Pardon The Punctuation...very seldom am I ever swayed by a movie to make any kind of purchase...well if "Hover Boards" were for real I might be down for that. One exception was watching the movie 'Couples Retreat." The hotel featured in that movie seemed too good to be true. Well it wasn't a fake property created for Hollywood magic, it was the St Regis Bora Bora. When it came time to get hitched Bora Bora was at the top of the list for where I wanted to go and spend my honeymoon. With great beauty and exclusivity comes great price. This is an expensive property to stay at but worth it all. The place is so beautiful that every picture looks like a screensaver.
The Rooms: Bed and linens that made me feel like I was sleeping on a cloud. Sliding door in front of the bed opens to paradise every morning. There is a stand alone espresso machine in every room. Not some crappy Mr. Coffee machine. The real deal Italian espresso machine. In the living area there is a glass floor under the coffee table which shows the water under your room. It's kind of fun to dive in the water behind your room and swim under it to wave at people through the glass. When you pay that much for a hotel you'll be doing it...trust me. The shower was in the middle of the bathroom with water raining from the ceiling. Never have I experienced a shower like that.
The Food: A five star resort deserves five star food. Everything from the breakfast buffet to the pool bar are top notch. The culinary highlight of the hotel is Lagoon restaurant from acclaimed chef Jean-Georges. That restaurant is so good that guests from every other hotel in the area come to the St. Regis to eat. It's by far the best place to eat in town.
Activities: Had an hour couples massage included in my travel package. The spa was great, nothing special but that fact that you're in Bora Bora helps. The view when you exit the spa is breathe-taking and worth the price of admission. You've also got snorkeling sailing, yoga and bicycles you can use to cruise around the resort. The only activity I did was the snorkeling be cause the St Regis has it's out private lagoon. That's right...a place full of tropical fish and even a few sea turtles that's exclusive to hotel guests. A great experience in a completely safe environment and if you're the kind of person who is intimidated or even scared of the ocean this is the perfect way to take it all in without thinking a shark might take a chunk out of your butt.
The Rub: Is this place expensive? Hell yes! The best deals I've seen on the St Regis Bora Bora are through Costco's travel agency. They can save you up to %50 on a trip which is still a pant load of money based on my standards. The only bad thing about going to the St Regis Bora Bora is you'll spend the rest of your life trying to get back there.