So your wedding or honeymoon is now booked and you are considering having a photoshoot at the St Régis 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.
St Régis Bora Bora : Resort’s introduction
Located on Motu Ome’e, east side of Bora Bora and facing directly the mountain, here comes The St Régis Bora Bora.
Now you’ve checked the map you probably wonder: Is the resort really THAT BIG? Yes, the St Régis is one of the largest resorts in Bora Bora and to be simple it’s huge and new-comers can easily get lost!
As you arrive at the resort you will be greeted by your butler. He/she will be available throughout your stay to help you with anything you may need. The butler service is the signature of every St Régis resorts around the world and it’s unique in Bora Bora. This tailored-made service will definitely make your experience with the resort really special.
Regarding the accommodations, the resort offers 77 overwater bungalows. You can enjoy a large private terrace, a covered gazebo with daybeds, a private pontoon, and an outdoor shower in any of them or upgrade to a suite, some of them offering whirlpools or private swimming pools. Not feeling like staying above water? You can pick a villa on the beach (with direct access to the white sands and sparkling turquoise-blue waters) or the reef side of the resort (perfect for families). Showcases for the warm glow of exotic woods accented by handcrafted Polynesian art, all bungalows and villas are gracefully designed to embrace indulgent island living, whether in the spacious comfort of the largest overwater accommodation.
Feeling hungry? During your stay, you’ll have the choice between 4 restaurants: Polynesian, Italian, Chinese, and the very famous fine dining restaurant, French and Asian influenced “Lagoon by Jean Georges” were you can dine with sharks swimming above your feet.
Without leaving the resort you’ll also be able to access 2 shops, a fitness center, a tennis court, and 2 pools: The main one, located by the main beach with a nice swim-up bar and the quiet, tropical, fancy designed Oasis pool (adults only) with private cabanas and a waterfall. One the other side of the resort you can also access to the reef and the helipad. The side of the resort is wilder, rawer.
Finally, you don’t want to miss The Miri Miri Spa by Clarins. Located on its own islet the surroundings are peaceful and astonishing. The views on the mountain overlooking the inner lagoon and the palm trees are to die for! You can also enjoy the beach there (great spot for snorkeling) but our recommendation is to stick around (after a signature massage) for the sunset.
3 spots we especially like for a photoshoot at the St Régis Bora Bora :
_ The main dock with its incredible view on Otemanu mountain
_ The water hammock in the shallow, crystal clear turquoise waters (only one in Bora Bora). We like to end our photoshoots there, so refreshing!
_ The lagoonarium and the mix between the green of the vegetation and the blue of the lagoon. Several decks and bridges are easily accessible for great views and we can also snap some pictures with the colorful fishes swimming around.
But enough talking, you clicked to see pictures right?
So you’ll find below the 10 best spots for your photoshoot at the St Régis Bora Bora.
Photoshoot at the St Régis Bora Bora : Our top 10 locations
1 : Main dock
First the main dock, with its iconic view on Otemanu mountain. The morning is the best to capture the vibrant blue but we especially like this spot at sunset, the light is out of this world!
2 : Water hammock
Picture a hammock levitating above a crystal clear turquoise lagoon… It can’t get any better than this! Tropical paradise! The hammock is a great place to get into the water and refresh after your photoshoot at the St Régis Bora Bora.
3 : Spa
This is one of the iconic spots you don’t want to miss for your photoshoot: The spa beach. A quiet little beach, surrounded by tropical vegetation and palm trees, fishes swimming around and, on the background, the majestic Mount Otemanu. Pure magic!
4 : Bungalow bridge
Bora Bora would not be the same without the famous overwater bungalows… We’ll make sure you’ll get them in some of your pictures and it’s even better with the mountain in the background!
5 : Lagoonarium
The inner lagoon (or lagoonarium) is another very interesting place to snorkel with the fishes but also to take pictures. You’ll find around the place a lot of little bridges and decks, perfect for candid, scenic shots. The perfect mix between the water and the jungle! This is also the place where we can take underwater or over / under water pictures!
6 : Lagoon terrace
From the lagoon terrace, the view is pretty much the same as the main dock: directly facing the mountain and the lagoon. We like to take advantage of the terrace if the main dock happens to be busy.
7 : Main beach
Well, white sand, turquoise water, mountain view, great sunsets…
You can’t go wrong with some shots at the main beach.
8 : Overwater bungalow
We usually like to start our photoshoots with a few pictures on your overwater bungalow deck… or end them there if you feel adventurous enough to jump from the deck for the very last crazy shot 😉
9 : Reef side
The reef is the wildest side of the resort. Always breezy. Untouched. Raw. Great spot for sunset as well!
10 : Oasis pool & gardens
And finally the (adults only) oasis pool with its waterfall and nice mountain view.
Recommended itineraries for your photoshoot at the St Régis Bora Bora.
Here are our recommended itineraries depending on the duration of your photoshoot.
Itineraries for a 1H photoshoot at the St Régis Bora Bora
- Bungalow deck + Bungalow bridge + Main dock
- Spa area + Lagoonarium
- Main dock + Main beach + Water hammock
Itineraries for a 2H photoshoot at the St Régis Bora Bora
- Spa Area + Lagoonarium + Main Beach + Water Hammock
- Bungalow deck + Bungalow bridge + Spa Area + Lagoonarium
- Bungalow deck + Bungalow bridge + Oasis pool + Main dock + Main beach + Water hammock
Itineraries for a 3H photoshoot at the St Régis 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 St Régis 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 (but golden or pink depending on the colors of the sunset of the day). 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 water hammock, the spa, and the bridges) can get busy.
* Except for pictures underwater. We need enough like for it so we’ll have to shoot on the morning.