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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Four years ago we visited Bora Bora and it was a great experience. We decided to go again in 2017 and we chose to stay at the same hotel as before, Intercontinental Thalasso Spa. Our vacation got even better than the first time. The service is beyond expectations. The staff is friendly and helpful, and we found pleasant surprises in our room every day. Complimentary fruits and beverages were left in the room every time the room was cleaned. The staff knew our children's names and left in the room complimentary cookies with their names written on them. Since 2015 the hotel is managed by Mr. Stephane Massarini. He takes time to personally know each of the hotel's guests and to make their stay as pleasant as possible. I didn't feel more welcome anywhere in the world. For those traveling with children: there were not many children in the hotel during our stays. Many customers are couples in a romantic getaway. But in my opinion the hotel is family friendly and my children had a great time each time we were there. Children can be involved in many activities: we took kids to snorkeling, ski jet tour, ATV tour.

We have been living in Bora Bora for two years and a half. We where there when the Hotel was built, and had chance to enjoy the Thalasso SPA more then once... I recommend to spend at list an half day entry in this unique thalasso, you will enjoy water treatments which are extremely beneficial; the water is directly pumped up from the lowest lagoon depth, which made it particularly rich in minerals.

The room amenities and service were far beyond what we expected. My wife and I expected what we had experienced at other Intercontinental hotels but this one is special. We were there during December which is their slower season so one of the restaurants was closed on the main property, but this was the only thing we didn't experience on the properties. We did get one of the couples massage and loved it, definitely worth it after a long day of riding on a boat while diving. We had the romantic dinner on the beach near the welcoming building and this was one of the cornerstones to our trip. They set up a table on the beach and created a path of flowers and torches to our table. The food was exquisite and the experience put The Bachelor dinners to shame. Our room was one of the last on the pier making it very quiet and provided an amazing view of the main island. We also did the boat up breakfast which is when they come to your hut with a canoe and paddle you around while other staff build a huge breakfast in your room, again like the dinner totally worth it for the relaxation and novelty of it. One of the huge perks to the Thalasso was that you have access to both Thalasso and Intercontinental La Moana which is on the main island. The boat shuttle from the motu to the main island was invaluable and made getting around exceptionally easy. All of the staff on the property were professional, fun, and observant. The staff's aptitude is clearly demonstrated in how they modify their behavior to each guest to ensure each person feels like it was the trip of a lifetime. We spent 10 days here, and the norm seemed to be for people to stay a couple days and bounce to one of the other islands. Whatever it is you are doing, this is where we will be returning to, the other resorts have already lost. Reading some of the other reviews some people thought the food was lacking. It may have been the time of year but there was quite a variety in the menu while we were there, and we thought it was amazing. Breakfast was really the only meal that seemed to repeat itself. We alternated between La Moana and Thalasso's restaurants based on the menus, another perk with the Thalasso. The buffet's were a great option that provided a lot of variety. Our one complaint was snorkeling at this location was mediocre, but we did have stingrays daily at the beach for feedings as well as a Puffer fish that seemingly lived under our hut.

This is the best hotel/spa you will ever go to. We did not want to leave. The service, hospitality, food, and spa were all amazing. We were treated like royalty and felt so special from the second we set foot to the minute we left. You get what you pay for and it's worth every penny! The pictures are exactly that - you feel like you're living in a postcard. There is no other like it, just go there and see for yourself.

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.

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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 2205 reviews