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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The resort was beautiful! Perfect infinity pool with a view of the mountain. The rooms were comfortable as they were quite large with a living room, bedroom, and large bathroom with separate tub. The best part is the patio with a table to eat or play cards, 2 lounge chairs, and a staircase into the water. We did a few excursions through the hotel - Scuba diving and jet skis. Both were great! We saw a lemon shark while scuba diving and learned how to break open a coconut while jet skiing! Also, there is a feeding time for the stingrays where they provide food and you can feed them yourself. Scary, fun and thrilling all at the same time.

I'm going to review the hotel first and then a couple of tips. THIS is the one. Stop researching and just book it. I struggled too with the two other 5 star choices. The FS and the Regis. Do not bother. IC has the ultimate location. Perfectly positioned. FS and Regis are a bit around the corner, while still nice options IC delivers the premier location. The OWB is huge and you will spend plenty of time just soaking up the changing beauty you will see off of your deck. The water temperature is so amazingly ideal. Not too cool and not hot. Any time of the day you can just jump right in or wade in the clear water. For you major snorkels there is limited fish to view. It's actually very clean and clear but not much marine life. I think you may need to take an excursion to seek out colorful marine life. We did see some pretty fish near the hotel but not out by the bungalows. Service is top notch. The grounds are amazing. Bring a "love lock" and leave it in the secret garden. Not many reviewers talk about this little spot. Happy hour at Reefs lounge is nice with live music. And we never knew till we left that they had appetizers in the lounge that were different than anything we had seen in the other 2 restaurants. The only downfall of the stellar hotel is the food. Both restaurants practically have the same menu. The choices are very limiting. It gets old after a few days. You will never believe this but the BLT sandwich is very good. Lol Dining nightly on the beach is sooo romantic. And there seems to be available tables every evening. Sands is more casual. Reef is a bit more tailored. If you use a travel agent and receive one free dinner of your choice then choose Reef and get the filet mignon. It was delicious and with a nice bottle of wine included. Definitely get breakfast included. It is a huge savings!!! And it's actually a very nice spread. Bora Bora is always hot. Wear strong sunscreen. We are from Florida and already tan. We got burned on our first day :( Sun is very intense. We were there in the "rainy" season and it was nothing but sunshine all day and not a cloud in the sky. If there was a passes through in 30 minutes or less. Bring a float and some light tether it makes for a lot of fun. Do NOT expect much from the gift shop. It has nothing. You can take the free shuttle over to the mainland. We were unimpressed. Taxis are very expensive. We spent $70 just to go about 2 miles. We also visited the other IC Moana hotel. It's on a nice stretch of beach with pretty colors. But I'm sorry the hotel is so dated. And the staff is unfriendly and seem clueless at times. Do NOT overdress for your arrival. You will sweat. There is no air conditioning anywhere. Nope....not even in the restaurants. The only AC is in your bungalow. And it works full time to keep up. IMPORTANT: If you want a view of the Volcano (mountain) you will need a Sapphire or Diamond room. Emerald rooms typically look backwards towards the hotel. Secret: You are on a motu in a protected lagoon looking backwards. Behind the hotel is the OCEAN. Take the secret trail behind the secret garden to a little path. It's only about 20 yards and you will have an amazing view of the ocean and a neighboring island. It's so gorgeous I can not believe it's not been developed. But that is the great thing! Once you have viewed it you will be able to notice "hear" the waves as you walk around the hotel. The lagoon makes no wave noise. Just amazing beauty with ever changing colors. But once you realize this grand ocean is right behind the hotel you will hear this around the reception area. Advice: use Allison at Tahiti Travel Mate. Flawless planning and a joy to work with. Some people have suggested a trip to the mainland for wine. I disagree with this. When you change planes in Tahiti they have a better store with actually good prices on nice wines and liquor. This is the place for that. Bring your own little snacks as a trip to the mainland will not save you any money. DO the daily stingray feeding. It was a highlight to our trip. There are different guys each day. Jonathan is the nicest. He allows you in the water with him and gives you the food to do it yourself. It's scary at first but very easy with these gentle creatures. We went every day and 2 other guys were not as friendly and did not allow the guests to participate. If you go and can't actually feed them. Go every day till Jonathan is there. Bring your camera and film it. Enjoy this magical, gorgeous place with someone you love!

Lovely location for a trip of a lifetime. Silver anniversary worthy. Beautiful over water bungalow with stunning view of Otemanu. Enjoyed the serene, peaceful beauty. The food and service were a bit disappointing for the price but for us if was all about the location.

What a perfect week in paradise, over the water bungalows off the coral ring that surrounds the island of Bora Bora itself. The service and food were 5 star, and small enough to be intimate. A short boat ride to the island and not far to the largest shopping area on the Island , the town of Vaitape. So much nicer than the resorts around Papeete, not for everybody, spendie but worth it, seen enough of Hawaii, Tahiti just 3 hours further

We spent most of the days of our lifetime trip here and everything was fantastic from the beginning to the end we are very happy to choose this resort. The Villas are just wonderful, the amenities just gorgeous, the staffs are nice and always willing to assist you. We loved everything!!!!!

Everything from our lei greeting at the airport to our transfer by boat, welcomed by a shell/horn blowing Polynesian dressed young man. Everything was spectacular. Our bungalow was perfect. Flowers scattered throughout, champagne on ice. The living room is roomy with fantastic views. You can feed the fish through the sliding glass top coffee table. The bedroom perfect, sooooo much storage, we had empty drawers! A place for luggage, drawers, shelves, hanging space & they have (just in case) umbrellas and ponchos too. The bathroom was great. A separate water closet, two separate sinks, a huge walk in shower and a lovely soaking tub with more spectacular views. The bath products are great and plentiful. There is an awesome deck with table and chairs for dining al fresco and two chaise lounges. A platform to dive into the crystal clear lagoon, and a shower hose to rinse off. The staff cannot be any nicer. Shout outs to Barbara at reception, Haydee at the concierge desk, Sully at Bubbles Bar, and hotel manager Stephan. There are so many more folks (I wish I could remember everyone's name) that will make your stay the best ever. The maids, room service, the wait staff, everyone is smiling and always at your service. One morning we had our breakfast delivered by outrigger canoe, with two staff members aboard. Their arrival is announced by a shell/ horn being blown. While the hostess sets your outdoor table with your breakfast, fresh flowers etc, the gondolier takes you for a quick trip around the lagoon. I would choose Intercontinental Thalasso (not to be confused with the Intercontinental La Monoa actually ON Bora Bora ) over and over again.

I have to review this resort even allowing for a perfectly awful Manager. We paid for 4 nights, only got 3 because of air problem & got zilch in the way of recompense. Poor customer relations & it took 3 days to see the Manager. We were in a Diamond Villa that cost over $5,000 for 4 night but its as big as some peoples house. Its beautifully appointed & with your own lower deck you can swim in the clear shallow lagoon whenever you fell like it. Even the occasional table in the lounge is glass bottomed so you can see the fish! Food is fine dining with really attentive staff. We must highlight breakfast, Its probably one of the best buffets we ahem seen.

My husband and I just came back from our honeymoon, where we spent a few nights at the IC Thalasso. We had an amazing time there. PRO TIPS - 1) Book the room rate that includes meal plan as the price of food can add up quickly. 2) During your stay, make reservation for dinner if you want to be seated in the best seats (by the edge with view, on the beach to watch dance on dance nights, etc). 3) Stick to the French / Polynesian cuisine. 4) Wines here are fairly priced, order wine instead of cocktail. 5) If you must have cocktail, there's a happy hour from 5-6PM everyday, but not all cocktails are eligible for half price. Location - The hotel ground is situated directly across from the mountain peak so most bungalows will have a view either directly, or on the deck. We didn't know this but this hotel, among with a few others, is located on a separate island instead of the main island. More private and better view. If you want to go to the main island, the hotel provides convenient shuttle boats every hour or so. Hotel grounds / Amenities - We thought the hotel was overall beautifully designed, a mix of modern and Polynesian. There's two main sections of rooms, forming two "Y" shaped branches stretching into the lagoon. The further rooms are more private, with better views, but will cost a bit more. If you can, request the furthest room in your room category that they offer. We didn't mind the walking though we saw some quests requesting golf carts to chauffeur them around. The spa, pool, and restaurants are all great. Though beware that the restaurants do not have A/C. The spa have over-the-water rooms where you look directly to the water and watch the fish swim while getting a massage. Pretty amazing! The amenities that we appreciated the most was the day rooms - which is a small room with bench, coffee table, small closet, and a full service bathroom. We had a super early flight on our check-in day and very late flight on our check-out day, and the day room acted as a mini-hotel room to shower and freshen up. Staff - We've encountered very friendly staff here, many went the extra mile to make sure the guests are comfortable. The also have staff that speak different languages to help guests who don't speak French or English. Food - We went around Chinese New Year and was a bit disappointed by the Asian menu that they offered for the holidays. However, we discovered that all the chefs are French so what we should've been doing all along is to order French and Polynesian food. The wine selection is excellent, their wine pairing suggestions were very on point. At the poolside bar, they offer fresh coconut juice straight out of the nut, it was refreshing to sip on the cool drink while sitting in the pool. Finally, we stopped by the pearl shop in the resort, the guy working there was very friendly. Comparing to the prices of pearl shops in town (with GIA certificates etc), the price here is in line with most other shops are charging. They offer tax free if the total price about 400USD or more, and you can also negotiate to try to get a small discount! Overall, pricey but excellent resort. I would recommend to anyone who's looking for a luxury getaway, whether it's for honeymoon or special occasion with their partner and/or kids

We stayed here for eight days in November in a Diamond Overwater bungalow. Although it wasn’t an Otemanu view Diamond bungalow we still had a great view of the mountain from the patio. As you would expect for a five star hotel, the room was excellent, king bed, plenty of power points and good wifi. The room also had a coffee maker but we didn’t realise until settling the bill that the cartridges for the machine were a minbar item which was our responsibility for not reading the information provided. Excellent storage with a walk-in wardrobe and twin hand basins in the bathroom and a decent shaving mirror. The ladders from the patio into the water are vertical and can be slippery so you need to exercise care when going into and coming out of the water. There is nothing to see in the water around the bungalows but the hotel does have a small lagoonarium. However, there is a water taxi service across to its sister hotel on the mainland (the Moana) which does have good snorkelling close by. The hotel has three dining areas, the Sands (lunch-dinner) which is informal (but no swimwear); the Reef (breakfast and dinner, with an extensive breakfast buffet) and Le Corail, a fine dining restaurant with a range of dining options (a la carte or degustation) and a superb wine list. There is a daily ray feeding session on the hotel beach We were taken care of from our arrival at the airport where we were met by a hotel representative who looked after our bags and escorted us onto the water taxi and to the hotel wharf where we were picked by one of the hotel buggies and taken to reception were we were able to sit in comfort while all of the check-in procedures were taken care of. All of the hotel staff, without exception, were great, always greeting you with a friendly smile and helpful. The restaurant service was excellent and, in spite of some previous comments, we found it to be timely and professional. Even though we stayed for eight days, we found enough on the menu to tempt our palettes and, with the “construction bonus” we were able to have a glass of a good wine each night. The concierge staff were very helpful. We had several excursions booked before our departure and, on most occasions when I went to the concierge to make arrangement for transport to the mainland, I found that everything had already been arranged, even though I hadn’t booked through the hotel. Yes there was construction work going on at the northern end of the hotel but it had no impact where we were staying on the southern end and we certainly made use of the XPF6000 daily food and drink allowance which was offered by way of compensation for the ongoing construction works. Ours was definitely a five star stay in all respects.

From the moment we arrived at the airport in Bora Bora we were pleasantly greeted by the transfer boat captain and a receptionist from the hotel. Once we arrived at the resort 20 minutes later by boat we were greeted with nice cool fresh towels, and a drink. The check in process was very quick! They drove us with the golf cart to our room where our luggage had already been waiting for us. Let me say when we walked in the villa looked beautiful inside with nicely finished wood floors, trims, a. Sry big closet and all the the other furniture! In the morning we woke up to speechless view of mt. Bora bora! The water was so pristine and it made the villa even more like something from a fairytale! The restaurants in the resort had very friendly staff that always had a smile and eager to help! The good was well prepared and very tasty with a variety that isn't overwhelming. The spa we also a peaceful retreat! The way it was setup was like we were there by ourselves enjoying the jacuzzis and the other amenities. We also did the jet ski trip around the island which was a nice thing cause it let us see the island from a different perspective! Highly recommend the resort!

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Located in Motu Piti Aau within 2 miles (3 km) of Bora Bora Photo Lagoon, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa is within a few miles (5 km) of other popular sights such as Coral Gardens. This 80-room, 5-star resort has a private beach, a full-service spa, and 3 restaurants. On the waterfront, the resort is also close to Mt. Otemanu and Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora.


Relish the French cuisine at The Reef, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


The 80 air-conditioned accommodations feature furnished balconies or patios and afford space to spread out with separate bedrooms and living rooms. Guests can expect 32-inch LCD TVs with cable channels and DVD players, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. MP3 docks, sofa beds, and refrigerators are also standard.

Property features

Guests of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa have access to a private beach, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Transportation is made easy with an area shuttle for a fee. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a 24-hour fitness center, a sauna, and outdoor tennis courts.

Room options

Villa, Overwater (Diamond)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Villa, Overwater (Sapphire)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Villa, Overwater (Diamond Otemanu)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, View (Diamond)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

93% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2200 reviews