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Wow,it was a very long plane ride, but we are finally here in Bora Bora!!! Right now i am writing this in our room at the Bora Bora Beach Resort, where we will be staying for 3 days. So for this vacation i plan on seeing many fishes, the little shops they have here, and of course the beaches!!So in order for that to happen we plan on doing some …
Eigentlich hatten wir vor 7 Nächte in Moorea zu bleiben. Doch nach 3
Tagen in Moorea beschlossen wir noch auf Bora Bora zu gehen. Wäre schade
nicht mehr zu sehen, wenn man schon so nah dran ist. Also mussten wir
ziemlich spontan einen Flug und ein Hotel finden. Als erstes haben wir
den Flug gebucht. Online gings bereits nicht …
The airport for Bora Bora is actually located on a small strip of sand off the main island and so we had a great (free) boat tour along the coast of the island to the ferry port. After checking in we bought some groceries at the nearby market to save money by making our own breakfasts and lunches. We were pleasantly surprised by how nice the room …
... br> zone. This is a fabulous experience. Approximately a 20 minute dinghy ride
(depending on the size of your outboard) is a small pass between the tip of the
island and a motu. In waist deep water, sting-rays lap up the side of your
body, nibble your toes, slide between bodies, gently slap faces with their
tails and happily take fish from your hands. Its hilarious! Ticklish, bizarre
and thrilling all at once. Meanwhile, sharks ...
... scuba diver, officially. We have our last big dive this afternoon doing the rest of our skills. So-cool. Saw/dove with sting rays on my very first dive. Mom and Dad, I didn't freak out! (much) It was unbelievable.
I have a bit of sun poisioning but it's all good! It doesn't hurt or anything, getting it taken care of as we speak.
The people ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
It was a breath taking sight. It was also a wonderful place with a great view!!
It was great waking up and seeing, and hearing the beach.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBora Bora Beach Resort
Historical Traveler Reviews Bora Bora Beach Resort
We had read several reviews about this hotel as being an excellent value and decided to stay here for 3 nights during our recent trip. Along with this review, I have included some photos of interest.
Recently stayed at Novotel Bora Bora. Clean but very basic property with basic amenities. All rooms are located across the street from Lobby/pool/restaurants/beach etc...As a 6'2'' 205lb man the beds were not the most comfortable. Had to carry all of my own luggage to my room- not fun. Beach is ok- nice view of Sofitel Motu. Pool is very small but again nice view facing out from the property. Typical Polynesian foods- pricey but ok. Probably a good value for people cutting corners to be able to enjoy Bora Bora. Bartenders and waitresses hardly spoke English- not unexpected. Typical slow service- but whos in a rush when in French Polynesia? All in all not bad- would not go here on honeymoon or any special occasion. This place is for friends or family wanting to visit Bora Bora on a budget.
When my friend and I stayed at this hotel in March 2005 it had recently opened, consequently we found it very difficult to find any info or reviews of the property before we went. Needless to say it was with some trepidation that we set off on our 'dream holiday'. The reason we booked the hotel was because it was the only affordable resort style option on the island. Any reservations we may have had went out of the window as soon as we arrived. The hotel is a delight in every way from the contemporary style, spotless bedrooms to the decked pool area with views of Sofitel Motu and Tahaa and Raiatea. Restaurant was good, everything was clean and new and their was an air of stylish sophistication which belied the price range throughout. I wanted to keep this amazing discovery quiet but one year down the line I see the secret is out. Well done Novotel Bora Bora, can't wait to return!!
My boyfriend and I spent 4 days at this resort and were extremely satisfied with our stay. Upon our arrival in Bora Bora, we were promptly picked up by a friendly driver who transported us to the hotel. Driving up to the property is quite underwhelming, since the lobby is small, dimly lit, and very close to the road. Also, the stretch of road nearby the hotel and thoughout the Matira area is unfortunately strewn with a significant amount of litter. However, once you walk through the lobby onto the beach, the hotel more closely resembles a 4 star property, with a nice stretch of white sand, lovely lagoon views, and no trash on the beach. The resort could stand to have a few more beach chairs, since we ended up having to rest on the sand several days due to a chair shortage. With the arrival of multiple guests on the same flight, hotel check in was somewhat slow, but we eventually were escorted to our room across a small road. Less than a 3 minute walk to the beach, our room was very clean, well air-conditioned, and comfortable. We did see some ants crawling up the wall in the bathroom and called the front desk to see if they could provide some insect spray. They replied that spray was "not allowed" on the island, but we could pick up some other substance to put in water to drive the ants away. We decided to leave the ants alone, since they weren't anywhere near the bed or the small refrigerator under the desk. The only other inconvenience we encountered is that the hotel does not have an ice machine, so you must take a plastic bag (no ice buckets are provided) to the bar and ask them to give you some ice. One of the bar staff seemed somewhat annoyed by our repeated requests for ice, but all the other staff were quite accomodating.
It's rare that you feel you got more than you paid for but that's how we felt about this hotel. We got a great deal on the internet (the hotel is owned by Accor Hotels so go to their website) for about $130/night which included breakfast. This was a non-changeable, non-refundable deal. The hotel ended up being at least a 3+ star (maybe 4 star hotel) so the price was a real deal. All of the hotel rooms are garden rooms while the reception area and pool are on the beach side of the road.
Keep it quiet
We stayed 4 nights and as a travel agent I like to try different properties from budget to deluxe(see my review soon on Le taha'a-private island). This is champagne on a beer budget. Nice room, nice people, nice beach. Activities all around..walk 5 minutes for the jet ski tour and save $40 over hotel price. Walk 2 minutes to the market for fresh bread, cheese, wine and whatever. Hotels pick you up for dinner like Bloody Mary or walk to Patoti(spelling is close) for an authentic french repas. This is the real deal. If you can snag a reservation across on the Sofitel Motu-the food and view are excellent at fair prices. Don't think twice-it's alright here...........
Just got back from Bora Bora >We stayed at the Novotel for 5 days and all I can say is the place is fantastic. We were welcomed with a cocktail and chilled facewashers. The staff are just so great, very friendly and helpful. The place is located on the best stretch of beach on the island, great views, snorkling , and free activities like snorkling gear, kayaks and nightly shows like tahitian dancing and singing etc.Food was also very nice at the resort restaurant which is situated on the beach. Pool area and the beach is so lovely and the views breath taking. All the shops are minutes walking distance as well as most restaurants. All activities are booked by the staff at your own request .Rooms are clean and very comfortable set in beautiful tropical surrounding.
Can we keep it a secret!
I read the reviews listed here before our trip and that is what convinced me to try it. The price was a determining factor too. I was nervous that it would turn out to be awful since it is so inexpensive compared to most hotels on Bora Bora. It was much better than expected. The room was very clean, comfortable, and quiet. The beach, pool and amenities are right across a small street. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I want to go back again.
I have mixed feelings about writing this review as I feel like this wonderful hotel/resort is our own secret discovery. However, I had been dismayed not to find more information on the Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort when trying to plan our trip and had vowed to write a review when we returned home. My husband and I live in northern CA and only met one other American couple at the hotel as the clientele was mostly french. We are discriminating travelers who are used to staying a Four Seasons, Ritz Carltons, and similar level properties. We travel extensively and recent destinations included Vietnam and South Africa. We wanted to make a quick escape on a budget (since we had exhausted most of our travel budget for the year) and only booked this trip 3 days prior to departure through(---). I figured that being in Bora Bora would be fabulous enough to make up for not staying in luxury accommodations.
i stayed whit my husband 3 days at the novotel bora bora and it has exceded all of our expectations. its a terrific hotel for the price, and a excelent cost - benefice. ITS IS NOT THE MOST LUXURIOS HOTEL AT BORA BORA, but permitis escape to the hight cost of the island, and make possible for midle class stay in a beatiful building, well decorate, in a wonderful beach at this magical place. So if you can't pay 500,00 or more per night, stay at this very frendily and confortable hotel