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Best Bora Bora hotels to book for your trip in 2021

From cheap stays to overwater-bungalow luxury, find the perfect accommodation and a great deal to match in French Polynesia.

Idyllic isles dotted with private villas with exclusive access to crystalline waters… and budget accommodation? Yes, you can find it all in Bora Bora.

This island paradise that postcards could only dream of picturing does offer accommodation for all walks of life, from honeymooners to solo travellers. While there aren’t any traditional hostels on the island, guesthouses and shared accommodation, which can be booked on Airbnb, are ideal for those looking for a budget beach break, while once-in-a-lifetime lagoon villas are offered by big names like St Regis and Conrad.

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Where are the best places to stay in Bora Bora?

Best cheap Bora Bora accommodation

It is possible to find resort accomodation in Bora Bora for less than $200 per night, and this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort or service.

The top-rated “Specialty Lodging” on TripAdvisor (as of February 2020), Oa Oa Lodge, is also one of the most affordable resorts on the island, with over-water bungalows and other private villa options.

Our top picks for cheap Bora Bora accommodation: Oa Oa Lodge, Hotel Royal Bora Bora

Best Bora Bora hotels on the water

When it comes to hotels, names like the Four Seasons, Conrad, InterContinental and St Regis are synonymous with luxury. When it comes to Bora Bora, those names also means overwater bungalows.

The French Polynesian island is famous for overwater villas sitting atop the impossibly blue waters of the surrounding lagoon. But these rooms do come at a cost. Expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per night for the luxury.
Our top picks for Bora Bora hotels on the water: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, St Regis Bora Bora

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Alternate Bora Bora accommodation options

If you’re looking for ways to save, or if you generally aren’t a big fan of hotels, we recommend checking out guesthouse and house-share options on Airbnb. We found places to stay for as low as $50 per night.

As Bora Bora is a small island, even if these accommodations aren’t waterfront, you’ll never be far from the beach and it’s the perfect excuse to get a taste of the local culture.

Frequently asked questions about Bora Bora hotels

How much are Bora Bora hotels?

Not known for being a budget-friendly destination, Bora Bora hotels tend to be much more expensive than elsewhere in the South Pacific.

If you’re looking for a bucket-list-worthy over-water bungalow, expect to pay $500-$1,500 for the luxury.

However, there are accommodation options that do work for lower budgets. We found guesthouses and shared accommodation on Airbnb starting for as low as $50 per night, and resorts for less than $200 per night.

With many hotels set on the lagoon, how do you get to your accommodation in Bora Bora?

If you’re staying on the main island, there is a complimentary boat transfer available from the airport to Vaitape, the main town. If you’re staying at a resort on the lagoon, you can book boat transfers. Hotels will usually be able to help with this, or may even include it as part of your package.

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