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“We loved this place - Very expensive but worth every penny” 5 of 5 stars
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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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London
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“We loved this place - Very expensive but worth every penny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2010

We paid through the roof for our Bora Bora experience
3 days in an over the water horizon view bungalow - you know the ones you see on the postcards and idillyic locations list.
We were not dissapointed at all - it was sensational, the bungalow had everything you would ever need in this paradise - and honestly it is paradise. Bora Bora is paradise on earth, the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

The postives of this resort over others - is that there is a private beach and the bungalows face the sunrise and you walk through the resort to the otherside and there is a gorgeous public beach for sunset - The best of both worlds. Its also very close to numerous restaurants - one being Bloody Marys (free pick up). I would not eat in the restaurant - we got conned into one night for over 100 pounds and it was awlful so bad we got a refund... I didn't let this ruin anything though. The staff were pretty friendly and everything else in the setting is beautiful.

The snorkelling under the huts is pretty good with Flute fish, Puffers and Trigger fish galore. And feeding the fish through the glass table is such a cool experience. The diving centre that the intercontinental has connection with is well worth a visit too.

The resort also offers free DVD's, a good concierge service, free snorkelling gear and kayaks. The onsite Pearl shop is also pretty good with great friendly service. The other thing I would comment on is the locals who work at the resort are very friendly and lovely to deal with.

We took the free service to this resorts sister resort on the sand banks called Thalasso Spa, and honestly I prefered the ease of ours, although I cant take away from the beauty of it and I am sure the snorkelling was better. |for the differenc ein money I would again stay at Le Moana, but I suppose its personal preference.

The other thing I wasn't overly happy with was that when booking online the collection service from the airport is not included and is over 100 pounds sterling ( a bit pricy in my opinion)

All in all we will return as it was beautiful - worth ever penny

  • Stayed November 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

We spent 10 days over Christmas/NY at this heavenly place and It was one of those holidays where absolutely everything was perfect. We could not fault the hotel, the airlines, the staff or the Tahitian people.Our memories will linger over this holiday for decades to come and our dearest wish is to someday return. But, make no mistake this is not an inexpensive place to stay nor should you think you can stay somewhere cheap and save money like that because there simply isn't anywhere less than 5 Star to stay on all of Bora Bora, it is a playground for the very rich and this is none more evidenced that at Le Moana - every way you look in any direction is a postcard moment - not a scrap of rubbish, grafitti or blemish to be seen. Beaches are swept every day! Breakfast delivered to your overwater bungalow by flower festooned outrigger canoe, impossiblly delicious cocktails delivered to you while you sit in the lagoon style pool adjoining the cafe/bar on their private beach, you need never leave your bungalow if you wish, double decks leading to a ladder into the warm ocean below complement the large 3 room bungalow - we had a HUGE bed with the windows overlooking the lagoon and the far off reef with waves crashing lulling you to the best sleep I've had in years.Fresh flowers and fruit everyday in your room, toiletries from some of the most exclusive beauty houses in Paris and an air-conditioning system you would pay any money to have - and believe me it gets very hot in the Tropics.
On our visit it never rained, there were no clouds or storms and the air smelt of frangipani. The staff were impeccable well presented and completely professional, the french-english barrier was nonexistent as this hotel is frequented by all nationalities.The hotel consists of about 40 bungalows with about 2-3 people in each, though we hardly saw anyone except for breakfast or the rare occasions we ate at the hotel. There is plenty of fantastic places to eat at all around the island and if you book,restaurant sends a free taxi to pick you up and drop you home.Sensational! Snorkelling, canoeing and windsurfing are all provided by the hotel. You can pay to go on sightseeing tyours, 4WD adventures or Scuba diving trips - we also enjoyed visiting Robert Wan's Pearl shop and the prices were extremely reasonable once you take into account exchange and import taxes paybale in Australia.Spa treatments can be booked for Thalasso at Reception and the launch departs every half hour for the spa, it is also advisable to have lucnh at the restaurant there to.I have written a seperate piece on Villa Mahana restaurant which is about a 10 minute taxi drive from Le Moana, and you must go, please book well in advance before your trip as they only have about 5 tables, but it is so worth it, being the greatest food my husband and I have ever had.
Although the whole trip cost us about $15K for 10 days we thought it a bargain at twice the price.You will not regret your visit.

  • Stayed December 2009, 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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Rio de Janeiro
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2010

The hotel is perfect: rooms, service, food, ...
The place is great. Water is unbelievable....
Everything was perfect.....

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2010

Unfortunately, we only spent two nights in Bora Bora and its incredible InterContinental Le Moana resort.

From the moment we arrived until the morning we left, we were treated with great hospitality and generosity (forget for a moment what we paid per night!).

Upon arrival in our room we were greeted with a bottle of champaign and a gift of vanilla tea. This was after the carefree check-in... no waiting at a service counter -- they sit you down in their plush reception, serve you a rum drink (with hot towel) and after a few signatures you're whisked away to the room!

Ah the room. Plush interiors, glass coffee table (is that a puffer fish?!), two TVs (be damned if you watch too much TV -- although it was the only hotel we stayed in that had more than one American channel), smartly designed bathroom and our own personal deck from where we launched our snorkel expeditions.

Snorkeling. We were lucky to have one of the deep water bungalows which, IMO, has much better coral and therefore more interesting snorkeling. Saw countless tropical fish, a stingray and one hell of a cute pufferfish.

To save a few dollars, walk outside of the resort and enjoy the delicious "snack" around the corner.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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Los Angeles, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 hotel reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Intercontinental Le Moana for 5 nights as a part of our honeymoon at the end of September. We loved the resort and the friendly staff! Here are some of our thoughts:

-HOTEL
The hotel is on the beautiful Matira beach. The location couldn't have been more perfect. The white sandy beach was kept pristine, there are many inexpensive restaurants and a supermarket within walking distance of the hotel.

-ROOM
We had a Horizon Overwater Bungalow at the far end of the pontoon, facing east. At first I was a bit disappointed with the view--it was of the lagoon and the sofitel motu. If you get a bungalow that faces north, you will have a nice view of Mount Otemanu. In the morning, our bungalow had a gorgeous sunrise view which we enjoyed over coffee.

The room itself is very clean and has Polynesian charm, although a bit small. The King bed was comfortable, and of course we enjoyed feeding the fish through the sliding coffee table. There is a TV and DVD player and you can rent DVDs for free from the hotel gift shop. There is a hot water pot and packs of coffee and tea. No internet connection in the room. A safe is in the closet to store your valuables. I didn't see any 110v outlet so bring a plug adapter.

The bathroom is very big, with a separate shower and tub, toilet divided with a door. The water pressure is not very good and the water will change temperature sporadically. Bath products were decent, except for the conditioner, which was really watery!

The water around the bungalows was perfect for me because I'm not a good swimmer. It is waist deep mostly, and warm and crystal clear. The hotel keeps man made coral pots under the bungalows so there are plenty of fish. You can take the kayak (free to rent) to the Sofitel Motu for better coral gardens and snorkeling.

-RESTAURANTS & Bar
Breakfast was pretty good, but with the same menu everyday, it got old pretty quickly. We took the boat to the sister resort, Intercontinental Thalasso, for one breakfast, but we felt like it was the same thing. Thalasso grounds are beautiful, though, I recommend taking the boat ride once during your stay. We had room service twice, once a chinese noodle dish ($20) which was pretty bad... and another time a cheeseburger and french onion soup ($30), which were pretty good. Room service will charge you about $18 for delivery and auto gratuity. Cocktails are about $15 each, but they do have a happy hour from 5 PM to 6 PM where it's buy one cocktail get one free.

-SERVICE
Everyone who works at the hotel was very friendly and helpful. They will greet you passing by, wish you a nice day and good night. We couldn't have been happier with their level of service.

-ETC.
The hotel will charge you about $1.15 for each local phone call. We didn't know...
They have a bus to Vaitape town for about $12 per person. If you are not planning on buying pearls, skip this. There is nothing to see in town... only pearl shops and gift stores.
To use the wireless internet at the lobby it's about $6 for 15 minutes. You should know the internet speed in French Polynesia is extremely slow. Go outside the hotel toward the market and you will see a gift shop where internet is $6 for 30 minutes.

Overall, we had a great time and we would recommend Le Moana to others. It was the right mixture of luxury with authentic Polynesian charm for us.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2010

I chose this hotel based on reading a bunch of trip advisor reviews and determined that this one was best because

1. It has a gorgeous lagoon and awesome overwater bungalows
2. It is attached to the mainland so we aren't stuck eating at the resort restaurants, and there is a convenience store/small market a 10 minute walk away
3. Nice polynesian feel to it, not too "modern chic."

After staying there, those are still the reasons why I would recommend this resort over the others.

We went from staying at Hotel La Pirogue on a private motu with only French tourists in a very relaxed environment that was somewhat rustic to a big luxury resort. This ended up being both good and bad. We were excited about the bungalows and getting back to civilization a bit, and the luxury accommodations were great. The downside was that we ended up being there at the same time as a huge obnoxious Japanese tour group and were reminded of how touristy resorts are and how they sort of "quarantine" you from the local culture a bit. The bonus was definitely being able to go explore other restaurants on the island easily and getting away from the resort.

That aside, the bungalows and location are fabulous. The resort is expensive, try to avoid spending money with them at all if you can. We did decide to splurge and do the saturday Tahitian dance and seafood buffet on our first night even though many reviews said it wasn't worth the cost. It was about $100 per person which didn't include drinks, but it does include the dance show which was great. The seafood buffet was actually really good--lobster, oysters, sashimi and sushi, poisson cru, and other seafood dishes. You could order fish grilled to order and lobster, and you could have as much as you want. It was my husband's birthday and he made a pig of himself. He thought it was worth the money, considering how much lobster and oysters he ate. If you're tight on money, skip it. If you want to see a good show and really like seafood and/or have a big appetite and have room in your budget I'd recommend it. That was the most expensive meal we ate while we were there. The second night we ate at La Bounty which was fabulous and much more affordable, the third night we ate at Bloody Marys which was super touristy and worthy of an entire seperate review--if you want to read it go look up Bloody Marys and read the reviews. It wasn't a bad experience though, and the drinks there were actually cheaper than the resort's. (By the way prices on drinks at the resort bar are about $15-$20 for a cocktail, $10-$15 for a glass of wine, and about $7 for a beer). The fourth night we ate really good burgers from the little local roulotte across the street from the resort (great place to save money), and the last night we ate at Kaina hut which was good, but my husband's steak was waaay overcooked and he was very annoyed about it. Overall La Bounty ended up being our best dinner. I would skip the hotel restaurant, it was almost totally empty every night and it was very expensive. There are lots of restaurants in walking distance and the ones that aren't in walking distance usually provide a free shuttle with a reservation.

You can take a boat over to the sister resort the Thalasso for free, but we didn't do that. We liked being able to be near our bungalow when we wanted and the swimming was great right where we were. There weren't many fish but if you bring crackers or bread and crumble them in the water they will come almost instantly. We got to snorkel with lots of beautiful fish when we did that.

One couple's review complained strongly about the wind. I will say that it is very windy. It was somewhat annoying at times when it was really strong, and the power went out once for awhile but the emergency generator swtiched on. This worked for lights in the bungalow but not the A/C and not the TV or DVD player. It was back on within an hour or so. The weather was really warm though and it was cooling to have the breeze. If the wind really bothers you, you can go over to the local beach on the other side of the resort and it isn't windy there, and there is a beautiful shallow crystal blue beach that isn't super crowded.

There was a DVD player available, so bring DVDs with you for the evenings. You can also rent DVDs for free from the local boutique.

There is a shuttle provided by the hotel into Vaitape that takes you into Vaitape for an hour and 15 minutes so you can shop. The shuttle costs 9.00 per person round trip and it was nice to go see the local town and buy some cheaper souveniers.

We did a tour with Moana tours to snorkel with small sharks and stingrays and it was great. I would recommend it for sure. The other tour we did was with www.boraboraphotolagoon.com and it was awesome. Damian (the guide) gave us a great private tour and we now have a whole bunch of great photos of us on our honeymoon. It was one of the highlights of our trip. It was about $420 for a private tour around Bora Bora for four hours, and included snorkeling, champagne, and a disc of 300 photos of us on the tour, posed and candid. He has an underwater camera and takes good snorkeling photos too.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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Earth, Milkyway
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

Great location right on Matira point. I didnt realize before gettng there, but theres a grocery store within a 10 minute walk (great for buying HInano's, wine, and other snacks).

They offered free movies for the dvd players in the bungalow's (you get them from the boutique outside of reception. The woman who worked in it was super nice!).

Lots of fish under the bungalows, and a great sliding glass table for feeding them from inside (tip: take some bread back to your bungalow with you from the massive breakfast to feed them). We even saw rays around the bungalow on the last day.

The IC Le Moana is pretty close to most of the local restaraunts who will pick you up and take you back to the hotel after (tip: be patient. the locals are great, we met so many nice people, but, they are on laid-back time. dont expect things to be snappy. just get another drink and enjoy the sandy floor of your restaraunt.)

Our only real negative had to do with the bathroom. It was big, modernish, etc..but, the toilet constantly smelled like urine. We told them about it, and they sent someone to fix it, but the problem was never really solved. rather than rocking the boat more, we just held our breath and beared it.

My wife and I both like Le Moana, but thought the Sofitel on Moorea was better (no comment on the Sofitel on Bora Bora - though we did make some friends while there who were staying at the Sofitel, and said it was not as good as the Hilton on Moorea. Heck, maybe theyre all just better on Moorea. While im at it, Ill add that we enjoyed Moorea more than Bora Bora.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 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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