First let me say that the INC Thalasso is a stunning, beautiful and amazing resort. Before I get into my review, let me warn you to NOT stay at the INC Le Moana. You can read my review on that hotel if you wish, but it is certainly not a top-end hotel and is constantly battered by high winds and rough waters. If you are considering this hotel, look elsewhere.
As for the Thalasso – it is nothing but magnificent. It is set on a protected strip of land where the winds are soft and the lagoon is calm. The hotel itself is marvelous in every way. We saw the St. Regis and the Four Seasons and this hotel is just as good if not better than both. The OWBs are enormous and have a bedroom with floor to ceiling windows with views of the sea and landscape. There is a large living room with a glass bottom coffee table. The bathroom is superb with a large elegant bathtub and separate rain shower. In addition, there is a walk-in closet. Outside, you have a very expansive deck with sunning chairs, a table and then your own private secondary deck/dock below. There is an outdoor shower to rinse off and easy entry into the beautiful lagoon.
We did many activities at the hotel but the best, by far, was chartering our own boat for 3 hours. We had so much fun swimming with black tip sharks and lemon sharks. Next we snorkeled at the coral gardens (it was A+ snorkeling). Finally, he took us to a private motu to relax. All in all, the best value of any trip and a great day. In addition to that, we spent a day at the Thalasso spa (top-notch with glass floors over water for your massage). We spent hours afterward using all the wet areas of the spa. Each day, we used the free water-sports including kayaks, paddleboards, etc. Days by the amazing infinity edge pool were relaxing and fun. They did many activities like cooking demos, ray feeding, coconut demos, and much more. The staff was always friendly and kind. Swimming off your OWB is really fun, safe and the waters are warm and pleasant. Be sure to go view the rear side of the hotel to see the pacific ocean…..the waves and breakers are mesmerizing. The views are simply breathtaking no matter where you look. Be sure to take an island tour via boat to see all of Bora Bora’s amazing glory. Sunsets are remarkable.
Breakfast was delicious each and every day with a very wide selection to chose from. We never missed a single breakfast. Otherwise, food at the hotel was just so-so. After a few average meals we did the rest of our dining off the island. The boat from the Thalasso to the main island is frequent. We ate at Bloody Mary’s (pretty decent food and fun) and Matira Beach (the best meal we had). There are many options very close to the hotel. The only suggestion I would give the Thalasso is to add more variety to their menus and/or change the menus daily or more frequently. We did have dessert most nights at the hotel which were good. Drinks and snacks are very expensive so make sure you stop at the market on the main island before coming over to get some soda, beer, snacks and whatnot. BTW – we spoke to many guests at all the hotels and most said the same thing about the food – it is just so-so (does not matter which hotel…food is just average). I didn’t come here for the food so I was happy and had no real complaints. Take advantage of the boat transfers to the main island and you will find many great places to eat.
All in all – we will be coming back to this amazing property and can’t wait to do so. I firmly believe it is the best option on Bora Bora. It is a true five star experience and you will love the Thalasso and dream of coming back. This is our last day and we are already dreaming of coming again. Book this hotel you will be happy you did. Also – try and build in time at the INC Moorea as we enjoyed this hotel as well and it is a very different island experience.
Also – a special shout out to the most attentive, friendly, kind and caring manager we had ever met……Christophe you made our entire trip special and for that we thank you. You are amazing as is the entire staff at this hotel.
Lastly – the Ambassador program is a must (free upgrades, wifi, water, etc)
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- 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