The best bungalows in Bora Bora

The most romantic overwater and beachfront spots

With white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and dramatic, jungle-clad mountains, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s own slice of paradise. The South Pacific island is enduringly popular for weddings, honeymoons and romantic escapes, but it also boasts rich culture and exceptional scuba diving and adventure opportunities to tempt families and solo travellers.

  1. Conrad Bora Bora Nui
  2. InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
  3. Four Seasons Resort
  4. Hotel Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora
  5. Oa Oa Lodge Hotel
  6. Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso Spa Hotel
  7. Le Bora Bora by Pearl Hotels

Overwater bungalows and traditional beach bungalows are an integral part of the Bora Bora island experience. We’ve gathered some of the best bungalows in Bora Bora for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime stay. Read on to find a perfectly peaceful spot with ocean access, a private pool, or breathtaking bathtub views.

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1. Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Poised atop the lagoon with nothing between you and the sunset, Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a true gem. It offers stunning garden and pool suites with beach vistas, as well as some of the best overwater bungalows in Bora Bora. Lounge in bed with an uninterrupted view of the horizon, take a dip in your private pool overhanging the water, or simply step down into the aquamarine lagoon. The five-star resort takes food very seriously, with five dining options including stylish French restaurant Iriatai and beach restaurant Tamure, where you can sample local specialities with the sand between your toes. This is the only resort in Bora Bora offering Ahi Ma’a – meals slow-cooked in the traditional underground oven made from coconut leaves and rocks. Head to the indulgent spa for a treatment or have the spa come to you with in-villa services. You could also take a boat to the stunning Motu Tapu islet, join in with cultural activities, or perhaps indulge in a champagne stargazing experience.

Best for: Five-star luxury with no expense spared

Must-do: Watch the Ahi Ma’a cooking ceremony on Fridays

2. InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

A dip in the infinity pool, paddleboarding, or a stroll on the white-sand beach – it’s hard to be bored at a paradise like the InterContinental Le Moana resort. You can stay in beach bungalows with views across the lagoon or overwater bungalows, and honeymooners can even request an end-of-pontoon spot for total privacy. A glorious breakfast of fresh fruit and local specialities is served to your room every day from a traditional Tahitian canoe. Refreshing snacks, chilled cocktails and light lunches are served at the Vini Terrace, while the Noa Noa terrace is the heart of the resort, offering themed dinners, lively entertainment and a view of the beach. Fill your days with private speedboat trips, snorkelling or reef exploration with a dive instructor, or pure relaxation in the spa. Couples might like to indulge in a romantic candlelit dinner served on the beachfront, or right at the end of the pontoon with a sunset view.

Best for: A picture-perfect romantic escape

Must-do: Order a dream dinner on the beach or at the end of the dock

3. Four Seasons Resort

Below the spectacular silhouette of Mount Otemanu, the Four Seasons Resort offers some of the best bungalows in Bora Bora, with both overwater and beachfront options featuring one, two or three bedrooms. If you opt to stay on land, you’ll have an outdoor dining space, a lush private garden and a glorious pool, while the lagoon villas open right out onto the ocean, with direct water access and a plunge pool. Some of the many luxurious extras include a private villa host to make your stay truly unforgettable, the option of a private chef for your beachfront villa, private snorkelling (also available by starlight), and unrivalled underwater experiences conducted by local marine experts. You’ll be spoilt for food choice, whether it’s in-room dining, cocktails on the beach, or Mediterranean classics on a candlelit terrace at Arii Moana. The resort also gives you the chance to dive into local culture, meeting artists and exploring music and dance festivals with a knowledgeable local guide.

Best for: An indulgent get-together, complete with villa host

Must do: Starlight snorkelling and marine expert experience

4. Hotel Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora

The Hotel Maitai offers a peaceful retreat on the fringe of Bora Bora’s public beach, with a focus on local culture and activities. Besides garden- and ocean-view rooms, guests can choose from Polynesian-style beach bungalows crafted from local materials, or Bora Bora’s characteristic overwater bungalows for a truly unique stay. On-site Haere Mai restaurant celebrates Polynesian and French cuisine with fabulous fusion dishes, a welcoming atmosphere and plenty of child-friendly options too. Close to the beach, Tama'a Maitai is designed as a traditional chef’s house or meeting place, offering international dishes to suit every taste. All guests enjoy free use of snorkelling equipment, canoes, kayaks, life jackets and beach towels, so you can explore the lagoon – teeming with wildlife – in a way that suits you. The hotel also specialises in organising excursions, from boat rental, picnics and shark-feeding to scuba diving, parasailing and 4x4 safaris.

Best for: Making the most of the activities and scenery

Must-do: Kayak across the lagoon or organise a boat picnic

5. Oa Oa Lodge Hotel

If you’re looking for a simple and peaceful stay to enjoy the unrivalled beauty of Bora Bora, Oa Oa Lodge Hotel is the perfect choice. The three-star establishment has a secluded feel with just eight bungalow guest rooms, each with a traditional shady terrace where you can enjoy the tranquillity. Despite the seclusion, you’re just a 15-minute drive from the bustling Vaitape harbour, with plenty of waterfront restaurants, beach clubs and free, public beaches. You’re also close to the studio of renowned local artist Alain Despert, and there’s fabulous access to hiking and watersports all along the coast. At the hotel itself, you can enjoy snorkelling, canoeing and a luxurious outdoor swimming pool, plus massage services. Breakfast is served in your room for that thoroughly indulgent holiday feeling.

Best for: Bora Bora on more of a budget

Must-do: Make the most of the on-site dive centre

6. Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso Spa Hotel

Some of the best overwater villas in Bora Bora, sunset cruises, scuba diving and candlelit dinners on the shores of a tranquil lagoon… throw in the world-class spa, and the Intercontinental Thalasso Spa Hotel is a true gem. Steps lead gently down into the blissfully warm lagoon, and some overwater suites even have their own private pool. The Deep Ocean Spa combines thalassotherapy (seawater treatment) with traditional Polynesian healing, offering myriad treatments as well as an outdoor hot tub, steam room and glass-bottomed villa where you can admire the marine life. Choose from the Reef Restaurant for themed buffets and French cuisine, Sands restaurant nestled on the shore, and romantic and intimate Le Corail, boasting the island’s most extensive wine cellar. Don’t forget to order a signature canoe breakfast to your room while you’re here. And if you can drag yourself away from your luxurious villa, try a lagoon or rainforest tour, snorkelling, paddleboarding, diving and more.

Best for: Luxuriating in the spa and fine dining

Must-do: Sunset cruise and dinner at Le Corail

7. Le Bora Bora by Pearl Hotels

Seeking total seclusion? Look no further than Le Bora Bora by Pearl Hotels. Located on a coral islet between the lagoon and the ocean, the resort has no neighbours. You’ll choose from a Garden Villa with trifold doors opening onto your pool or a Beach Villa with direct access to the sand and a private pool behind. The hotel offers some of the best overwater bungalows in Bora Bora, with a private terrace and direct access to the warm, tranquil depths – and some have private pools, too. Stay active with tennis courts, snorkelling, SUPs and kayaks, or unwind at the luxurious Tāvai Spa. The resort can also organise parasailing, helicopter rides and scuba diving. Dining options include various beach bars and grills, the Otemanu buffet restaurant and gourmet cuisine at Poerava. Couples might like to book a private beach dining session with a dedicated waiter or a champagne dinner to enjoy while stargazing.

Best for: A secluded honeymoon

Must-do: Book a private beach dinner or order a champagne dinner to the room

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