My husband and I spent the second half of our honeymoon at Thalasso from Nov 5 - Nov 10 after we stayed 5 days at Intercontinental Le Moana (I have another review on that one). It is sort of unfair to compare the two since they are at different price points, but Thalasso was by far the superior hotel. The customer service was outstanding. There was no request too small, and they were some of the friendliest hotel staff I have ever met.
The grounds are just stunning. They managed to combine the island's natural beauty of the head on view of the mountain, lagoons and streams with a modern design aesthetic, and it turned out perfectly. There were so many places to explore, including a fitness trail that leads to the other side of the motu so you can walk along the ocean.
The OWBs are huge!! I was so happy when I stepped into ours (#115) for the first time, I never wanted to leave! I believe it was almost as big as my apartment, which is 950 sq ft (if you include the deck). The bed faces a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the water. There is a claw-foot bath tub with a view of the water. The deck has a door that you can access from your bedroom. You can literally get out of bed and jump into the ocean. The only complaint I have about the rooms is the bed. While comfortable, it was on wheels and slid around on the wooden floor every time we moved, so if my husband turned in the night, it would wake me up. This could be easily fixed my putting a rug under the bed. But nothing can beat waking up to that view, no matter how tired you are ;)
The Spa - oh my, we had an appointment for a couple's massage one morning, and ended up staying at the spa for 8 HOURS. The treatment itself was very good, and I could watch the fish swim beneath the window in the floor. We used the rest of the facilites like the steam room, jacuzzis, and other pools of various temperatures. There is also a tea house onsite, which was self-serve, and you can either enjoy your tea on the veranda, or in what I would call a meditation room. It was so peaceful, we read our books in there for a long time. If you stay at Thalasso, you MUST use the spa.
We spent a lot of time at the pool. It is an infinity-edge pool which direct view of the mountain. The temperature of the water is perfect - warm, but refreshing at the same time. The staff that works the pool area is very friendly and the drinks they serve you are tasty. The Mai-Tai is killer (read "strong") and they even had my favorite Hoegaarden beer!
Every day at 2pm, there is a sting ray feeding. We went a few times and really enjoyed it. If you go, just make sure you feed them behind the eyes, not underneath because they could accidentally nip you. There are also other activities like tennis, beach ping-pong, kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling in the hotel lagoon. The snorkeling was ok, but we found it to be better at Intercontinental Le Moana. However, if you stay at Thalasso, I recommend you kayak over to Le Meridian next door and use their lagoon to snorkel. If you go all the way into the lagoon under the chapel, there are some amazing fish there! We brought a piece of bread with us and they were all over us, so many different kinds. There is also a turtle sanctuary you can see at Le Meridian.
The food was pretty good - it was clean and fresh, though sometimes we did have to add salt and pepper to bump up the flavor. We were surprised that much of the wine list was at a reasonable price in comparison to restaurants in the US. Cheers to that! The buffet breakfast was extensive, anyone would find something they liked there.
The only downside about staying on the motu was the disconnection from the main island. While you could take a boat to Le Moana, it was just easier to stay at the hotel. It wasn't that big of a deal to us since we had the main island experience the 5 days prior, but if we had stayed the full 10 nights at Thalasso, we may have started to feel a bit trapped LOL. But what better place to be trapped?
We hope to return someday to Thalasso :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located between the two hearts of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. The Deep Ocean Spa is the centerpiece, but the resort offers lots of cultural and recreational activities to fill your days including canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, stargazing and handicraft demonstrations. ... more less
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