I'd say 4.5 stars. My husband & I stayed at Le Meridien for 6 days this May. We had last stayed at LM about 10 years ago. Though the hotel now has a lot more competition and could use a little updating, it is a beautiful and relaxing resort. I really don't think you can beat their beach; it is large enough that you never feel the least bit crowded by other guests. The guys that work at the beach hut were really friendly and helpful. The beach sits on both the main lagoon and the hotel's inner lagoon, which has some decent snorkeling on the chapel side. Le Meridien has a stunning view of Mt. Otemanu and the lagoon's beautiful clear blue turquoise water. The rooms are furnished with a modern/contemporary design. The wifi worked pretty well, and the charge was about the same rate you'd pay anywhere else.
It is impossible to be in a bad mood in Bora Bora. Well, at least for us that was the case. I really must recommend that if you are going to make the effort and spend the money to travel to Bora Bora, do some research - read the TA reviews and forum posts. Some people did not realize that Le Meridien and most of the resorts in Bora Bora are on motus and not on the main island. Being on a motu requires a ferry to get anywhere or to do any excursions, though the excursions will pick you up at the LM dock. If you make no other plans, of course you will be "stuck at the resort." For the most part, I wanted to do nothing else. I do highly recommend Reef Discovery for a snorkel excursion, though. Terry was our guide, and we saw some amazing sea life. We also booked a half day shark feeding excursion through the hotel, which was also fun but had a lot more people. Also check out the turtle sanctuary and morning turtle feeding.
We found that everyone at LM was really nice and could not have been more helpful, especially Dora at the activities desk. The activities staff really are the concierge staff of the hotel, and they went out of their way to arrange dinner and excursion reservations for us throughout our stay.
We went to visit the nearby St. Regis and Intercontinental Thalasso for dinner. I highly recommend both the Lagoon Restaurant at St. Regis and Le Corail at the Intercontinental. Both are fine dining and are very very good. The St. Regis and Intercontinental are newer and larger resorts. They both looked very nice, they are more modern and maybe not as relaxed as LM.
Dinner is really the only weak point of LM. It has actually improved since our first visit, but dinner just does not measure up to the nearby competition at St. Regis and Intercontinental. It is sort of inconvenient to take the ferry to Vaitape for dinner given the ferry schedule and the shopping hours in Vaitape, but there are some good options there. The ferry does add an additional $70 or so to the cost of your meal, so that is something to keep in mind. The ferry to St. Regis is complimentary since it is also a Starwood hotel, and the ferry to the Intercontinental Thalasso was about $30 per couple RT (though it was only about a 5 minute ride). Breakfast and lunch at LM were pretty good. Breakfast is buffet with omelets cooked to order. The little pool bar has panini's and fries at lunch that were not bad. The restaurant with the pink chairs by the pool had a very good grilled mahi mahi sandwich.
Overall, I really enjoyed LM BB and would certainly recommend the resort to others.
- 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