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September 7, 2008updated Feb 08, 2013

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Opens

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a cultural paradise, a resort that blends the relaxation and tranquility of the South Pacific with the invigorating Polynesian arts of dance, song, cuisine, textiles, seafaring and sport. The Resort combines the highest standards of service with the natural ease and gracious hospitality of Polynesian culture. Guests can lose themselves in the deep serenity of the location, immerse themselves in the customs and traditions of local culture, or set off on one the island’s many adventures, from outrigger canoeing to deep-sea fishing to inland safaris —creating an unforgettable experience.

Set upon Bora Bora’s surrounding coral atoll, away from the bustle of its mainland, the Resort is a vast tropical grove, replete with coconut palms and pandanus trees. Meandering channels of pure turquoise lead to the property’s main beach or to smaller lagoons, creating dozens of secluded private beaches waiting to be discovered. Every vista is breathtaking, and all have been incorporated into the design of the Resort: views of the open ocean and its vast sky contrast with the lush green of the island’s mainland, capped by the towering monolithic peak of Mount Otemanu (727 metres/ 2,385 feet) and the domed summit of Mount Pahia (658 metres / 2,159 feet).

The Resort’s 121 accommodations include 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, all designed with thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork. Four restaurants, offering a vast selection of creative culinary experiences, from Polynesian to French to fusion, are complemented by special open-air dining, from private oceanside dinners to outdoor Tahitian feasts cooked in traditional a’hi ma’a earth ovens.

A full-service spa, balanced by the powerful rhythms of the Pacific ocean and the secluded tranquility of the island’s lagoon — and featuring open-air treatment decks amid the kahaia trees – offers a combination of relaxation and exhilaration that only Bora Bora’s unique location can provide.

Set upon a sprawling 22 hectares (54 acres), the Resort can meet a vast array of needs and accommodate a wide variety of entertainment programs. Facilities for families are unrivalled in the region: a Kids for All Seasons clubhouse with private pool for children up to age 12 and, for older kids, Chill Island: a private beach and coral lagoon area complete with a clubhouse, cultural activities, volleyball and watersports. The connection Four Seasons has with the island community will provide a truly authentic Polynesian experience. Local guides are available for many excursions, as is the Resort’s own marine biologist, providing a wealth of learning opportunities, whether scientific or cultural.

The architecture of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is the fruit of a unique collaboration that brings together the cosmopolitan flair of Paris-based architect Didier Lefort and the modern elegance of San Francisco design firm Babey Moulton with the Polynesian authenticity of renowned South Pacific architect Pierre-Jean Picart. The Resort was developed with the natural setting in mind, its installations designed to harness the location’s ample natural light and prevailing breezes to reduce lighting and air conditioning needs. The Island’s lush native vegetation includes some 100 mature coconut palms, and an on-site nursery nurtures additional native vegetation. Masons fashioned walls using volcanic stone from the neighboring Taha’a island, while interior pillars were made of merbau timber.

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