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InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My wife and I stayed at the InterContinental (IC) Moorea Resort & Spa after Christmas and NY's period. The resort is located ~40mins by shuttle service from the ferry terminal and pretty much is an island of its own. The IC is well renowned in Tahiti as it is spread across the main islands and it is certainly luxury. The customer service we received before we arrived at the resort was great with any questions being answered within a matter or hours. They also arranged the shuttle service for us (note the Moorea government does not allow hotels to operate their own service) with a local provider. Once we arrived we were warmly greeted and our luggage kept to the side for the check in process. We were provided cold tropical drinks whilst we waited, which was a very long wait. We understand that this was a busy period but the reception could have been helped with a few more people to ease the process. Once we did get to the check in process, it was seamless and provided with all the information necessary. However, sometimes we did see that there was a lack of communication between the front desk and concierge team as we stayed there during NY's Eve and had a mandatory charge for the dinner which was not explained to us by either teams until we had a chat with the front office manager (Alexander - very helpful). We were then taken to our rooms on a golf cart (this is how people are transported in the resort for check in/ out) and shown the room. My wife and I opted to stay in the Junior Overwater Bungalow which was pricey but certainly worth the money. It was very spacious exceptional with amazing views of the open ocean. The terrace area has the comfortable loungers and is great to hang out on during day with easy access to the water. The room is separate to the lounge and can another person if necessary on the pull out couch. The bathroom is also large with a separate toilet and a wet shower and bath tub. You get all the normal amenities and a fridge with mini bar items. One thing I would recommend is that with the price you pay, the mini bar should have provided some drinks plus additional water on a daily basis. We stayed at another luxury resort in Bora Bora which offered us daily mini bar and additional water which is certainly needed on hot days. We had breakfast included our room which was great. The breakfast restaurant is big and offers a large variety of cooked and cold options. There is an egg station as well. The resort also has a pool bar and another restaurant which can cater for lunch and dinner options. We normally used the pool bar for most of our meals which also allowed swim up from the infinity pool. The food prices are certainly on the high side (e.g. a fish burger with fries costing ~$NZD27). The IC offers activities such as snorkelling, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet ski, tour excursions, etc as well. And of course you can simply chill out in the ocean or lagoon all day. The resort is also well know for turtle rescue and dolphin sanctuary. We did the swim with the dolphin experience and would highly recommend it. It's about 40 mins and you are in the water all the time with one of the three resident dolphins there with a well versed instructor. For the NY's eve dinner there were ~350 guests which was a very large event on the island. The menu was in abundance of seafood (oysters, lobsters, crab, fish, etc), international (mostly french based) and was incredible food. However, my wife is pregnant and could not consume majority of the items. However, we made this aware with the office manager who in turn asked the executive Chef (Cedric) to develop a special menu for my wife. Cedric was down to earth and understood the requirements and on the night provided her things she was able to eat along with non-alcoholic drinks (as a bottle of champagne is provided per table). All in all we had an amazing experience at the IC resort in Moorea. The overwater room was certainly the highlight but being there simply did allow for the R&R we needed after a tough year. We would definitely recommend the IC Resort in Moorea.

We stayed in an overwater suite for three days and loved it! We had a room about as far as you can walk from the hotel lobby but had great open water views and we had the best snorkeling right off our deck. We snorkeled around the entire resort and found the best is the rooms just past the dolphin encounter. Because of the price, we wouldn't stay overwater more than a few nights, but the over rooms had views also. We swam with the dolphins, which was our first time doing that, worth it! Didn't do much else there so can't help with anything else!

My wife and I had a pleasant stay at the Intercontinental. We didn’t find it to be quite on the same level as the nearby Hilton, but the overwater bungalow was still lovely and the nearby kayaking to “visit” sharks and rays was an added bonus. Would definitely recommend.

We had a very nice stay at the intercontinental. The staff at the front desk was very professional. Our accomodation was clean and very nice. We had the bungalow with the beach view and it was perfect. The water in the lagoon was still and warm which was perfect for our toddler and the view from the room was great. We also really enjoyed seeing the dolphins center even if we didn't swim with them. The only downside was the food. The breakfast was not amazing but not bad either. But we had dinner twice and I wouldn't recommend it. We stayed there around Christmas so everything else was closed but if you have a choice and want to try real Tahitian food you'd rather go somewhere else to eat. The service was slow and the food tasteless. My partner is from Tahiti so we know what good local food tastes like and we definitely didn't get it there.

Moorea was the first of three stops on our honeymoon. We had a garden bungalow and it was just fantastic. It was like having our own little private beach. I didn't 100% rate the food in the restaurants or unfortunately the service HOWEVER there is the most gorgeous authentic Polynesian restaurant which is where lots of the Polynesian people eat. It is called the yellow lizard, free pick up and drop off from the hotel and the food is just gorgeous! We very nearly didn't go but I am so so glad that we did. At breakfast in the morning there would be a couple of local people selling their goods which was lovely. (Shopping addict) It was nice to pick up a cute necklace before eating. The shop in this hotel is much cheaper than the other hotels we went too, so if you need something toothpaste etc. buy it from here rather than waiting to move on to your next place (if you are moving) There is a small shop up the road which sells snacks, water and alcohol which is much cheaper than the hotel shop and literally a 5 minute walk. We did some excursions whilst we were there through Moorea Activity Centre. We did the swimming with whales (absolutely amazing experience) and the ATV quads. I felt like I really got to know the people there and felt super sad when I left. 100% support local businesses! I know you are probably reading this so far and thinking so tell me about the hotel, but I know when I was reading the reviews before going I would have found where to eat and where to go super helpful so I hope that you do to. From Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahaa, Moorea was probably our most favourite due to the experiences we encountered whilst being here.

Overwater bungalow is great, nothing like looking out over the lagoon in the morning as you wake up and sitting on your deck sipping something refreshing in the evening. The downside is that from 9.00 am onwards you have fairly heavy sea traffic with wave rider tours, lagoon tours and the like going by as you lie on your deck soaking up a few rays. Having said that, it is great to be able to dive off your deck into the lagoon and walk back up the ladder. The dolphin centre is a must see, and the chance to interact with the dolphins is a once in a life time experience. The scuba diving is not so hoof so it was 20 years ago, with the coral having been knocked about by the crown of thorns starfish in 2004/5 and then the storms of 2009, but it is showing good signs of recovery and there are still plenty of black tip reef sharks, lemon sharks and the occasional grey about. The resort is well appointed, friendly helpful staff, great food and fun theme nights. A bit more expensive than other places in the Pacific, dont know if that is because it is Tahiti but still well worth it if you want a peaceful, relaxing holiday with the option of plenty of activities both on land and sea

I love the place, the hotel is very nice and practical, the breakfast is varied and delicious the staff is very friendly and they have very good tour options. the gym is very small but it has machines for cardio and dumbbells of many weights. I highly recommend this hotel

What a beautiful property... we simply loved our stay here... we were here for 3 night... lovely and kid friendly place. It has beautiful views, dolphin show and swim with dolphins... Plenty of food options...

We stayed here for part of our 10 day vacation then hopped over to a different hotel. We had a such a fantastic time. We did have to change rooms as our AC kept going out and you need AC! We started with a room with the private pool which don't get me wrong its pretty awesome to have your own dip pool but it does enclose you in from the outside views. Lucky for us we ended up changing room to one in front of the lagoon and this was the way to go for us! We traveled with our 6 year old so it was perfect for mornings as she would just walk right out front and go look for crabs. The room was cozy and everything worked. The grounds are beautiful and the water is memorable. They have two pools on site with a swim up bar and happy hour in the afternoon. The food is good I recommend that you get breakfast included in your stay. Otherwise it's really expensive. There is so much to choose from that you will not go hungry! We would take some bread to go. Seriously everyone does this. That way we have a snack for later as it comes in handy when traveling with a child. Who wants to go gab a small bite when you are enjoying the beautiful views! We took advantage of the complimentary rides to the off-site restaurants. We took a boat activity to swim with sharks and sting-rays. It's a must if you ask me. We also did the dolphin encounter it was so much fun and we have a priceless up close and personal picture. The staff is very friendly and will try to accommodate any needs or concerns. We also rented a car for a day and took a circle around the island it was fun and we got a little shopping in. There is not much shopping to do here and if there is it's quite expensive. I do regret not purchasing a black pearl. Some things to bring: Mosquito replant Swim-ware, sunblock, snorkel gear and water shoes! Or else you will pay through the roof for this stuff. Everything is so expensive but then again you are on an island. Overall it was an amazing experience and a trip of a lifetime. We hopped over to a different hotel and stayed in an over-water bungalow which I highly recommend.

I hate to give this place an average rating but unfortunately the staff in all of the restaurants ruined the possible 5 star experience. The good things first: the resort is very pretty, the snorkeling is AMAZING, the concierge and front desk staff are wonderful, the room is small but more than adequate. The bad thing: restaurant and bar staff. Every meal we had which was breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 days, the staff were very rude and unfriendly. We felt awkward at meals asking for anything no matter how basic such as water. The restaurant staff act so put out and annoyed that we didn't want to go to meals. We thought (stupidly) maybe it was a cultural thing but when we went to our next stop in Bora Boar (different hotel chain) it was a 180 experience. The staff were so friendly and warm and it was a totally different experience.

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Hotel highlights

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

Located in Papetoai, InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Tiahura Beach and within a 15-minute drive of other popular attractions like Moorea Tropical Garden. This 140-room, 4-star resort has a private beach, a full-service spa, and 3 restaurants. It's on the waterfront and also near Tiki Village Cultural Centre and Pihaena Beach.


Dining

There are ample dining options with 3 onsite restaurants, including Fare Nui, which specializes in international cuisine. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea's 140 air-conditioned rooms provide furnished balconies or patios, refrigerators, and minibars. Guests can expect 32-inch LCD TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Other standard amenities include coffee makers, safes, and phones.


Property features

Guests of InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea have access to a private beach, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Free parking is available if you drive. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor tennis courts, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Junior Suite (Bungalow)

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite, Overwater (Bungalow)

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 3

Premium Room

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2587 reviews