We stayed at the Thalasso for 5 nights following a 5 night stay at the Intercontinental in Moorea for our 1 year anniversary. There were lots of couples at the Thalasso and very few families (we saw maybe 1 or 2). The hotel was not busy, so it was quiet and very relaxing. All in all, it was a fantastic holiday and our stay at the Thalasso was incredible.
Tips and comments about our stay:
First, buy your own alcohol at the duty-free shop at the LA airport since alcohol is expensive in Bora Bora (as well as in Moorea). The duty free is past the security check.
Also, apply for an Ambassador card. It is worth it. We were upgraded to a diamond bungalow (#232) for 5 nights and got some other perks. The biggest perk was that we got a late check-out (4pm) on our last day. This was important for us since our flight did not leave until 6:40pm (the shuttle to the airport was leaving at 5:20pm). That gave us an entire day (vs. checking out at 11am). A late check-out we were told was $200US. So the card pays for itself right there. They do have day rooms that you can use for 45 min before you leave. We were also upgraded in Moorea for 5 nights (and there were perks there too). It’s important that the hotel knows that you are Ambassadors in advance – this will help with the upgrade.
We had to wait when we arrived, but we found that most people had to wait. That’s fine, we filled out the forms they gave us, had our free drink, took some pictures, and walked around the grounds.
The diamond overwater bungalow was amazing. Pierre gave us a tour of our room when we arrived and made sure that we were settled nicely. He was courteous and knowledgeable.
The grounds are really nice and it’s worth taking a walk around. We walked on the other side of the motu (the ocean side) which was deserted most of the time.
The Concierge desk was very helpful (Sandry was great). You can book any activity there and ask them as any questions you have.
We decided to do our own snorkelling. We took the shuttle to the Intercontinental Moana, used their kayaks, and went out to the little island that’s right out from the IC Moana. It’s about a 15 min kayak and it’s hard to miss since there are always boats with snorkelers out there. The snorkelling here was so good – we did this twice. We highly recommend this. Because you’re a guest at the Thalasso you can use IC Moana services/equipment (kayaks, towels, storage at the front desk, etc).
If you speak French, this helps. However, the staff’s English was very very good (better than in Moorea). All in all, the staff is very well trained and professional. Staff members ALWAYS greeted us when we passed them. And most of them remembered our names – a nice touch. This made our stay very personal and friendly. This truly made it a 5-star stay for us.
We had breakfast and dinner included. Beverages (including water), tip, and taxes were not included. One thing to note, there was a price difference in the bottled water (the imported vs. the local). The local bottled water was cheaper. The breakfast buffet was phenomenal. For dinners we ate at the Sands and Reef restaurants. We preferred the Sands because of the selection and the location/view (closer to the beach). Stephane was our server at the Sands and he was superb. The dinner buffets we had were also amazing (French and Japanese themed). The hotel chefs were on hand both nights and were very impressive and professional.
Stephanie, the bartender at the Bubbles bar, was very good. The happy hour occurs before dinner (5:3-6:30) and after dinner (8:30-9:30). It’s a 2-for-1 deal but you get the same drink twice for the price of 1.
For lunch we bought food (baguettes, fruit, peanut butter) at the market store on the island. You can take the free shuttle to the IC Moana and walk about 10-15 min to the store. We also bought water with us and brought that back to our room.
Beware that food and drinks are expensive in Bora Bora (and in Moorea). We thought that the prices were inflated at the hotel and restaurants, but even at the store (where locals were shopping), things were expensive. Note, that you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays and Thursdays (if I can remember correctly). This is according to some rule they have in French Polynesia.
Since the store didn’t always have baguettes (they only had them delivered 2-3 times per week) we ate lunch twice at this pizza place that was half-way between the store and the Moana. It’s this little pizza hut on the island side of the road (not the water side) that had the best service we had our ENTIRE stay and the most delicious pizza our ENTIRE stay. It’s so rustic looking it doesn’t even have a name! But the sign says Pizza and Crepes if I remember correctly and it’s next to a baby clothing store. Go there, it’s amazing!
All in all, this was a fantastic trip and I would highly recommend the Thalasso. While we would go back, this is more of a once in a lifetime trip for us!
- 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