InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora
What We Love
- Interiors designed by local artisans
- Dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the soaring Otemanu and Pahi mountains
- Excellent diving in crystal clear waters
- Access to the first Thalasso Spa center ever built in the South Pacific
What To Know
- Airport shuttle fee is $15 per person (round trip)
- In-room Internet fee is $10 for 30 minutes
- Breakfast fee is approximately $4.50 per person
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Le Moana Resort’s villas all encapsulate distinctive Polynesian vibe, including mother of pearl engraving and woven cloth by local artisans. Noa Noa restaurant, in a central building that opens to a patio and the beach, serves French-style cuisine. Vini Vini restaurant and bar is a more informal spot beside the pool, where happy hour is announced by someone blowing into a conch shell. The Deep Ocean Thalassotherapy Spa is a short boat ride away at Le Moana’s sister property. Treatments include Pacific Ocean water drawn from depths of over 2900 feet.
In the Area
Le Moana Resort is located at the most southerly point of the main island, known as Matira Point, considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Diving is one of the main activities, choose your base from either Bathys Diving Vaitape or Bathys Diving Motu. At 2,385 feet, Mount Otemanu is the highest point on the island. It’s not possible to climb because of its brittle volcanic rock, but neighboring Mount Pahia can be hiked instead. The nearby town of Vaitape is a good place to shop for black pearls. For more affordable jewelry, there’s also a crafts market.
How to Get There
We opted for Le Moana due to its location on the mainland, and it was a great choice. This older IC held its own during our visit, with impeccable service and a general manager who was actively/pleasantly on the scene. Beautiful Matira beach was across the driveway, and we could see the sunrise, the mountain and the sunset from our overwater bungalow (on the left side). We loved the glass-topped coffee table looking down on the coral heads and fish below; love snorkeling, then lunching on our deck. Bungalow was spacious, well-appointed and clean. Breakfasts & dinners were very good; other restaurants & stores walkable. Our land tour & dive center picked us up onsite; boat shuttle from airport was prompt & beautiful to view. Highly recommend Le Moana!!
We only stayed here 4 nights before a 10 day dive excursion to the Tuamotus; Rangiroa to Fakarava. I think we should have stayed here a few more days. Our over water bungalow was great and easy walking distance to the main facilities. The resort was clean and well kept for its age and had comfortable welcoming feel. Everybody on staff was very friendly. Concierge was very helpful. The food was very good but if you're expecting nights of gourmet dining, look elsewhere. The food is tasty, plentiful, and uncomplicated. The location on the main island gave us easy access to other places we enjoyed Lucky House restaurant. we rented e-bikes for an excursion into the tiny main village. If you're into pearls and some local art, there's shops, otherwise it's a locals village with a hardware store and food market etc. I would happily stay at this resort again and hope I can soon.
Feedback to management: You need to simplify happy hour cocktails. Offer simpler drinks that don't require so much prep time, Have pitchers of rum punches or other cocktails that can be made in bulk in advance. Seemed like the bartender was backed up behind endless Mojito muddling or maybe another bartender on duty if you're going to make fancy cocktails for everyone.
In this past week we had booked over 11 nights with the Intercontinental hotels (Mexico, US, & French Polynesia). We booked through booking.com and booked 6 nights total with the Intercontinental’s on bora bora . 3 nights with the Thalasso and 3 nights at the Le Moana resorts. With multiple trips and over 14 different hotel bookings recently, I had not noticed the invalid credit card email from the IC Le Moana until I received a booking cancellation. Within minutes of receiving the booking cancellation I called the IC Le Moana and they told me to re-book through there website at a price of approx $800 more for 3 nights. I asked them to reactivate my original booking which they told me to call booking.com. I called booking.com immediately and they put me on hold to see if the property would reinstate my booking. The property said they would not reinstate the booking even though the booking had been cancelled less than 30 minutes ago and the room types were still available. Out of principle I would not pay $800 more for 3 nights when 3 days ago the price was $800 less for the same room type and conditions and my booking was cancelled less than an hour ago. If my other bookings with IC hotels in Mexico and French Polynesia were not non-refundable I would have cancelled all those bookings and gone with a different hotel group. Bad costumer service and greedy. However we just booked at the Le Meridien bora bora which is not on the main island which we wanted but a much nicer hotel.