When most couples think of a quintessential, romantic honeymoon destination, they often picture the gorgeous overwater bungalows of island resort destinations, private island escapes with a world-renowned resort spa, and the crystal-clear waters of the South Pacific – specifically French Polynesia, which consists of over 100 islands including Moorea, Bora Bora, Tahiti, and Fiji. A French Polynesia honeymoon doesn't have to be reserved for your wanderlust wish list. Though a Bora Bora honeymoon is a favorite for many couples’ ultimate travel bucket lists, your French Polynesia experience doesn't have to stop at the honeymoon. More and more couples are inviting their friends and family to join them for an intimate destination island wedding, which is then followed by a romantic honeymoon in French Polynesia.
Though there are many beach-resort properties with the stunning views and overwater bungalows that have become synonymous with a honeymoon in Bora Bora, a favorite of many discerning couples is the Four Seasons Resort and Spa property. The luxury beach resort is a private-island paradise in the heart of French Polynesia, making it a beautiful destination for a relaxing, luxurious honeymoon, Bora Bora destination wedding, or even a romantic place to celebrate a future wedding anniversary. Though the island beach resort is most often regarded as a destination for couples taking their honeymoons to Bora Bora, the wedding offerings will be revered by pairs wanting to say “I do” in the French Polynesian islands.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers discrete ceremonies in the Aherenoa Chapel and receptions that last all night long on Otemanu Beach, making the Four Seasons a fantastic venue for your wedding day. Let’s take a look at the wedding packages available at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort and Spa, starting with a traditional Polynesian wedding.
For couples who want to incorporate the beautiful culture of the islands, the property offers the “Romantic Dance” package for the perfect island wedding. Get married to the gentle sound of Tahitian songs, exchange vows surrounded by traditional singers and dancers in Polynesian dress, and celebrate with your closest friends and family surrounded by traditional Polynesian décor and flowers on the shoreline.
A wedding package with a difference, this romantic experience is perfect for a small wedding party. The magical day starts with a visit to the spa for hair-and-makeup services, and your wedding attire is taken care of while you get ready. Just before you meet your beloved to say “I do,” you’ll approach your wedding ceremony venue by canoe as a customary Polynesian song and dance fills the air to the delight of your loved ones. To continue the celebration as newlyweds, a romantic dinner for two follows on the beach or in your bungalow to allow for pure “just married” bliss!
For pairs who want to combine the Romantic Dance package with the Colourful Dream package, as well as capture it all on video, the Pearl of Love wedding package provides a videographer to capture every detail of your wedding day to provide memories for you to take home. In addition to the amenities provided in the two prior packages, this one also features a couple’s spa treatment and tropical cocktails served in coconut shells to provide a fun island experience.
Now you know what wedding packages are available, discover some background on Bora Bora and the Four Seasons Resort and Spa, below.
Bora Bora is a private island in the middle of French Polynesia. It is part of the Leeward group of islands, within the atoll of the Society Islands. Set in a lagoon and surrounded by coral reefs deep within the South Pacific ocean, Bora Bora is an idyllic island with an extinct volcano, Mount Otemanu. Because of the volcano, the soil is fertile and the vegetation abundant, giving the island some of the most beautiful scenery of anywhere in the world.
The nearest airport is Faa’a Airport International Airport in Tahiti. If you’re going to the Four Seasons, you may choose a short interconnecting flight to Bora Bora or travel directly by private charter. Once on property, you’ll soon realize that the Four Seasons has everything covered to ensure the safety of their guests. The luxury hotel group prides itself on “leading with care” to provide an exquisite experience for travelers – especially in light of recent events. To ensure their staff and guests are safe, the hotel is taking special care to maintain the comfort of their guests. In response to COVID-19, the Four Seasons Group is committed to guest well-being and safety and taking the advice of the Johns Hopkins Medicine International Foundation to limit any possible effects of COVID-19.
Independent bungalows and villas line the shoreline of this gorgeous property. From one-bedroom villas ideal for honeymooners to large beachfront villas that are designed to host families, extended stays, and larger group getaways, you'll find an accommodation that’s perfect for you. All dwellings have infinity pools and terraces, and many have enclosed gardens, making the villas as comfortable as home.
The larger villas have an impressive floor plan, offering two king-size beds and two queen-size beds that can sleep the equivalent of six adults and one child. The villas also have three bathrooms and a powder room, as well as an outdoor kitchen fitted with everything you could need to cater for every type of occasion – weddings included. The smaller villas on property are just as luxurious, on a smaller scale. For example, a Two-Bedroom Premier Beachfront Villa Estate offers 3,228 square feet, and a more modest One-Bedroom Beachfront Villa Estate villa still offers 2,722 square feet!
Honeymooners will love the promenades to the incredible over-the-water bungalows. These One-Bedroom Mountain-View Overwater Bungalow Suites offer 1,080 square feet and can accommodate two adults and one child or two adults and two children under 12 years old, for those couples traveling with their kids. Step down from the overwater bungalow into the sparkling sea, and you couldn’t be closer to nature and romantic bliss.
With regards to the interior design of the property, the Four Seasons has embraced its natural surroundings to create a design that is inspired by a traditional Polynesian village. Architect Pierre-Jean Picart, San Francisco design firm BAMO, and Paris-based designer Didier Lefort worked together to build upon the natural lagoon setting of the resort to provide an indoor-outdoor feel to every villa and venue on property.
Everything you would expect from a resort of this quality is here: a luxury fitness center with a spa, tennis courts, volleyball and badminton courts, along with a 24-hour business center and a multilingual concierge service to help you plan activities, as well as ensure you’re far from the stresses of home but able to check in when needed.
There are four delectable restaurants on property, including the main restaurant Arii Moana, which features Polynesian-style décor and airy feel of laid-back luxury. The establishment is led by the French mastery of Executive Chef Eric Desbordes to provide the resort’s chicest dining experience. From à la carte to prix-fixe offerings that change with the seasons, all dining options are complemented by French Polynesia’s finest wine collection, with over 150 labels from around the world.
Of course, there is an all-day restaurant, Fare Hoa Beach Bar and Grill, as well as a separate breakfast experience at Tere Nui with a view over Mount Otemanu. You can even have your wedding breakfast delivered to your overwater bungalow by canoe. You can’t get more romantic than that! Private in-bungalow or in-suite dining is also possible, and you can have room service any time you like.
Nothing is too much trouble at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.