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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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“3 great days”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

we stayed here 3 nights in october 2011, during honeymoon and we still have a great memory. The resort is really beautiful and impressive as well as the green-blue lagoon. Overwater bungalow were as perfect as we expected. The place is scenic and the main restaurant was very good. Nothing to complain about. If you are looking for colourful tropical fishes don't expect to find a lot of them under the bungalows. We saw only rays. The only small "problem" we had was on sunday because it was raining almost all day and sunday is a day of rest on the island. The spa was fully booked and there was nothing to do except relaxing in the bungalow and having a walk and drinks among the bars. The living room, bedroom and bathroom were well organized and the tub very good for a relaxing bath. The bed very comfortable for a healthy sleep. There was the possibility of doing several extra activities. We went for a boat trip (half day) and it was a nice experience. Overall stay was excellent.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

If you’re going to the French Polynesian, then staying in an over-the water bungalow is a MUST! Since, we had an overnight stay with Paul Gauguin Cruise Lines in Bora Bora; we decided to stay in an over-the-water bungalow. The room was HUGE! The experience was unbelievable. Breakfast was delivered by canoe, and the service was impeccable. By far the best hotel room ever! Enjoy!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

We reserved a Diamond overwater bungalow. We are Ambassador club members (join--it is very much worth the price of admission!) and were upgraded to one of the end-of-pontoon bungalows. This was our first trip to Bora Bora, and it was just amazing to find the beauty is real--those deep, vibrant, turquoise colors you see in photos and on television are 100% real (even better in person!) and unlike anything I have seen before, including the beaches of the Caribbean, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Tahiti, and Moorea. The bungalows are beautiful, spacious, and very new. The bed was very comfortable (only suggestion is the resort should use 100% cotton sheets). We had the half-meal plan, and loved all of our meals in the restaurant (the breakfast buffet was wonderful, and the evening dinner menu is very impressive). The restaurants were combined into one for slow season that comes with the Southern Summer (Northern Hemisphere Winter), but that seemed to be the case at all resorts in French Polynesia during this time. We stayed four nights. We used the Spa one day, which was nice, but not out of this world nice. The grounds are extensive and dramatically beautiful from every angle. The daily stingray feedings are fun.

But here the magic is the overwater bungalow, on perhaps the most beautiful lagoon on Earth, looking across the water with the best view of the island in all of Bora Bora. The staff were sophisticated and friendly, like the other guests we encountered. The resort was less than half full, but the guests were from all over the world. Some of the most fun we had here was on our $2 inflatable raft and inner tube we brought with us (and left behind with some friendly fellow guests), splashing around in the lagoon. The town on the island is not worth the time spent away from this heavenly place. The Intercontinental Moana (where I did not stay, but saw because of boat connection to get into town), is not nearly as nice as the Intercontinental Thalasso, which is one of the nicest resorts in the world, in case you are trying to decide between the two.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Traveling to Bora Bora has been a long time dream for my husband and I. We fantasized about waking up in a hut on the lagoon, swimming in crystal clear waters with tropical fish, and lounging on white sandy beaches. If this too is your fantasy of Bora Bora, then it’s exactly what you’ll find at the InterContinental.

What first comes to mind when you hear “Bora Bora” is the huts, made famous by the island’s vast-yet-shallow lagoon. If your heart is set on staying in one of these huts, then good news – that is your only means of residence at the InterContinental! We found the décor of our room to be clean and modern. A beautiful glass coffee table in the living room gives you a crystal clear view of the ocean floor below; a floor-to-ceiling window in at the foot of your bed is the perfect look out for lagoon wildlife; a bathtub big enough for two adds an additional touch of romance. One of the highlights of your room, you will find, is the private patio and dock attached to your hut. No need to walk to the resort beach if you’re looking for some sun – stretch out on your own private lawn chair. Getting too hot? Go for a dip in the lagoon off your own private dock.

But of course, it couldn’t all possibly be roses – two major issues we had with the hotel were a.) food, and, b.) cost. Food quality was not exceptional by any means – I’ve honestly had better food at resorts in Mexico. Your selection is also limited. Each morning, the exact same breakfast buffet is offered (at a cost of $40 per person). For lunch and dinner each night, the very friendly staff will hand you the exact same, limited menu. Specifically speaking for off-season travel, the resort was offering a themed dinner buffet only once a week. For the other six days, be prepared to eat the same thing (oh – the cost of that dinner buffet? $80 per person!) By no means did we expect this to be a “cheap” trip but some costs seemed above and beyond acceptable. A pay-per-view movie (and I mean the PG kind) cost $16. A glass of Cotes-du-Rhone wine (which costs $20 for the same bottle at home) was $21 per glass at the resort. Martinis and cocktails were in the neighborhood of $17-$25. On each bill you will see a space for a tip but look carefully – a 10% gratuity has already been added to every bill. To give you an idea for your own budgeting purposes, we spent well over $3,000 in six days at the resort (including ‘activities’). However, while on vacation we learnt many couples had their travel agents book meal vouchers with their vacations. I would highly recommend this option. It is possible and for a bit of extra money up front you can make your stay more of an “all-inclusive” style experience. Talk to your travel agent as it could save you hundreds!

If you are thinking of taking part in some activities while in Bora Bora, from experience, I can tell you about two: shark/ray diving and the 4x4 jeep trek. The “Shark Observer” excursion was quite possibly the highlight of our trip! For $109.50 (booked through the resort) you will be picked up by your guide at the hotel dock before being escorted to three dive locations. If your guide is anything like ours, he will show you how to feed the amazingly friendly sting rays out of your hand. The sharks are beautiful and the tropical fish have to be seen to believed. Make sure you bring an underwater camera with you – or you will regret it! Our second excursion was the Jeep 4x4 trek ($79, also booked through the hotel) which is a great way to see the island but not nearly as exciting as the shark adventure. On this tour you will be taken to various mountain peaks and photo locations. Your driver will also take you to two U.S. cannons, left over from WW II. As to help you budget your trip, a 2-hour jet ski rental costs $270, ATV rental is $190, a half-day of deep sea sport fishing is $1,000 and a 35-minute ride in the glass-floor submarine is $240 (yes, I took a copy of the activity rate sheet specifically for Trip Advisor purposes!) If you would prefer to hangout around the resort, the spa is a beautiful option: the massage I had was approximately $180…and worth it! (We actually ended up going to the spa twice during our stay). If you’re in to working out, you’ll find the resort gym small but modern and clean.

From what I understand, there is a pretty steep price difference between the InterContinental Thalasso and its sister resort, La Moana. If you are unsure which one to book at, this information may help you: the La Moana appears significantly older than the Thalasso. The beach at the La Moana, although white and beautiful, is attached to the same beach used by locals (which gives it a run-down appearance). The La Moana is located on the main island (so it’s easy access to Bloody Mary’s and town) however you will also see an increase in traffic. The Thalasso is totally secluded on it’s own private Motu. To the compliment of both resorts, however, each has an absolutely breathtaking pool. You’ll find a free ferry runs between the two resorts – and after seeing both, we were glad to have booked at the Thalasso.

I know this can be an expensive vacation so here are a few tips to save money:

-Don’t want to shell out $109 per person for the sting ray/shark excursion? Each day at 2:00pm, the hotel offers a free sting ray feeding where you are able to swim with the rays.
-Remember: talk to your travel agent about including a meal plan with your vacation.
-Take the free shuttle ferry to the main island and buy your beer in town. We saw a sign for $1 per beer. The same beer cost $7+ at the resort. Believe me, it adds up!
-Black pearls are cheaper at the airport gift shops than at your hotel. To make sure your pearl is real, it should come with a certificate of authenticity. Even the street vendors were selling real pearls, just at a lower quality than the designer brands…but at a much cheaper price.
-You can pay extra for a shuttle boat to pick you up at the airport and drive you straight to the hotel. For much less, you can take the public airport shuttle to the main island, then a taxi to the La Moana where the free hotel shuttle will pick you up and drive you across the lagoon to the Thalasso.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

My husband and I stayed here in August 2010 for our honeymoon and it was by far the nicest hotel we have ever stayed at! We went to their sister hotel and it was not as nice as this one so I would recommend this one over the Le Moana Resort.
A cool thing they did was a sting-ray feeding everyday which was so much fun! We stayed there over a year ago so I hope they still do this.
The guys at the pool were wonderful and they would typically have some sort of treat like fresh coconut.
They also had free kayak and snorkel gear and we took advantage of this fully. They had a great snorkel area!
As far as food, we booked through Costco travel and the breakfast buffet was included in our package along with a 3-course dinner. The breakfast buffet was excellent and so was the dinner. For breakfast there are chefs there that will make you fresh pancakes, or crepes or eggs - its awesome I would highly recommend doing the food package if you can. I think they also have a package with lunch, but I think just the two meals were good for us. For dinner we did it on the beach 2-nights and we liked that restaurant better than the other one.
A couple of tips:
1) bring a water bottle, you can fill it up at the gym
2) we brought our own blow up raft from home and could just float outside of our room

We had such a fantastic time and hope to go back!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Address: | Motu Piti Aau, 98730, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#3 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
Price range (per night): RM4,064 - RM6,501
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located between the two hearts of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. The Deep Ocean Spa is the centerpiece, but the resort offers lots of cultural and recreational activities to fill your days including canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, stargazing and handicraft demonstrations. ... more   less 
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