Overwater Bungalow Categories: 5 Star Luxury Overwater Bungalows, Family Friendly Overwater Bungalows, Overwater Bungalows for Honeymoons, Overwater Resorts with Spa, and Overwater Bungalows with Glass Floor
Why We Recommend These Overwater Bungalows:
This newly renovated and rebranded (it was formerly known as Le Méridien) Marriott resort, is taking reservations now for after its grand re-opening in May 2024.
Even after this very fine renovation it still might not have the same show-stopping sense of opulence as some other nearby resorts; the St. Regis or The Four Seasons for example, which feature some quite enormous accommodations,
But though the largest overwater bungalows at The Westin cover not much more than 540 ft², they are now just as luxurious, stylish and well-equipped.
So if you feel having acres of extra space is not worth the extra premium price then The Westin will be for you.
The Westin is family-friendly but its previous incarnation as Le Méridien had a relaxed, intimate atmosphere that was more suited to couples, so we imagine that may continue.
It was also noticeably quieter, especially in the evenings than most other Bora Bora resorts, so we can only imagine that also will continue.
Overwater Bungalows & Other Accommodation:
The Westin won’t have the same breadth of accommodation choices as some other resorts but what it will have are overwater bungalows that are cozy and intimate, and blend traditional Polynesian design and decor with modern features including glass floor panels.
The resort also offers similarly pleasant beach villas and suites.
All the accommodations have some outside space with seating and lounging furniture, and in the case of the overwater bungalows – direct access to the water.
King-size beds are standard at The Westin and all of the accommodations will be kitted out with modern necessities; AC, WiFi, mini bar, flat-screen satellite TVs, etc.
Room service is 24 hours, there are also concierge and business services available, and the service throughout the resort is particularly friendly and personable.
Overwater Bungalow Prices:
Check out all the details – prices, reviews & more photos at the hotel website (Marriott) here
Resort Facilities & Things to Do:
The Westin is well known in French Polynesia for its turtle sanctuary, which has been rescuing, and looking after, sick and injured turtles for years now.
Guests are welcome to visit, they can help feed the turtles and also join guided educational tours with the resident biologist.
There is a fitness center at the resort and The Heavenly Spa offers a range of reflexology, deep tissue, and full body massages, with spa products made fresh daily from fruit enzymes, essential oils, and sea salt minerals.
Various classes can be arranged too, in yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi for example.
Food and drink choices include The Te Ava pool bar – a relaxed place serving a variety of sandwiches and salads plus a full range of drinks. The more dressy Otemanu Lobby Lounge and Bar serves up a similar menu.
Of the restaurants, Makau does Japanese and Japanese-Korean Fusion. Varavara is a grill restaurant right on the beach.
Mãere does multiple cuisines – every night has a different international food theme – it could be Mexican one night and Thai the next.
Then there is the elegant Tipanier Restaurant which offers a semi-gourmet menu with a choice of Polynesian and international, mainly French, dishes and has live traditional music and dance performances on some evenings.
It is also the venue for the morning’s extravagant breakfast buffet and twice a week it hosts what they refer to as a semi-gastronomic buffet.
There are two infinity pools at the resort which blend nicely into the lagoon as well as a private beach area with the most beautiful of white sand.
The water is of course central to the Bora Bora experience and guests at The Westin can organize such things as scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing, kite surfing, submarine scooter trips, catamaran trips, stingray feeding, etc.
The concierge team can organize these activities and much more, and will always be on hand to assist with extra special romantic occasions.
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