Where we stayed
You may have noticed that The Four Seasons Bora Bora hosted us while in Bora Bora and it was a dream! It’s been on my bucket list for sooo long and I’m so happy we finally got to go. Four Seasons is for sure a luxury resort and it’s not the kind of place we would ever go spontaneously or on a whim, its moreso the kind of vacation you plan for a while and save up for. Especially since not only is it a luxury resort but you just can't find cheap flights there, I would say if you're leaving from the states you won't pay less than 1,500 per person and that would be a very good deal! But you absolutely get what you pay for, it is so unbelievably nice and the staff/service is the best we have had. Most people there were on their honeymoon, babymoon, anniversary, getting married there (they have a wedding almost every day of the week there!!) etc. We stayed in an over the water bungalow with glass bottom windows. The view was honestly overwhelming it was so pretty. It was so nice to stay at a resort where you feel like you're on vacation when you are in your room or back porch. Most of our vacations I would feel guilty laying around because there are so many things to go see but here you can lounge and everywhere you are lounging has the best views EVER!
How we got around
When you’re at the resort, there really is no reason to get around. Everything you need is at the resort. So we ended up just walking around or hitching rides on the golf carts around the resort. There are ferries to the main island twice a day. The one during the day is free and drops you off for 4 hours but the one in the evening costs. Do yourselves a favor and just take advantage of everything the resort has to offer, no real reason to have to leave:) Everyone we talked to who had left the resort to the main island said they regretted it because the resort is so much better!
What we did
There is so much to do there. At the concierge they have a book of all the activities you can do. Snorkeling and swimming with rays and sharks, paragliding, helicopter tours, kayaking, jet skis, and paddle boarding and so much more and its all at the resort so you don't have to leave. We honestly ended up relaxing on the beach and swimming most of the time because we just wanted to relax (I am pregnant, people!)
There is also a spa which is soo nice and I got a prenatal massage! It was heaven!
For the kids
I went back and forth for months on whether or not I wanted to leave Atticus with family. We ultimately decided to bring him and I’m so glad we did! My biggest fear, and I kept on having nightmares about this, was sleeping in an over water bungalow. I almost canceled our flights multiple times but then just agreed that we would never let him outside. I kept worrying about the balcony and him falling off:/ I bought a Puddle Jumper and planned on having him pretty much live in it. But when we arrived we walked to the back balcony and noticed that they had installed plexliglass childproof panels on the rails and a gate! It was SUCH a relief I can't even tell you! They do this for all their guest with small children and we were so grateful. We were definitely still cautious and always had our guard up but it was great to know that we always had that barrier.
There really is so much for kids to do. They have a kids center where you can drop your kids off for arts and crafts, movies nights, games, and so much more. They even have a splash pad outside the kids center which Atticus loved! They have so many beaches there on the resort but a few of them were our favorites because of how shallow they were and because they were protected in the lagoon so they didn’t have waves. They were pretty much kiddie pools which was great because Atticus could just splash around and play with the fish:) There were fish everywhere on the beaches, especially the lagoon! I am talking like hundreds of tropical fish, right at our feet, it was amazing. They even have baby sitting available upon request.
The staff was so friendly and would come up and give him hugs and play with him, they would even bring him fruit and snacks on the beach just to be nice. I was worried about him getting fussy on the beach since its so quiet and I knew so many people paid a lot to be there, but honestly everyone was so nice and would come say hi and talk to him. He only got fussy a couple of times and it wasn't a big deal.
Where we ate
The resort has 4 amazing restaurants. We got to eat at each one. We had their breakfast buffet every morning and it was SO good (crepes, waffles, pancakes, eggs benedict, fresh juice, and like a million other things! Best buffet I had ever been to). When we relaxed at the beach, we ate the beach side BBQ. For dinner they have the Sunset Bar and Grill which has a great view of sunset and one night we got to go to their fine dining restaurant Arii Moana. Most nights Atticus was out early so we ended up just getting room service but we loved everything we had.
Getting to Bora Bora
We were in Bora Bora for a week total but with travel time it ended up being a 10 day trip! But before I get into all that I get asked all the time what we do with Chauncey when we leave for so long. A couple years ago we discovered DogVacay. It has been so great for us. On one of our first trips after we got married, we boarded Chauncey at a kennel. We dropped him off and when we saw the place we looked at each other and never again! So we discovered DogVacay which is pretty much a social network of regular people who take your dog into their homes, the best part is, they walk them, cuddle them, play with them, even let them sleep in their beds! Here in the city we met some really good friends who we found through DogVacay and we have Chauncey stay there whenever we can. They love him so much! He takes him on runs in central park with him, he’s taken him camping, and they even have a back yard where they hang out. You may have seen the picture I tweeted of them lounging in his hammock while we were in Europe. They really are so great and love Chaunce almost as much as we do. The other family he goes with love him just as much and the husband even takes him to work everyday with him and says the whole office loves him! It’s more affordable but it’s just so much more comforting. It’s always sad to leave him, but when we do at least we know he’s in good hands and sometimes I think he might be having more fun with them ha!
We broke up our travel because total travel time was 34 hours! So we stayed a night in LA on the way there and the way back. If you’re traveling with children I’d definitely recommend doing this. Atticus does great on flights but 34 hours is a long time even without a baby. From LA we flew into Tahiti (if you are on Tahiti Air make sure you don't get a front row because the arm rests don't lift up which is a major bummer when you have a baby with you!) It seems like really long travel time and it is, but trust me this trip is totally worth it!
When you get to Tahiti you take a quick flight to Bora Bora and then from their Four Seasons picks you up on a (really nice) boat and takes you over!
Hope you like the video we made from our stay:) You can shop everything from the video below!