For us this was not the trip of a lifetime, but one of many in our lifetime, so an overwater bungalow at an over-the-top resort insulated from the locals was not a must. We researched all Bora Bora accommodations on Trip Advisor and knew this wasn't going to be the Four Seasons, but we were pleasantly surprised with the property and the quality of service. The room was nicely furnished and had tropical flowers placed on practically every flat surface. Although we booked through Expedia and not a tour company, we still received little extras like a fruit basket, sarong and Le Mai Tai t-shirt on the first day. We stayed for five nights in mid May and although most of the rooms seemed occupied, the property was very quiet and we wondered where everyone was hiding. Didn't try the on-site restaurants due to dismal reviews, and other guests confirmed the food there was mediocre. Didn't frequent the bars either as we brought our own rum for fruity drinks on our deck every night. Still, the bar staff was very accommodating, providing us with glassware and an ice bucket every evening. The little store down the street was perfect for supplies for breakfast and lunch - fresh baguettes, pastries, preserves, pates, meats, and cheeses at a fair price. (Buy liquor when you go through duty free in the U.S. as Tahitian rum is pretty horrid and imports are ridiculously priced). The front desk made us restaurant and spa reservations cheerfully and at no charge. It is typical for hotels to charge additional fees for tours, so we booked directly with the operators. Pay cash and save more money. The beach at Le Mai Tai is okay and Matira Beach was devastated by the typhoon in February, so we headed to the motus for our fix of idyllic beaches. One great suggestion offered by the front desk - book a spa treatment at the Intercontinental Thalasso on the motu. You can take a ferry shuttle from the Intercontinental La Moana five minutes away from Le Mai Tai. Once there we enjoyed the beach and pool facilities before our treatment, enjoyed a couples massage in an overwater bungalow, and lingered at the spa afterwards. Deep water plunges, scented saunas, private jacuzzis, pure heaven. We were on the motu eight hours in total and it was the best money we spent the entire trip. We even did it again on our last day. Apparently the ferry transfer and use of their grounds alone is around $40 USD, but no one at either Intercontinental ever asked if we were staying at one of the hotels. But back to Le Mai Tai. Kayaks and snorkel equipment are available for free at the beach hut, so you can paddle behind the Sofitel motu and explore the Coral Gardens on your own. Boat and bike rentals are a short walk away, as are several solid dining choices. We didn't take the hotel shuttle to and from the airport ferry, but most people do, so upon check out they asked if we had used their service and removed that charge from our bill. Nice that they didn't just assume. The only downside is the proximity of the beach huts to the street, but with the AC on, you can't hear a thing and the island is pretty quiet overall. Except when the Polynesian entertainment is practicing on the lot directly next to the hotel. After hours of hearing the same songs over and over, we had no desire to pay for the luau dinner show. That said, we had a wonderful experience overall can't wait to go back to Le Mai Tai. It was a great deal for the money.
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