St. Regis Bora Bora Reopens After Renovations

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has reopened the luxurious St. Regis Bora Bora Resort after completing repair works following minor damage sustained when Cyclone Oli passed through French Polynesia last February. The property also gains a new management team under the direction of experienced general manager Michael Schoonewagen.


The majority of work took place at the resort’s outdoor areas. All of the swimming pools were re-tiled, with each receiving turquoise glass paste tiles that reflect the natural light, while the pool at the 1,208-square meter Royal Estate has been fitted with white glass paste tiles to reflect the colour of the sky. Around the swimming pools, St. Regis Bora Bora has redesigned the landscaping to include a new wooden deck facing the main beach area, new foliage, coral blocks and Polynesian artwork.


The beaches on-property were re-sanded and re-shaped to enhance their appearance, while the private beach at the Royal Estate was also extended. In the water, the resort has given its private lagoon and public ponds marine alterations, with new corals and fish species introduced to maintain the diversity of the eco-system.


Guests will be able to enjoy the same luxury amenities and the legendary butler service that St. Regis is renowned for. The resort is led by new general manager Michael Schoonewagen, who brings with him much experience working in 5-star hotels around the world, including the Algarve, the Comores, Lyon, Madeira, Mauritius, Monte Carlo, Moscow, Paris and St. Tropez. Prior to joining the St. Regis Bora Bora, he was general manager of the Royal Mougins Golf, Resort and Spa in Mougins, France.


First opened in June 2006, the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is the luxury brand’s first property in French Polynesia and has hosted a number of Hollywood celebrities including Eva Longoria, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Tim Allen. For more information, visit

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