My wife and I spent 3 nights at the ICH Thalasso Spa in early August as part of a 10 night Tahiti/Moorea/Bora Bora holiday escape. The service and facilities were excellent in general, and we would thoroughly recommend splurging here if you're coming to Bora Bora.
Accommodation: Signing up to the Ambassador Club is essential if staying for more than a few nights. We were upgraded one level to a Sapphire OWB (#227) which was absolutely perfect. The bungalows are huge and very comfortable. We had a good view of Mount Otemanu from our deck and pontoon, and could dive into ~ 2 metre deep clear blue water each morning which we will never forget. Ambassador membership also included a bottle of water and complimentary wireless internet.
Meals: Expensive - but no more than those of a similar standard hotel anywhere in the world. We ate two dinners here - one at the new 'gastronomie' restaurant Corail, one at the other high end restaurant Reef. Service was relaxed and friendly; there were a couple of mix ups with service at Reef Restaurant, but why get upset over small things when on holiday in paradise?! Fish dishes were the highlight given the freshness (most meat is imported from NZ). Overall the meal qualities were high without being Michelin star-equivalent quality. The best meal by far, however, was on the main island at La Villa Mahana - a true French gastronomy experience worth the expense but book ahead. The ICH has a boat transfer service to the main island (to the sister ICH Le Moana resort), but does charge for the service in the evenings.
Facilities: The beach area is fitted with plenty of comfy day beds, lounges and hammocks. Bar service by the pool and beach is efficient and friendly. The pool is having a few issues with lifting tiles, but still very usable. There is a small gym with modern facilities more than sufficient for a few holiday work outs. There are ample kayaks/canoes/paddle boards to have fun in the lagoon around the overwater bungalows.
Service: Overall excellent. Very friendly check-in, followed by tour of the facilities en-route to our room. Warm concierge service. We speak limited French (and wanted to practice) and this was one of the few places in French Polynesia where staff would continue speaking to us in French until we asked to revert to English!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- Intercontinental Thalasso Hotel Bora
- Intercontinental Thalasso Resort Bora
- Intercontinental Bora Bora