Room Key: St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora
Address: Motu Ome'e BP 506, Bora Bora 98730, French Polynesia
Phone: (011) 68 960-7888
Fax: (011) 68 960-7889
General Manager: Milton Sgarbi
Amenities: Butler service; twice-daily maid; two 42-inch plasma TVs, Bose DVD/CD player; espresso/coffeemakers; snorkels and masks in-room; high-speed Internet.
The French Polynesian island of Bora Bora
is no stranger to luxurious accommodations. But even seasoned
luxury travelers will find much to admire in two new entrants, the
InterContinental Resort and Thalasso Spa Bora Bora and the St.
Regis, Bora Bora, both of which are perched on the islets called
motus that shelter Bora Bora's aquamarine lagoon.
InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa, the brand's second
resort on Bora Bora, has some unique attributes. The property is
the first in the world to utilize a deep-ocean-water cooling
Deep sea dreams
InterContinental's air-conditioning system draws 41-degree seawater
from 3,000 feet below the surface through a 7,874-foot-long pipe.
This system eliminates the need for ozone-destroying
hydrofluorocarbon chemicals and uses 90% less energy than
traditional cooling systems.
water does double duty at the resort: Once it finishes its
utilitarian cooling job, it is reused in thalassotherapy facilities
at the on-site Deep Ocean Spa run by French company
thalassotherapy spas elsewhere use water drawn from depths of 100
feet or less, the Bora Bora spa claims its deep-sea waters are
purer and richer in minerals and thus more beneficial.
incorporate not only seawater but Algotherm oils and creams
enriched with aquatic ingredients.
especially the three overwater treatment rooms with glass-bottom
floors, is gorgeous. The only challenge guests have making it to
the spa is tearing themselves away from overwater
All 80 guest
villas, which range in size from 330 to
1,100 square feet, are made from spruce wood and are equipped with
LCD TVs, Internet connectivity and shaded, private decks. The decks
have staircases descending to water-level platforms for sunning or
easy snorkeling and swimming access to the lagoon.
daytime conditions at the resort's infinity pool and 1,600-foot,
private, white-sand beach indicate that many of the guests-- a mix
of American, Australian, Japanese and French visitors -- seem to
prefer the comforts of their villas.
The villas are
designed exceptionally well. Glass bedroom walls afford beautiful
vistas to wake up to, and a glass-topped coffee table with a glass
panel in the floor beneath provides interesting viewing
opportunities, particularly at night when fish are drawn to the
lighted waters beneath the units.
include 24-hour room service; a beach bar called Bubbles; the Sands
casual restaurant, open for lunch and dinner; and Le Reef
restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner.
run from $843 to $1,051 per night.
To book, call
(011) 68 960-4900 or visit www.borabora.intercontinental.com.
Exclusively St. Regis
At the St. Regis,
the bywords are luxury, exclusivity and exceptional service. Luxury
is demonstrated not only by the spaciousness of the villas, which
start at 1,550 square feet, but by the high quality of furnishings
and toiletries, including generous containers of St. Regis bath
salts and Acqua di Parma gels and lotions.
service ethic is embodied by its butler service.
At the press of a
button, reservations are made, with call-back confirmations, for
treatments at the 13,000-square-foot Miri Miri spa or for dinner at
the Lagoon restaurant, developed by chef Jean-Georges
If bicycles are
requested to explore the 44-acre property, they are delivered
promptly; other such requests are handled with similar courtesy and
This is the
resort for privacy seekers with limit-free credit cards. Five of
the overwater villas have private plunge pools that are actually
suspended over the lagoon.
Two of the beach
villas have access to a private helicopter pad. Another, the
13,000-square-foot Royal Estate, boasts three bedrooms, a private
swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, private beach and its
own spa treatment room.
The public areas
of the resort are lovely, as well.
The lagoon is the
perfect spot in which to paddle in one of the resort's
complimentary kayaks before returning to lounge in a hammock under
a palm tree or simply sink into the sand of what St. Regis claimed
is the region's largest resort beach.
attractive feature at the St. Regis is the presence of a
Lagoonarium, stocked with a wide variety of fish and even a sea
turtle, which guarantees a snorkeling experience with plenty of
sealife in calm waters. The resort also operates a
catch-and-release fly-fishing program in the
If guests need to
get out of the sun for a few hours, the St. Regis does have a small
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