You can't beat the location of Intercontinental Thalasso - across the water from the main mountain with the indescribable lagoon stretching out in front of you. You only need to look at the photos.
All the available rooms are huts over the water. There are 3 classes - Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond. The Emerald huts face back onto the beach, Sapphire and Diamond generally all face the lagoon.
It's almost essential to get an Ambassador membership at InterContinental's website if you want to stay here - you pay a one time $200 fee and it gets you a guaranteed upgrade, late check out, and other perks. So you can book an Emerald room and get upgraded to a Sapphire and get back the cost of the Ambassador program in 1 night.
We stayed there for 2 nights last week. It so happened that all the rooms were booked so no upgrade was available. The manager instead comped us free breakfast for both nights, so that was cool.
Two reasons why I didn't give it 5 stars - we were staying on the right pontoon (as facing the lagoon) and there was some house or hut not far from the boat doc that was playing music during the day and up until midnight on one of the nights. It didn't really bother us and it was only the 1 day/night (I guess they had some party), but if you're paying nearly $1k or over per night, I expect there to be no disruptions like that. I don't need to hear Katy Perry or Mumford & Sons while laying out on my deck. Second reason - with all the money being paid for the room, the water taxi pick-up at the airport is a complete rip-off. You're charged over 9,000 XPF (about $100) for basically a 15 minute boat ride. There's really no other choice to get to the hotel, but c'mon IC -- that's way too much. It's revealed to you when you complete the booking, but still, it just doesn't seem fair.
Anyway, I think those are relatively minor issues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located between the two hearts of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. The Deep Ocean Spa is the centerpiece, but the resort offers lots of cultural and recreational activities to fill your days including canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, stargazing and handicraft demonstrations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- Intercontinental Thalasso Hotel Bora
- Intercontinental Thalasso Resort Bora
- Intercontinental Bora Bora