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“This resort has a lovely feel about it” 5 of 5 stars
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Le Meridien Bora Bora
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Motu Tape | BP 190, 98730, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #7 of 18 Hotels in Bora Bora
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“This resort has a lovely feel about it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

We were not expecting great things from this resort having stayed at Four Seasons & St Regis Bora Bora, but we were pleasantly surprised. We chose to start our trip here for 3 nights, then work our way up to St Regis. We just booked a beach bungalow to keep costs down.

The renovations are amazing! The interior of the bungalow is absolutely beautiful - they have done a great job. They are not huge bungalows however the decor makes up for that in my opinion.

Being in a beach bungalow (although beautiful with a great view, and direct access to lagoon) didn't make us feel that we were in Tahiti. Tahiti to us is "overwater bungalows"!
Luckily on day 2 we got upgraded to an overwater bungalow due to our SPG status. Our whole experience changed immediately. There is something really special about being over the water. The interior of the bungalow was exactly the same - except for the huge panels of glass on the floor (Four Seasons & St Regis only have tiny panels!).

I'm probably the first reviewer to say this, but we didn't find the food/drinks to be overly expensive. It was ok (much better than the other 2 resorts above). A-la-carte dinner at the restaurant was a stand-out for us on this trip. We ate there twice and were really impressed. It is certainly 5 star.

Unfortunately, the lunch restaurant on the beach was horrible. Firstly, the decor is quite ugly (timber rocking chairs in hideous colours), and our meals were not edible. One of the salads consisted of tinned vegetables - awful. Room service in the bungalow is definately the way to go for lunch. The food delivered was wonderful.

The staff here are friendly however I've noticed at all 3 resorts that most staff are on "Tahiti time" and it is not uncommon for them to forget requests, and take a long time to make drinks etc. It is frustrating, but we just ended up putting up with it. Out of the 3 resorts however, the Le Merid staff were the best. Alain is so friendly and made our stay special.

The water in front of the bungalows is quite deep so if you don't feel comfortable swimming there, perhaps choose a beach bungalow. It seems that most Bora Bora accomodation is on deep water unfortunately. Moorea has shallow water.

The deck of the bungalow wasn't very private but that didn't bother us. You are quite close to the bungalows next door, but it's actually quite nice seeing guests chat to each other. Our section was very social! But you certainly need to wear full bathing suit whilst sun baking!

Overall, we enjoyed our time here more than the other 2 more expensive resorts, and we are very fussy. This place has a lovely small "boutique" feeling about it. It is clean and well maintained, and the scenery is just spectacular. We also loved the fact that the pools were on the beach with infinity edges & views of the water. This is how it should be! St Regis pools don't have this.

There is really no day spa - just one of the overwater bungalows with 2 massage beds, and they call in a therapist when you want an appointment. I wouldn't bother with this - its not overly exciting.

Be sure to get one of the two picnic baskets! We got the second one and couldn't believe how much food was in it! And it was so cheap! The leftovers lasted us for 2 days!

A previous reviewer complained about the fitness centre - I have no idea what they are talking about! The gym is lovely! We were pleasantly surprised and the equipment was great.

As for the turtles in the lagoon - WOW! What a wonderful experience. This alone makes this resort stand out. It is very special.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

Stayed at Le Meridien for 4 nights in an overwater bungalow.
I had one big problem. I didn’t want to leave. When arriving at Bora Bora airport, you feel that this is going to be special. You get picked up by the hotel boat and transferred to your destination. Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. I got a tour of the whole property and was amazed. Beautiful gardens and spectacular view to main island, very nice beaches, pools and unforgettable scuba diving in the hotel’s inner-lagoon with the turtles

The bungalow was beautiful, completely renewed and spotless clean. It had a glass floor and private access to the lagoon. Wind at night may disturb light sleepers, but it wasn’t a problem for me.

The hotel also operates a free boat shuttle to the main island. Ideal for visiting and for dinner. Restaurants can pick you up at the pier. Good alternative to Hotel dining.

Highly recommended is a diving trip with Bora Diving Center. They are fun and professional and will bring you to wonderful diving spots.

If you need Internet access, there is free access to computers close to reception. It’s fine to check email or browse the web. No other access, like uploading pictures etc. Wireless access from the room is very expensive. A shame for this kind of hotel, but common. Internet is free in cheap hotels. Go figure that out.

Can only highly recommend this hotel and warn you about the blues feelings when it’s time to leave.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2011

We stayed at the newly remodeled Le Meridien in Bora Bora. We are Platinum and Gold SPG members and were very pleased with the hotel and the remodeled property. We could not believe the location, probably the best on the island hands down and the staff were amazing. We were greeted by the hotel's staff upon arriving at the airport with warm smiles and could not believe how things improved from there!

The property is beautiful and the remodel was perfect inside and out. Although, they were still working on finishing some of the areas of the property during this down season (but it did not effect our stay at the property). We stayed in a luxury overwater bungalow at the end of the pier and had an unobstructed view of the main island of Bora Bora. It is important to note that this hotel is on a part of the lagoon all by itself and faces the main island. Therefore, you need to take a water taxi (provided free many times daily) to the main island and for a small free to and from the airport. The staff recognized us everywhere we went on the property and treated us like royalty. The activities desk was very helpful in making dinner and activity reservations on and off the property. They really attended to our every need.

Biking on the main island is great and scuba diving was fantastic. We would not suggest renting a car as the main island is so small.

I think our only issue would be the overall cost of food and beverages. We had been warned but can confirm that even with the expense of the hotel the prices for food and beverages are high. I suppose they import everything so that makes sense but make sure you are aware that drinks can cost over $20 and the breakfast buffet that was good but not great was also very expensive. With that said we felt the ala carte menu was the best option as the food was inventive, fresh and great and the buffet options at dinner was not worth the money. We would suggest going to the main island and taking advantage of some of the other offerings including Bloody Mary's and Villa Mahana, both expensive but great food and fun for different reasons.

We can honestly say that for all the great places we have stayed in the world and nice hotels/properties we have stayed that this will be a difficult place to beat!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

From the time you land at the nearby airport and get picked up on the hotel's beautiful boat, you know you are in for a once in a lifetime experience.

The staff- Amazingly accomodating. They always know what you are up to and are always offering to help in any way possible.

The rooms- Pretty much any room you have has an amazing view usually at the mainland's ridiculously beautiful peak. Oh - and the rooms are newly renovated and immaculate.

The grounds- Immaculately kept despite still in the throws of finishing up their renovation. From the turtle sanctuary to the snorkeling all on the Le Meridien's own island, there's plenty to do. But if you are looking for more adventure, Le Meridien has a fleet of boats to transport you around the islands and a lot of the activities come to you. For example, we swam with sharks and sting rays and the tour guides picked us up at the resort on their own boats.

Bottom line - not sure what the resort was like pre-rennovation, but wouldn't want to stay anywhere else. Hopefully we'll see you again soon Le Meridien Bora Bora!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2011

Our stay so far at the Le Meridien Bora Bora has been great! The renovations done to the overwater bungalows(which we got upgraded to as Starwood Platinum members) are fantastic (except for the mattress which is clearly left over from the pre-renovated room and not super comfortable). While they aren't as big as the suites you get at the St. Regis, you have everything you need plus a glass-bottom floor which takes up most of the room (last night watched baby sharks and one rather large shark swim underneath us). Even if I had more $ to spend, I would choose to stay here over the St. Regis and Four Seasons because of the large turtle lagoon which you have access to snorkle here which really sets this place apart. Right now there are 31 large-ish turtles which as part of a conservation effort will be released into the wild once they reach 3 yrs old. There are tons of tropical fish in the lagoon and the snorkeling is better in there than in the ocean! Also, after having been around most of the island on a boat, I can easily say that the location of the Le Meridien is the best - the view of Mt. Otemanu is perfect - it is really beyond belief and pictures do not do it justice. The hotel has a small private island where you can order a picnic lunch and kayak over to. The staff here is attentive, and Alain the PR director goes above and beyond to help/assist wherever he can. The 2 negatives are: 1. the food at Tipanie, the hotel's main restaurant. It is no secret that the food in general in Bora Bora is not fantastic and is amongst the priciest in the world. But we were especially unimpressed with the food we ordered off of the a la carte menu (an appetizer and a main came out to $80 and was really unappetizing). 2. The "fitness center": you really cannot call this a gym. The equipment is pretty much unusable - there aren't even free weights - pathetic especially since they did such an amazing job with renovations around the resort and they forgot that when people are on vacation they still want to work out! As an SPG Platinum member I tried to see if a workout would be possible at the St. Regis but they charge approx $35 per person to use their gym plus we were quoted about $70 to be taken over there (next door) on a boat in order to use it. Overall though, I highly recommend this place (and it's "sister hotel" Le Meridien Tahiti, which isn't as lavish but still on a beautiful property)! PS - make sure to book the "top table" at Villa Mahana restaurant well in advance of your trip - it's the best restaurant on the main island and they do free taxi pickups from the dock that the hotel boat will shuttle you to. Also, had a great day excursion with Maohi Nui to swim with sharks, feed the rays, and have a polynesian picnic!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2011

We stayed in an overwater bungalow, which was spectaular - the glass bottom lets you see the fish at night, and you can go swimming right off the dock. The location is fantastic with a great view of the mountain, and breath-taking sunsets. The food was average, with generally sub-par service at the restaurant and bars. It is not that the staff are rude, they do not seem to understand what exactly they are supposed to do, though - drinks take a long time to be delivered, and they generally do not check to see if you need anything further. In general, the staff do not go the extra mile to help, and do not seem to be aware that at the rates this hotel charges they are expected to. The inner lagoon/turtle sanctuary was an unexpected bonus, and we rented a Hobie Cat for an afternoon of cruising around the lagoon, which was really great.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2011

Traveling to Le Meridien Bora Bora is everything you read about in books and see in movies. My husband and I stayed at Le Meridien Bora Bora for our honeymoon in September 2010. Upon landing at Papeete, Tahiti you know that this is unlike any experience you have had before. We only had a small layover in Tahiti, from about 5am-6am. We traveled to Bora Bora on a small jet. To get the best views flying to Bora Bora be sure to sit on the left hand side of the plane. You are sure to see all the islands along the way to Bora Bora on this side of the plane. When you arrive at the small airport island of Bora Bora you are automatically welcomed by the beautiful Mt. Otemanu. The staff of the hotel are so gracious and kind and pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel by way of boat. It is gorgeous, and although expensive, worth every bit of money for the experience. From the moment you arrive at the hotel until the moment you leave you are treated very graciously by the hotel staff. We stayed in the overwater bungalows, which are gorgeous. The only problem with the overwater bungalows, and something to be aware of if traveling during the rainy or windy season is that they move slightly and are loud due to the wind. Unfortunately the day we arrived was beautiful and sunny but turned to rain and high winds, along with strong water currents (that we were advised to stay out of during that period) for 5 days after our arrival. Due to the high winds it was difficult to sleep soundly if you are a light sleeper. My husband called the front desk and told them my inability to sleep due to the high winds coming in our slatted windows. The staff was amazing and upgraded us to a Lagoon Suite. The lagoon suite had the same setup as the overwater bungalows but had private access to the lagoon as well as your own beachfront, a shared attached living area as well as a shared infinity pool. Although the additional living area and infinity pool were shared with the suite next to us, due to the place being extremely private it was easy to find time alone to use those spaces. The beds were not as comfortable as you would expect but that is due to the fact that they are two twins pushed together, but do not seperate. We recommend the shark and ray tour, which was tons of fun and probably the most popular attraction and the rental car. Our firt full day on Bora Bora we rented a rental car for 6 hours and toured the main island by ourselves. It was perfect. The island is small, and safe. We recommend stopping at Chin Lees Shopping market, you can pick up food, water, wine etc. there for much cheaper than you can get it at the hotels. We also found that the resteraunts within town were much better than the dinners at the hotel. The hotel breakfeast buffet is good but the ala carte menu was not something we enjoyed. We did not try any of the dinner buffets but did try the room service which was better than the ala carte menu at the resteraunt (except for the burgers, not really that great). You should definetly expereince Bloody Marys, the food and experience are good. We also dined at Fare Manuia, which was excellent. The atmosphere is just alright but the food and the chocolate cupcake are great! The mostamazing meal, although expensive was Matira Beach Resteraunt. The flabayed shrimp are very good. If you are looking for pearls while staying at Bora Bora, the best bet and the best deals we found where by "Arc En Ciel". Wendy, the owner is very friendly and her deals are the best you will find. The hotel is not too open calling er but let them know you read about it on the internet and would like to meet up with her. Wendy will send a driver to the dock to pick you up and take you to her store. She also will drive you into town after looking at her store to price shop other places if you would like. She is open to making deals. I got a full necklace and she threw in a free pair of earrings as well as two pendants for our families. Overall, enjoy the relaxing environment! I have never been so relaxed. Overall, it was a great experience and would definetly recommend it to my friends! One more thing: if you need to use the computer, do not pay, visit the front desk after 6pm and for about ten minutes they will let you get on and tell your friends and family you are ok and check your emails.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Bora Bora

Address: Motu Tape | BP 190, 98730, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#6 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Bora Bora 5*
Number of rooms: 99
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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