The family stayed in an overwater bungalow for four nights. We are well-traveled. We even lived in Hawaii for 3 years and on the beach in Australia for one. But Moorea is an even more amazing spot. We snorkeled from our bungalow about twice each day and it was heaven. The pool was nice for a change, maybe once a day. The beach was a diversion we hit twice. We tried (outrigger) canoes and kayaks.
OK, the check in was very problematic. We arrived at 2 (check in time) but were asked to sit down and relax. They served us drinks (non-alcoholic, so I splurged for a beer). Then they shuttled us over to a room which turned out to be a beach bungalow. Since I had booked an OWB, I noticed the mistake immediately. The kids and I changed into our suits while the wife waited to be moved. She showed up at the pool about 30 or 45 minutes later. Keep an eye out, I think that sort of thing happens not infrequently. We had occasion to use the concierge, who was helpful, but not very speedy. That said, I found the service everywhere in F.P. to be at a slow island pace, so leave the hurry, hurry mentality at home and prepare to relax.
In the end, we were very impressed by the bungalow. The beach bungalows are nice, attractive roomy, and well kept, and are probably a reasonable value. But for the splurge nothing beat the overwater bungalow (especially if you are fond of the water for swimming and snorkeling). The bungalows were situated partly over the water on a small lagoon with coral and reef fish (yellow tang, triggerfish, etc.). We could see them from our deck. We also enjoyed swimming and snorkeling from our bungalow to observe the fish and to the platform up the lagoon. It was amazingly idyllic!
The restaurants were good (expensive, like everything in French Polynesia), but portions were large (the kids were very hungry from our adventures). We ventured offsite for a couple of meals. They were not any cheaper than the onsite restaurants, but a very interesting experience (more rustic and quaint).
The location on the north shore of Moorea is a good distance from the airport (half an hour, $40 US by taxi), but it is makes for an amazing setting.
Overall, we forgave them for the slow service and just loved this spot. The pictures and memories will last a lifetime. Yes, French Polynesia is a splurge, but it also seems to be as close as I've been to heaven on Earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is nestled between mountains and a lagoon on a stunning French Polynesian island. Right on the resort grounds is Moorea's widest range of activities, which includes the Moorea Dolphin Center, Bathys Diving Club, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, skiing and Jeep tours. The Arahurahu Marae temple is also worth a visit. ... more less
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