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Le Meridien Bora Bora
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Le Meridien in Bora Bora and had a wonderful time! The staff at Custom Tahiti Travel helped us coordinate this wonderful trip and we sincerely thank them for recommending this hotel to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The hotel's location is outstanding (the best in Bora Bora), and the staff was really friendly and accomodating. The restaurant food is diverse and of great quality, but pricey (the standard in French Polynesia). Special thanks to Moana and the hotel's professional photographer for assisting us during our Vows Renewal Ceremony; the pictures/video and overall experience was excellent. Special Thanks to Jackie at Custom Tahiti Travel for her assistance and attention to detail in coordinating this wonderful trip. We even stayed in the overwater bungalow that we requested.

Room Tip: All of the Premium Overwater Bungalows have a great view. We requested and stayed at #325 (last bung...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed here after a few night on mainland Tahiti and a week at The Pearl Beach Moorea.
I had heard friends were disappointed with Bora Bora. I realised why....we were very lucky to have stayed here. I think staying at any of the hotels on a Motu rather than the mainland is the best way to do it. We arrived just as the beach villas were completed. We had a huge villa with private plunge pool right on the beach overlooking the lagoon filled with turtles and tropical fish. Heaven for our 2 children. Safe,no tides and it was like swimming in an aquarium for them. Views of Mnt Otamanu stunning. We hired a boat and cruised around the whole island...awesome experience. Then a car one day and did the same....really rather a dull uninspiring island especially compared to Moorea which has high mountains and beautiful scenery by land or boat. If you stay on the mainland I think Boea Bora would be a bit disappointing. Wherevwe stayedvdid it justice. The watervillascat the time were being upgraded as were the main reception and hotel. It did need refurbishment and staying in some f the overwater bungalows we visitedvwoukd have been a let down. The villas were gorgeous- comfortable beds, huge entertaining areas, aahh the bathroom was rather special too.main Restaurant expensive but we found some nice meals on bar menu watching the sunset and beach restaurant- served big enough meals to share, 2 fed 4 of us. Also, the room service breakfasts were large- we could all share. Same for some other meals on room service menu. When I say expensive- regular restaurant prices for Aussie folk :( expensive for Americans. Would love to go back. Stayed for12 days and loved it. Learnt so much about the turtles, fed them, swam with them...great experience. Main beach and pool lovely. Some basic watersportvactivities to do. Perfect weather for July. Visited Bloody Mary's and their traditional dances...much the same as any other Pacific Island. Rent a tinny and take a cruise around the island, stock up for food at the local supermarketbon the mainland and take snorkel gearvand hop off on all the remote little beaches and islands. Don't bother with a car- nothing exciting, save that for Moorea!!!

Room Tip: The beach villas were quiet.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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6  Thank marcnat
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cecile_lemarrec, Assistante de Direction at Le Meridien Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2012

Dear guests,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to review so positively our resort.We are happy to read that your family have enjoyed their stay in our confortable beach villa and we hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you again in our resort.

My best regards,

Cécile LE MARREC

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

I am a little slow writing- sorry.. I am a tvl agent- specialize in French Polynesia.. Visited St Regis, Four Seasons, Bora Bora Thalasso... I have to say Meridian blew them away. First of all, all of these hotels in Bora Bora are gorgeous. What made this hotel stand out is the staff. Starting
with Dennis, the manager. The staff was very warm- unlike the stuffy st regis. I could not believe the difference in the attitudes of the staff. Four seasons and thalasso were very nice, however, the meridien far exceeded all hotels I visited during my 10 day visit to several islands.
The meridien also has glass FLOORS in their overwater bungalows! not glass tables- FLOORS!
The menus cater to food allergies as well- all allergy ingredients are listed below the entrees!
unheard of in French Polynesia. Gluten free bread! The breakfast was amazing- all sorts of unique items, different every day. Jetskis on property. This property is also a turtle santuary- they have a turtle hospital and they have many turtles who live in the lagoon where we swam.
I cannot say enough about this property. Dollar for dollar this hotel is by far the best.

Room Tip: I had a bungalow in the shallow water- about 4 ft.. and had an amazing view.. there are no bad roo...
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank mauidawne
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cecile_lemarrec, Assistante de direction at Le Meridien Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2012

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your warm comment and for sharing your experience at Le Méridien Bora Bora. We are delighted to hear that your stay with us has been so far beyond your expectations and thank you for recommending our resort and our warm and friendly staff.
We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future,

Warmest regards,

Cécile LE MARREC

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Simply amazing. The waters are as blue as can be. Expensive

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Love the over the water bungalow. I recommend getting a meal package, as there are not many options once you're there.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We spent six nights at this resort (after one in Tahiti and three in Moorea). The location is stunning. The service--in terms of reception, luggage assistance, activities assistance, etc--was great. The big drawback was the service and quality of food in the restaurants (see my comments below).

We had premium overwater bungalow #332--it was gorgeous in terms of the view and great in terms of privacy (it was the second to the last bungalow off the end). However, the sad part was that our deck didn't really get any sun (but it was a beautiful shaded area in which to sit and look at the gorgeous view!). We hardly used it and ended up spending most of our time at the hotel's beach or pool, which was great, but we would've liked to have gotten some sun on our private deck. So if you want sun (or shade) make sure you ask for a bungalow that gets what you want. The room interior was fantastic--very modern and cool. The only problem we found was with the lighting--there's very little lighting in the room so when it gets dark you can't really see well enough to do your hair or put on any makeup. That said, you may not want to do much of that given the humidity, so it wasn't too much of a problem for us. Another confusing thing was that they did not automatically provide wash cloths--we had to call and ask for them. I know it's a small detail, but when you're paying for a top-end resort you expect the little things to be anticipated.

Okay, so now the big drawback (and the one thing that makes me not inclined to ever return here). The food is just not very good--mediocre at best, though we did find one or two items that were "good" (but not great). The lunch restaurant has a better selection of foods--a couple of good salads. We did the seafood buffet our first night there--it was okay. Definitely not worth the price, and definitely not something I would've stomached were I back in LA. That said, I think it depends on what you're used to and what kind of expectations you have. We live in LA and have been spoiled by an abundance of outstanding cuisine (even the cheap stuff is good here) that is always high quality, so we were extremely disappointed with the food at this resort (and there aren't that many options).

We did, however, find some delicious (and slightly less expensive) dining options on the main island of Bora Bora (which you can get to via boat shuttle each evening): Kaina Hut and Restaurant Fare Manuia. Both of these were great--the best mahi mahi at Kaina Hut and great pizza and an amazing crunchy brie salad at Fare Manuia. My advice: if you stay at this resort, plan on eating dinner outside of it.

Oh, and the service at the breakfast each morning? The worst ever. All six mornings we were seated and offered coffee, and then waited at least 20 minutes for them to bring the coffee; and each time we had to ask for it a second time because they always forget. This is just the way it is there, so if you are impatient (or just appreciate getting things in a semi-timely manner) this place will drive you insane. If you are expecting the same caliber of service you'd find at a high-end American resort (actually, I've had great service at non-American resorts too), you will be disappointed. That said, the dining atmosphere is really lovely, and the service is a tiny bit better at dinner.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

My family and I purchased a day pass to come and spend the day at this resort. We were onboard the amazing, and highly recommended Paul Gauguin cruise and decided since there is only one public beach in Bora Bora we would purchase a day pass and spend the day at a nice private beach. The pass was $71 and included everything and gave us some credit for food and drink. The hotel was gorgeous, clean and well decorated. The only complain was the drinks...they were completely AWFUL. My pina colada was a pina colada someone had vomited up and then served in a glass. And five drinks was over $100 US dollars...crazy!!

Overall, great hotel however if you're in Bora Bora, this places bungalows over the water look like a dump, mainly because they are next to the Four Seasons and St. Regis.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Motu Tape | BP 190, 98730, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range: $543 - $1,357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Bora Bora 5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Meridien Bora Bora is a luxury resort set on an islet surrounded by the most beautiful lagoon in the world. Our resort offers guests a contemporary design blended with Polynesian culture. ... more   less 
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