So your wedding or honeymoon is now booked and you are considering having a photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora to create great memories of this amazing trip? Thanks to this blog post you get more information about the resort itself but also about our ultimate favorite spots to take pictures.
Four Seasons Bora Bora : Resort’s introduction
It’s on Motu Piti A’au, on the north-east side of Bora Bora that you’ll find the most exclusive resort in Bora Bora : The famous Four Seasons.
The resort is the ultimate goal for so many honeymooners around the world and you’ll easily understand why as soon as you’ll step on the main dock of the hotel, facing the mountain. The views, the bungalows, the white sand beach, the inner lagoon… No need to pinch yourself, you just arrived straight in tropical heaven. Take a stroll in the lush gardens, pause a moment to admire the views on the sacred mountain, come closer to the water and say “Ia Orana” to the colorful fishes to truly feel the atmosphere of this very special place.
Regarding the accommodations, you’ll have to pick between one of the 108 overwater bungalows (totally renovated in 2019 in Tahitian style featuring striking works of art from throughout French Polynesia) or one of the 7 villas on the beach… And it’s a very tricky choice to make!
The overwater bungalows all feature a living room area, a large bedroom with lagoon views, and a huuuge bathtub that opens towards the ocean so you’ll feel like bathing outside, levitating above the lagoon (awesome!!). You’ll also enjoy a large terrace with a gazebo, sunbeds and outdoor shower. The perfect place to watch the sunset with a glass of champaign in the evening or having your breakfast delivered by canoe in the morning. Some of the overwater bungalows also offer a plunge pool for very hot days.
The beach villas are perfect for families or groups traveling together. The biggest one can accommodate up to 8 guests! And if you don’t feel like using the private pool you’ll be just steps away from your own beach with stunning views on the Otemanu mountain. The resort is indeed very kids friendly with its “Kids for All Seasons” : A supervised children’s program in a dedicated facility. There they’ll have a chance to try cultural activities like stand-up paddleboard, making colourful Polynesian wraps, outrigger canoeing…
During your stay, you’ll have a choice of 4 different restaurants with diverse influences (Mediterranean, Polynesian, Italian, and even Japanese). Without leaving the resort you’ll also be able to access several shops (clothes, pearls etc…), a fitness center, a tennis court, and a wonderful infinity pool with intimate cabanas.
On top of that, we highly recommend you to spend some time in the spa. Build like a temple, surrounded by native trees and kahaia blossom fragrance, the place is just astonishing. The atmosphere will make you feel instantly at peace. Two small pools are available anytime for guests. The first one is facing the lagoon & mountain and the second one overlooks the coral reef and the Pacific Ocean. A yoga platform, above the lagoon, is also available there. The spa is usually empty in the morning and it’s a good place to take pictures 😉
Finally, are you thinking about getting married in Bora Bora? The resort might be your perfect place: It features a chapel, large reception rooms for big groups but most of all: a dedicated islet for wedding ceremonies & romantic dinners… And what is more romantic than saying yes on a tiny island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?
3 spots we especially like for a photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora :
_ The main dock with its incredible views on the overwater bungalows, the lagoon and the mountain: You can’t beat it. It’s the perfect postcard.
_ The inner lagoon: Great views on the mountain, lush vegetation but also a perfect place for underwater pictures. The water is not too deep so you can stand, crystal clear and you’ll find a lot of corals and tropical fishes swimming around ready to photobomb you! 😉
_ The spa: Great scenery for portrait or intimate couple pictures.
But enough talking, you clicked to see pictures right?
So you’ll find below the 10 best spots for your photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
Photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora : Our top 10 locations
1 : Main dock
You can’t have a photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora without taking a picture on the main dock. The lagoon, the overwater bungalows, the mountain. It can’t get any better than this. The perfect postcard (with you in it). Feeling bold? You can also jump from the main dock for a fun picture!
2 : Sunset motu
The sunset motu is a very unique place. Located in the middle of the lagoon, you’ll have to take a traditional canoe to get to this cute tiny islet. It’s the most magical & exclusive venue for an intimate wedding ceremony or a romantic dinner. Oh, And if you are wondering, there are currently 2 coconut trees on the motu 😉
3 : Main Beach
Turquoise water, white sand, overwater bungalows, mountain views… The reasons why so many honeymooners are picking Bora Bora every year. In one picture.
4 : Tropical garden
Want to add some green, palm trees, tropical plant & traditional cabanas to your pictures? There are plenty of little spots around the resort to capture this jungle mood.
5 : Overwater bungalow
Experiencing sleeping above the lagoon, in an overwater bungalow is probably one of the main reasons that made you book a trip to Bora Bora right? So your holiday’s love nest deserves to be in your pictures! It’s a great place for intimate shots place or for fun pictures like you jumping in the ocean (perfect to end your photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora).
6 : Bungalow bridge
Leading to the bungalows, the wood path with the mountain in the background should not be missed. We especially love this spot at sunset. The light is absolutely magical!
7 : Main pool
On our way to the main beach it’s always a good idea to make a quick spot to snap some pictures by the main pool. The design of it with the round jacuzzi in the middle is pretty unique & interesting for the images!
8 : Inner lagoon
One of our favorite places ever for a photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. A stroll around the inner lagoon is so worth it! The views on the mountain are stunning, there are a lot of cute and photogenic bridges, hammocks and palm trees all over the place. Last but not least it’s the best place for some underwater shots. It is not too deep, allows you to stand, the water is crystal clear and there is a lot of corals and tropicals fishes swimming by.
9 : Spa
Nestled in the tropical trees, between the lagoon and the reef, the spa is a very interesting place to photograph. We can take advantage of its gorgeous cathedral type architecture, the two pools, and the yoga deck.
10 : Chapel
And finally the chapel and its interesting shape. Insider tip : the views and the color of the inner lagoon, just behind it are to die for 🙂
Recommended itineraries for your photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
Here are our recommended itineraries depending on the duration of your photoshoot.
Itineraries for a 1H photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
- Pick any 2 locations from : Main dock, Main beach, Inner lagoon, (Bungalow + Bungalow bridge).
Including: Pictures in the gardens while moving from one location to another.
Itineraries for a 2H photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
- Pick any 4 locations from : Main dock, Main beach, Inner lagoon, Spa, Bungalow, Bungalow bridges, Chapel.
Including: Pictures in the gardens while moving from one location to another + pictures in the water (if you feel like it).
Itineraries for a 3H photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
- 3H is enough to cover the whole resort
Of course, we can also do a tailored itinerary according to your preferences and demands.
Let’s talk about it ?
Best time & light for your photoshoot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora
You can check examples using the pictures above: The light & colors are very different depending on the time of the day. To get a soft and beautiful light the best is to shoot in the morning or just before the sunset. Sunsets are often sensational here so it’s a great time to shoot BUT be aware that the water won’t look that blue. If the iconic vibrant blue color of the lagoon is the most important to you then we suggest shooting in the morning between 9AM & 11AM.
All spots are suitable for morning or sunset**. It’s just about the atmosphere, the colors you like better ?
In any case it’s always better to avoid shooting in the middle of the afternoon: it’s very hot, the light is way too harsh and the best photo spots (including the main beach, the main dock, the bridges, and the main pool) can get busy.
** Except for pictures underwater. We need enough light for it so we’ll have to shoot on the morning.
** Even if we can shoot anytime during the day if you wish to shoot at the spa it’s better to book in the morning. It’s busier in the afternoon and if other guests are using the pool we won’t be able to shoot.