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
This hotel is located on the main island of Bora Bora on Matira Point. Since it is located on the main island you have 2 choices of how to arrive from the airport. One could take the free airport shuttle boat to Vaitape and then take a taxi or you can arrange boat transfers through the hotel (about $70 one way ) and they will be charged to your room. I opted to take the hotel arranged transfers, as I wanted to arrive by boat. After you get off the plane at the airport you will enter into the airport lobby where all the resorts have check in kiosks set up. Both Intercontinental properties share a kiosk where you will receive a lei and a bottle of water. Once you claim your bag, they will tag it to the appropriate property and load the bags on the boat and then you will board. The ride to the Le Moana is about 30-40 minutes and the boat will stop at the Thalasso first. The boat ride is quite scenic as you can enjoy beautiful water, views of Mt Otemanu and various resorts along the way.
Upon arrival at the dock, a check in agent will greet you and escort you to the bar area to complete the check in paperwork and receive a welcome fruit juice. We then got a brief property orientation and then they escorted people to their rooms if they were ready. I was in luck and my room was ready and the luggage had already been brought down. I was in room 75, an overwater bungalow. This room is part of the Poevai suite, which is a duplex unit consisting of 2 separate overwater bungalows joined by a large entryway. The units can be made totally separate by locking the entryway door when 2 separate parties are occupying the 2 bungalows which was the case this time. The design is quite clever in that the 2 bungalows don’t share any walls—just the entryway which still has a separate entrance for each bungalow when the separating door is locked. The bungalow itself was quite large with separate sitting area and bedroom. The sitting area had a desk, couch and a glass top coffee table where you can slide the top open to observe or feed the fish (special food for sale in the boutique). The bathroom was large as well with dual sinks, soaking tub, small shower and vanity counter. The deck was a generous size and had 2 lounge chairs and the steps into the water that can be pulled up when not in use to limit marine growth. The ocean bottom around the bungalows is mostly sand but the resort has placed coral under each bungalow to encourage fish, so there was always something to look at. The water is the clearest I have ever seen. The day of arrival the room was garnished with beautiful hibiscus blossoms.
The grounds are beautiful and fairly compact. The resort also has the advantage of being just across the street from Matira Beach (public) and you can enjoy the sunset from there. The pool, which I didn’t take advantage of looked attractive. The small beach also has a hammock and padded beach beds to use. The resort never seemed crowded when I was there.
For food service they have the bar area and casual dining restaurant and also another venue on the opposite side. I ate offsite both nights I was at the hotel, so cannot comment on the food service. The hotel is within walking distance of a couple restaurants—Lucky House and Bora Bora Beach Club. Lucky House is about 3 minutes while the Beach Club more like 5 (Beach Club will provide transfers on request—so you can avoid walking on a road with traffic or on a dark beach). The concierge will take care of any requests you have for dining, taxi or activities.
My only suggestion to the hotel would be to have a fish id card on the desk under the glass topper where they have placed other information. That would prevent the cards from going missing but would enable guests to take a look and identify what they had just seen.
Like others have noted it was a bit windy in the area but I can’t compare to other parts of Bora Bora. I really enjoyed my stay here and wish I had stayed longer, which I will have to do next time.
Just got back from our honeymoon and it was truly a dream come true! The location is incredibly beautiful, the beaches here are immaculate white sand, and the over the water bungalows were perfect! Everything was seamless and easy from arrival to departure. Fruit juice cocktail and warm towels after check in at the front desk, property tour while waiting for our room to be ready. We had to wait a while to get to our bungalow to be ready but we didn’t mind because our bags were being cared for and we were in paradise! The staff uses bikes to get to and from on the docks which is great for carrying our bags and such.
Our bungalow was spotlessly clean and well appointed, our favorite part was the amazing glass coffee table with the coral garden underneath it which guaranteed fish all day every day. We loved relaxing on our balcony which had direct access to the water from the ladder. We took advantage of all the amenities we could: snorkel, paddle board, kayak, and the pool (the ocean water was warmer but the pool is nice on the those hot humid days).
The food was so good! They have great options for people with gluten allergies, vegetarian, and vegan! I’m gluten free and I had some of the best gluten free bread and pizza I’ve ever had! Everything was made FRESH and you could really taste the difference. The excursions at the hotel were a little pricey so we looked around and found a local business offering similar excursions that picked us up right at the front of our hotel and dropped us off!
Another great thing about this hotel/location is that is on the main island and only a 5 minute walk to shops, restaurants, and the public beach Matira Point which was perfect for watching the sunset every day. We were at the little market very often buying beer and wine (much more affordable there) and assorted snacks.
Thank you so much to everyone at Le Moana for making this the honeymoon of our dreams. Thank you especially to Hitinui, Yoann, and Nicolas!
We could not have asked for a more beautiful resort or a more friendly and helpful staff during our recent stay in Bora Bora. I loved the small size of the resort, the beautiful bungalows, the gorgeous view, and the convenient location. The food was excellent and the drinks were good, too. We would highly recommend this resort to anyone travelling to Bora Bora.
This place was amazing! Great hotel and an amazing staff. Restaurants on site were good and reasonably priced. Breakfast was very good and included with our stay! Great location for offsite restaurants as well. There is also a market right across the street you can buy snacks or drinks for the room at a much lower price.
The boat to transfer us to the Moana resort was late arriving, our group being the last of the plane’s passengers to be picked up for the 25 minute trip to the hotel via its more upmarket sister ‘Thalasso’ resort.
Check-in was smooth, but the room wasn’t ready yet. So we decided to have lunch at the restaurant. The food arrived well before the cocktails. And they'd forgotten to put any lime juice in these 22 USD margaritas (oops!), its belated addition further delaying them until after we’d well and truly finished our main courses. So not off to a great start...
Our horizon over water villa was very nice and had a great bed. But it was quite a bit smaller and tired looking compared to Le Taha’a Island resort where we stayed next. We encountered a plumbing problem first up, water squirting onto the floor whenever you plugged the wash basin, requiring a call out to fix. The Wifi was unable to be connected, requiring 2 phone calls to reception to finally register us on the system. The TV also didn’t work for 2 nights running. There’d been no notification of this resort-wide problem or updates on progress. An apology from management for this inconvenience was also not forthcoming.
While the snorkeling under the overwater villas is quite limited, full marks for nurturing a coral garden under the villas closest to the shore, which attracted some interesting fish to see. The free snorkeling gear, paddle boards and kayaks were also appreciated.
We enjoyed the full day 'traditional' snorkeling tour, the guides being a hoot, and the sharks, sting rays and other fish plentiful. But reckon the half day tour is better value, the lunch being pretty ordinary anyway, as was the extra boat stop just to wade around for a while in an area with very fine white sand.
Think a hotel at this level could ease up a bit on some of its ‘cost recovery’ policies when it came to things like charging 3 USD per coffee pod for the Nespresso machines in the rooms, shuttle services to Vaitape and its sister resort – the net result being that these services were often under-utilised.
Charging 75 USD per person for a one way airport transfer also seemed a bit steep, although all the hotels on the motus seem to do this. But this was where the hotel’s location on the main island was an advantage, there also being the much cheaper option of taking the public ferry from the airport to Vaitape, followed by a 15 minute taxi ride to the hotel costing only 20 USD all up at little extra hassle.
This location also enabled easy access to a small supermarket nearby as well as the lovely Matira beach with its various restaurants and bars, sunset views and snorkeling area about two thirds of the way along. The hotel also facilitates bookings and taxi transfers to and from several good restaurants in Vaitape, so you’re not captive to the hotel’s restaurant and bar – although these were quite good too.
All up, while you get what you pay for, we thought that Le Moana could throw in a few extras to make guests feel just that little bit more special.