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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We loved the location of the hotel, right in front on the Mont Otemanu plus it has a section with pilotis facing the breathtaking lagoon without any view on other hotels (not like some of the other 5 stars hotels close by). Due to some construction of pools on certain villas, we got un upgrade of our room to Diamond and got a nice view on part of the Lagoon. Additionally, the hotel offered a certain amount of money credit everyday on food and beverage. That was greatly appreciated, thanks again! Despite that there are quite a lot of international employees, we really liked the contact with the Polynesian pool boys who very friendly and talk about nice stuff about Polynesia. You feel a bit more connected. We had a gastronomic-romantic dinner on the beach but we did not really get what it was aimed for. First, we were not really offered with any food/menu choice. Food was very heavy where we had almost no vegetable and no fish in our plates. One dish was seriously lacking cooking (gratin dauphinois). All of this with a very basic food presentation (like cantine except for the first starter and dessert) nothing really gastronomic and romantic, apart from the view. After complaining, managers took very seriously our disappointment and did everything they could do to correct the situation. Finally, we got invited (as compensation) to the gastro restaurant Le Coral, where we had there a fantastic dinner. This is another world there, great atmosphere, excellent service, impressive food and presentation. We finally got the gastronomic dinner we were looking for! Thanks again to the restaurant and hotel management Team.

Our family of 4 was lucky enough to enjoy 6 nights at this outstanding resort. Everything from our collection at Bora Bora Airport, resort tour on arrival, all our dining experiences and our day to day activities during our stay were faultless. The team at the resort all obviously enjoy what they do and it shows. Our children were treated as special guests but we also made sure they did not impinge on the majority of guests who were couples celebrating honeymoons, anniversaries and those married during our stay. The layout of the resort is excellent which lends a sense of privacy and spaciousness.The three restaurants and two bars all serve a variety of thoughtful, well-prepared food and, although we were there for 6 nights, every meal was unique. Between myself and my son we have multiple food allergies and this was not a problem, both of us ordering easily from the menus on offer. Special mention to some who made our stay extra special -Stéphane (General Manager), who made our last day in particular extra fun. Antoine, for making my husbands day and sharing his passion for wine. Lucie for her warm welcome and professionalism. Plus everyone else who greeted us with a warm Ia Ora Na wherever we went. I could continue but will end with we will be back.

We had a wonderful 5 night stay here. During our stay there was construction of the new bungalows but that did not impact us at all and there was a generous allowance as compensation that allowed us to have a few happy hour cockstails for free each night. If your are a member of the ambassador program there is a also a cocktail reception one night. The negative for us was due to storms in Feb for 3 of our 5 days there was heavy machinery on the beach digging out a channel into their lagoon to save the coral. This was very disruptive and loud. It also closed the main beach which meant no Kayaks or boards available to use. This should impact anyone going now and hotel/travel agent did take care of this for us with a reasonable compensation package and super late check out on our final day. Still rating this place as 5 stars as it really is a true paradise. Highly recommending brining a water hammock and rope to connect to the dock on your bungalow. With a water proof case for your phone/kindle its just wonderful to float out there in the hammock and read without drifting miles from your bungalow. :) Meals (we had half board package) were fantastic and between a great breakfast and lunch we did not find we needed to buy lunch at all. We carried in some vodka/tequila/coke to make some mixed drinks in our room. Wine was quite reasonable in the hotel but mixed drinks very expensive. The happy hour each day is a really great deal though - basically half price in you buy two drinks which brought pricing down to what I would pay locally here in Seattle if we went out for drinks. We took the boat out to the Le Mona resort which didn't seem nearly as nice - we came back quite quickly from there but the main island's main beach is just across from this other hotel and that beach is pretty spectacular as well so its worth a visit. If you need to re-stock on wine/snacks there is also a store nearby for that (we didn't visit).

We could not afford a honeymoon so I promised my wife we would do Bora Bora on our 30th wedding anniversary. We Googled all of the hotels and settled on the Intercontinental Resort & Thalasso Spa as it had the level of luxury and facilities that we wanted. Opting for an overwater bungalow seemed expensive but with our 11 year old son in tow (I know what you are thinking!), the additional space was worth it. We had tons of space for the three of us. Everything was organised through our local travel agent and Air Tahiti Nui, so everything just fell into place at all stages of our long journey to Bora Bora. The reception process was different to all other hotels we have stayed at, with a separate outdoor seating area where all the paperwork was attended to in a relaxed manner. The next nice touch was a motorised tour of the resort and facilities to quickly click us into place. We ate at the Sands and the Reef restaurants daily and were very happy with the range of meals and overall quality. The only negative is the over-reliance on French fries, but given the limitations to supply and the growing of vegetables, it is understandable. The staff were brilliant - friendly, attentive and accommodating. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The water colours are amazing and with a warm ocean lagoon, perfect to swim in. We took a fishing tour and our guide took us to an area not too far off the shore that he said had "marshmallow" sand. The water was just under chest level, so we could scoop up the softest white sand I have ever felt. It was almost talcum powder-like and with a slight sulphuric smell, it was the perfect exfoliator. It was so good, my wife is trying to get me to commit to going back. It is not a hard decision to make, but next time, it would only be the two of us.

My husband and I stayed at the IC Thalasso for 5 nights to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. I had been dreaming of staying at this resort since we got married in 2007, but decided to go to Thailand for our honeymoon instead - Bora Bora was out of our budget at the time, but the wait was so worth it. It was super exciting to see our resort from the air as we were about to land. The view of Bora Bora is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! I live in Florida and I’m originally from the Caribbean; been to many islands like the Bahamas, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, St. John, St. Croix, etc. NOTHING compares to Bora Bora. Nothing. I loved how everyone gets picked up by boats at the airport as it's on a motu. We arrived and were greeted with leis by an Intercontinental staff member who also took care of our luggage and guided us to the boat. It's a 20min ride (at almost $300 per couple – ouch!), beautiful scenery on our way to the resort. Once there, we were taken on a golf cart ride for a tour of the property. We were impressed with the "pool boy" as we were expecting a teenager handing out towels and it ended up being a Polynesian version of Dwayne Johnson The Rock.. LOL it was awesome! We then went back to the concierge to check-in and were given nice cold tea and a cold towel as we waited – it was hot. Our room/OWB was amazing (#227-a Sapphire) I could NOT believe my eyes, it had amazing views and it was big! You wake so happy in the mornings LOL – it’s paradise. I didn't want to be at the end of the pontoon because you can't touch bottom. I brought my pineapple floaty and along with my husband, we swam over to check out the renovated bungalows. They looked the same except they now have a pool. So if a pool is a must for you, you'll definitely enjoy it. I personally do not care where they put me as long as I'm there, really. The staff were very friendly, views like no other, beautiful spa. Now the food. Let me remind you that you don't travel to FP for the food. You go there for the amazing lagoon and beauty these islands have to offer. Yes, it's really expensive, the portions are small and as far as taste goes? It's a hit or miss. To give you an example, I ordered the octopus risotto. It was so, so good! Again, it was a small portion so I had to fill my stomach with bread. Another day I ordered ribs, but it was mostly fat so that was a no go. As far as the dinner and traditional dance goes, if you're okay paying $100 per person for buffet.. Don't do it. Go have dinner at Le Moana. There is no menu available that night, only buffet. I loved the coral garden, the water is so clear it blows my mind. We brought our own bottles from duty free in New Zealand. It was sooo nice to sit out on our deck and drink champagne whilst listening to music and admiring the view. I wanted to maximize our time there so we only did a boat tour with picnic. Go ahead and make plans because I promise you will fall in love with Bora Bora and this amazing resort. The hotel grounds are so beautiful and romantic. Also, bring water shoes. You will hurt your feet with coral, plus you really don’t want to step on a stone fish. We plan to back in about 3 years as I have other destinations in mind, but for sure going back.

We've been to several 5-star resorts around the world (including Bora Bora a couple of times) and the IC Bora Bora is undoubtedly up there in our top 3. The best pictures online can't even exemplify half of the beauty that you will experience here. My wife and I celebrated part of our 10-year wedding anniversary in FP here and were beyond pleased with everything- very friendly staff, excellent food (although not as extensive; however, understandable considering you're literally out in the middle of the South Pacific!), wonderfully appointed & spacious overwater bungalows, all in a serene location probably as close to heaven on earth as possible, if that is even possible! Not just at this resort, but in general the local Tahitian people seem so genuinely humble, respectful, friendly, and professional. There were some families here, mostly with older kids (teens-early 20's) and a couple of very well-behaved younger children, but the majority looked like honeymooners and anniversarites like ourselves. Pro tips, if you're able: - Get a couples massage at the spa (one of the best massages I've received anywhere around the world- they do a great job selecting their therapists); - Pay extra for the diamond-level bungalows for a classic view of the otemanu mountain in the middle of the lagoon; - Select the half-board package with breakfast and dinner (if you're mostly lounging around or swimming in the lagoon, then if you eat the buffet breakfast as brunch before it ends at 10:30, it could last you until dinner); - On your first day take the free ferry out to the sister IC Moana Resort on the main island and pay XPF 4,000 for the roundtrip taxi to Vaitape on your first day to stock up on provisions (i.e. snacks and drinks, which are almost half the price vs at the resort); - Minimum 4-5 nights here; - Unless you're really into excursions, then pass on the extra activities and just spend time enjoying all the resort has to offer and your overwater bungalow, which is what the quintessential Bora Bora experience is all about anyway. Don't want to spoil too much, but the IC Bora Bora is wonderful and as long as they continue to have a relationship with Costco (great deal), then we hope to return again someday!

My husband and I spent 5 nights at the Thalasso. It was a magnificent stay in a truly perfect setting. The experience starts at the airpot, when you are whisked away to the resort by boat, arriving to the serene, turquoise waters of the lagoon. The check-in experience alone is excellent - a tour of the the grounds followed by a relaxing respite near the water as you review the documents of your stay over a glass of the delicious vanilla iced tea. We were in a Sapphire bungalow and only about 5 bungalows in from the end of the pontoon. The water was deep enough for us to cannonball in as we please without worrying about hitting bottom, and our deck was soaked in sun all day long. The suite was great - plenty of space for us and all our luggage. We took advantage of the built-in shelves in the closet to keep everything packed away. We did 1 or 2 activities a day and hung out by the lagoon/pool for the rest. It was so relaxing and peaceful! We did a jeep tour on the island, a love boat photo tour, jet skiied, and snorkeled. We walked to the ocean side to check it out, but not much to do but poke around for a bit. It's fun to kayak or paddle board around the lagoon for a bit, and the sting ray feeding is quite the site. I spent a half day at the Thalasso spa and enjoy a hydro massage under fresh seawater. It was incredible! Also, more vanilla iced tea at the spa's tea room. The food is OK. You're not going to Bora Bora to eat well, so set your expectations before you arrive. Breakfast was a nice spread. For lunch, we loved the Hawaiian pizza at the Sands and preferred to dine at the Reef for dinner. Prices are exorbitant, but again - it's all about expectations. Overall, it was it an amazing time. I could spend all day just staring at the water and Mount Otemanu. The service was excellent as well. You can't go wrong at IC Thalasso!

My wife and I spent 5 nights at the IC Thalasso and it was perfect in every way. The rooms are spectacular and better than the pictures! We were there in early may and we felt like we had the entire resort to ourselves. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Overall a little pricey but everything is in Bora Bora.

We are just back from our holiday after spending 5 nights in the sister resort Le Mona and finishing with 4 nights in Thalasso. Our main regret is that we didn't have more time in Thalasso which is the far nicer resort of the two. It's a paradise resort which is surrounded by stunning scenery whichever way you look. The staff are very welcoming and you are welcomed at the port by the reception who give you a tour of the hotel grounds via golf buggy and make for a seamless check in. There are 3 restaurants in the resort, the best being the coral which is fine dining and actually priced surprisingly well. The food here is first class. We stopped in an overwater diamond bungalow with sublime views of Monte Otemanu. The bungalows are excellent and the cost of the view is worth every penny. We booked into the spa for a couples massage which was good. It was very expensive at £650 for a 2 hour and 20 minute couples treatment package, the treatment itself was no better than any other spa we've visited, but the access to the outdoor spa facilities with such unique views made it worth it the money. The resort never felt overly busy and was mostly couples of all ages with very few children in sight. I would also strongly recommend the jet ski tour of the island. We booked this in Le Mona but you can book it at either resort. It's an outstanding 2 hours and there's no better way to see the island. By contrast to the Le Mona, you definitely feel the upgrade in luxury from 4 to 5 star in both accommodation and dining when you arrive at Thalasso. Le Mona was very good too, just much smaller, more traditional / less luxurious bungalows and fewer restaurants options. Our only real disappointment was that there was construction work going on in the building of 4 new bungalows and the modification of existing bungalows where they are adding new pools. We didn't find this out until we landed in Tahiti and our tour operator handed us an itinerary. We complained to our UK tour operator destinology to vent our frustration on only just being informed of this (the work has been going on since last year). The hotel confirmed via destinology that we would not be disturbed by any noise as there was only minor internal works to finish, they also offered a 60 dollar credit per day. Although there was minimal disturbance as most days we spent on the beach rather than on our sundeck. We did hear some sawing and hammering when on our deck (albeit infrequently) and this may have been an issue had we wanted to make the most of our deck. This should be better communicated to potential customers. Thankfully it didn't have an overall negative impact on our vacation and judging by the work, I can't imagine there's more than a couple of months left. I would recommend this resort for anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in a paradise tropical setting.

We were upgraded to a Diamond bungalow and it was just amazing. The views, the water was just breathtaking. The grounds were quiet, there was always a chaise lounge available...nobody out there reserving lounges with their towels and then not showing up for hours and hours. There was such a 'classiness' of great people there. No partying all night, no loud music, just peaceful and quiet. So, if you are the party type, this place is not for you. And, this is not a resort for 'kids'...this is a place where couples can reconnect and fall in love again! Leave the kids at home...or go to a Disney resort where they can truly have some fun.

Motu Piti Aau Bora Bora Bora Bora

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • Private beach

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 Le Meridien Beach.


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. For transportation, you can make use of an airport shuttle (available on request) for XPF 6780 per person one-way, as well as 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)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Villa, Overwater (Sapphire)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Villa, Overwater (Diamond Otemanu)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite, View (Diamond end of Pontoon)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

93% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2294 reviews