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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

With a stay at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa in Bora Bora (Motu Piti Aau), you’ll be close to Le Meridien Beach and Bora Bora Photo Lagoon. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Moti Piti Aau Beach and Mt. Hue.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 80 air-conditioned rooms featuring MP3 docking stations and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with single sofa beds. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities including outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor pool. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge) that operates within 4 km.

Food & Drink

Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink at a beach bar, a poolside bar, or one of 2 bars/lounges. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request).

How to Get There

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa
Motu Piti Aau
Bora Bora, 98730 French Polynesia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2673 Reviews
Not a very pleasant stay at InterContinental Thalasso
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was on my honeymoon and visited bora bora for 2 nights and was staying at intercontinental thalasso. The stay and the room was very clean and amazing and matching our expectations of the amount spent. We were staying from 4th march - 6th march. We faced a little problem with the food as we are vegetarians and the options they had were very few. Everything was going good until the day of check out where i was having my flight in the afternoon 3:35pm and the check out time was 11am. So i had requested them to please give me a late check out option which had been denied and not even an hour was extended and they said we can give you day rooms available with them and they can give us that at free of cost till it was time for me to leave for airport. I was suprised to see that the day rooms dint even have a proper comfortable bench or a sofa or a chair we could sit on and nor did it have wifi and there was no water available in the day room. When we asked at the reception for some water they said we dont have water here and we only have our welcome drink and we need to go to the restaturent or the bar to have water which wasnt expected from them. They need to improve their facilites and be a little more cooperative while you are leaving and going to carry great memories along. It was a bad experience i had faced.

Lovely resort - highly recommend the experience.
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Bora Bora InterContinental Thalasso resort as part of a three island milestone anniversary trip. We started in Moorea (I have a separate post for Hilton Moorea), went to Bora Bora, and finished in Tahaa (I will have a post for them but have not done it).

I am glad we saw all three islands because each was unique with different experiences and environments. The water of the lagoons around Bora Bora was just unreal. We've been all around the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico, and there is simply no comparison to the colors of the water around Bora Bora. You see the photos and expect it to look amazing, but I don’t see how any photo can truly capture the multitude of colors on a sunny day. Speaking of which, we went in January, and while that is supposed to be the rainier time, we had very nice weather for most of the trip.

We found the InterContinental Thalasso to be a great experience and a total contrast to our later stay in Tahaa. Let me be clear, we loved both for a number of reasons, but they are very different experiences. We were well prepped on what to expect so there were no surprises except a few very good ones. We booked all of our arrangements through Venture Tahiti, and we could not have been more pleased with their professionalism, knowledge and service. I am usually a “do it myself” person, but because of the remoteness of the destination and the different transfers and connections involved for three islands, we researched and chose Venture Tahiti to manage everything for us. Our agent was John, and he was a real gem in terms of giving very good, very specific advice.

We had read a lot about the various resorts on Bora Bora. Seriously, they all look beautiful in the photos, and I’m sure many of them are wonderful. But, for us, once we had decided to include Moorea at the beginning and end our trip in Tahaa, then John’s guidance for Bora Bora proved invaluable. We talked it over in detail and decided we wanted a five star resort where we could pamper ourselves extensively. It boiled down to us wanting access to unique and upscale full service spa facilities and being able to get an overwater villa with a private pool. Three other hotels on Bora Bora have these, but the rate Venture Tahiti got us for the Pool Premium Overwater villa at the InterContinental Thalasso was very, very good compared to the price for similar accommodations at two other properties on Bora Bora. With those two objectives in mind, we chose the InterContinental Thalasso and were very pleased.

The arrival process was very well done and the best we experienced on all three islands in terms of comfort and attention. Check in is seamless and they whisk you off on a quick golf cart tour and to your villa. We fell in love with our overwater villa and its pool from the moment we arrived. Once we saw it in person, we knew we had made the right choice for us. If you see a map of the resort you will understand that some of the villas face each other. Sure they have a nice view of Mt. Otemanu, but they didn’t have the privacy we would have wanted. Our villa was out toward the end of the overwater pier (south side?) and faced out over the lagoon without facing toward another villa. This was perfect for us and especially our days on the deck and in the private pool. The inside of the villa was spacious, bright, beautiful and in very good condition. The picture window in front of our bed with the view over the lagoon was just the most amazing view to wake up to each morning. The décor was contemporary and Polynesian blended together very nicely, and the colors they used were such a beautiful complement to the colors of the lagoon all around us. We would give our villa an A+

The resort itself felt very spread out and larger than the places we stayed in Moorea and Tahaa. I think the hotel was fairly full but it did not feel busy or crowded in any way. The style in this resort was completely different than what we had in Moorea and Tahaa. All of the furnishings and decorative touches were more modern and quite stylish but still kept a nice blend of tropical or Tahitian feeling. My husband enjoyed the more Polynesian style of Tahaa. But the InterContinental Thalasso was exactly my style, and I loved every inch of it. All of the public spaces had a chic flair to them, and the restaurants did as well with beautiful chairs and wonderful candlelight settings. In regard to the restaurants, breakfast was included each day here as it was in Moorea and Tahaa. John, our agent at Venture Tahiti, advised us against getting dinner plans included in Moorea and Tahaa, but he did suggest it for the InterContinental Thalasso. He said that it was a good price and because of the complexity with the shuttles to the main island, he thought it would make it easier for us here. That was a great piece of advice. Had we gotten the dinner plans in Moorea or Tahaa, I don’t think we would have saved any money in doing so, and we would have had three course meals even if we weren’t very hungry. As John has said, at the InterContinental the plan did indeed save us money. Because we loved the setting of the restaurants here, we thoroughly enjoyed the dinners and were very glad to have had them included here. The food here was excellent at every meal we had.

Obviously Bora Bora is beautiful and has many beautiful hotels. For us, we really wanted a resort with a fantastic spa and the InterContinental certainly delivered that. The entire facility is unique with pure, deep ocean water being pumped through and creating some unique treatments and features especially in the outdoor area. The staff gave us a full tour of the spa inside and out on our first day. It was the outside are of the spa where we found ourselves torn between wanting to spend the day there or back in our overwater bungalow’s private pool. Side note; wouldn’t it be something if that was the major decision you had to make every day!? Well, for nearly a week, that was the decision we faced each day- do we go to spa or enjoy the pool on our villa deck- and what a wonderful memory that is for us.

Service was very good and all of the staff we interacted with were friendly and accommodating. Dinner service was a bit slow on a couple of evenings, but we were very relaxed and just happy to enjoy the environment and sip our wine. Plus, we found dinner service could be a bit slow at all three hotels we visited on this trip.

The grounds of the entire resort were beautiful as well. Everything was trimmed and beautifully landscaped. We never hung out at the large pool area because we preferred the spa or using our overwater bungalow. We did use the shuttle to the main island via the other InterContinental. It was simple enough to do and worth a couple of trips over to go the village and just enjoy the boat ride and different views.

The hotel did some nice extras to mark our anniversary during our stay, and we received a sweet note and a lovely bottle of chilled white wine from our agent John at Venture Tahiti. I realize that many of the guests are on honeymoons and anniversary celebrations. So, I guess it would be easy and understandable for the hotel or our travel company not to have done a lot of extras to make us feel special when you consider the fact that the majority of the guests they work with are celebrating something special too. But, both here and in Tahaa, the little extras they both did really did make us feel special and helped add that something more to the overall experience of an extremely important celebration for us. We sincerely appreciated that. We would certainly recommend both for great service and a great visit to Bora Bora.

Nice, but not exactly Polynesia
Reviewed 1 week ago

I accommodate myself and my wife in a Diamond Overwater Bungalow, after an upgrade as a result of the Ambassador fidelity program of IHG. The bungalow was beautiful and luxurious with high quality amenities. However, the water was very deep, and in lack of life forms. During our 7 days long stay here I can tell I’ve never seen from my bungalow not even a single fish in the water. The bungalows are pretty spreader over the water and the Diamonds are far from the restaurant. They have some activities, starting with sting rays feeding, but otherwise is quite boring. Transfer to their sister resort Moana is hourly provided free of charge. From Moana, which sits next to Matira Beach, you have to get a taxi to go anywhere. That could be a challenge if a cruise ship has arrived. The three restaurants are very expensive, as expected, but you can choose to have dinner on the island. The only thing to bare in mind is that you have to leave the resort before 5:00pm in order to have the round trip for free. Breakfast was very good with a lot of choices. My wife is vegan and she accommodated very well. The personnel is very kind but I don’t know how genuine. My wife got a tattoo at Marama Tattoo (200€ for a 5cm bracelet, if anyone is interested) and the next day everybody, starting with the housekeeper and ending with the waitress, told her how different she looks like. Strange. Overall the experience was pleasant, but very expensive. After this experience I choose to come again to Bora Bora but to a AirBnB instead. I found the second experience with much more value and much polynesian.

Heaven on Earth *If you get good weather!"
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is beautiful. Clean, well kept and the staff was great. We only stayed two nights, but those two nights we're beyond amazing. We had an Over the Water Bungalow with a pool. If you can swing it GET THE POOL. I know its expensive but you won't be disappointed. We stayed in the pool from sun-up to sundown except for eating and time spent in the ocean water off our balcony. Everything is expensive in the restaurant - drinks are about $25 ea from the bar... BRING YOUR BIG $$$$! We will definitely return

Can’t Wait To Return!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent five nights in a mountain view villa. The list of adjectives to describe this resort is endless!
When you arrive at the airport you simply walk up to the resort kiosk where you’re greeted by the representative. You’re presented with a flower lei and then walk over to collect your luggage. They then take your luggage to the boat, which is only a few feet away. It’s then about 10-15 minutes to the resort. You’re then transported to the check in area by golf cart where you meet another representative. A cool wash cloth and cold drink await. Following a quick check in you’re again transported by golf cart to your villa. You’re given a tour of the resort on the way. Your representative then gives you a tour of your villa and answers any questions you may have.
The villa was so incredibly beautiful that we didn’t want to leave for any reason. We spent most of our time on the deck relaxing with Mt. Otemanu in the background.
The villas have high ceilings and are huge! They are modern and well appointed. The sea water air conditioning system used by the resort is eco friendly and extremely efficient. The bedrooms have king beds and a huge window overlooking the water. Waking up to see Mt. Otemanu from your bed is something you must experience.
You have several options to dine. We dined at the Sands Restaurant and Bar on all but one night. The food was delicious and the wait staff were always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. For Valentines dinner we went to Le Corail. It was an incredible dining experience. My only complaint is that the dress code wasn’t enforced. It’s a smaller, intimate dining experience and more than shorts and sandals are required.
This wasn’t enforced the night we were there.
We had breakfast included in our package, and that was a good choice. There was a huge selection of items available. A chef was also there to cook omelets, eggs, etc. For lunch we had room service and generally just shared a single meal. Room service was quick and the orders were accurate. You can’t beat having lunch on your own deck over the water.
There are regularly scheduled boat transfers to and from the sister resort on the mainland. I believe they are free up until 5:00pm. We never left the resort, but that’s what I recall reading. You should confirm that before utilizing the service so there’s no unexpected charges.
The resort has a lot of non-powered water sports equipment to use for free. They also have a dive facility and jet ski tours available at a cost. They can also set up tours with other providers through the concierge.
The spa was utilized by my wife and she thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a large facility and was very relaxing.
There was one concern we encountered during our last two nights. I believe it may become an issue if it continues. There is a resident who lives next to the resort on the beach. The person was playing music so loud, with deep bass, that it was disturbing us in our villa. The constant deep booming was very bothersome. It went on for a few hours on one night then for a shorter time on our last night. I spoke to someone from guest services and they acknowledged the problem. Apparently that is something the locals do. They offered to move us to another area, but I declined since we were going to depart soon and also that the noise could be heard throughout the entire resort.
I hope this is something that is dealt with by management.
We do plan on returning for another stay in the near future.
There are day rooms available on departure day. They are available 45 minutes before your scheduled departure from the resort. The room has a couch, closet and nice bathroom with a shower. Try to set up your flight off of Bora Bora in the early afternoon. That way you can check out, have lunch and then get on your boat shuttle without too much delay at the resort.