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“Ill give it to ya straight! Wonderful Trip” 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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“Ill give it to ya straight! Wonderful Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

Before purchasing this trip around 8 months ago, I read the reviews online about Le Meridien and saw that they were somewhat mixed. i have stayed in several Le Meridien hotels, especially the one in LA. I decided to take the plunge and booked a 7 night stay there for the end of November 2011 for my honeymoon. It was indeed expensive, I purchased an overwater bungalow with the breakfast and dinner included. However, I wanted to go big because it was our honeymoon. Many people on here speak down on the food, in my opinion it was borderline amazing and it was bountiful. Breakfast has everything from eggs benedict, omelettes, cereals, pancakes, waffles, fruit, pastries, bacon... There were so many selections that you would have to be the pickiest person in the whole world to not to find something enjoyable to eat. All of the food is very expensive just like anywhere else on the island, but you have to expect that when you go here. The huts are nice, clean, have a bathtub, walk-in shower, large glass floor, and a suitable balcony. The beach at the hotel is absolutely breathtaking, perfect for a post card. If you have seen the movie "couples retreat" it is basically the same view facing the mountain. You can walk out waist deep for over 100 yards. We spent hours and hours on beach or under an umbrella by either of the two pools and the bar. If you do not order specialty drinks the alcohol is not too ridiculously priced. You can enjoy a rum and coke for $9-10. Also, you can have a panini and french fries lunch for $20. You can make it work if you don't order a filet mignon for lunch with a Pina Colada. If you go there and think you are not going to spend money then you should probably go to Mexico or The Bahamas, which are nice as well. But, I will tell you, this resort is breathtaking, the staff was always quick to help out, you never have to wait in a line for a drink or table for dinner. There are open lounge chairs all over the beach and pool, you never have someone right next to you. It is luxury, however, it is island luxury. They are a bit more lenient on things compared to staying in a 5 star hotel in the US. The amazing views and relaxing ambiance will be memories that my wife and I will have forever. PS we are already planning to go back for our five year anniversary. PS PS do the shark and ray feeding that you can book at the hotel, it is only $100 per person, but you get to swim the with rays and the sharks if you choose to (once in a lifetime).

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Bora bora is amazing; the pictures you see is what it all looks like all the time; even when its raining. The bungalows are a must! We chose this hotel due to the turtle sanctuary and the SUPER SIZE GLASS bottom! Also the price was fairly reasonable for the bungalows even for bora bora.We went there for our honeymoon however most people there are on their honeymoon so theres no special treatment.
Each bungalow has the large glass floor,which was amazing; we didnt get to go to other hotels (boat ride costs $200!!!!) but have heard that it is the largest glass bottom in all the hotels.
The rooms are well equipped, well set out, clean, the views are amazing as are the decks! Cant fault the resort or scenery- However the service is appalling especially for a 5 star hotel!
Although the staff are friendly (especially the gentleman who took care of us at checkin) the staff are clearly not trained to provide great service.
- At the pool you will be told that you have to wait for your drinks/food as it will not be taken out to you and everytihng is served in plastic containers (like a local chinese shop although small fries are $25!).
- Half the time the restaurant food was cold and every time we asked about gluten free/wheat free they didnt know what we were talking about. On average evening meals were $200-$300 highly recommend you get the shuttle to the main island and visit one of the restaurant for half the prices
- they lost our bag for about 3 hours upon checkin and we kept having to call for it
- we made a booking for dinner at one of the lagoon tables, when we got there we were told that someone sat in our seat and the rest of the seats were reserved so we couldnt sit at the lagoon as they cant do anything about it--ummm how about tell the person who didnt make a reservation to move????
- everytime we asked for something like instant coffee (which wasnt refiled in the room) or an adapter we were told to come down to reception rather than someone offering to bring it up
- we ordered room service and were told 3 times upon delivery to leave tray outside the door once finished. 30 mins later we received a call to put our tray outside.
- Internet connection was $100 for 7 days, sometimes wouldnt connect unless you restarted the computer a couple of times and they restricted the connection to to one device! Surely in this day and age it wouldnt cost them more to allow more devices be connected on the same network especailly at those rates???
- one day we asked for icecream when we were ordering coffee and we were laughed at literally , we were so surprised we signed for it and didnt question what was so funny.
- on the 2nd last day we woke up to our 'check out' envelop at the front door; considering we are from Australia the time/day change is substantial, we panicked that we got our dates wrong and that were in fact leaving that day or had our watches set to the wrong date. Upon checking the net and rechecking our flights, we contacted reception to confirm the date and questioned the letter.We were advised that it was in fact forward DATED (???) and we weren't leaving until the next afternoon. Why they would forward date the account and print it, we dont know. We still had charges over the next two days and the account could be checked on the TV at any time
- overall there was just no 5 star or 4 or even 3 star service
- felt like many employees forced their 'politeness'
- on the way back home we stopped at the intercontinental tahiti and really noticed all the service that lacked at bora bora
Sad as the place is stunning , yet the fact that it is highly overpriced, alongside the poor service slightly dampers the experience.
So just be prepared; however regardless bora bora is truely amazing and if you are chasing a fab view from a bungalow at reasonable prices we would still recommend the la merdiein -- just expect 5 Star views, 5 star water, 5 star bungalow and 1 star service!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Beachwood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

Staff seemed annoyed to help you, activities desk was not well informed, value at hotel is horrible, food is much better on island, buy as much as you can at the market and bring it back! The beauty of Bora Bora

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

We stayed at Le Meridien Bora Bora for 10 nights in November 2011 on our honeymoon. Overall the resort was beautiful and the location was particularly good. We stayed in a premium overwater bungalow (rm 333), which had an unobstructed view of the main island. The bungalows are modern and clean. The bed is comfortable enough, although a bit on the firm side. There is a large section of glass floor, although we never saw any fish under our bungalow. We only saw fish under the bungalows closer to shore. We enjoyed spending time on our own large deck and swimming directly off our bungalow. It was deep enough to jump in from where we were. Maybe 8ft deep or so.

Overall, the facilities were great. There are two infinity pools, one with a bar, and one near the restaurant where you could order lunch. The pools were great and we had no problems getting a lounge chair and an umbrella. The beach was nice as well, and the beach house was well equipped with free snorkel gear, kayaks, jet skis, wind surfing, etc. Our one complaint was that they were often out of towels, which was surprising given the fact that it is a pretty small resort.

We brought our gym clothes with us with the hope of getting in some exercise while on our lengthy stay. When we arrived at the fitness centre, we were very disappointed. There was one pathetic-looking treadmill, which was unusable. The belt would run, but every time you stepped on it, the belt would slide and stop. There were two stationary bikes, and neither of them worked either. So we pretty much gave up on working out. There is nowhere to run outside either. You would have to go to the main island, I guess.

On to the food. Our one major complaint. We ate 4 meals at the resort in total (other than lunch by the pool). We had one breakfast buffet (which was average and pretty pricey - $50 each). After that, we decided to go into Vaitape to get some boxes of cereal and milk and we just had that in the morning. We did have one other breakfast, when we ordered room service. We had very salty omelets. We had one dinner there on our second night, which was a-la-carte. We had high hopes and ordered foie gras, seafood pasta, and scallops. The food was mediocre and not cheap either. The next night we decided to try the buffet dinner, which was Asian themed. It was $100 each plus wine, and was absolutely disgusting. We had better food in Cuba in April. Pretty awful sushi and even worse chinese dim sum. We also waited 30 minutes and had to ask 3 times for water! After that, we decided not to eat on the resort any more (other than lunches at Te Ava and the Miki Miki bar by the pool - which were ok, but nothing great either). The next day we went to the activities desk, and booked dinners at La Villa Mahana (better to book this in advance), Fare Manuia, La Bounty, Kaina Hut, Bloody Mary's, and La Suite. All of these restaurants were MUCH better than the food on the resort, and with the exception of La Villa Mahana, were either the same price, or cheaper. The standout restaurant to us was Kaina Hut. The food was terrific and the price was not bad.

The staff were very friendly overall, especially at check-in. We did have a little half bottle of Feuillate champagne waiting for us when we arrived at the resort, which was nice. But on the third or fourth night, we randomly received a bottle of Veuve Cliquot and some strawberries freshly dipped in chocolate. This was amazing! There was no note or explanation, so the next day we went to the front desk to ask if someone had sent this to us. They said that no-one had sent this to us and it was actually a gift from the hotel. I was VERY embarrassed when I got home and went to work, only to have my colleague ask me if I received the bottle that my team had sent me. The hotel claimed responsibility for their gift!

I highly recommend you pick up some bottles of alcohol at duty free (we did so at LAX on our layover). This will save you a lot of money, as buying drinks at the resort, and even at the supermarket on the island, is VERY expensive. I would also recommend getting snacks, bottled water, etc.. in Vaitape at the store. We also got plastic bowls, spoons, cups and a little dish detergent there as well.

Overall we had a nice time and though the resort was one of the nicest we saw on our trip. I wouldn't necessarily discourage people from staying at Le Meridien. In fact, I thought the value was pretty good for what you get there, relative to the other resorts. The property is beautiful, the lagoon is great for checking out some fish. However, if you have the budget for it, I would suggest the St. Regis. That is where we would stay if we went back.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Although Le Meridian may not be the highest rated or most expensive hotel, it still has enough Bora Bora charm to make a stay here a true taste of paradise. The standard over-water bungalow may be on the small side, but it is clean and modern with every amenity needed. The rooms have an over-sized glass bottom floor which adds a very dramatic feeling. You truly feel as though you are staying over water. The rest of the property is equally as dramatic as it is constructed around its own large lagoon that is separated from the waters of the caldera by a double-sided sandy beach. Also along the beach is an infinity pool that enjoys unobstructed views of the mountains of Bora Bora.

While the service is friendly and accommodating, it does seem to lack a certain polished excellence that can be found at the Four Seasons or St. Regis. Many of the staff struggle with English so one may want to practice their french a bit before coming here. The main negative about the property would be the food. Most of the time I found the food to be sub par. If you stay here try to dine out at other properties or on the main island most of the time.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Williams, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

Let me start by saying that normally I wouldn't be able to afford to stay as we did but my sister works for Sheraton and Le Meridien is part of their properties. We stayed in one of the over the water bungalows. If you can afford it do it for at least 1 night. The rooms are huge. There were 3 of us in the room. The king bed was big enough for 3 people but they also had a nice couch that they made into a comfy bed for my friend. The glass floors are incredible at night. We saw sting rays and reef sharks. There is a fridge with stuff for the mini bar but we brought our own and took out what was in there to keep our stuff cool. There is a tv and phone but we didn't use any technology except for camera's on this trip. The bathrooms are huge separate shower and tub. There is a dry line cord over the bath tub.

The staff is friendly and genuinely happy to help you. The food is always fresh and cooked to order. The tap water is safe to drink. We ate at the breakfast buffet several times. There is plenty to choose from and they even make huge omelets to order. Sample everything. The fruit juices are amazingly fresh and tasty.

There is an awesome deck with chairs and a small table outside. From there you can walk down your private stairs and splash into the water which is always warm. There is also a rinse off shower at the bottom of the steps as well.

There is a good hair dryer in the room and you can get extra converters at the front desk. There is also a clock that has a plug in for an ipod or iphone. There is only one radio station on the island. We had the ac cranked and then had both the front door and back doors propped open to crate a wonderful breeze. The humidity was really high so you feel as wet all day as if you just walked out of the shower.

There was a towel shortage at the towel shack so when you get one hang on to it for a few days. Make sure you bring an underwater camera of some kind. Bring plenty of cash as many places on the island do NOT take credit cards. The hotel can arrange for a taxi to pick you up one you take their ferry to the main part of the island.

There is an inner lagoon you can snorkel in and a regular pool as well.. They have rental gear if you need it.

Plan on walking around the hotel a lot and drink plenty of water. There is a little gift shop by registration that has some water and sodas as well as sun screen. If there are more than 2 of you expect delays so they can make table arrangements.

We had an awesome time and enjoyed our 4 days there.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

You come to Bora Bora for the spectacular views. You get them with this hotel. We were upgraded to an overwater bungalow, fortunately one that faced the lagoon/mountain. For the most part the odd numbered ones in the 200 series face away from the mountain and the hotel. I guess it's more privacy but they look out to the St. Regis and a lot of nothing. Nice, but I much preferred walking out on my porch and seeing Mount Otemanu in its glory, so I'm glad we had an even numbered room (212). Spectacular at sunrise, sunset and every time in between. Both inner and outer lagoons have plenty of fish and rays, great for snorkeling. The bungalow was very nicely laid out, with lots of amenities. The glass floor was impressive. But again I highly recommend that, whichever type of room you book, you pick one that specifies mountain view. Otherwise you really could be anywhere.

The hotel grounds are impeccable and the activities desk is super helpful with booking restaurants, excursions, diving, transport, etc. Everyone is extremely friendly.

The food is the one sore spot. First of all, it's horribly expensive (drinks too). The buffet is $160 for two people. Okay, so you might expect that if going to Bora Bora but the thing is...it's not that great. We had the Polynesian buffet and were greatly disappointed. We talked to other guests who said the other nights were not better. We tried the a la carte restaurant once and it wasn't much better (compounded with service issues). The breakfast buffet was good and the only one I'd recommend. FYI it's not explicitly stated but if you just do the continental side of the buffet (which is a lot of food and variety) and pass on the eggs (the American breakfast as they refer to it) you pay a little less. We were quite happy with the continental variety of cheeses, breads, pastries, yougurt, desserts, fruit and smoked fish and cold cuts. So I'd suggest avoiding paying for full board upfront and eating on the island: transfers are free and organized by the hotel (totally easy and painless) and some restaurants were actually very good, like La Suite. So I'm glad we did our research and knew that going into it. We just had snacks for lunch and saved room for dinner. We spoke to some guests who had paid for half/full board and felt stuck.

Their scuba provider is excellent and took us to amazing sites (make sure you ask the activities desk to check what day the manta day dive site is scheduled for!). We also rented a little solo boat to go around the island (fantastic!) and a safari 4x4 tour which was very cool.

All in all I highly recommend Le Meridien, just not the food, but you have plenty of options on the island.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#7 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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