This hotel is truly amazing. The location is incredible with its location right in front of Mount Otemanu. The over water villas are massive (over 1000 sq ft) and service great. There is just one aspect in which this hotel falls short and hence why a 4 star review and not 5. And that is in the wifi connectivity which is truly abysmal. The connection is weak, slow when you do manage to connect, and there are number of device limitations. Please dont offer free wifi if this is what you are going to offer...you fall well below expectations and it creates a bad impression. Front desk's solution to this is to upgrade to the paid wifi for 2000 XPF a night. Sorry....sounds like you are trying to nickel and dime your guests at that point, especially when room rates are over $1000 a night. And yes while I realize wifi isnt that big a deal, at some point you do need to be connected in this fast paced world and when it is time for that, it would be nice to do so reliably.
This hotel is situated on its own motu. So from Tahiti you need to get yourself to Bora Bora. Then you can either book yourself a shuttle via the hotel to get you to the hotel (roughly about $130 a person for the roundtrip) or you can get there by yourself using a combo of boat shuttle and taxi for about $10-15 round trip. Google it if that is the route you want to take.
Check in was fairly quick. Breakfast at the hotel tends to be pricey because really where else are you going to go? Its about $44 a person but during check in we were offered 50% off breakfast as long as we signed up for it right then and for all days of our stay. We decided to take it. Breakfast menu doesnt change much at all during our 5 day stay there but there is quality food with crepes, made to order eggs, variety of coffee drinks, lots of hot options, a few different tuna dishes and tons of fruit. All in all worthwhile for the $22 price.
The rooms (over water villas) are simply massive. Huge living space, separate bedroom, big bathroom, a terrace plus a sun lounger leading into the water. Plenty of room for 4 to sleep. There is a coffee maker in the room (Nespresso) but they charge you approx $5 per capsule to use it so that is pretty absurd. There is also a kettle with regular nescafe coffee and teas for free. Note that there is only one plug that is US type so make sure you have a converter. The room layout is just awesome and we absolutely loved it.
The hotel is pretty large and spread out. The grounds are great and pretty much everywhere is a photo op. The hotel actually offers a lot of water sport activities for free on a first come first serve basis which is really great. Free kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and snorkel equipment. There are also hammocks strewn about the property to use. It really is a very relaxing environment. You can also walk to the back of the property which basically is the other side of a thin island and access the reef. There generally is nobody around but note that the water this side is a lot rougher. We also ate one evening at the restaurant on site but were sorely disappointed with the food, especially at the price being charged. We had all our meals off site after that with the exception of breakfast.
The hotel offers a free shuttle to its sister property (Le Moana) multiple times a day though its a paid shuttle in the evening. Le Moana being on the main island has plenty of options around for groceries/dining etc. Catch the shuttle and stock up on food. The little pizza place right next to the Moana is excellent. The grocery store across makes food on the cheap. Bring your alcohol wherever you are coming from because its expensive everywhere. There are also many bike and scooter rental places around.
We reserved a spot on one of the shuttles to the Moana for our return to the airport. We took the longer way back again since we had a later flight and were in no rush. The front desk was also kind enough to provide us with a 2 pm check out.
On the whole this hotel is seriously incredible. Its simply stunning in its setting and very very comfortable. Am already figuring out a way to get back here.
- 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