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InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pointe Matira, BP 156, 98730, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Bora Bora
Adelaide, Australia
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2008

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at Le Moana and have to say it was the most fantastic experience. The hotel has a great Polynesian feel and there is a really relaxed atmosphere about the whole place. We were greeted by Georgina and shown around before being taken to our beach bungalow. The bungalow although smaller than we saw at some of the other resorts had everything you need with the beach right on the doorstep. We upgraded for our last 3 nights to a Horizon overwater bungalow which was again excellent. The staff at the resort are always smiling and greet you every time you meet them. Francine at the bar will keep you entertained as well as providing great cocktails. The activity prices were a little high but having looked around a bit we booked our own (talk to Hibou who runs the shuttle bus from the hotel to Vaitape).
Overall a wonderful experience and I can recommend this resort to anybody thinking of a trip to Bora Bora.

  • Liked — The Polynesian feel of the whole resort
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2008

My Wife and I stayed at this resort for 6 days and 4 days into our stay we still could not believe we were there. Our guide Timi greeted us upon arrival and was an excellent host.

The service is astonishing the resort is clean and very relaxing, the place to unwind the depth of the water is perfect of the OWB decks. And this is where the best beaches are in Bora Bora, the water is not deep excellent for snorkelling. lyleclkathotmail

Canadians e-mail me and i can refer you to where you can get the best packages, where i found after extensive searching.

Breakfast falls around the 70$ range easily, and a tahitian dinner and show will leave you around 320$ less in your wallet. but this is all worth it, for me it was worth every penny.

We will return.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

This was absolutely a perfect anniversary trip. Considering I've been to many destinations, like Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia, I would consider this the best trip ever! We paid for a regular overwater bungalow and stayed in a Horizon overwater bungalow thanks to being an Ambassador member with Intercontinental. All the bungalows are Junior Suites, the only difference is the location. Some are closer to the beach and have a view of the beach (Normal bungalows) and the others are farther at the end with much better views (Horizon bungalows). We stayed in Horizon Overwater Bungalow # 15. This was 3rd from the end of the bungalows. All the rooms also have glass-bottom coffee tables that open so you can feed the fish. The rooms were clean and spacious. They serviced them twice a day (once to clean and another to turn-down the beds/refresh your towels). The staff at Le Moana are the best.... especially Georgina from the front desk and Hibou our shuttle driver to town. They were all very helpful and friendly. The first day we were there, I made a comment to Georgina that I liked the handmade straw hat one of the cleaning ladies was wearing. Later on that day, she came by and dropped one off! Later in the week, she also made me a haku lei after my husband told her that I love them.

Food anywhere in French Polynesia is fairly expensive, but try not to eat at the resorts every night. Considering there are plenty of high-quality restaurants within walking distance and most of the restaurants offer FREE pickup and drop-off from the hotels, I would recommend going to these restaurants instead. With most of these place you can get a meal for less about $150 which would include alcohol. Some restaurants I would recommend are: Bloody Mary's, Fare Manuia, Matira Beach Restaurant, and Hotel Bora Bora's Fire Dancing Buffet on Wednesday nights. The American breakfast buffet at the hotel is very good. After the conversion, it was about $40/person. So, if you can get a package that includes breakfast, that's even better. You can have a big brunch and just have a light snack in the afternoon to tie you over for dinner. We learned from experience that the lunch can cost almost as expensive as dinner.

The best excursion, and not to be missed, is the Lagoon Excursion. We met a local, who owns Ben's Pizza Shack, and he arranged a private tour for us with one of the tour operators. We had the same itinerary as the group tour, but we had our own boat and guide for far less than what the hotel was offering. What's included in the tours are: Snorkeling at the Coral Garden, Shark-feeding off the outer lagoon, Swimming with the Rays and Sharks, lunch on a private motu, and more snorkeling/relaxing on the private motu. The hotel offers a shuttle to/from town (Vaitape) which is about 5 miles one-way, but if you're active, renting a bike might be fun for you.... we did both. There are many excursions you can go on, but we really just enjoyed relaxing at our bungalow and swimming at the lagoon.

Now that we've come back, I can't help but wish that I was still there. It truly is the most beautiful and serene place I've ever been... it's definitely worth ever penny we spent.

  • Liked — Overwater Bungalow
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Washington, DC
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2008

This review is not timely, but we had such a wonderful trip that I still think about it daily! My husband and I stayed at the Intercontinental for our honeymoon and it was everything we could have wanted. We barely left the resort and when we did, we couldn't wait to return. We loved the food and often had room service so we could look out over the water while eating. It was the perfect relaxation spot. The service was wonderful and we had no complaints. It was the perfect honeymoon! We would definitely stay at this resort again!

  • Liked — Total Package
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed June 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2008

This hotel has a lot of plusses. The staff was terrific.

Looking back at the four hotels we stayed in during our time in French Polynesia, this was not the most luxurious, but it was very comfortable and great for the price. And staying on the island instead of on a motu definitely has its advantages. We are Intercontinental Ambassadors, so we were upgraded from a beach bungalow to an OWB. I would advise checking into the Ambassadors program. You pay for the price of the program almost immediately with a free night and upgrades. A free night in this part of the world is worth a lot!

The snorkeling was fine and the hammocks on the beach were delightful. We had fun playing pool and hanging out around the open-air bar. The road you take to get to the nearby resaturants on foot is lined with dogs. I am terrified of dogs, but all the dogs seem uninterested in tourists. As for restaurants that are nearby this hotel, within walking distance, we loved La Bounty. Matira Bar and Restaurant was good, but still expensive for what it was, although the people running the place were great to help us get a cab back to our hotel when it got too late to walk. We had a breakfast at Ben's that was of interest -- the owner's wife caught us up on all the island gossip and let us know what the local politics were. My husband thought it was interesting. It was too much information for me. I just wanted to relax. We did dine at Bloody Mary's and we're glad we went. Lunch at the Hotel Bora Bora was expensive and just okay. We walked back to the Moana from there by way of the beach.

We didn't see a thing in town we would buy. Get your pearl(s) in Moorea. Also, if you are on Moorea, go to the Polynesian Cultural Center show there. It is the best of all that we saw in other locations.

During our stay in French Polynesia (four hotels) we had clothing and a hair barrett stolen. We're not sure where. You might want to keep your clothes in your suitcase and lock them in with a zip tie while you are gone.

Catch the sunrise here. It was glorious.

  • Liked — Convenient place to be on the island. It was very comfortable -- not stuffy, but very nice.
  • Disliked — Deck furniture could use a little sprucing up.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 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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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2007

Although this review is now quite tardy, I wanted to add our two cents about Le Moana Intercontinental. We stayed five nights at this resort in July 2007 and, once again, we fell in love with this property.

We had stayed previously at this property two years before and well before the storm surge that closed the resort for some time for remodelling. We had loved the property then, but wondered if the storm surge would have affected the bungalows or the snorkeling. Nevertheless, we had enough Priority Club points to book the entire five nights for free- so we did. When booking reward nights, you may only book the beach bungalows-- free is free, so we were pleased, but asked by email if it might be possible to upgrade to an overwater bungalow, preferably one with a view of Mount Otemanu. We asked nicely; the very nice concierge at Le Moana said "she would do her best" although Reward Night bookings were not eligible for the free room category upgrade that Priority Club Ambassador members receive-- and, lo and behold, when we checked in, the hostess was very excited to tell me that they were upgrading me to an overwater bungalow with the view of Mount Otemanu that I had requested! Yay! Not only had they done it (which I appreciated), but they had made a point of letting me know that they had paid attention to my emails. The hotel had also provided a free pareo and t-shirt, a lovely fruit basket, and a half-bottle of French champagne on ice in our room. Amusingly enough, we received a second fruit basket the next day (fruit is a gift for the Priority Club members and since we had technically made two reservations, as we had decided to extend our stay by a night, the computer decided we should have two fruit baskets).

Le Moana was everything the second time that it was the first: the staff is very gracious and helpful (always greeting us by name). The overwaters appeared to have been unaffected by the storm surge; there were no vanilla vines in our bathroom this time (don't know if that was just our bungalow or all of them) and all of the bungalows and pontoons had been raised up to prevent a repeat of the surge flooding. The beach was just as lovely as ever and the lagoon immediately around the bungalows was all glorious white sand bottom.

One change that we did notice was that, before the surge, there was some very nice, easy snorkeling in the area between the two arms of the overwater bungalows-- lots of coral bits and schools of colorful fish. All of this had been washed away, apparently. The coral nursery near overwater bungalows 1-3 was also gone. There were still very nice corals underneath the overwaters for you to look at through your glass coffee table-- we saw many puffer fish, trumpet fish, and other colorful fish through ours. There are also several large stingrays that swim through this area of the lagoon; one took up residence on the piers of our bungalow deck for a good hour one afternoon. For some nice-- but very deep-- snorkeling, we swam along the edge of the dropoff that runs from the Le Moana's boat dock out into the lagoon. There are many extremely large corals here and the visibility is excellent. The water here is 20-30 feet and you do need to keep an eye out for boats, but the snorkeling was quite rewarding, including many large box fish. The stingrays also like to hover where the sandy bottom slopes down to the dropoff, so you can get an excellent view of them.

For outstanding snorkeling, the hotel will transfer you for a fee to their private motu. The activities lady will show you where this is on a map; it is about a five minute boat ride. There are stairs leading to the top of the motu for some excellent panoramic shots; there are also bathroom facilities, loungers, palapas, etc. There is snorkeling off the shore: most of it is quite good, with the exception of the part where you enter. This is unbelievable: it looks like a postcard. The entire "bowl" is brilliantly colored corals densely populated with fish-- and it is apparently a favorite spot of one of the most enormous and friendly stingrays I have ever seen. Going over just to float in this area for an hour is more than worth it. Our boat captain hopped in and fed the stingray to encourage our viewing of it; the captain was also well worth looking at!

The rooms are very, very nice, although (judging by the pictures) not as fancy as the Thalasso or some of the other new properties (we had just arrive from Le Tahaa and could tell the difference). The rooms do look like the pictures on the hotel website and I've attached some of our own. There is plenty of closet space, a safe that will hold a laptop (although we left ours out), a DVD player/TV in the bedroom, another television in the sitting room, and sliding doors to close off the bedroom from the sitting area (we appreciate this as I am a morning person and my husband is a night owl).

For us, we love the Polynesian, laid-back feel to Le Moana; we also love its location on Matira Point: the gorgeous beach and many excellent restaurant choices are all a few minutes' walk away from our room. There is also an excellent market down the street, about a ten minute walk away (be prepared to check your bag when you enter). Do look in the freezer section: they have chocolate begnettes (about 480 cfp/four) that are out of this world-- they'll be thawed by the time you've finished your walk back and ready to eat.

Other favorites: the bar does a 2-for-1 happy hour (although they make your drink twice as big-- not give you one drink for free), you can order excellent french fries to munch at the bar or by the pool, and tiny sand dollars wash up on the beach in the morning. You also can't beat a hotel that, when you email them, responds within 24 hours-- and the response is from someone at the resort. We had various questions about excursions and rooms and meals, and the Intercontinental did a wonderful job answering them. Obviously, we will be back!

  • Liked — Superb location, outstanding staff, large soaking tub and transfers to private motu
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mauritius
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2007

Stayed for a week in this hotel on the main island in late October. It was very nice.The staff was great and attentionate. They called us by name at every contact. It's the little things that make the difference. Facilities good. Very friendly .Some may find prices on the expensive side but for the first time in French Polynesia we get what we pay for. The lunches and dinners were excellent. Very good food. The beach was great. Plenty of places to lie around. The place has a polynesian style. We will go back for a wedding anniversary as it really was the most perfect hotel during our trip in French Polynesia.

  • Liked — the quality of service and the staff
  • Disliked — a bit expensive but value for money
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Pointe Matira, BP 156, 98730, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access 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:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L'InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is located to the south side of the main island, at the famous Matira point, considered as one of the most beautiful beach in the world. The hotel situated only 8kms away from the main city of Vaitape, offers you a breathtaking view on the lagoon, but also on the impressive Mt OTEMANU and PAHIA. ... more   less 
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