My wife and I are on our second trip out to French Polynesia. Four years ago we went to Moorea for our honeymoon. Since that time my wife has been begging me to bring her back, and this time we find ourselves in Bora Bora. After much searching and review reading we settled on IC Le Moana for the first half of our ten night stay (second half will be Le Meridian). Tonight is our final night at IC Le Moana and we could not be more pleased. Allow me to lay out all the pluses.
+ Accommodations - we are in a beach bungalow (#56). We preferred this option to an overwater, as we did the overwater experience in Moorea, and frankly, we spend so much time outside of our room we didn't really need the OW experience. We are so pleased with our choice. The beach bungalow is right on the sand leading to the water, has a beautiful view of the OW bungalows and horizon (sun rise), and is perfect for our sleeping needs. The bungalow has two rooms (a living area that leads to deck, separated with closing door from the bedroom with California King bed). The bathroom is large and has all the necessary amenities (although be prepared, there is no door or curtain on the shower, it is completely open - but who cares, this is a honeymoon/lovers destination anyway).
+ Location - on the main island so a simple taxi/shuttle/bike ride to the main town (Vaitapee) or any other necessary sights. Two nights we went out to dinner, about a 5 minute bus ride to Bloody Mary's and La Villa Mahana. There is a restaurant (Lucky House) right outside and to the right of the hotel off the main road (walking distance) that makes the BEST pizza I have ever had (brick oven, thin crust - if you like garlic, get the margarita pizza). A simple two person kayak trip (15 minutes with just me rowing, my wife enjoying the scenery and snapping pictures) to the coral gardens on the backside of the Sofitel Motu, where the best snorkeling appears to be. Just dock your kayak on the rocky shore and snorkel away. My wife and I saw a 4 foot moray eel (yikes) and all kinds of fish. To boot, there is snorkeling right at the hotel Le Moana, including an area by the OW bungalows called the coral nursery (a created coral area by the hotel) which was really nice. In addition, there is a convenience store just down the road, and a grocery store a bit further. Great place to buy your water or alcohol (cheaper than at restaurants). My wife and I have been bringing water with us everywhere we go, even to restaurants and no one minds. Considering you can get a 1.5 liter water for 100 XPF (approximately $1.15 USD) its a great value. Of course you have to enjoy water like my wife and I do, as the other choices (soda, juices) are pricier.
+ Staff - extremely friendly. Quick to offer a "Ia ora na" or a "Māuruuru" with a smile on their face. Very helpful too with extra towels, room service, selecting activities, or anything else you need. A top notch group of people that really make you feel welcomed.
+ Price - one of the more cost effective options you could choose, especially if you do the beach bungalow (would recommend #55, 56, or 57 based on location). I cannot think of better value for your money. To be out in Bora Bora, at a quality hotel, with all the amenities so close by, including some of the best snorkeling for the most competitive price, is simply a steal.
+ Overall Experience - everything has been great at this hotel. Along with everything stated above, we have enjoyed - falling asleep in the hammocks that are scattered along the beach, catching geckos, hermit crabs, and collecting shells, walking the beach, enjoying breakfast and the Le Moana pizza (by far the best one). If/when we ever come back to Bora Bora, IC Le Moana will definitely be one of our stays. HIGHLY recommended!! A++++++++++
- 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
- Intercontinental Le Moana Bora