InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
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.
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
We stayed at the hotel since 5/17/19 for 4 nights. Overall, we enjoyed the fantastic view from the room and very appreciate the staff keeping the room tidy and clean. However, it was not a pleasure experience of today.
The boat rental company issued a bill of 20,000 XPF on us and left it to the hotel because they thought we make some damage on the boat we rented. The hotel signed the bill in represent of us and made the charge without asking for agreement. To be fair, hotel did call us about the issue but we told them clearly we were still talking with the boat company for the damage and we hadn't yet aligned. But the hotel didn't mention to us at all they sign the bill and already made the charge. As a customer, I don't feel I am respected at all.
Please ask. I don't quite like being represented without any knowledge.
This was our 2nd time staying at this resort, 1st during our honeymoon in 2012 and then during our 7-year anniversary last month. Overall, our recent stay prior to checkout was pleasant but suffered in comparison to our much more enjoyable honeymoon. The first reason was the cuisine and specifically the buffets. Whereas the theme dinner buffets from 7 years ago were more bountiful (fresh seafood, foie gras, etc.), the quality has since gone down. Due to this, we only opted for the buffet once during our 8-night stay eventhough we had been looking forward to them beforehand. Just as many others have stated, we couldn't help but feel the luxury standard has suffered in comparison to prior years and to other Bora Bora resorts.
Our stay, moreover, was greatly marred by an issue at checkout and the complete lack of customer service to resolve. We wanted to use up the leftover cash in XPF that we had not used. I gave the woman at reception exactly 67,500 XPF, and after she counted the cash below the counter and out of sight, both my wife and I confirmed with her the amount. But our final bill only credited for 57,200 XPF in cash, to which she claimed to have misunderstood. We asked a Manager to help but she was very dismissive and had no compassion for our predicament. This issue made the whole checkout process and frankly our whole flight back home unpleasant. We were hoping it was an innocent mistake but unfortunately had to suspect that our missing bill was taken by her!
Background: we chose Costco Travel and the IC Thalasso for the bucket list trip of a lifetime for our 7th anniversary. We typically choose 5 star accommodations with amazing views. With that in mind, we spent one night in the Pool Premium Villa followed by 6 nights in the one bedroom Brando Suite. We had the 1/2 board meal plan through Costco Travel, as well.
A note on Bora Bora: you can’t take a bad picture there and no picture does its beauty justice. I stressed about the weather forecast showing thunderstorms every day. It rained every day (no thunder) a sunshiny soft, refreshing sprinkle that lasted about 10 minutes followed by rainbows (see photos). It was perfect. The water is 100 shades of clear blue and the air smells of flowers. It is HUMID here and the sun is relentless. Be prepared!
Arrival: when the plane lands in Bora Bora from Papeete (sit on the left side!!!) the big four resorts (Alphabetically: Conrad, 4seasons, IC Thalasso, St Regis) have a stand to greet travel weary passengers. IC Thalasso was the only resort who provided a large, cold bottle of water to parched guests. The other resort guests got in line to buy water. It’s the little things! When we arrived at the resort we met the GM, got delicious vanilla ice tea, and were given a day room for freshening up until our room was ready.
Pool Premium Villa: I cannot understand how people can complain about chipped tiles, worn furniture, and scratched, yellowed bathtubs in st Regis and 4seasons and then give the resorts 5 stars. up until that point, the pool premium villa was the best room we’ve ever stayed in. Large and fully updated with a gorgeous white infinity pool. That first night we saw the Milky Way right from villa 209. Mount Otemanu is ever present from the deck. The snorkeling is limited but we saw two manta rays (!!!) swimming together near our deck.
Brando Suite: we debated on whether or not to say anything about this suite for fear it would be unavailable the next time we visit. The room (2003) is exquisite. The view is the best in Bora Bora, from every room (the main reason we chose this resort over Conrad). The perfect view of Mt Otemanu in front of you and the reef to the left. The walk in closet stretches on forever. We made a Bora Bora playlist before we left home and played it throughout the suite and deck speakers every day. Amaaaaaaazing. The definition of luxury and privacy. We got little food surprises every day, a champagne toast on our anniversary, unlimited coffee and water included, and a personal concierge. On top of all that, our pool is the largest over water bungalow pool in Bora Bora (bigger than our guest bedrooms in Illinois!). We only ever left the suite for breakfast, dinner, a massage, and an exceptional excursion with Lagoon Service.
Snorkeling: very limited, but we knew that going in. We knew we wanted to see the entire lagoon so Lagoon Service more than satisfied the snorkeling part of the trip. We did see schools of fish from the Brando Suite and mantas outside the pool premium villa.
Food/Service: We’re from Chicago and our dining standards are high. The food was great!!! We definitely preferred Reef over Sands but either is really good. Heitiare knew us from the first day and greeted us by name everyday and asked if we needed anything. The service was fast and fantastic. Not sure what the negative reviews are talking about?
In closing, we will stay at this resort when we return to Bora Bora, without question. The location is the best and the service is 10/10. Definitely enjoy a spa day pass and experience the deep ocean plunge. My skin glowed afterwards! Mauruuru, IC Thalasso!!! It breaks our hearts to leave.
We just returned from our honeymoon last week and it was fabulous. We specifically picked this time of year based on moon cycle, so we'd have the best views of the milky way and it did not disappoint (my husband is a photographer). We do not have one complaint from our whole experience. We enjoyed a Diamond OWB and were happily surprised that it was modern and updated as well as very spacious, over 1000 sq feet. We were not expecting much from the food (we had half board, breakfast and dinner) based on other reviews, but it was superb. I truly do not know what other travellers complain about....we live right outside of NYC and are used to having accessibility to great cuisine and this did not disappoint. Alcohol is pricey, but no more so than NYC. We enjoyed happy hours and drink specials at the restaurants, so that helped. The location and view of the mountain is unmatched. If you are looking for a view, this is your choice.
Adrien at Bubbles bar makes wonderful drinks and every one on staff was lovely and pleasant.
Tips: women from USA - you do NOT need to bring a hairdryer - there is an excellent Babybliss hairdryer in the room. Anything else, you'll need to bring, such as curling iron, etc with an adapter.
Also, bring any OTC medications or Rx meds that you may need. There is NOTHING available at the resort, not even a packet of Advil.
Please message me with any questions about this resort, would be happy to answer.
Besides the food which was subpar, everything was a dream.
For a foodies like us the food was poor at least, i really not understand for 1200eur/night!
We tried one night Le Corail restaurant, many people said food is like one star michelin restaurant! i’m sorry, but it’s not true. (please ignore the plating, the taste was ...).