

Cons:

  • The protected lagoon is smaller than those at other resorts
  • Overwater bungalows are the only room option
  • The Fitness center is small

Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts

Best Overwater Bungalows

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Boating
Overall Rating: 
5/5 stars

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Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts offers some of the best overwater bungalows on the island. Guests can enjoy an up-close and personal view of marine life and colorful coral without stepping foot outside their rooms. With 24-hour room service, high-speed wifi, and a dazzling lagoon on display, lazy mornings feel more relaxing than ever.


Located on Motu Tevairoa, the resort is only a ten-minute boat ride from the airport and fifteen minutes from the nearby village of Vaitape. Its proximity to the mainland makes it a practical choice for shorter stays. Start your trip with a monoi oil massage at the Tavai Spa to put your mind in vacation mode.

Pros:

  • The villas include private pools, direct access to the beach with a stunning lagoon view
  • A 10-minute boat ride from the Bora Bora Airport
  • Free use of non-motorized water sports and sports courts
  • The resort's main restaurant features international cuisine with a French Polynesian touch

Cons:

  • Airport transfers aren't included in the rates

Villa Yrondi

Most Budget Friendly

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Laundry
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant Transfer
  • Snorkeling
Overall Rating: 
4.5/5 stars

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The Villa Yrondi is for travelers seeking a truly unique stay on a budget. The Villa was once the private residence of world-famous artist Garrick Yrondi, and it's home to many of his carved and painted works. At sunset, the sweeping views of Mount Otemanu and the turquoise lagoon feel like a work of art themselves.


Start the day with a delicious breakfast in the Villa dining room before sunbathing on the terrace and taking a dip in the pool. A quiet, TV-free environment helps you truly unwind and enjoy your exquisite surroundings. Utilize the Villa's friendly concierge service to book a snorkeling trip, helicopter ride, or a professional photographer to document your unforgettable trip.

Pros:

  • Amazing views from the terrace
  • The villa is really beautiful and unique
  • Each room/apartment has its own balcony

Cons:

  • Not walkable to any points of interest

The Brando

Best Private Island Resort

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Boating
Overall Rating: 
5/5 stars

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The Brando is located on French Polynesia's Tetiaroa— a private island atoll 30 miles North of Tahiti frequented by sea turtles, manta rays, and colorful birds. Accessible only by boat or private plane, its 35 beachfront villas feel a world away from everyday life. Designed to reflect local lifestyles and culture, it's earned numerous awards and certifications for superior service, environmental stewardship, and respect for the island's rich cultural heritage.


The Polynesian-style resort blends tradition with global tastes. Enjoy classic French cuisine and East-West fusion at the island's two restaurants before sunset cocktails at the lagoon-view or beach bar. Relax like Tahitian royalty at the Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa or a leisurely walk through the resort's tranquil tropical gardens. With an abundance of activities and excursions to choose from, you'll have no trouble filling your schedule.

Pros:

  • Kids under age 12 stay free
  • All-inclusive access to water sports, tennis, and lectures
  • Spacious, luxurious villas with spa baths, private plunge pools, and direct beach access
  • Two restaurants, including one serving a menu created by a Michelin two-star chef

Cons:

  • An isolated location may not appeal to everyone

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Best for Couples

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Boating
Overall Rating: 
4.5/5 stars

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The Conrad Bora Bora Nui is the perfect resort for honeymoons, anniversary trips, and romantic getaways. The luxurious, award-winning resort offers a range of private experiences to enjoy with your partner: Tahitian breakfast for two delivered by canoe, a romantic picnic lunch on the resort's secluded private island, or stargazing and champagne on the beach.


Tucked in a private cove on Motu To'opua, the Conrad Resort's blissful beachfront location, traditional Polynesian decor, and extensive amenities guarantee a memorable stay. Expect delicious meals at the resort's five restaurants, total relaxation at the Hina Spa, and breathtaking views from your overwater bungalow or hillside suite. Book you and your partner an extra night (or two) now, and you'll thank yourself later.

Pros:

  • Beautiful luxury property with striking reef vistas
  • Pool bar and hip lounge
  • Free use of bikes, snorkeling gear, and non-motorized water sports
  • A weekly traditional Polynesian night with dancers
  • Kids' club, playground, and mini-golf course

Cons:

  • Fee for the shuttle to the mainland and the airport
  • A bit expensive

Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Best Location Luxury Resort

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Airport Transportation
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Canoeing
Overall Rating: 
4.5/5 stars

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InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is one of the only three hotels on the main island of Bora Bora. It gives you the advantage of walking to local shops, eateries, and Matira beach.


At InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, you can start your day with breakfast in your overwater bungalow with a stunning view of the turquoise lagoon and Mount Otemanu. Delivered on a wooden canoe decorated with exotic flowers. You can spend the morning exploring the world-class diving site. The best part? You can jump straight off your private pontoon into azure waters for a swim.

Pros:

  • On Bora Bora's main island, within walking distance of a few shops and restaurants
  • Beautiful overwater and beachfront bungalows
  • Next to Matira Beach, often considered one of the world's most beautiful
  • Free non-motorized water sports
  • Free water taxi between both InterContinental properties
  • Free weekly Polynesian show

Cons:

  • No spa on site, but there is one at the sister property

How many days in Bora Bora is enough?

Located among the remote South Pacific islands of Polynesia, reaching Bora Bora requires a long flight. It takes around 12-13 hours to reach Bora Bora from New York and 8-9 from LA. Once you arrive, you'll likely need to take another boat or private plane to reach your final destination. It's worth booking a nice, long trip if you're going to make the trek.

We recommend you stay at least three to four nights in Bora Bora. This will give you enough time to relax at the resort and enjoy a few excursions. Two or three nights should do if you're island hopping around the South Pacific. With surroundings this beautiful, it's impossible to stay for too long.

About the Author

Fiona is a veteran travel consultant, photographer and travel writer. Her many years of experience providing elevated customer experiences and trip planning had her traveling the world from her computer. She has spent many years as a corporate travel consultant and decided to actually live the life rather than plan it for others!

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