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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 Jan 14, 06, 9:09 am
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The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia [Master Thread]

... is now posted on SPG.com for the St. Regis Bora Bora. Of course this property is a Level 6++++. So I called the Plat desk and they told me that staying at this property will require 60,000 pts/night for an OWB with the 5th night free if you redeem 4 nights. (Makes the Nui look like a deal!!)

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Old Jan 14, 06, 9:12 am
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Any distinction between high and low season?

at least for offering OWB redemption here...
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Hillside Rooms at Bora Bora Nui

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My wife and I spent most of December in Tahiti, going from one Sheraton to the other. The properties in Moorea and Bora Bora were excellent, but where the properties were great, the Platinum treatment was horrible. No welcome gifts (until I called the next day), no upgrades, basically it was as if I was not a member of the program.

We stayed in a OTW bungalow in Moorea, and specifically requested 7 bungalows (2 months in advance). I did not receive any of those bungalows, but after two nights we moved to my first choice.

In Bora Bora we stayed in a hillside bungalow. It's a long walk up there, but it was the best room I have ever stayed in. I was hoping for an upgrade at check-in, but they had no idea I was Platinum (even though the reservation was made over the Platinum line.)

We stayed at the Sheraton Tahiti a few days when we arrived, and four days before we left. Each stay I was upgraded to a very large suite and received the best service out of all three hotels. The downside is the main island wasn't nearly as nice as the others.

If I did it all again, I would have stayed at different hotels in Moorea and Bora Bora. I was really expecting to get my moneys worth, and ended being very disappointed.
mperci and gmc608 and anyone else familiar with the hillside rooms, please give some additional details. We are thinking of going later this year but want to know if we will be satisfied here with a hillside room, in case an upgrade doesn't come through, or if we would be better off staying at a less expensive resort in a beachside or overwater bungalow. Thanks!
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Hillside bungalows are nearly identical to the overwater bungalows except for location. The views would be incredible. Also definitely preferred over the beachfront bungalows in my opinion.

Until the new St. Regis opens in a few months (which certainly won't be cheaper) these are the largest and most luxurious rooms in French Polynesia.

Walk up to the rooms would be a trek but the resort will take you by golf cart whenever you wish.

Hard to tell whether you'd prefer a hillside room at this resort vs. an OWB at another property without knowing more of your preferences/tastes...
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Originally Posted by gleff
Hillside bungalows are nearly identical to the overwater bungalows except for location. The views would be incredible. Also definitely preferred over the beachfront bungalows in my opinion.

Until the new St. Regis opens in a few months (which certainly won't be cheaper) these are the largest and most luxurious rooms in French Polynesia.

Walk up to the rooms would be a trek but the resort will take you by golf cart whenever you wish.

Hard to tell whether you'd prefer a hillside room at this resort vs. an OWB at another property without knowing more of your preferences/tastes...

Gleff...I am using 200,000 miles for an OWB at the Nui.....What are your thoughts on the point usage? Thanks!
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Old Jan 15, 06, 5:55 am
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Originally Posted by Bran28
Gleff...I am using 200,000 miles for an OWB at the Nui.....What are your thoughts on the point usage? Thanks!
(1) If you're going to spend the points for the Nui, definitely spend the extra points for an OWB

(2) I can't criticize using points at the Nui, though some consider it poor return on a $/point basis, because I did it myself

(3) You may be interested in my trip report, How to Spend 670k Points on One Trip, Honeymoon trip report with photos (BOB/SYD)

(4) You might want to find out whether the airport transfer is still complimentary on awards and whether breakfast is still complimentary at the resort (it was when I was there, though they never told you this! also rumors that they were going to begin charging)

(5) Avoid meals at Iritai at the hotel, definitely make a booking for Villa Mahana on the main island

(6) Request a specific bungalow directly with the property, but don't worry if you don't get it. (My preference order would be 109, 108, 106, 105, 104.)

(7) Have a fabulous trip! There's no more beautiful place in the world. You'll have a great time!
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Originally Posted by DullesFlyer
Has anyone stayed at this resort?

Any idea what currency "XPF" is?

Looks like a top notch place -- is it worth Category 6 points or whatever XPF 104,000.00 equates to in USD?

Personally Bora Bora Nui Resort it at best a $500/night hotel. (I would be a $300 bid max for that property) If you are able to spend $1000+/night i HIGHLY suggest Le Tahaa ( www.letahaa.com ). As far as FP goes Le Tahaa is the undisputed 800pd gorilla of luxury. Believe you me that its worth every cent. Alternatively you might want to wait for the new IC and FS however the plot of land in Raiatea le Tahaa sits its what makes it worth it. PS - go in style and take the chopper... killer ride.
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At best a $500/night hotel?

It has its faults, but come on.

$500 per night somewhere else maybe, but look at your options elsewhere at the $500/night price point. This hotel is currently the best property on Bora Bora, though the new St. Regis should take care of that come April.

You can't get into Hotel Bora Bora's best rooms at $500/night, and that place was at its peak 20 years ago and now frankly does not belong in the Aman Resort chain.

Prices in French Polynesia are high. You get more hotel and better service at a $500 price point in most places places on the planet. But to say that Bora Bora Nui isn't a $500/night hotel ON BORA BORA is a bit of a stretch.
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Personally Bora Bora Nui Resort it at best a $500/night hotel. (I would be a $300 bid max for that property) If you are able to spend $1000+/night i HIGHLY suggest Le Tahaa ( www.letahaa.com ). As far as FP goes Le Tahaa is the undisputed 800pd gorilla of luxury. Believe you me that its worth every cent. Alternatively you might want to wait for the new IC and FS however the plot of land in Raiatea le Tahaa sits its what makes it worth it. PS - go in style and take the chopper... killer ride.
I dont think anyone here is talking about actually spending the $500-$800 a night

Who runs le Tahaa? Can I redeem for points, if not, then they would be out.

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Originally Posted by Ken in Phx
Who runs le Tahaa? Can I redeem for points, if not, then they would be out.
Relais & Chateaux

No points, sorry.

And it's not actually clear to me that this is superior to the Nui in any case.
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Originally Posted by gleff
Relais & Chateaux. No points, sorry.
From my recent French Polynesia research I seem to remember that it was part of the Pearl resorts group (the only of their resorts that is marketed as a Relais&Chateaux property). Still, no points.
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Gleff...

Thanks for the advice! Also I have read/heard the bungalows you mentioned get shade pretty quickly is that true? I knida like the sun! ;o)
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Gleff's da man when it comes to BBN, but I've followed his lead and can echo what he says. It was worth the points to me!

I wouldn't worry about the shade. If you value your skin, you'll be in the shade plenty. And if I remember correctly, I had 108 and it was perfect! View of the sunset from the balcony, sun in the afternoon (I usually prefer shade in the afternoon).

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Originally Posted by Bran28
Gleff...

Thanks for the advice! Also I have read/heard the bungalows you mentioned get shade pretty quickly is that true? I knida like the sun! ;o)
104, 105, and 106 won't be directly under the sun in the afternoon, but they do have direct views of Mt Otemanu and tons of privacy.

Personally I preferred to have the respite from the sun... I'd lay out on the beach but when I wanted a break from the sun I'd relax on the deck.

So I was happy with this.

108 will be darker than 109. 109 is considered the most desireable. But it also gets passing boat traffic. I think 106 is personally my ideal, I stayed in 105.
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Originally Posted by demiurg
From my recent French Polynesia research I seem to remember that it was part of the Pearl resorts group (the only of their resorts that is marketed as a Relais&Chateaux property). Still, no points.
That's correct.
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