InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa5.0 out of 5.0
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My husband and I spent 5 nights here for the second part of our honeymoon and we loved every minute! A few months before our trip we switched from the Le Moana to the Thalasso and we couldn't be happier with our decision. TIPS: - We booked the Diamond Overwater Bungalow and had perfects views of the mountain - highly recommend at least getting into the Diamond level. There is however very limited coral under the bungalows, which means less fish. We saw the occasional stingray and another couple saw a reef shark, but all in all not that many to see. - The lunch portions were fairly large, and we found that most days we could split a meal. If you tell your waiter / waitress while ordering that you want to split, they will split it before they bring it out to you which was really nice. - You can drink the tap water there. After paying $8 for a bottle of water every time we ate, we met another couple who told us the tap water is safe to drink if you just ask them for it. From there on out we only drank tap water! - Definitely look into the dinner package. We opted not to do it, and when we checked in we asked the front desk if we could add it, and he told us that it was the same price whether you did the package or just ordered. This was NOT the case based on the other couples we met who had the package. We would have saved a couple hundred dollars had we gotten the package. - The spa was great - we did the Polynesian Experience and really enjoyed it - it is however quite pricey. - There is a free shuttle that runs between Le Moana and Thalasso - but the schedule is very confusing (there is a 3 hour break in the afternoon of when the shuttle doesn't run - and at some point they start charging you to go back and forth) Ask for a copy of the schedule at the front desk. - If you bring a float the pool boys will blow it up for you - we brought some and used them to float off our dock in the ocean (wish we would have brought rope to tether to our ladder as we kept drifting away!) Our only complaint the whole trip is from our last day - when we had to use the day room. The room was hot, there was no AC, the shower door didn't have a handle on the inside, and the towels looked ratty. Completely different experience from the bungalows - luckily we only needed to spend about an hour in there.
Stayed here for a few nights before joining a cruise. The overwater cabins are fabulous and the staff are always friendly cheerful, helpful and attentive. Cannot fault the location or the experience. Remember Bora Bora has to ship in everything and electricity and water are expensive when you see the prices. They are fair but not cheap so you will have to pay for your experience. My wife is Vegan and did have a few difficulties working out what she could eat and drink. While vegetarians where catered for, vegans aren’t quite. It would take a lot of effort to stay fully vegan here. All round and awesome experience.
We take this chance to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The view is absolutely fantastic. The facet of Mount Otemanu is the greatest from my point of view. We take photos in the main beach every morning and afternoon as it is also a great location to admire sunshine and sunset. A little surprise, or sweet service, such as a bottle of wine or rose petals spreading over bed, is the only thing lacking in the resort as we already indicated that this is our wedding anniversary during booking.
I’m in the travel business. I’ve traveled a fair bit of the world staying in posh to most simple hotels and resorts. I came to Thalasso with a touch of skepticism. Honestly, I wondered, just how special could a 5-star resort with all overwater bungalows really be? Well, in just short 24-hours I found out. This place is impressive. And not just for its clear turquoise colored water, and its stunning views around every corner. It is the people working at the resort genuinely liking the job they do and appreciating the guests that make the resort the success it is. I’ve not been to other overwater resorts here, but if you’ve ever considered giving it a try, I’d say hands down this would be the place to go.
This is a beautiful resort set in the backdrop of the classic twin peaked and emerald green mountain. The spa is amazing and you look down at fish below during a massage. The treatment pools all have deep sea water. I had sore leg muscles from exercising and the jets in the leg pool fixed those much to my surprise. The staff were expert and gracious. Weather was perfect and our stay was ideal. The resort is building some super lux villas at the end of each pier. These will have full frontal views of the mountain, complete privacy, plunge pools and top decor. We toured them out of curiosity and they will be beyond perfect. I heard they are to open at the end of 2017 and the intro rates will be very very good. If I were returning soon, I would snag one!
The IC Thalasso Resort is the epitome of luxury. Each villa is over the water with a glass coffee table which enables you to look into the water. A private pontoon gives you direct access to the lagoon. Service is impeccable - staff are warm and hospitable and always greet clients with ‘Ia Orana’. There is a Polynesian cultural dance show at the Reef Restaurant every Monday and Friday evening. Make sure you make a reservation for tables with the best views of the stage. The other restaurant, Sands, serves ala carte dishes. As the name suggests, you can dine on the beach. As usual, do make a request if you want a table on the beach. The IC Thalasso does not come cheap. Food and beverage is astronomically expensive and you don’t have a choice but to dine at the resort unless you go to the main village of Vaitape on the main island. I would therefore recommend that you take up the half board package with breakfast and dinner included. As a rough guide, buffet breakfast costs US$50 while buffet dinner without drinks costs around US$100 per person. Therefore it is easy to spend at least US$150 on food alone per person per day. The villa I stayed at was 124. It has a gorgeous view of Mt Otemanu and it commands a price premium. The half board package for the Mt Otemanu view villa was US$1600. Activities are expensive. It is better to book directly with Moana Adventures rather than with the hotel.
Overall, we had an amazing experience. We were here for 8 days for our 10 year anniversary. Very few complaints (All minor)...overall, I'd give it a 5 star rating! The villas were much nicer than I expected (my husband is the researcher...and I just expected a hut over the water). They were substantial 1 bedroom apartments (nicer than my first few apartments) with a lovely porch where you could be outside in the shade or out of the rain - to eat dinner or to relax in a chaise. There was also a lower deck for sunbathing and swimming. From what we saw, they were the nicest villas (at least from the outside). The beds were super comfortable and the pillows were perfect. The AC worked like a charm, although I thought the fans had too much power (they would make my hair tickle my face) so we left those off most of the time. The service was perfect. Everyone who worked there was the nicest human on the planet. Seriously. They were all multilingual and very helpful. Our typical day was wake up, go to the gym, go to breakfast, shower and then lounge until dinner. Some comments that we didn't know going into it: The gym is sufficient. There were 2 treadmills, a bike, an elliptical, a few machines and free weights. Not a lot of extra room, but there was rarely more than 3 people in there so it wasn't an issue. I chose to run on the treadmill, because the property is fairly small and I would rather run in place than run in small circles, but my husband chose the latter option and we were both happy. Breakfast was a buffet at the Reef from 6:30-10:30 and is $45 per person. If you are an IHG member, you can get that for 1/2 price. The buffet is okay. It's similar to an all-inclusive buffet breakfast...sufficient, but exactly the same every single day and not super awesome. I LOVED, however, that they had traditional America, French, and Tahitian breakfast food represented. Highly recommend bringing your own floaties and some rope/string to tie off to your dock. The current is relatively strong and then you can't go too far if you were to, say, fall asleep. :) If you forget floaties/string, they sell them at the convenience store (shockingly reasonably priced!) outside the Moana and to the right. We also went to that convenience store for snacks and wine/booze and hauled it back to our room. The snacks were pricey, but not outrageously so. The wine was $15-30/bottle-ish. The liquor, on the other hand was CRAZY expensive. A fifth of Bombay Sapphire was $75. This is not a joke. The shuttle that takes you to the Moana runs roughly every hour (there are a couple of 2 hours gaps in there...) If you go in the morning (i.e., get on the 2:15PM shuttle or earlier), you get your round trip for free, regardless of when you come back. If you leave after 2:15, you get charged ($75 round trip - I believe). There's a shuttle that leaves the Moana and heads to Bloody Mary's and Vaitape periodically, but it's $30 for 2 people and you can take a cab whenever you want for $40...so we went with the cab option. Once we even walked back from Bloody Mary's to the Moana. Not the best walk ever, but the weather was nice and we felt like being outside. There are no sidewalks and the roads are small, so don't expect to do a lot of travel by foot. A cab to town costs $20 one way. They will drop you off in a specific place - if you want to go any further, it's another $20. It's all pretty close together, so I would suggest you just stop where they drop you and walk to your destination. A cab to Bloody Mary also costs $20, even though it's only 1/4 of the way to town. The cab business has a pretty genius business plan. :) The softest t-shirts are at the souvenir shop near the Aloe Cafe (where the cab drops you off). We ate lunch at Aloe Cafe one day. It was pouring down rain and we were looking for shelter...there were a bunch of holes in the roof, so we had to keep moving tables. Haha. The waitress was very surly, but the food was good ($24 for 6 boiled shrimp) and the Hinano was on tap. We played cards and rode out the storm. We went to Bloody Mary, but missed lunch and it was too early for dinner, so we sat at the bar and had a drink and ate an appetizer. It was good. The atmosphere is super fun. Sand floors, natural edge wood tables, etc...recommend it. The t-shirts are not soft though, so I don't recommend them (I'm a shirt snob). Town is small and not really worth the trip unless you LOVE souvenir shops or plan to buy pearls....which is all there really is. We did a lot of hanging out on our deck and relaxing in our tubes that we brought. Gorgeous scenery. Gorgeous water. It's like a freaking post card. We are swimmers, so we also did a lot of swimming in the lagoon. We were hoping to swim from the resort to the main island (as it's only like 2-3000meters), but the boat traffic makes it's not only impossible, but terribly unsafe. We borrowed the kayaks and paddle boards and explored quite a bit. We hung out at the pool a little, but our room was so nice...no reason to leave really. For dinner, we went to the Reef for the Polynesian show, which was great fun. The food was, again, a buffet and tasted like buffet food ($100/person). Meh. The best part was that they had a $25/person wine special - which encouraged you to get up and dance with the dancers. (If you sit on the front row, be prepared to dance...) We also went to Sands one night for dinner. It was also okay. It serves basically the same menu as room service and for the same prices ($30 club sandwich and fries, $30 shrimp/vegetables tempura, $30 single person pizza, $30 for whatever they have at Chili's for $10). It was all okay. We ended up doing room service for most of the nights because we are lazy and don't really care about getting dressed up for fancy dinners. Room service set up a lovely table on our balcony, overlooking the lagoon and we were 100% happy (even though the food was meh). We did a snorkeling excursion with Pure Snorkling...and it was great. Saw a ton of fish, a manta ray, sharks, etc... Overall, it was a magical vacation I would do again in a heartbeat...if I could afford it. Be prepared to drop a lot of cash for everything. If you can get over that part, it's the most beautiful place I have ever been.
I was looking for a dreaming,paradisiac destination and I found it in here. The sea is the bluest I have ever seen, manta ray graciously passes by. You can rent a boat and go around the island, stop by and swim with sharks. The hotel is excellent, service, food, decor. I really enjoyed although it is much of a honeymoon destination.
The hotel has only 80 villas. So no busy time anywere in the hotel. Over water bungalow are superb. Perfect bed and the view is just WOW. I highly can recommand to stay there. For me one of the best Intercontinental hotels around the world that I have been. Staff is very service related and the food options in three restaurants are great.
My husband stayed at this resort for our honeymoon after spending 5 nights in Moorea. We were glad to have chosen Bora Bora second because it seemed to be far more relaxing and luxurious than we had even anticipated. The food was great, and service even better. There was ALWAYS a place to sit near the pool, beach, and at meals. We never felt rushed. The only time constraint was catching a boat to the sister resort on the main island since ICT is on the atoll (meaning calm, beautiful waters!). The transportation only comes at certain times and does not bring you back late after dinner in the evenings. Be sure to understand the boat timings for arrival and pick up so you aren't stranded at one place or another. We purchased wine and some snacks for our room on the main island, and also went on an ATV tour through the mountain which was really fun. Our bungalow had a beautiful view of the mountain that we enjoyed each and every day. The water was about 6 feet deep, and we even saw some fish at night through the coffee table. Upon arrival, we were able to choose from a selection of pillows. We were also allowed to use changing rooms with a shower before departure since we were required to check out of our room mid-morning on the day we left. The kayaks and paddle boars were so much fun, and the spa had all the amenities you could ask for. It was a very romantic, low-key place to spend our first few days as a married couple. We would LOVE to go back someday!
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