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The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia [Master Thread]

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia [Master Thread]

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Old Jun 19, 06, 10:40 am
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I just booked a room at the NUI for this summer Aug 27-31. Lagoon view suite. In the booking, I noticed that it specifically says "NO BUNGALOW".

I am SPG gold..is there any chance that I could be upgraded in the summer to a bungalow of sorts? Are there any promo codes valid at the Nui?
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Old Jun 19, 06, 10:48 am
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So rooms are better at W Maldives. Location is better at Bora Bora.

Service is better in Maldives, compared to Bora Bora, (I presume you were at nice resorts)

BUT how is the service going to compare between these two individual resorts.. W VS St Regis. Or does the brand not matter as much as the location?
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Old Jun 19, 06, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri
So rooms are better at W Maldives. Location is better at Bora Bora.

Service is better in Maldives, compared to Bora Bora, (I presume you were at nice resorts)

BUT how is the service going to compare between these two individual resorts.. W VS St Regis. Or does the brand not matter as much as the location?
In Bora Bora, I was at the NUI and Le Tahaa (I know, not technically Bora Bora, but close enough). In tha Maldives, I was at the O&O Reethi Rah and Soneva Fushi. These resorts are all comparable, 5* places. Service in the Maldives blew away service in FP.

I really think it's more about location than the brand. In the Maldives, the resort jobs are hard to get and very competitive. Not so much in Bora Bora. Hence the service (overall) is better in the Maldives than in Bora Bora. I'm sure service at the St. Regis will be good (I hope so, since I'm planning on going), but the service at the W will, I predict, be much much better.

I'm not certain that the rooms at the W will be better than the rooms at the St. Regis. I've not seen much in the way of room pictures for the W, but I have seen room pictures and floorplans of the St. Regis and they look pretty spectacular. Also, the W is a single resort on a single island and it is a small island. I've seen the resort map and that small island looks packed with villas. I don't think I'd want to be there when it is fully booked. The St. Regis seems to be a bit more spread out to me.

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Old Jun 19, 06, 11:58 am
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I'm all about value. Upgrades MIGHT be possible at W, not really so at St Regis. Also, $1200 for overwater with "plunge pool" = very appealing.

Potential upgrades and what the "plunge pool" is are huge factors I'm waiting on the answers to. (Email is only method of communication right now, according to William :| )

The scenery vs service comparison is an interesting thing I'll have to think about

Like you said though hopefully St Regis will be considerably better than other properties.

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Old Jun 19, 06, 12:53 pm
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If you are looking for an overwater with plunge pool, the W is the way to go. St. Regis has the overwater with whirlpool, but that's gonna be a small pool (and a lot of $) and the two bedroom overwater with plunge, which will be a decent sized pool and a LOT of $.

And of course the other factor is time. If you are in North America, Bora Bora is a lot easier to get to. Getting to the Maldives is a looonnnggg trip from North America.
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Old Jun 19, 06, 6:13 pm
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"I've not seen much in the way of room pictures for the W, but I have seen room pictures and floorplans of the St. Regis and they look pretty spectacular. "

Where can I see the floor plans of St Regis rooms?
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Old Jun 19, 06, 9:34 pm
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Originally Posted by broadwayboy
"I've not seen much in the way of room pictures for the W, but I have seen room pictures and floorplans of the St. Regis and they look pretty spectacular. "

Where can I see the floor plans of St Regis rooms?
If you email the resort, they will be happy to send them to you...
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Old Jun 19, 06, 9:56 pm
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Yeah, I have the original conceptual drawings. Incredible stuff. They'll email you actual photos now? Like of the glass floors?
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Old Jun 19, 06, 10:32 pm
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In reply to the earlier email about lagoon view rooms at the BB Nui....

They are in a hotel-style block behind the beach, but are identical to the bungalows, and their elevation gives a better view of the turquoise lagoon. But both times I went to the BB Nui they were being used to house the management staff, and all guests were upgraded to bungalows.
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Old Jun 20, 06, 12:17 am
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Originally Posted by plagioia
If you are looking for an overwater with plunge pool, the W is the way to go. St. Regis has the overwater with whirlpool, but that's gonna be a small pool (and a lot of $) and the two bedroom overwater with plunge, which will be a decent sized pool and a LOT of $.

And of course the other factor is time. If you are in North America, Bora Bora is a lot easier to get to. Getting to the Maldives is a looonnnggg trip from North America.
The Maldives is not so bad from the New York area. Non-stop to Dubai and continue on to Male, or fly to Colombo and get a connecting flight to Male works too.
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Old Jun 20, 06, 2:29 am
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The Maldives is not so bad from the New York area. Non-stop to Dubai and continue on to Male, or fly to Colombo and get a connecting flight to Male works too.
There is a better way. Non-stop to Singapore and then to Male. This way saved more time for me.
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Old Jun 20, 06, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri
Yeah, I have the original conceptual drawings. Incredible stuff. They'll email you actual photos now? Like of the glass floors?
They will email you the floorplans and actual photos. I think one of the photos was of the 'parlor' with the glass floor. I'm still waiting on pics of the villa bathrooms and the resort's pool area, but I am told these will be ready soon.
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Old Jun 20, 06, 10:27 am
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Very cool plagioia.

BTW Another possibility would be Doha/Dubai > Male.
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Old Jun 20, 06, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by plagioia
William,

Just thought I would let you know that I was working on this with the resort directly (or at least with the 'St. Regis Travel Specialist' for the resort) and she told me that the SPG25 rate is good into 2007 (in fact she gave me a rate quote for May 2007). Just thought you might like to know, if your inquires to the Hawaii office came back empty handed...
LOL. Well, they never responded to me directly, but they did extend the SPG25 rate to December 31, 2007 a couple of days ago, so it can now be booked through the Customer Contact Center, subject to availability, of course.

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Old Jun 20, 06, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by plagioia
They will email you the floorplans and actual photos. I think one of the photos was of the 'parlor' with the glass floor. I'm still waiting on pics of the villa bathrooms and the resort's pool area, but I am told these will be ready soon.
any reason why they wouldn't put these up on the spg and/or resort's website (if there is a resort website)?
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