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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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“Not worth the money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

As Platinum member we were upgraded to the overwater bungalow. With a small child of two years this is of course plain stupid. so we downgraded again to a beach bungalow (they are at the inner lagoon). Rooms are ok, but not very large. resort is old. beds are not really meridien standard, quite hard. the new Intercontinental has much bigger bungalows. at 400 euro for the cheapest bungalow - without breakfast - in low season, prices are way too high for this destination. we have seen many places in the world, but will not consider coming back to bora bora .it is pretty with this mountain across the lagoon, but 1.000+ euro for overwater bungalows... just a ripoff for honeymooners. staff attitude (you seem to be intruding) is not very good. no obvious hospitality training nor understanding of this concept. go to the philippines, much better beaches there.
breakfast is nothing special. they have this Illy espresso machine with various colour coded coffee capsules. but they dont say what colour is what coffee..
dinner buffets (apparently a lot of visitors come with a packageI) are quite terrible.
we wanted to have nice french food, forget it!!! their french style restaurants were closed for renovation. we ate only room service food for dinner. you could take the boat to the st regis, but book early.
swimming in the inner lagoon is ok, but dont expect any real snorkeling experience, just a few fish

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The customer service is the best we have ever encountered. The staff in the Miki Miki bar are amazing and very attentative. It is the perfect holiday for rest and relaxation. The staff work to the heat and humidity level, as you are there for relaxation it is perfect. Breakfast was great, the chef was there to make you any type of eggs you required and there was a lot of variety. The price for the food is on par with where we live. Chives in Roxby Downs (our home town) is more expensive and no where near as good. Xmas lunch was fantastic a great variety of food and home made ice cream to die for, incredible. We went off season and only had 2 days rain in 10 which meant you spent your day at the bar (what a shame) LOL. The over water bungalow was incredible and what I liked was that the room was made up twice a day and the 2nd time the house keepers laid blankets over the glass floor so you weren't woken up too early in the morning. The polynesian dancers are great, there was even a disco which was good fun. The pearl shop at the resort isn't too expensive and they put on a fashion show twice a week. You can either relax or do a lot of water sports which are provided free of charge. We went on a 1/2 hour helicopter ride which was amazing, a must do if you go. Also, the aloe cafe is great, cheap food, great customer service and very friendly. We travel overseas every xmas as this is when our wedding anniversary is and this is the best holiday we have ever had in our 32 years of marriage. the worst was Rumours in Cook Islands, avoid that one. On closing, you get what you pay for, if you want a cheap holiday go to Bali, if you want perfection go to Le Meridien Bora Bora.

Room Tip: Over water water bungalow is a must have.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cecile_lemarrec, Assitante de Direction at Le Meridien Bora Bora, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear guest,

Your kind comments are greatly appreciated and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Le Méridien Bora Bora for your stay in French Polynesia.
Customer care is amongst our highest priorities and we take pride in offering an impeccable service to all of our guests. Therefore, it is always pleasing to receive such praise, especially concerning the activities that we aim to offer with highest emphasis on creating unique experiences.
The entire team hopes that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Le Méridien Bora Bora in the near future, maybe for your next wedding anniversary?

Cecilia
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MALIBU
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Rest and relaxation is what is available at the hotel. The staff is friendly and helpful but don't expect the locals to change their pace to accomodate you regardless of what you are spending to stay at the resort. Slow and steady are how the people and the days go. The views from everywhere are spectacular and we were able to hike for miles along the ocean side without seeing another person for hours, just wear good sturdy shoes. The resort has several options for food but the best option is a water taxi to another hotel. The food is expensive, the menu bizzare and it hard to believe that they have a difficult time providing fresh fish when on an island surrounded by water. Stay away from the buffet, dinner for four can cost as much as the room and will be far less satisfying. Amazing vacation and one of the few that I actualy lost weight on.

Room Tip: If you don't mind the hike, get a room as far out on the lagoon as possible. You will appreciate...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

It was seriously like a 10 day dream. Le Meridien and the St. Regis have the best views of the island hands down. The "cheaper" accommodations either look to the ocean or to other hotels. We stayed in an OWB (not the premium ones) and our view was still wonderful & the room was suburb. I read a lot trip advisor before going and the advice was spot on. Here are some I'm really we paid attention to.
- ladies, you will need nothing more than a flat pair of flip flops and a pair of running shoes in case you want to do any boating trips or work out in the gym. Bringing more shoes is a waste of space in your suitcase and you won't wear them.
- Tours: we did the private snorkeling tour with BBQ, private half day deep sea fishing and two hour jet ski tour. All were amazing but if you can only afford one do the private snorkeling BBQ trip. It's unbelievable! We set all of out tours (except the jet ski) in advance before going. Very easy and saved money. We went through Patricks group for BBQ trip.
- Buy liquor at the airport for your room. That alone saved us a lot of money. We also took a day trip to the main island and stocked up on water and snacks.
- bring rafts! It was so fun to be able to jump off our OWB into the ocean and relax on the raft. Target has really small ones we put into our checked luggage. We then left them there. My husband really liked that I brought goggles as well.
- Make a reservation at the French restaurant on the island before you go! It was the best meal of our vacation but its hard to get last minute reservations.
- hotel food was great but expensive. Most people end up getting a sandwich by the pool and skipped breakfast or ate a granola bar packed from home. The breakfast buffet is $40 per person.
- Pack sunscreen and bug spray. Bugs were not a problem when we were there but we had it just in case.
- Spa: I got one massage and it was delightful. It takes place in an OWB so you hear the ocean. Not sure if there's an actual spa.

Side note: we saw a wedding take place on the beach. The couple was eloping. It was so cool!! Great idea if that's what you're looking to do.

it was a lot of money but worth it. Best trip ever!!

Room Tip: All the OWB are amazing. If you can afford it go with the premium OWB.
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Lustenau, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

For me BoraBora was for years an ultimate symbol of luxury vacation. I surely expected to be nothing less than amazing from the start to the last moment..Ha. Well, someone can say it was our fault because we arrived off season. Well, yes, the weather was bad (rained every half an hour) but this could be easily off set by factors like service, accommodation and food.
The accommodation was adequate, we had a lovely beach bungalow of decent size, with direct access to the inner lagoon and with nice decorum. As this was part of the bigger beach villa we actually got additional small room for our son to sleep in, place that was in fact a connecting corridor to the villa but locked up from one side. So accommodation wise - nothing to complain about.
Service - hmm, I really don't know what is the reason for local staff demeanor, maybe it is in their culture that they find life very serious and heavy to bear or maybe they were really not happy with the job, I have no idea. But except the Spanish girl who welcomed us on arrival and was warm and smiling and welcoming, every other member of the staff that was local was deadly serious. To the point that I was really reluctant to ask them about smth. or for anything. The feeling I was getting was that they must do their job but they are oh-so-tired- and fed up with these guests. Again, maybe I was oversensitive but even my husband agreed that its hard to see any smile on their faces.
Food - and here is my main source of discontent and also irritation. It was a joke. The hotel is supposed to have 2 restaurants operating, one with buffet and one a la carte. What no one mentioned on arrival was that the a la carte restaurant is closed due to renovation. Well, OK, so one can assume that they have made possible to order a la carte from the other restaurant. No. Not the case. You could either take a buffet or some of the preselected menus of three dishes from the menu. The buffet was less than average. We came first night not really hungry, thinking of one dish per head plus desert. We only got our wish after loud complaining to our host waiter (very nice Swiss guy) who quite quickly capitulated and told us we can order from the menu what we want. That didn't change the fact that the choice of food was lousy. Seemed to us that not only the other restaurant was closed but they sent cooks for vacation as well. We started talking with other couple sitting next to us, they were on their honeymoon and told us that any chance for decent food is either room service or trip by boat to St. Regis Hotel on the neighboring motu. Since our son was going to bed by eight and the last boat was leaving by 7, we didn't get a chance of going to St. Regis and for the next 6 days we were having all our dinners room-serviced. No romantic dinners for us. And although much better than the restaurant menu, the room service menu was limited.

I understand that its an amazing location that makes Bora Bora special and hanging on the food issue might not seem the right angle but seriously, when paying 600 dollars for the cheapest room you not only expect amazing views but impeccable service and wonderful food. Instead, it looked like a trap for everyone who prepaid the all-inclusive trip. We did not prepaid but it did not change the situation for us either.
If I was to go to Bora Bora again I would stay in Four Season or St. Regis for a change (not sure though if it wouldn't be the same?). But most probably I will not be going again and this is I think the reason the hotel does not really care, very few guests ever come back so why bother?

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Stamford, Connecticut, Usa
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon, we spent 7 nights at Le Meridien in Bora Bora. The grounds of this hotel were absolutely beautiful, the sky and the water are the most incredible shades of blue. We stayed in an overwater bungalow, this is a must. We booked through pacific for less and worked with Jennifer. She was fantastic, helped us work within our budget and make sure we knew all the fun things to do. I received many quotes from many different companies, and this was the best price by far. Jennifer and the other Pacific for Less staff were always available to answer any questions and were friendly and honest.
The activities at this hotel were great, make sure you use the kayaks and the snorkel gear. The staff at the activities desk made sure everything went smoothly. They even remembered us by name. We did the shark and ray feeding excursion which was so much fun! Make sure you buy an underwater camera, it doesn't cost any more than a regular digital camera. We got great pictures and videos with all of the sealife! One great feature of the hotel was the sea turtles, you can even swim with them and a guide for a small fee. It was definitely worth it! Pools were beautiful, staff was very friendly and accommodating. The location couldn't be any better!!!
The one thing that I really did not like about this hotel is the food. Breakfast was not too bad, was a lot of options. Luckily we had breakfast included in our package, but if not it would have been over 40 bucks a person!!' definitely not worth it. Not many options for lunch, we shared a chicken panini at the pool bar most days, got sick of it really fast!!! The dinner menu at th restaurant is extremely overpriced, we went out for most meals. The boat ride to the island was convenient. We ate at villa mahana, Mai Kai, st James and lagoon. Definitely eat off of the hotel as much as you can! If you hve to eat there, the
Miki miki bar has pretty good food.
Despite the food, I am very happy we stayed at Le meridien. I'm still smiling thinking about our trip!!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

There is almost nothing I can say that is negative about the hotel....It's gorgeous, the Staff are amazing, the views are breathtaking, the sea turtle sanctuary is great, the free boat ferries are awesome, the free kayak/outrigger canoe rentals fun but difficult!
The one terrible downside is that the hotel food is just AWFUL and overpriced. We don't mind paying $100 pp for dinner, but we expect it to be delicious. It took us 1 1/2 days to realize every meal would be inedible, but it was a blessing in disguise because it forced us to venture out to find food on the main island which was, hands down, 100x better than anything you'll get at the hotel until they fix this problem.
The locals told us that since the restaurant management changed, that this was a problem they continued to hear about from the guests, but hopefully the hotel will take care of it before your trip.
Either way, we suggest going to the island and checking out Kaina Hut for dinner or Restaurant Fare Manuia, Snack Matira for lunch, Aloe Cafe for breakfast....We also heard St. James was a good spot but never made it there.
Otherwise, this hotel is awesome and our rooms were a work of art.

Room Tip: Try to get an end bungalow. We were in the last bungalow #336 and it was great. Even though it is a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#6 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
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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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