InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
We had the best honeymoon ever. Bozycke MANUA was the most pleasant, happy, welcoming, accommodating person I have ever met. First of all if you are lucky enough to stay at this resort you will be even luckier if you happen to interact with Bozycke. Truly a great person, that genuinely wants to make guests feel as welcome as possible. I literally do not think there is a way to for this amazing individual to not smile. Thank you for the great experience Bozycke. Kudos to the rest of the resort as well. But Bozycke, you truly stood out to Jenny and I. Thank you.
My husband and I came here for our 19th anniversary. We chose this hotel because it was on the main island, the thought of being able to easily visit off-hotel restaurants and grocery shops as well as the possibility of biking around the island, at least partially around it, appealed to us. It turns out that biking or running on the road off the hotel was pretty difficult because there is no sidewalk, traffic was pretty heavy, and the fumes of the vehicles were highly unpleasant and not very healthy. If you want to go for a walk there, I recommend taking a walk on Matira beach. It's a beautiful beach with nice white sand, and I met some friendly people walking on it as well as made friends with one of the dogs on the beach. Bora bora is a beautiful place, and the colors of the water are out of this world. Transparently clean with unearthly blue and blue-green hues. The sheer setting itself was enough for us to greatly enjoy our stay. Some aspects of the hotel itself also added to our enjoyment. For instance, the buffet breakfast had a good variety of fruits and vegetables. Eggs to order, prepared with a smile that can be easily coaxed from the charming lady chef in the kitchen. The waiters and waitresses were unfailingly courteous. At dinner the small plates were fabulous. I have to give the chef at the Vini Vini restaurant, the chefs at the main restaurant where we had the buffet breakfast every morning, and the kind waiting staff thumbs up. The hotel manager came by a couple of times during our meals or was just walking by and said hello and then said goodbye. They didn't know us by name, but they were charming. One lady at the front desk had a stern demeanor that made us feel at times as though she was there as a favor to us, and we felt almost apologetic for troubling her with any question or request, which was kind of off putting because we were paying decent money to stay there; she didn't smile much or made eye contact, but she was the exception to the rule, as almost everyone else was just tops. It was kind of bad that she was at the front desk, though, because often we had to deal with her for things like getting schedules for shuttles and buses and other mundane requests and questions that you would need a front desk person for. We had a few small items stolen when we forgot to lock up some of our things. It was our fault, I suppose, for not locking some things up. In the morning when you are walking around in your undies, don't be surprised if you see a cleaning staff person doing some cleaning on the beach with you right in their line of sight. The hotel room was quite adequate. The bed was comfortable. The shower temperature was easily controlled and good. One night when I opened all the shutters to let fresh air in at night, lots of tiny little flies flew into the room, but they were easily chased out or killed with snaps of our towels. The view from the room was absolutely gorgeous. One thing that really threw most of us off was the strong smell of urine in the bathroom after the cleaning staff had been there to clean. I could not use it before wiping the floor and the toilet with Clorox antiseptic wipes several times. After I cleaned the bathroom, the smell decreased by 90%. The bathroom near the main office and restaurant had an even worse smell. It's a shame that they don't clean the bathrooms at this hotel better. I consider bathroom cleanliness essential to the overall experience. I really do think the hotel needs to do a much better job at cleaning its bathrooms. I suggest frequent use of a dilute bleach solution followed by water rinses/wipes. I have never been in a hotel of this caliber and reputation and encountered such a widespread smelly bathroom situation. They had stand up paddles and kayaks free for us to borrow, and the guys at the kayak stand were a joy to deal with. We kayaked out to the coral garden off the Sofitel and saw a moderate amount of fish. It was an easy and enjoyable kayaking trip. If you are prone to get sunburned, I would suggest throwing a towel over your legs. The water is just beautiful. Did I say that already? One day we also took a shuttle to the Thalasso. It cost $35 each way but was worth it just to see what the motu experience over there was like. The Thalasso is a much fancier hotel expertly designed to provide a dreamy experience when you first get there. The views there are of Mount Otemanu and the surrounding lagoon, which is of a different shade of blue than what you get at the IC Le Moana, but just as beautiful although more surreal. I think the water at the IC Le Moana is much clearer; I don't know whether the murkiness of the water at the Thalasso was just that particular day or not because it had rained the morning that we visited the Thalasso. Mostly everyone of the staff at the IC Le Moana was very welcoming, accomodating, courteous, and pleasant, and our dining experience, especially the breakfast, was one of the best things about the stay. All in all, we thought this was a very good hotel with a few things that do need to improve, and we share this with the hopes that they could be improved and make this even a better hotel for visitors to Bora Bora.
We had the end of the horizon overwater bungalow, more specifically bungalow #11. It was the busier side as you could see and hear the excursion boats coming and going. By the end of our trip we came to love seeing all the new guests arriving and looked forward to seeing the familiar faces of the tour guides. We spent two weeks here and left feeling like family and not a guest. The staff was kind, patient and spot on. We plan to go back to Bora Bora and will stay at this resort again.
What I can say about this hotel, will never do it justice. We were here for our honeymoon and this hotel is the epitome of luxury, relaxation, and comfort. We stayed in one of the on water bungalows, which was like something out of Hollywood. The rooms were spacious comfortable and the coffee table which doubled as a view to the sea below was an amazing touch. As a spot for those looking for romance, stop searching this is it. Nothing I have experienced has ever come this close. The only down is that it was so good nothing will ever match it in my opinion. We organised several trips with the hotel. Each one was better than the last. Their local knowledge was second to none. They told us what to see and do to make the most of our stay. To put it simply.... this is what a honeymoon is supposed to be!!!!
You’ve got to come here !!!!!!! Beautiful overwater bungalows White powder sand Pricey to eat and drink but not as dear as The Beverly Wiltshire , but who cares anyway ! My wife is singing on our balcony now and doesn’t want to go home !
My husband and I chose the Le Moana for our stay in Bora Bora as we wanted to be on the mainland versus a motu. It was lovely!! All of staff were friendly and courteous, the grounds were beautiful, the water was spectacular, and the overwater bungalow was just amazing!! There were a few hiccups, though, that prevent me from giving this place a five star review. 1. Unlike its counterparts in Moorea and the IC Thalasso on the motu, there are no fitness activities outside of water sports. No gym, no tennis court, no paths for walking. Although we knew that in advance, the fact does detract from its level of luxury. 2. The buffet breakfast was smaller and less sumptuous than at other IC resorts. At times, they ran out of fruit and croissants by 7:15–and the buffet doesn’t close until 10:30! I brought this to the attention of the staff, but to no avail. They often seemed to be short staffed at breakfast, so it could be just a matter of not having the people to replenish certain dishes. The food was delicious, though! 3. It was often noisy! This is certainly not the resort’s fault—and could have something to do with the fact that the schools were on a two week break at the time of our visit. However, the screaming of children 150 yards from the resort’s beach was not great and detracted from the relaxing atmosphere we were hoping for. Overall, we had a wonderful stay at the Le Moana!!
the intercontinental le moana bora bora was truly spectacular!! the staff, and everyone on the island, for that matter, are so warm and caring. kindness and beauty is everywhere. we especially want to thank Leilani Nakano, and Vito (i am sorry i do not know his last name). their hospitality was spectacular, and we felt very at home. the overwater bungalow was beautiful! the water was pristine and clear. the daily breakfast was always great (the bread and pasteries were lovely- and the FRUIT!!!) LOVED HAVING FRESH COCONUTS AS SNACKS ON THE BEACH!!! we rented bicycles and rode to Viatape- the locals watch out for and safeguard the tourists. we felt very safe, and on the ride back we were blessed by a glorious rainfall!! a memory i will cherish forever. we booked a snorkel excursion, and swam with MANTA RAYS(!!!!!!!), and Eagle Rays. glorious!! rented a scooter and rode around the entire island. so beautiful. truly the pearl of the pacific. we stopped at every local market and bought crusty french bread, locally made coconut candy and cakes, and the most beautiful mangos, bananas, papayas, guavas, PASSION FRUIT, pineapples, and longans!!!! there was so much more, and i know we will be back to try more. matira beach and the beach at the hotel were among the most beautiful i've ever seen. lots to see. lots of sting rays, tiny crabs, and beautiful fish- parrot fish, puffers, chromis, urchins, damselfish, butterfly fish, angelfish, dacyllus, trigger fish, surgeon fish, wrasse, lion fish, boxfish, pipe fish, and CORAL!! the location of le moana was perfect. also must mention dining at the Lucky House. DELICIOUS!!!!
From the moment we arrived, we knew that we were exactly where we wanted to be. The bungalows are in very good condition, the food is delicious, the beach sand is so soft, the water is perfect for snorkeling, and the gentle breeze is comfortable and soothing. There are lots of places to spend your days and nights in French Polynesia. So why choose Le Moana over all of the other hotels? What really sets this hotel apart from all other competitors is its staff. Everyone -- right up through Timi and Celine and Stephanie and GM Laurence -- constantly went out of their way to assure that our stay with them was perfect. They could not have been kinder, and their desire to please and to make each guest feel welcome was genuine. We could feel their happiness and sincerity in each interaction. Honestly, this friendliness made leaving their resort a struggle, as we knew that no one else could match their hospitality. This resort is, in essence, an oasis. It is hard to imagine a better hotel. Yes, there are newer hotels. Yes, there are larger hotels. Yes, there are less (and much more!) expensive hotels. But you will not find a place which makes you feel more at home than Intercontinental Le Moana.
Stayed 3 times at IC Thalasso and this is my 3rd stay at IC Le Moana in Mid-August 2017 for 5 nights. Bora Bora is truly a very addictive place to visit and it's why I keep coming back again and again. Once you are in Bora Bora, you are automatically infected with "Tahitian flu" and the only cure is to plan your next trip for coming back again, again and again, and this is what I have been doing in the past 12 years lol Nothing changes much at Le Moana since my 1st visit in 2005 and 2nd visit few years later. One of the few physical differences I notice is the picturesque bended coconut tree on the beach in front of the beach bungalows got chopped off (probably torn down by cyclone?), and other difference is they put 2 or 3 chic daybeds on the beach near the jetty and some upgraded outdoor furniture near the pool. Staffs are very friendly as usual, especially the restaurant staffs. The only unfriendly staff I came across was the grumpy and old looking local male staff who occasionally appears at the front desk. The main reason why I like Le Moana is the signature crystal clear turquoise lagoon seawater and it hands down Thalasso. The seawater at Thalasso looks turquoise as well but it's not as clear and crystal like at Le Moana. Although the bungalows at Le Moana are not as luxury or big as the ones at Thalasso, Le Moana bungalows do have the Polynesian charm. When you stay at the bungalow in Thalasso, you really don't feel like you are in Tahiti or Bora Bora, it can be anywhere, like at a resort in Maldives. Don't get me wrong, when I stayed at Thalasso, I did love it and I think it's good for honeymooners who don't mind being captive in a resort or traveling back and forth the main island with costly boat shuttle. Matira beach, few steps from the entrance of IC Le Moana, has been named 1 of the best 10 beaches in the world according to Conde Nast Traveler and CNN Travel. Watching sunset every evening at Matira beach is a must program when I stay at IC Le Moana. Being able to explore the Island and the restaurants around without the hassle of taking the boat ride back and forth is a plus when staying at Le Moana. Due to my status at IHG, I was upgraded to End of Pontoon Horizon Overwater Bungalow number # 74 at the shorter pontoon. The good things is nobody walks past your bungalow but the view is so so, it overlooks the overwater bungalows at the longer pontoon and the lagoon in between. I prefer the Horizon Overwater Bungalow at the longer pontoon that overlooks Sofitel Motu Private Island and Mount Otemanu, so we moved to the one of the best horizon overwater bungalow # 25 after 3 nights, I like the color of the lagoon in different blue color layers due to different deepness of the lagoon. My suggestion to the both InterContinental managements (both resorts owned by the same owner anyway): do allow hotel guests to use the boat shuttle free of charge when they have the dinner reservation at the other IC. This will maximize your profit from the hotel guests. Actually I wanted to make a dinner reservation at Thalasso but got put off by the cost of the boat shuttle, so we ended up having a nice dinner at Matira Beach Restaurant, a nice 10 minute walk from Le Moana. When Thalasso was opened, guests at both resorts could take the boat shuttle free of charge, but the management made guests pay for it after few years. This is a very bad move, especially when Le Moana guests want to dine at Thalasso. My suggestion to the first time visitor. If you want the signature crystal clear turquoise water, bungalow with Polynesian charm, easy access to the main island without extra cost, then Le Moana is for you. If you want a bit of luxury and space, the majestic look of Mount Otemanu and don't mind being captive on an islet or spending extra money and time back and forth the main island, then Thalasso is for you. I always used the boat transfer provided by the hotels when I stayed at either Thalasso or Moana in the past, and also used it this time when I arrived Bora Bora because I just wanted to get to our hotel as soon as possible, but it was not the case. For some unknown reason, our boat was the last boat that left the airport, even Air Tahiti free shuttle left the airport before our boat. I had no idea what I was waiting for and didn't pursue the answer. On my departure day, it was the very first time I didn't use the hotel boat transfer, I used the boat provided by Air Tahiti (free of charge) and it was much easier than I thought. After we checked out Le Moana, we took a taxi (maximum 10 mins and around 2000-2500XPF) to Vaitape town ferry dock, and then waited for a while for the free shuttle provided by Air Tahiti. It saved us some money on the expensive hotel boat transfer (6,780XPF/person/way). You can do this when you stay at Le Moana, but if you stay at Thalasso then forget it, it's a kind of hassle because you need to go to Le Moana first and then take the charagble boat shuttle to Thalasso. One more thing about the weather in Bora Bora in August, first time when I came to BB, it was in April, and the weather was super nice, then the rest of 5 times I came to BB in August, but unfortunately 3 out of 5 times the weather was not so nice. August is supposed a dry and good month for traveling to Tahiti but this time it was extremely windy, especially at Le Moana, it was so windy that I felt like the whole resort was in the middle of the hurricane because the wind was blowing SE with wind speed 40-45 K nots. I had to go to Matira Beach (facing SW) next door to escape from the wind. The wind finally died down after the third night. My humpback whale watching excursion was postponed 4 days due to the strong wind as well. I think due to global climate change, nowadays it really doesn't matter how you pick the date to visit Tahiti, it really depends on your luck and the Travel God lol.. You won't go wrong by staying at Le Moana or Thalasso but Le Moana wins our hearts! We will be back again!
Amazing stay at Le Moana. The setting is amazing. Overwater bungallows were great, clean and spacious. The staff were really helpfull. They go out of their way to make you feel confortable. A nice touch from the manager to come and say goodbye when we were leaving. Walking distance to restaurants and supermarket (as well as matira beach). The breakfast was very good. plenty to choose from. Everyday there is a activity for the guests. My wife loved the one with the flowers. Visit the bar at happy hour or just to grab a snack. We loved everything about this hotel.
- Close to Coral Gardens
- Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Private beach
Located in Matira, InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora is adjacent to Matira Beach and within a 5-minute walk of Leopard Rays Trench. This 4-star resort has 64 guestrooms and offers a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. On the waterfront, it's also near Coral Gardens and Mt. Otemanu.
Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Noa Noa, the resort's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.
The 64 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 flat-screen TVs with cable channels and pay movies, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds sport premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Sofa beds, refrigerators, and minibars are other standard amenities.
Guests staying at InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. 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. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a business center, a computer station, and a library.
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92% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1739 reviews