Best 5 Bora Bora Luxury Overwater Bungalow Resorts You Can Book For Free With Points [2021]

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Best 5 Bora Bora Luxury Overwater Bungalow Resorts You Can Book For Free With Points [2021]

Bora Bora, what a beautiful name! It is one of the exotic destinations in French Polynesia that is popular among honeymooners and love birds. There are a few luxury resorts there that offer the iconic Overwater Bungalows accommodation and a stay at each resort is not cheap. 

Fortunately, most of those resorts are part of major hotel chains in the world, and therefore with the help of their points program, it makes a stay at one of those resorts more affordable.

I am going to make a comparison review on those Bora Bora luxury resorts that can book with points in terms of the location, award availability, room type, resort fees, etc. to give you a quick overview of each resort.

Best Bora Bora Luxury Overwater Bungalow Resorts You Can Book For Free With Points
Le Meridien Bora Bora Resort
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    Best Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow Resorts On Points

    There are a few luxury over the water bungalow resorts in Bora Bora, but the following resorts have points program that is straight forward and it is easy to accrue those points for redemption:


    The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

    The St. Regis Bora Bora resort sits on a bright blue lagoon with incredible views of Bora Bora's iconic Mt. Otemanu. It is a very expensive resort there that offers each villa guest a butler. The location of the St. Regis is inaccessible from or to the main island without a boat, so you are pretty much either stuck at the resort paying for expensive food and drinks, or pay for a boat service to the main island. The resort does offer food package deal that's worth looking into. The good news is, you can use Marriott Bonvoy points to redeem a stay at this resort and award availability is good.

    Rewards Program

    Marriott Bonvoy

    Award Category
    Points Needed 
    Award Availability Easy
    Award 5th Night Free Yes
    Resort Taxes & Fees  200 XPF per night (~$2)
    Boat Transfer Fee $140 round-trip per person
    Standard Points Room Reefside Garden Villa
    (cash or elite status to upgrade subject to availability) 
    Room Description 1 King, Ocean view, Garden level, Private pool
    Cancellation Policy 30 days prior to arrival
    Contact Email borabora.liaison@stregis.com

    Best Bora Bora Luxury Overwater Bungalow Resorts You Can Book For Free With Points
    Photo Credit: The St. Regis Bora Bora


    Le Meridien Bora Bora Resort

    Le Meridien Bora Bora is another Marriott Bonvoy property that is also situated on a bright blue lagoon with the views of Mt. Otemanu. Their premium overwater bungalows have a glass-bottom floor. It is one of the resorts that has a very good snorkeling spot and there's also a turtle center where you can feed the turtles or swim with one for a fee. The resort also offers a complimentary 30 minutes lagoon's boat ride aboard the traditional Polynesian canoe. Room rate at the Le Meridien Bora Bora is much cheaper than at the St. Regis. 

    Le Meridien is also inaccessible from or to the main island without a boat, so be prepared to be stuck at the resort paying for expensive food and drinks or pay for a boat service to the main island each time you want to eat out to save money. The resort does offer food package deal that's worth looking into. This is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property and award availability is also very good. Click here for more information on booking Le Meridien Bora Bora Resort.

    Rewards Program

    Marriott Bonvoy

    Award Category
    Points Needed 
    Award Availability Easy
    Award 5th Night Free Yes
    Resort Taxes & Fees  200 XPF per night (~$2)
    Boat Transfer Fee 12,390 XPF (~$116 USD) round-trip per person
    Standard Points Room Classic Bungalow
    (cash or elite status to upgrade subject to availability) 
    Room Description 1 King, Sofa bed, Resort view

    Classic Bungalow is actually an overwater bungalow.
    Click here for photos of Classic Bungalow
    Cancellation Policy 30 days prior to arrival
    Contact Email BOBMD.Reception@lemeridien.com

    Best Bora Bora Luxury Overwater Bungalow Resorts You Can Book For Free With Points
    Photo Credit: Le Meridien Bora Bora Resort


    InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort

    Located on the main island of Bora Bora, InterContinental Le Moana provides easy access to non-resort restaurants, shops and sights. Guests can take a shuttle boat for 3,390 XPF round-trip per person to the more secluded sister property InterContinental Thalasso and use all the facilities there, free of charge. This resort is more affordable than other Bora Bora resorts and it is part of IHG Rewards Club, but availability for points booking is very difficult to find.

    Rewards Program

    IHG Rewards Club

    Award Category
    Points Needed 
    Up to 70,000 points per night:
    Award Availability Very difficult
    4th IHG Reward Night Free Yes if you hold an eligible Chase IHG Credit Cards
    Resort Taxes & Fees  5% per night
    400 XPF per night
    11.7% per night 
    Boat Transfer Fee Around $125 round-trip per person
    Standard Points Room 1 Double Beach Bungalow
    (cash or elite status to upgrade,
    subject to availability) 
    Room Description Junior suite located on white sandy beach.
    Overlooking at the lagoon.
    52 sqm plus terrace with air conditioning.
    Internet access, convertible sofa bed,
    outdoor shower.
    Max. 2 adults and 2 children up to 14 years old. 
    Cancellation Policy One week prior to arrival
    Contact Email intercontinental.borabora.lemoana@ihg.com

    Best Bora Bora Luxury Overwater Bungalow Resorts You Can Book For Free With Points
    Photo Credit: InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort


    InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

    The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located on the same side of the island along with the St. Regis resort and the Le Meridien resort. This resort by far is the most eco-friendly resort and thus the décor can be a bit on a non-luxury side. But because of its location, it also offers stunning views of the lagoon and Mt. Otemanu. It is also not possible to go to the main island without a boat though guests can take a shuttle boat for 3,390 XPF round-trip per person to the sister property InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort that's located on the main island. 

    This resort is part of the IHG Rewards Club but availability is tough to find just like its sister property. Consider yourself lucky if you can book using points because their standard room type on points is a true overwater villa.

    Rewards Program

    IHG Rewards Club

    Award Category
    Points Needed 
    Up to 70,000 points per night:
    Award Availability Very difficult
    4th IHG Reward Night Free Yes if you hold an eligible Chase IHG Credit Cards
    Resort Taxes & Fees  5% per night
    400 XPF per night
    11.7% per night 
    Boat Transfer Fee Around $120 round-trip per person
    Standard Points Room Emerald Overwater Villa
    Room Description Overwater Villa facing the island with beach view. 96sqm.
    Spacious shaded terrace and big pontoon with sun lounges for sunbathing.
    Direct lagoon access, freshwater outdoor shower.
    2 flat screen tvs, separate living area, internet access.
    Max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 14 years old. 
    Cancellation Policy One week prior to arrival
    Contact Email gsc.boraboraspa@ihg.com

    Best Bora Bora Luxury Overwater Bungalow Resorts You Can Book For Free With Points
    Photo Credit: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa


    Conrad Bora Bora Nui

    Conrad Bora Bora Nui is the only resort in Bora Bora that's currently under the Hilton Honors program. The resort offers upscale and luxurious amenities, so expect the expensive side at this resort. It is located west of Bora Bora and therefore it's facing out to the ocean only and has no incredible views of Bora Bora or its iconic Mt. Otemanu. 

    The resort is also inaccessible from or to the main island of Bora Bora without a boat transfer, so you are very much going to spend a lot of money on food and drinks at the resort or you can pay for a boat transfer service to get to the main island, but it might be inconvenient for some. The Conrad also offers food package deal that's worth looking into. You can use Hilton Honors points to book but finding availability at this resort using points can be challenging and requires flexibility. Plan super in advance to book using Hilton Honors points. 

    Hilton Honors Diamond Elite Membership will be put to a good use here in terms of overwater room upgrade and complimentary daily breakfast. Read here for more information on Diamond benefits at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

    Rewards Program

    Hilton Honors

    Award Category
    Points Needed 
    89,000 points per night
    Award Availability Difficult
    Award 5th Night Free Yes
    Resort Taxes & Fees  Hilton does not charge fees on award booking
    Boat Transfer Fee 14,500 XPF (~$130 USD) round-trip per person
    Standard Points Room Garden View Villa
    (Cash or elite status to upgrade subject to availability)
    Room Description The villa offers a lagoon view from the private terrace.
    Beautifully appointed with a king bed and exotic Polynesian-inspired decor.
    For your comfort, this suite offers a generous separate lounge area and bathroom.

    For your entertainment, the villa is equipped with a mini bar,
    tea & coffee facilities, HDTV and Bluetooth sound system.

    Sleeps 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (under the age of 13).
    Cancellation Policy One month prior to arrival
    Contact Email cbbn_res@conradhotels.com

    Best Bora Bora Luxury Overwater Bungalow Resorts You Can Book For Free With Points
    Photo Credit: Conrad Bora Bora Nui 


    Luxury Bora Bora Resorts Comparison Chart

    Resorts

    Points Needed

    Award Availability

    Points Room Type

    Location & Remarks

    The St. Regis Bora Bora
    5th Night Free
    Easy Reefside Garden Villa
    (Cash or elite status to upgrade)
    Stunning view of Bora Bora & Mt. Otemanu

    Requires boat transfer
    to go to the main island for non-resort food and sights.

    Can check out food package deal before or upon arrival.
    Le Meridien Bora Bora
    5th Night Free
    Easy Classic Overwater Bungalow
    (Cash or elite status
    to upgrade to a true Overwater)

    See photos here.
    Stunning view of Bora Bora & Mt. Otemanu

    Very good snorkeling spot.

    Requires boat transfer
    to go to the main island for non-resort food and sights.

    Can check out food package deal before or upon arrival.
    InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora Up to 70k IHG Points:
    4th IHG Reward Night Free with eligible
    Chase IHG Credit Cards
    Very Difficult 1 Double Beach Bungalow
    (Cash or elite status to upgrade)
    On the main island of
    Bora Bora for non-resort food and sights.

    Shuttle boat service to InterContinental
    Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
    3,390 XPF round-trip per person
    InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Up to 70k IHG Points:
    4th IHG Reward Night Free with eligible
    Chase IHG Credit Cards
    Very Difficult Emerald Overwater Villa Stunning view of Bora Bora & Mt. Otemanu

    Eco-friendly resort.

    Requires boat transfer
    to go to the main island for non-resort food and sights.

    Shuttle boat service to
    InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora on the main island.
    (3,390 XPF round-trip per person)

    Can check out food package deal before or upon arrival.
    Conrad Bora Bora Nui 89k Hilton Honors Points

    5th Night Free
    Difficult Garden View Villa
    (Cash or elite status to upgrade) 
    Facing the ocean, no views of Bora Bora & Mt. Otemanu

    Luxury and expensive resort.

    Requires boat transfer
    to go to the main island for non-resort food and sights.

    Can check out food package deal before or upon arrival.


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