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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We spent 4 amazing nights at this resort this past week. Truly paradise. We were greeted at the airport by Marie, an intern with less than a month left at the resort. She was very through in her tour of the resort. Got us to our room and check in went smoothly. We arrived after 7pm. We then went to Bubbles Bar. What a great time we had with our wonderful bartender, Adrien. He was so entertaining with the way he took the time to decorate each drink ordered. We loved him so much that we went there every evening. We love our Villa and view. Ate lunch a few times at the poolside Reef restaurant and the food was very good. Overall we had a great experience with the resort and staff was very friendly and attentive. We had a late flight so they offered us a day room, which was perfect. I recommend the 4x4 and jet ski excursion with Matira Jet Ski. They met us a Le Moana and it was a short walk to their location. Great views both parts of the tours. We booked direct with them via email and it was cheaper that way. Spa experience was wonderful! On another note, this vacation was part of a 8 day trip which included 4 nights in Tahiti (Intercontinental Tahiti Resort) We wish we had spent more time at Thalasso.

I had the best time here I was on tour but had to wait for the ship to arrive,while celabrating second birthday in the same week,amazing place looks just like the photos too much good food an the people are great Highly recommend if in the area worth every dollar!

Just got back from 5 days at the Intercontinental Resort (Thalasso). Just WOW! One of the most beautiful places in the world. The view of the mountain was better here than any other hotel in Bora Bora. (We jet-skied around the entire island so we know) The bungalows are floating right on top of the world's largest natural swimming pool. We brought floaties and lived on the water. Food is great, sensible portions so you don't gain a ton of weight except for the fabulous breakfast buffet where you simply must pace yourself with the chocolate croissants. Great staff (except for one snooty waiter) and housekeeping took excellent care of our room. You are pampered from the moment you arrive. My suggestions? Go to a tanning booth for at least a week before you come. We got burned the very first day with our unbridled enthusiasm for the gorgeous lagoon, then had to cover up with t-shirts the rest of the time. You're so comfortable in the water, you forget how strong the sun really is. Buy a lock to put up in the Love Garden beforehand. I had ours engraved as a surprise for my husband and he loved it. Don't schedule a jet boat ride if you have back issues! I guess I'm getting old. The stingray/shark/coral snorkel dive is a must. Women, get lash extensions before you go so you never have to wear make-up but still look great in all the photos. You don't want to worry about running mascara everytime you get in the water. Finally, don't arrive too early- rooms are not usually available until 4 and if you arrive at 10 am after an all-night flight, you don't feel like taking a swim and enjoying the lovely facilities. You just want to take a nap! I'd spend a night or two in Tahiti, get refreshed, then fly over to Bora Bora. You don't want to waste a day getting into a new sleep routine. Time here is too precious. Special thanks to the manager of the hotel. He is very present on the grounds and will stop and chat with you about anything you'd like to know, anytime. It's obvious he loves what he does and cares deeply about his guests. I'm so glad we came. The Intercontinental met all our expectations.

Background on this trip, we stayed in Tahiti at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort, Moorea at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort, Bora Bora-Intercontinental Resort & Thallaso Spa and Taha’a – LeTaha Resort and Spa. So we had 4 different experiences. The Intercontinental on Bora Bora was the best! It tied with the LeTaha Resort on Taha’a, but for different reasons. Both were Excellent! We had a private check-in seated with a beautiful view of the mountain, and cold drinks and towel. It was a great first impression and only got better. We stayed in an overwater bungalow and it was fabulous (#219) Very large, clean, and comfortable. We had a Diamond Otemanu Mountain View and it was spectacular! The waters of Bora Bora are indescribably beautiful of every color blue with a pure white sand bottom. Bring floats and rope to enjoy a float in the lagoon with a cocktail. (TIP) If you enjoy cocktails, we recommend you bring your own alcohol since drinks are quite pricy. Americans can bring 2 litters each, and we had no problems. Water can be at a premium, they do provide you with 2 small bottles twice a day. We also had a soft plastic canteen which we were able to fill that up at the fitness center and get 96oz of water at a time to make our margaritas from dried mix packets. The bed was very comfortable, the room beautiful with all the amenities you would need. The deck outside was had cushioned comfortable lounge chairs and table and chairs with shade or sun. The lower deck was also nice to bring a chair down and sit on. Having experienced this resort and seeing the other resorts, we felt this was the best resort on the island (other than the very price 4 Seasons) and glad we booked here. Our only small disappointment with this resort was that we couldn’t use the refrigerator in the room. It was only for their items for sale. Also it seemed there were very understaffed at the evening dinners, despite only 1 restaurant being open. (Reef) Don’t waste your money on the gourmet dinner, we did the 7 course tasting, with the matching wines and didn’t enjoy the evening. We experienced, okay food, poor service and 45 minutes between one of the courses. Everything else was perfection and would highly recommend this resort!! We took a full day tour with rays, sharks and coral gardens and wonderful BBQ through Raanui Tours. Our tour guide Leo was wonderful, caring and talented. If you get a chance, take this tour you won’t be disappointed. We booked our complete trip-resorts, transfers, tours, etc. with Amalia Gudino at and she did a fabulous job! I asked her a ton of questions and she always responded quickly and completely. We told her what we were looking for and everything went perfectly, and we wouldn’t have changed a thing. If you are considering a trip to the French Polynesian, call Amalia she will work with you to help plan the trip of your dreams!

Our family (Kids 11 and 14) just returned from a fantastic stay at the Intercontinental Bora Bora and Thalasso spa (IC). It is hard to imagine that a property could adequately complement the natural beauty of Bora Bora. The IC accomplishes this and more. From arrival to departure it was obvious that this property is a well-oiled machine dedicated to treating their guests with the highest level of customer service. The staff is kind, helpful and yet unobtrusive. They also went well beyond our expectations catering to our children. Unexpectedly, treats and gifts arrived for them daily. We were beside ourselves with how well they were being cared for. Pros: Unbelievably fantastic visuals throughout the property The OWB are all magnificent Stellar staff Excellent restaurants Most helpful and gracious concierges you have ever come in contact with Cons: No value food option ($30 hamburgers) Hard to decide where to best relax: pool, bungalow, beach, etc…… such a problem Tips: Shop at the duty free in PPT, or take the shuttle to the sister property and take the short walk to the market for snacks and drinks. Bring a floaty for your bungalow … and a line to tie it up Book a meal plan with your reservation!! If you want a consistent view of Mt. Otemanu, you will need to book Diamond and above. Even the way you exit at the end of your stay is a well thought out production. It is hard to describe the sad feeling we all experienced when leaving the property. It was that perfect.

We arrived at Bora Bora just for new year's eve and we booked the Brando Suite for us and our two boys. Welcoming staff with drinks, quick check in and then a tour to the Brando Suite. It's speechless. Huge! Two big and very comfortable rooms with amazing bathrooms. Spacious living room and dinning room and a bar. A private pool with deck. Everything above sea and all rooms with a espetacular view to sea and Otomanu. And just in case you need a little more, there's a second floor with an extra small room and balcony! Lights, TVs, sounds are the most modern standards that it can be. Once you get in this room you don't want to leave it! The hotel is big and absolutely beautiful. They have such special places as the wedding chapel with a lagoon and the love garden.... beach, pool, kayak..... For new year's eve we had dinner with a very good singer which alternated with a local dance presentation. After that: disco dance until the countdown to midnight! Fireworks could be seeing somewhere close to the hotel. The other day, breakfast (with a little bit of everything at the buffet) and we could enjoy this precious place until our boat departs to the airport by 5pm (the hotel kindly let us had a late check out).

We are back from our trip to Bora Bora, and we still miss our stay at Thalasso! The resort is very nice and clean, and you can see Mount Otemanu from many angles. The management team is very warm, and really cares about the guests and IHG members. Barbara kindly helped us with some conerns, and further improved our experience at Thalasso. Compared to its sister hotel La Moana, the waves here are more gentle, much better for SUP. Thalasso is also much larger, but you can request a golf cart pick-up to move around faster. Overall, we were satisfied with our stay, and hope to go back some day.

We came here to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and were not disappointed. The staff was very courteous, he food was good and the rooms were excellent. Regardless of your view (Lagoon, ocean, Otomanu) its incredible. The rooms themselves are spacious and well designed, comfortable and air conditioned (you’ll appreciate that aspect). Photos do not do the water nor the views justice. My wife and I have traveled all over the pacific and the Carribean and I have to say this beats them all. If. You’re a Costco memeber, they can set you up with an amazing deal (Airfare, room and breakfast/dinner).

Worldwide, there are a lot of nice resorts. At this price point, you have access to a majority of them. What set the Thalasso apart for my family, was the personalized, professional service that made our trip unforgetable. - The majority of the staff we interacted with regularly knew our name. - The staff was always smiling and greeting you wherever you went. - Although the resort was close to full, it never felt full, or rushed. - The facility and views are superb. It is very nice but not overdone or gaudy. It has a very elegant/casual feel to the property. The grounds are very well kept and beautiful. - The ability to utilize the sister resort is key. Trips to shop or pickup snacks and beers are easy. We paddled the kayaks from the sister resort to the coral garden to snorkle for free. This is the same coral gardens that a lot of Bora boat tours take their clients. - The stings rays come by everyday at the same time. This makes for an awesome experience right at the resort. - The ability to walk to the back of the resort and beachcomb the reef and see Taha'a and Raitea while doing so is incredible. The view is not to be missed. The food was excellent. -- The breakfast buffet had everything you could think of. The grill would make anything you would ask for. They also had a juicer which was great with all the fruit available. -- Lunch was standard pub type fare. Consistent and good. -- Dinner in the fine dining was worth the upgrade on our meal plan for 2 nights. Incredible service, presentation and flavors. Kids are picky. My kids ate everything they brought out and loved it. This includes sea urchin and foie gras!!!!! The staff could not have been more kind or accommodating to my boys (12 & 14). They made them feel special. I truly believe this staff would have tried to accommodate any request. Everything was "no problem" and easy. This was an exceptional stay with a very well managed, professional staff. Highly recommended.

This was a 'bucket list' vacation to celebrate milestone birthdays and, guided by our travel agent, we booked the Brando Suite at the IHG Thalasso Resort. We knew we had made the right choice when we were led out onto the deck at the back of the Brando Suite. It was hugely spacious with a private pool and a breathtaking view of the mountain across the lagoon. It was everything that we had pictured it to be and more. The private infinity edge pool on the deck became our favorite hang out space to watch the various boats, kayakers and jet skis that passed by on the lagoon. The rest of the villa was also top notch with all of the very latest technological updates and plenty of room for us and our two teenagers. The rest of this resort is also amazing. The views are incredible from almost every part of the property and the staff are friendly and anxious to serve the guests. We were addressed by our names by most of the staff during our stay. In particular, Barbara, Heitiare and Alex stood out - thank you, guys! We also had a delivery of a snack every day around 4pm which we came to refer to as "for the complimentary" (the explanation given on the first day!). Even though I think that the resort was quite full, it never felt that way and it was quiet and relaxing. I was worried that it would be mainly couples, but there were other families with (mainly) older children as well. There were plenty of activities for us to enjoy with our teens: jet skiing, snorkelling, jeep tour etc., and they also enjoyed the paddle boards and kayaks at the resort. As mentioned elsewhere, the food is expensive, but everywhere in Bora Bora would be. The quality was good and there is a vegetarian menu. The chef was also happy to accommodate a special request for a simple pasta with vegetables for one of our teenagers. If you're thinking about doing this, just go. The island and the resort are incredible and you truly won't be disappointed. My husband and I are already talking about when we could go back again ... empty nester trip??!

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Hotel highlights

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

Bora Bora Photo Lagoon is within 2 miles (3 km) of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa while other popular attractions such as Coral Gardens are within 3 miles (5 km). 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. 32-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Pillowtop beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menus ensure a restful night, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. MP3 docks, sofa beds, and minibars 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 7119 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, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a 24-hour fitness center, a sauna, and an outdoor tennis court.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

93.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2477 reviews