Bora Bora is perhaps the most evocative name in an ocean territory known for some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Indeed, with its soft white sand beaches, tall palm trees and aquamarine waters the South Pacific has been likened to a paradise on Earth. Here, islands rise like emerald jewels out of the liquid cobalt of the ocean, adorned with the rich colours of tropical fauna and flora.
The island of Bora Bora is just such a place, tracing nine kilometres of palm-fringed beaches that front a spectacular coastal reef before giving way to idyllic lagoons. Inland, the year-round marine-tropical climate produces lush greenery that slopes upwards towards majestic Mount Otemanu.
Situated within a secluded part of the 30-hectare (74 acres) Four Seasons resort at Mota Torfari, the Private Residences offer a piece of paradise between tropical ocean and private lagoon.
As one of the finest examples of a tropical island paradise in the world, Bora Bora has long attracted the most exclusive, discerning travellers. The small private community of seaside villas developed by Thierry Barbion in collaboration with Four Seasons and the local government offers a select clientele the possibility of having their own property in this idyllic location in the heart of French Polynesia.
The island is connected to the international airport at Papeete, Tahiti, by a 45-minute flight from Bora Bora airport – which can be reached directly by private plane. The resort itself is just a ten-minute boat ride away. The 15 Pacific and private Lagoon freehold villas occupy a private section of 65.000 m2 (16 acres) in the Four Seasons Bora Bora resort, but enjoy the full benefit of its year-round services and amenities.
These exquisite luxury homes front either the sea or a private turquoise lagoon, blending local architecture and tropical design with modern technology, sophistication and refinements. Low-set amid palm trees, tropical vegetation and pool deck terraces that overlook an earthly paradise, the villas are marked by decorative thatched roofs, French doors with louver shutters and spacious, stylishly appointed and beautifully finished rooms that welcome the views in.
Inside, fine local materials and details such as a private open-air bath and rain shower combine with the finest features and fittings available to create homes of great charm, style and comfort. Properties are built to the highest French standards and specifications. The 15 plots are purchased fully deeded, enabling whole ownership of the land and property, the latter of which includes a choice of five different designs and interior styling by Yabu Pushelberg. Property purchase price range between 5 and 15 million euro depending on the plot size and type of house chosen..
An elegant outdoor dining area and fully fitted kitchen enable those fortunate enough to call this home to dine by the pool amid tropical scenery. "We are setting new standards for the brand," says Four Seasons CEO Isadore Sharp, whose staff and facilities at the resort in Bora Bora are at the disposal of residents. These include a private gym, sumptuous spa, pool and lounge areas, fine dining restaurants and a full range of 24-hour concierge services offered for an annual fee. The resort also offers an optional rental management service by Four Seasons for these exquisite, unique homes.
Bedrooms: 3 to 5
Bathrooms: 4 or 5
Built: up to 11,538 ft2
Plot: up to 45,738 ft2 (1.05 acres)