We stayed at the Le Moana in January 2012 for our 10 year anniversary. We tried to do a lot of research before hand to ensure the best choice possible for what we wanted (location/price/activities)…and we found it! Even though this is the rainy season we never had rain the whole time we were there. There were some menacing clouds our last afternoon there, but we never had any rain.
Things we liked:
The location of the Le Moana is excellent! It is steps away from the only real beach (Matira Beach) on the Island. Although Matira Beach is busy, the private beach at the Resort is nice and sandy as well. Matira Beach does slow down in the evening and makes for an excellent sunset viewing point, grab a take-out pizza from the restaurant next door and enjoy-that’s what we did.
All the staff was friendly and enjoyable. I tried to move a beach chair by myself but was quickly relieved of that by a kind young woman who quickly came over to help. We loved the guys who ran the beach hut (where you get your snorkel equip./kayaks), the front desk staff was quick to help and all of our requests were quickly met. The concierge was helpful as well. The initial greeting as you arrived from the airport was great-a staff member waiting for us at the dock to check us in, take our bags.
We liked how intimate the resort was (compared to the Thalasso which we felt was sprawling…more about that later).
The setting was truly picturesque. Sand colored water that goes to turquoise to deep blue.
The bungalows have live rock under the glass coffee table which attracts beautiful fish.
The game room with ping pong tables-something additional to do which we enjoy
Lots of restaurants and a well stocked market within 15 minutes walking distance. Our mini refrigerator was never stocked so we could even purchase refrigerated items at the store to keep in our room.
Free water taxi between the Le Moana and the Thalasso.
Transfer rooms for guests to use on departure days so that even after check-out time, we could still enjoy everything Bora Bora and this resort had to offer and then be able to shower before leaving.
A coral garden is within kayak distance of the resort, you can see it from the outer docks. There are tours which you have to pay for to take you to this same place. We kayaked there in 20 minutes and spent the morning snorkeling at our leisure.
Things we didn’t care for:
The breakfast buffet was better than average (made to order eggs/omelets, breads, fruits, breakfast meats…), but coming from the Intercontinental in Mo’orea and Tahiti, it was lacking. There was significantly less to choose from compared to the other sister resorts.
The thermostat for the bungalows had to be adjusted by the front desk. If anything our bungalow was too cold—easy to fix by opening a door, but kind of wasteful. We mostly turned the fan on or off and that controlled the temperature pretty well.
The shower area in the bungalows was only designated by a 2” drop from the main bathroom floor. It is a little close to the vanity and if you’re not careful, a simple step backwards and you’re in the shower, almost twisted my ankle a couple times.
The in-room safe was smallish, only could fit a couple cameras and wallet. Barely fit my ipad, don’t plan on putting any laptops in there. We did find it open once when we were pretty sure we closed it. Nothing was missing, but a little odd. This also happened in Mo’orea…I don’t think it was user error…I’m hoping for technical malfunction.
The worst thing for us was the ladder from our bungalow into the water had a really mossy top step in the water. Eww (just imagine that first gooey step-blah!). My husband did a fair job cleaning it off for me, but that shouldn’t have been there.
We did go out to the motu to visit the Thalasso. Their beach was not much compared to the Le Moana (no sand, only raked hard white compacted dirt—it does look pretty, but doesn’t feel very good). The pool was a bigger and there was a gym and a tennis court and of course their spa. The grounds are much grander at the Thalasso and their view of the Mountain can’t be beat. From the pool we enjoyed live music. Their bungalows are larger as well (not that the ones at the Le Moana are small by any means). One thing that really bugged out there was since it is such a large property, the staff uses golf carts to get around. We constantly had to move over and wait for them to pass. This did not happen once or twice. We stayed out there for an hour and a half and it happened 6 times! That would have gotten really old really fast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L'InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is located to the south side of the main island, at the famous Matira point, considered as one of the most beautiful beach in the world. The hotel situated only 8kms away from the main city of Vaitape, offers you a breathtaking view on the lagoon, but also on the impressive Mt OTEMANU and PAHIA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Hotel Bora Bora
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