LOVED IT! We stayed for 5 nights in January 2014 for our Honeymoon. It only a few years old and has beautiful views of the lagoon and Mt. Otemanu. The beach and pool looks directly at the mountain. We stayed in room 234 (Sapphire) and it had gorgeous views of the water from the bedroom (the bed literally faces out to the water) and the living room. The deck had a view of the mountain and felt very private. The bathroom was beautiful and the freestanding tub was well places – looking out over the aqua blue waters. One note, the furniture inside is showing some scratches and dings – not really a big deal, but when you pay $800 a night you notice these things.
We had a Half board package, so ate breakfast and lunch at the resort everyday. The breakfast buffet was well stocked and tasty (though not as much exotic tropical fruit as you get in Thailand). When we were there only the Reef restaurant was open for dinner and the more casual Sands was only open for lunch. This meant that dinner every night was a three course French meal – the food was very high quality, but a little rich to eat every night. We wished Sands had been open so we could have gotten something more casual a few nights. There was supposed to be an international buffet our last night, but they canceled it for some reason (I am guessing they didn’t have enough guests to make it worthwhile).
One note - there are not that many fish when you snorkel here. They are cultivating a coral reef, which hopefully will help in the future. To see lots of fish, go on a snorkleing excusion (We did the Shark and Ray Feeding Tour with Moana Adventure Tours and loved it).
Staff was very friendly and attentive. The head beach boy was friendly and led a high quality sting ray feeding a few of the days. The spa was beautiful – we got a couple’s massage in the overwater bungalow – when you lie face down you look right at the lagoon and can see the fish swimming around. Very relaxing.
All kayaks, paddle boards etc. are free and easy to check out (though Paddle boarding is harder than it looks!) They have a good collection of DVD’s and a small traveler’s library that you can take books from and leave your used books with. We received Complimentary Beach Towels (to take home!), Champagne, and Fresh Fruit on arrival because we booked via Costco and are executive members.
The resort felt almost empty –which we really liked. It felt exclusive and secluded. Even sitting on the public beach under an umbrella it felt secluded. We felt this place was the epitome of a tropical honeymoon.
The resort is only accessible by boat and you can’t walk anywhere. There is a free boat shuttle in the morning and afternoon (in the evening you have to pay) to the sister property at the IC Moana. You can use their facilities as well (though there are not nearly as nice as the Thalasso!). The food though at the Moana is cheaper – and you can put it on your room tab at the Thalasso.
We continued our Honeymoon in New Zealand, which we also loved, but our time in Bora Bora felt the most like a honeymoon. My wife already wants to go back.
- 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