I have been meaning to get to this review for some time now. My husband and I visited Le Meridien in May of 2013 for our honeymoon. We spent a week in an over water bungalow and It was an experience like no other. I am not much of a traveler, although I would love to be. I have never seen ocean waters outside of California.. I had read much of the reviews here on Trip Advisor, as well as looked at all the pictures I could find on Bora Bora and what to expect.. After having the highest of high expectations for this gorgeous place, and for my honeymoon, I was definitely not disappointed.. We used a travel agent to book our trip. Which I am thankful for, because the flight, shuttle, and boat transfers would have been so confusing for me. All of it was prepared and set up in my vacation package. We spent 6 nights at Le Meridian Bora Bora, and then our final night in Tahiti. Both resorts were great, but nothing compares to the location of Bora Bora.
Flying in was the most exciting, I had never seen water so many hues of turquoise blue. The boat ride to the resort is just the build up.. And then to be greeted by song and all of the friendly staff when you arrive.. From beginning to end, just amazing. Getting a view of the grounds and lobby with your welcome drink as they check you in to your bungalow went smoothly and was nice to get a tour of the grounds before you get settled in.. It was storming and pouring rain the entire first day, but it was still just so gorgeous. It was funny really, when we first arrived at the airport water was pouring through the ceilings and inches of water on the ground.. We were given plastic ponchos.. It was still warn and gorgeous!
The weather was unpredictable during our stay, we had anticipated this since it is their wet season. However, we found ourselves in our Bungalow the majority of the time anyway. The set up, even though not huge, feels very spacious. The glass floor has to be the biggest I have seen in searching between resorts, and our balcony with stairs down to the water was just perfect.. We were out about ¾ down the dock so our water was fairly deep. No touching the bottom.. My husband LOVED it, I however am a little more scared.. haha. But it was great! Our view was amazing, we could see the open ocean from our bungalow as well as the lagoon and main Island.
We had tried to plan some excursions, but the weather made that a bit difficult.. We also did have some trouble with communicating with Staff, but they really tried their best to accommodate us. We did the Jet Ski tour of the island and this was one of the highlights of our trip. We were able to be the only two on the tour (they had over booked the first tour) but this gave us the opportunity to be alone on our tour during sunset! What an awesome experience! We also used the kayaks and did some exploring in those. We went to the main Island one day, figuring out the shuttle there was a bit confusing, I had understood there was a free one that only went at certain times.. We used this but it meant we either had to go early in the day, or right before dinner.. We chose to go early in the day, and do some sight seeing before we had planned dinner at Bloody Mary’s. This was neat to get to see the main Island, but there really isn’t much to see.. We did a lot of walking, and it was insanely hot and humid.. Next time I would probably take the evening boat and just go for dinner. But it was an experience to remember. We were able to see one of the most beautiful sunsets from the main island that evening!
We had prepared for the food cost and also food quality before our trip. Trip Advisor was a huge help in what to expect.. I had seen how expensive people said food and drinks were, and also that the meals weren’t the best.. It is true, the prices are crazy! We had breakfast included in our travel package so this was our biggest meal of the day… We tried to fill up on breakfast and then we had packed snacks and some liquor. We mostly snacked throughout the day on crackers and bread, and made our own drinks from what we had brought. At night we would go to the bar and buy an appetizer or two to share and drinks and this was good enough for us! As far as the reviews go on the food being bad.. It is not bad.. It is not the BEST food you will ever have.. But it is not bad.. The breakfast had a very wide range of foods.. Omelets, sausage, bacon, fish, waffles, French toast, and a whole side for pastries, fruits, and other cold food. The breakfast buffet was great!! On the day we went to the main island we also stalked up on cheese and salami and more liquor.. I think this saved us a lot on not having to have a full priced meal 3 times a day! After a while though, it does feel repetitive.
The grounds are just amazing.. They comb the beach every morning! Even though there was obviously other people there, we felt like we were on an island just by ourselves! This was PERFECT for us, our entire courtship was chaperoned, so to have this private alone time together on our honeymoon was just so perfect. The walk out to our bungalow at night was just a feeling that can’t be compared.. Being out there in the middle of such beauty! The bar held a disco night one night that we were there; we had such a fun time dancing the night away! Considering that much of Bora Bora and the resort is shut down once the sun goes down…
This is a place for seclusion and peace… Not for large restaurants, bars or clubs.. Pure peace. I spent a lot of time researching different resorts in Bora Bora, and on a budget I chose Le Meridien. It looked to be the best for its price, and I would choose it all over again. I don’t think there could be much more for the value of this place. Sure, more restaurant options, maybe more night activities… But really it was perfect. We WILL be returning. At first we decided for our 10 year anniversary… Now we are talking our 5 year… Maybe even our 2nd at the rate we are missing this place!
To wrap it up I would say pros:
Everything! Haha… Mostly the amazing bungalows( GET AN OVER WATER BUNGALOW!!), the amazing location, and ultimately the feeling of being free, not crowded and alone!
More to do that doesn’t cost a ton. And yes, better food.. The only other con was the small communication barrier.. These cons really do not even come close to the pros.. Something I did not mention.. And I forgot to bring this to the staffs attention(which I should) But when you are out in a different environment these things aren't really bothersome. Our table in our room (the surfboard shaped in the middle of the room) had some type of beetle I believe.. I would say it looked like powder post beatles but larger, Never saw any bugs, just the very fine dust they leave behind from eating the wood.. Everyday they would clean the room, and even after cleaning up the old dust, new dust would be there within hours.. These aren't worrisome pests, so it honestly skipped my mind! But I would not at all factor this in to my rating. My fault for not bringing it to anyone's attention.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- Bora Le Meridien
- Le Meridian Bora Bora