We stayed at the Le Meridien Bora Bora for 6 nights on the final leg of our honeymoon. Bora Bora and the hotel are probably the most beautiful places we have ever been. The water is spectacular.
The grounds are lovely, there are two infinity pools (a little small - can get crowded), two lagoons for swimming, and two docks with over water bungalows. There are also a few beach bungalows that actually looked very nice, a couple had plunge pools I think.
We stayed in a Premium Overwater Bungalow (329) that had a great view of the mountain on Bora Bora. I think the view and maybe the deck chairs are the only difference between the Premium Overwater Bungalow and the next step down. The rooms were great, the bed was very comfortable and the towels were fluffy. The glass bottom floor was amazing, you could see the most fish at night - very neat. I loved the deck with spiral staircase down to the water. The water was very deep under our bungalow so we could jump off and float around in the water when we got too hot. I really liked the bathtub - nice leaver windows to the lovely view of outside.
The housekeeping and turn down service were great. We didn't get complimentary water everyday not sure if we were supposed to? The WIFI is not free, but there are free computers that you can use - internet was spotty. There were a couple short periods where the power at the hotel went out, not sure how common this is but it seemed to back up in running in 15 minutes.
Everything was beautiful and the staff are very, friendly but I found the food service style quite different to North America. I don't think it was rude, just different - they just left you alone to eat your meal (no checking on you, refilling wine, you have to get their attention to get your check etc…) The food was very very expensive and there wasn't a lot of options considering that you are stuck there unless you take a boat to the main island or another hotel. The restaurants had weird hours and there wasn't very much variety and it was very expensive. The buffet breakfasts were about $50CAD and that is your only option or room service. The food was fine, not outstanding but I got tired of it. The buffet dinners are about $100 but there is also an a la carte dinner menu. The cocktails were delicious (expensive) the French wine was not bad priced probably cheaper here in Bora Bora than in Canada. The a la carte deserts were AMAZING and worth the price!
The hotel has lots of free activities: kayaks, snorkels, bocce, misc. sport and game rentals, a great Tahtitian show on Tuesday and Friday nights (highly recommend), turtle feeding everyday in their turtle rescue centre (very interesting), stocked inner lagoon with lots of fish to see etc…
The hotel boat transfer is not free and on our trip back to the airport it was delayed 45 minutes waiting for some late people - which did not cap off our week nicely. We are paying for the service so why are we waiting around for late people?! Also the boat said max 12 but there was 16 people on it.
Tip: the best deal going is the Hinano's in your mini bar, there are two and they will replace them each day. They were 400XPF, everywhere else 650XPF.
Tip: Bora Bora is actually as expensive as everyone claims. I wish we had been prepared and brought some snacks and water or gone to the main town one day to pick up some necessities so we wouldn't need to rely as much on the hotel boutique/room service/mini bar. But the taxi into town was really expensive (about $80CAD) so it might not have been worth it in the end.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Meridien Bora Bora is a luxury resort set on an islet surrounded by the most beautiful lagoon in the world. Our resort offers guests a contemporary design blended with Polynesian culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- Bora Le Meridien
- Le Meridian Bora Bora