this overwater bungalow of the week feature we like to mix in some good-value resorts with a few “fantasy” resorts that most of us couldn't dream of ever affording. This week we are highlighting what most people consider to be the finest resort in the South Pacific – the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

This 5-star deluxe property has 77 overwater villas along with 14 island rooms, and none of them is likely to be available for under US$1,000 per night. In fact, the Beachfront Villas are actually larger and more expensive than the (still huge) smallest class of overwater villas. So unlike nearly every other water resort, you can't try to book a cheap island room and hope for an upgrade to an overwater room.

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The largest overwater suite in the South Pacific

It should be noted that the St. Regis actually has 5 Royal Overwater Two Bedroom Pool Villas, which are even larger and more luxurious than the Presidential Overwater Suite the Kardashian’s stayed in at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui.


Those are almost 3,500 square feet and more information and photos can be found on the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort page. We aren’t highlighting those more at the moment because they don’t seem to be available online at all, or they are sold out for the next year, plus they cost around US$5,000 per night.

Premier Overwater One Bedroom Villa at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Beds: 1 kingsize
Area: 1,905 sq.ft. (177 sq. meters)


  • Large private terrace with whirlpool
  • Covered gazebo complete with daybed
  • Private pontoon and outdoor shower


Price: US$2361 per night (online specials are sometimes available)


All rooms also include a Personal St. Regis Butler, so every wish can be attended to without delay.


In case you aren’t familiar with room sizes, a normal hotel room at, say, a Hilton in Los Angeles would be around 500 square feet. These are four times that size, making them comparable in size to a 3-bedroom suburban home in the United States. Some of that area is outdoors on your private terrace, but I don’t think anyone would complain about that.


The unique private-island design of the St. Regis Bora Bora means that each of these Premiere bungalows has only two neighbors at most, unlike some other resorts where the front doors of 6 or 8 bungalows are all facing each other. Check our map of all the Bora Bora resorts to see what I mean. The St. Regis is the second resort down on the right side.

Fine dining is available

All of the overwater bungalow resorts in Bora Bora have high-level restaurants on offer, but the St. Regis goes a bit further, offering the Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges, which is overwater itself. There’s also the Te Pahu Restaurant on the beach that features Mediterranean cuisine, and the Sushi Take Restaurant obviously featuring sushi.


full photo gallery can be found on the main St. Regis Bora Bora page.

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  1. Interested in an over the water bungalow. We would like to be able to snorkel off of the bungalow. Suggestions??????????????????

    1. Gail,

      You can snorkel off the deck at almost every overwater bungalow in the world, except for a few of the cheaper options in Malaysia. That said, the best snorkeling in those same areas is usually done with a boat trip to a nearby reef. Since the bungalows are mostly over clear lagoons, there isn’t as much to see right under the bungalow itself. -Roger

    1. Cynthia,

      These photos are off the official resort websites, and some of those are offered in high resolution, but only a few of them. The resorts own the images as well. -Roger

        1. Philip,

          The plumbing is built in just below the floor. These rooms have everything, including A/C and cable TV, not to mention showers and baths. -Roger