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13 Best Bora Bora Resorts on the Water

Bora Bora is a true tropical getaway with its aquamarine lagoons and lush jungle landscapes. This small South Pacific island is French Polynesia’s sparkling gem, known for its memorable snorkelling and scuba diving and iconic overwater bungalows sitting on stilts above crystal-clear water.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve highlighted the top-rated Bora Bora resorts on the water, where you can marvel at postcard-perfect views of the sand-fringed islets from your overwater bungalow. Experience utter relaxation at the resorts’ on-site spas, sample local flavours at fine-dining restaurants and enjoy access to vibrant coral reefs and white-sand beaches.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

A private island paradise in the shadow of Mount Otemanu, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is the epitome of luxury. Stay in the One-Bedroom Overwater Bungalow Suite with Plunge Pool for unobstructed views of the lagoon, complimentary snorkelling gear and a private bar or book a One-Bedroom Beachfront Villa Estate to stay steps from the white-sand beach. 

Visit the Kahaia tree-inspired spa to experience ancient traditions showcased in an array of body treatments. Sign up for underwater excursions led by the resident marine biologist or arrange a half-day snorkelling safari. Dine on Polynesian and French-infused cuisine at Arii Moana or set up a private dinner on the beach at sunset.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • The outdoor tub overlooking Mount Otemanu in the spa’s couple suite.
  • A Signature Gold Ritual with gold scrub and a 24-carat gold oil massage.
  • The beachfront location, live music and tropical cocktails at Fare Hua Beach Bar and Grill.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 1,363 – USD 2,217
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Motu Tehotu BP 547, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Experience true bliss at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, located on a private island with a stretch of soft white-sand beaches. Accommodation ranges from the family-friendly Lagoon View Suites to the romantic overwater villas and over-the-top Presidential Villas.

Make unique memories while swimming with sharks, then enjoy a picnic prepared by a chef at the resort’s private islet Motu Tapu or lounge by the hilltop infinity pool. Finish your day with a Polynesian Body Scrub at Hina Spa or by admiring lagoon views from the open-air Iriatai French Restaurant.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • The private terrace, infinity pool and personal butler in the Royal Pool Overwater Villa.
  • A Sweet Memories spa package with a couple’s massage and Jacuzzi.
  • The glass floor and outdoor terrace with sunset views at Upa Upa Lounge Bar.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 615 – USD 1,112
Guest Rating: 9.5
Address: BP 502 Vaitape, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa

Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa

Located on the secluded Motu Tautau islet, Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa is a 5-star property with 57 luxurious suites and villas. Wake up to stunning lagoon views from the Overwater Suite, which also comes with a writing desk, tea and coffee making facilities and a separate bathtub.

Snorkel the resort’s incredible coral garden or hop in a kayak or on a paddleboard to see more of the pristine lagoon. Swim in the pool or sip a cocktail from the swim-up Manuia Bar, then enjoy international specialties high up in the trees at Le Vanille restaurant.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • A wide range of massages, wraps and body exfoliations at the on-site spa.
  • The weekly buffet of Tahitian delicacies with fire dance shows at Le Vanille.
  • Spectacular sunrise views from the Taha’a island-facing End of Pontoon Overwater Suites.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 806 – USD 2,599
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: Tahaa Road, Taha’a, French Polynesia

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

You can step off the deck of your overwater villa at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa and into the warm waters of a tranquil lagoon. Traditional Polynesian materials are showcased in spacious living areas, while king-size beds, private terraces and inviting bathtubs feature lagoon views.

On-site activities include scuba diving and sunset cruises, while the white-sand beach and award-winning spa offer pure relaxation. Enjoy a candlelit dinner beneath swaying palm trees or head to Sands Restaurant for fresh seafood and Mount Otemanu views.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • Daily stingray feedings at the resort’s Lagoonarium.
  • Champagne and Black Pear Martinis at Bubbles Bar.
  • The spa’s expert therapists that use ancient Polynesian techniques.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 943 – USD 1,600
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: Motu Piti Aau, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

St Regis Resort Bora Bora

St Regis Resort Bora Bora

Offering the largest overwater villas in the South Pacific, St. Regis Resort Bora Bora is a tropical paradise. Peer through glass-panel doors to observe sea life in spacious villas, which also come with plunge pools, whirlpools, terraces and gazebos. For the ultimate privacy, stay in a beach villa only accessible by helicopter.

Pamper yourself with an essential oil-scented bath at the on-site spa or enjoy cocktails at the swim-up bar, then go snorkelling at Matira Beach or come face-to-face with tropical fish at the resort’s protected underwater sanctuary. Tuck into sushi and fresh fish at Bam Boo or Italian specialties at Far Niente Ristorante, then visit Aparima Bar for craft cocktails.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • An Adults-Only Pool with private cabanas.
  • The St. Regis Butler Service provided in all Suites Villas.
  • Aparima Bar’s signature Hina cocktail with fresh coconut water, coconut puree and vanilla-infused rum in a coconut shell.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 407 – USD 751
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: Motu Ome’e BP 506, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Hotel Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Hotel Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Nestled on Motu Piti U’uta, Hotel Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is a boutique hotel with a blend of French and Polynesian decor. Enjoy fine dining and lagoon views at Manu Tuki Restaurant or step onto the panoramic terrace with a cocktail at Mako Bar. Outdoor activities, such as snorkelling, swimming and kayaking, are available from the resort’s private beach.

Stay in the Luxury Overwater Bungalows for direct lagoon access, a spacious terrace, outdoor shower and mini bar. The 33-square-metre Luxury Bungalow – Horizon Overwater features king-size beds and unobstructed views of the crystalline lagoon and nearby Mount Otemanu.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • A Lagoon Tour that includes a Polynesian picnic and swimming with rays and sharks.
  • Panoramic views of Mount Otemanu and the wine cellar at Manu Tuki Restaurant.
  • Direct beach access and plush sun loungers in the Luxury Villa – Ocean View.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 506 – USD 688
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: Bp 516, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa is nestled between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea. The stylish King Overwater Bungalows feature sundecks with lounge chairs, flat-screen TVs and claw-foot bathtubs, where you can marvel at marine life swimming beneath your glass floor.

Embrace the stunning outdoor scenery with a four-wheel-drive safari tour or go swimming with stingrays, black-tip reef sharks and dolphins, then indulge in a Moorea Lagoon massage at the on-site spa. When hunger strikes, head to Arii Vahine Restaurant for French and Polynesian favourites or enjoy a relaxed lunch beachside at Rotui Grill & Bar.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • Guided tours where you can learn about the island of Moorea.
  • Evening cocktails and crepes at the overwater Toatea Creperie & Bar.
  • The spa’s Couple’s Special with a 50-minute Polynesian massage followed by a tropical body scrub or wrap.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 319 – USD 1,309
Guest Rating: 9
Address: BP 1005, Papetoai, Moorea, French Polynesia

Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort

Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort

You can capture views of Tahiti from Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort, which sits on the edge of a stunning lagoon. The overwater Superior Bungalow features direct lagoon access and a terrace, while the Luxury Overwater Bungalow has a complimentary mini bar. Need extra space? Book the two-bedroom Luxury Villa.

HotelsCombined visitors rave about the resort’s beach, which is perfect for swimming and glass-bottom boat tours. Enjoy a romantic dinner with gourmet cuisine at K restaurant, then watch the sunset with South Pacific-inspired cocktails at Vue or dig your toes in the sand at Beach Bar.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • An outdoor heated pool with lagoon views.
  • The outdoor terrace dining and dance show at Pure restaurant.
  • A 10-minute flight from the main island of Tahiti.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 373 – USD 1,067
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: BP 28 Temae, Moorea, French Polynesia

Vahine Island – Private Island Resort & Spa

Vahine Island - Private Island Resort & Spa

Vahine Island – Private Island Resort & Spa is a remote Polynesian oasis with only nine beachfront and overwater bungalows. These luxury abodes feature covered terraces, outdoor showers and hammocks overlooking the lagoon. The Beach Bungalows are also available with private decks and direct access to the white-sand beach.

Indulge in homemade yoghurt with Tahaa vanilla and tropical fruits, then sign up for organised activities, such as fishing, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and beach games. Book a massage at the serene Fare Spa or join cultural activities, such as nature tours, sarong demonstrations and Tahitian language and dance lessons.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • Mango spring rolls, papaya salads and tuna tartare served beachside at Vahine’s Restaurant.
  • Snorkelling excursions in the coral garden with a Polynesian motorised canoe.
  • Natural products, such as coconut and mango pulp, used in the spa’s homemade exfoliation treatments.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 583 – USD 849
Guest Rating: 10
Address: BP 510 Uturoa, Taha’a, French Polynesia

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

HotelsCombined guests rave about the pristine beach at Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, which is sheltered by the Bora Main Motu Reef. Classic Rooms include thatched-roofed overwater bungalows built on stilts over the lagoon, while luxurious suites include private terraces, swimming decks, soaking tubs and direct Pacific Ocean access. 

Enjoy breakfast delivered on a wooden canoe, then explore the area’s array of dive sites, hop onto a private pontoon or sunbathe on Matira Beach. Sip frosty drinks under the swaying palm trees at Vini Vini Bar & Restaurant Terrace or visit the sister hotel’s Deep Ocean Spa for a pampering body treatment.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • Private sunset cruises around the lagoon by speedboat.
  • Barbecued meats, freshly-caught seafood and Polynesian shows at Noa Noa Terrace Restaurant.
  • Romantic candlelit dinners organised on the beach or at the end of the pontoon.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 655 – USD 1,027
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: Point Matira Bp 156, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

Located on Motu Tevairoa, Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa boasts authentic Polynesian architecture and traditionally-designed rooms. Dine under the starlit sky at Tevairoa Restaurant, enjoy sushi in the cosy Taurearea Sushi Bar or head to Miki Miki Bar & Grill for poolside grilled fish dishes.

Unwind on the sundeck of your Overwater Bungalow, which features a gazebo and direct access to the lagoon, while the End of Pontoon Overwater Suite provides the ultimate privacy. Travelling with your loved one? The Otemanu View Beach Suite with Jacuzzi is a great choice for couples with its beachfront location, outdoor shower and Jacuzzi.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • Non-motorised sports, such as stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and outrigger canoes available.
  • Exquisite “monoi” oil massages and other Polynesian treatments at Tavai Spa.
  • A buffet breakfast with lagoon and Mount Otemanu views at Tevairoa Restaurant.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 604 – USD 1,098
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Vaitape, BP 169, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Le Meridien Bora Bora

Le Meridien Bora Bora

Setting the scene for a peaceful getaway, Le Meridien Bora Bora is home to 98 Polynesian-style bungalows. Overwater Bungalows feature glass flooring, large private decks and ladders to the lagoon’s warm waters, while One-Bedroom Pool Beach Villas are located along the interior lagoon and boast private infinity pools and separate sitting areas.

Indulge in regional flavours at Le Tipanie restaurant before enjoying a sun-soaked day of kayaking, canoeing and beach volleyball. Kick back at the white-sand beach or at the on-site infinity pool, then visit the resident sea turtles at the on-site Turtle Sanctuary.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • A menu of body treatments and massages at the Wellness Centre.
  • The turtle feeding, touch pool, educational aquarium tanks and museum at the Turtle Sanctuary.
  • Children’s activities, such as a playground, kid-sized windsurf boards and snorkelling equipment.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 446 – USD 692
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: Motu Tape, BP 190, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Royal Huahine

Royal Huahine

The west-facing overwater bungalows at Royal Huahine capture spectacular sunsets over the neighbouring islands of Raiatea and Tahaa. Overwater Bungalows come with refrigerators, in-house movies and sundecks with lagoon access, while the Beach Bungalows are just steps from the beach.

Choose from an array of island adventures, from scuba diving and deep-sea fishing to relaxed sunset cruises and trips to nearby vanilla plantations and a botanical garden. After a long day of sightseeing, unwind with local cuisine prepared at the resort’s idyllic overwater restaurant.

Most Alluring Hotel Features

  • A snack menu available at the locally-built open-air restaurant by the pool.
  • The array of tropical foliage surrounding the Garden Bungalows.
  • The resort’s island tour by canoe that includes a picnic.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 165 – USD 397
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: Po Box 36 Fare, Motu Araara, French Polynesia

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Your Own Personal Paradise in Bora Bora’s Overwater Villas

Famous for its exquisite shoreline and turquoise lagoon, Bora Bora is a tropical oasis. With lavish overwater villas offering alluring on-site amenities, the resorts in Bora Bora provide unique holiday havens. From stunning lagoon views and private plunge pools to award-winning spas and fine-dining restaurants, the accommodation in Bora Bora complements the island’s natural wonders.

What’s your favourite overwater accommodation in Bora Bora? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.

Charity De Souza
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.
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