Like they said in the movie "Couples Retreat", "It looks like a screensaver!" There are a plethora of photos out there of Bora Bora and many of them feature the overwater bungalows of this resort at the subject matter. Even on Air Tahiti Nui, the video screen features an aerial shot of Le Meridien. The layout is well though out but you do get your walking in. Especially if you choose the Premium OVerwater Bungalow. I stepped it out at right at 300 yards to the end where our bungalow was. I estimated that in the 7 days that we were there that we walked 5 miles just going to our room and back. Now, I am not complaining as this allowed me to do what I do best and that is eat and drink. I was able to not expand my waistline after a week in paradise and I owe that to the fact that we walked a lot.
The employees are friendly, the place was clean and well kept up and room maintenance was timely and excellent.
The only negative I can mention is the price of the daily dinner buffet. We ate in town every night except two, so it didn't affect us much but the price is a mere 8400 XPF which runs out to be about $100 per person for a buffet. I realize it is remote but come on...
It was explained to me that only 150,000 tourists come to this island per year which is as many as come to Hawaii in a day so that would explain a lot of it. Also, I must say that after spending over $10,000 just to get and stay here that the food cost was really the least of my worries. We budgeted $200 per day for food for our entire trip and that worked out just about right. Some days we were over but most we were under, especially travel days.
Some recommendations, we live in Florida and are in the sun a lot, but apply your sunscreen early and often. It's true what they say about sun near the equator. Fryola! Bring a floatie of some kind to use when hanging out around your bungalow. Bring alcohol as the drinks average about $20 each. The beers are around $10 each. You can get these items in town but once you pay the $50 for two to get there and back, it gets real expensive.
We stayed in bungalow #326 which was at the end on the left group of bungalows. Excellent! Leave your light on at night under the bungalow to attract more fish.
Also, we were already assigned a room when we got there so not sure we could have changed if we wanted to but we were ecstatic when we saw where we got placed.
Check out was also great as our flight didn't leave until 7 at night we got to use the services at the hotel the entire last day and were also given a "transit" bungalow to shower and clean up in prior to our departure.
All in all I highly recommend the Le Meridien Bora Bora for a fantastic stay and surroundings.
- 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