InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora
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This was the first day on our entire trip that it rained all day. After another relaxing and gut-busting breakfast, Brian dragged me to the gym. I did a bit of a workout but would've much rather just sat on our patio and watched the rain.
At around 3:00pm, the bellboy stopped by our villa to pick up our bags and give us a ride to the …
A portion of Bora-Bora has a handful of interior roads that are only accessible by 4x4 jeeps. These roads were carved out by American military in the 1940s, where they first landed in Bora-Bora during World War II. (Read more about "Operation Bobcat") Feeling adventurous and wanting to do something different (that didn't include us being in the …
Today was our last full day in Bora-Bora and decided to take it easy (at least, our version of taking it easy). We were never ones to lay around the beach all day, which probably helped with the copious amount of food we've been having for nearly 2 weeks. After a leisurely and late breakfast, we caught the shuttleboat to Le Moana, where we went to …
Today was our "snorkel with stingrays & feed the sharks" excursion. We've been looking forward to this adventure since we arrived in French Polynesia. After the usual yummy breakfast (where they always have vanilla crème brulee & tropical French yogurts available), we walked over to the dock to join the tour. Brian was pleasantly surprised …
I figured I needed to burn off our large buffet breakfast with some snorkeling around the hotel while Brian headed to the gym. Since there weren't any corals around the overwater bungalows, the hotel created a coral garden right by the chapel & beach area. There were also plenty of sea urchins with very long spikes which made me very cautious. …
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora
We just stayed at the Thallasso Spa & Resort for our honeymoon and it was great. If I could desribe this hotel in one word, it would be luxiourious. The bungalows are beautiful, elegant, and incredibly spacious. There are a few complaints we have however... Don't stay at this resort if you are into snorkeling or expecting a great beach. We were so excited to have an overwater bungalow with the glass floor to see the fish at night... The only problem is, there are NO fish and NO coral... We snorkeled all over the resort (as it is rather large) and there were no fish to be found, anywhere. We asked the conceirge where good snorkeling was, and they pointed out to lagoon. We said we just swam this whole area, and there was nothing. They blamed it on the currents and said that is why??? FYI, if there is no coral, there will be no fish. What we heard from others on the island is that they had dynamited this area to build the resort and they have not "replanted" the coral. Until they do this, there will be no fish. We heard there is great snorkeling at the Pearl Resort though if that's what your into. This resort is perfect if you want a beautiful view, room, and resort (but that's about it). We had a meal plan where breakfast and dinner was included. These could be used at the sister resort LeMoana as well. Don't waste your time or appetite going to the sister resort though as the food and service was not worth it. We enjoyed the food at Thallasso Spa but would recommend skipping the dinner show / buffett. We went to Bloody Mary's on the island, and this is a MUST. The only bad thing is the boat stops running at 10:30pm so you can't plan on staying out late and enjoying the scene.
My wife and i traveled to tahiti for her 40th. We stayed at the ic resort on tahiti the first 3 days, the resort was great. But, we had no idea what was instore for us when we arived at thalasso. The resort was the BEST we have ever stayed. we visit some where every year ( 8 -14 day trips). Upon arivial the greeting staff were great. The check in was first class all the way. The rooms, (internet photos dont even come close), there huge. The water around the rooms was very clear, i think some areas are still a little murky, where they are still working. The food was supurb in the restraunt. service was good i think the staff needs a little more time to work out the kinks ( we only had 1 night out 6 that was slow )The pool service great, ( the club sandwich is to die for ) drinks were a little pricey, we mostly drank ( Hinano local beer ) all the activities are very easy to use just ask the pool man. We took the kayak up the shore past many nice areas. On the third day we went to town. rented a little eurocar and drove around all day, You have to go to bloody marys. 6 more months, the Thalasso will be the very best on bora bora.
My wife and I just returned form our trip to the resort, which I must say the InterContinental Thalasso-Spa was the best I have ever seen. When we booked our trip we were told that the resort is still under construction and the resort will be having a soft opening; which meant there would be an adjustment period for the new staff and with the new facilities. However, even with the minor construction that still remained the resort was incredible. We have never experienced such beautiful surroundings, the rooms, the bluest water and the wonderful views of the mountain from our hut and around the resort.
This was my second trip to Bora Bora and was very excited about staying at the new InterContinental. I was very impresed with the resort, and the rooms were absolutely beautiful. The views of the mountain and the blue waters were astounding, but as the old adage goes, "never judge a book by it's cover." Everything was great until we discovered the lack of fish for snorkeling, and even if there were fish, we would not have been able to see them through the milky water (proabably due to the sand from all the new contsruction). We were also told that the food was "amazing," but we spent $300 on dinner that we didn't even eat because it was so bad. The tables were also so close to each other that it felt like we were eating in a cafeteria. We had to call over three times to the front desk to get someone to come do turndown service for a third person. We were even hung up on. No, we were not being rude or insensitive in any way. We were simply asking for some bedding so we could go to bed! The next morning we decided to talk with the manager, but we never ONCE spoke to him. Instead, we were "pushed off" to the concierge. Although he did try to get us to stay and give the hotel a chance, we felt that for the same price we could be over at the Bora Bora Nui where service is first rate and the staff is delightful and helpful (see review). Upon checkout, the manager just stood back watching us and not once did he say a word! The resort is beautiful and I am hopeful that in time, service will get better and the fish will come around, but I wouldn't reccomend ANYWHERE but the BORA BORA NUI. It is truly the BEST resort in Bora Bora!!!!
My husband and I just returned from a long stay at the Thalasso. It is an amazing resort - serene and beautiful - more than can be conveyed in pictures.
We have been to Bora Bora two times, and have always stayed at the Bora Bora Nui. It is the best hotel on the island, as you will see. We did decide to use some of our Platinum Reward Points and stay at the Thalasso Spa. What a mistake....
Just came back from IC Thalasso-what a beautiful place!!! I am jealous to all who are going soon!!! I read on this site that some people were switching to other hotels because they heard that this hotel wasn't really done yet-well I am glad I didn't switch-my gut told me not to -one of the nicest bungalows on Bora Bora. First off, the service was impeccable-not one thing to complain about-esp. since I went during "soft opening". I couldn't believe how professional and welcome my husband and I felt. From management down the line, all employees were great!!! No one could be more pleasant!! Everyone greets you in passing. Our boat transfer from Air Tahiti was very smooth-An IC rep came to greet us with flower lei and took us to the hotel-boat ride was nice-about 15 minutes. She gave us cookies and bottled water-very nice way to start off...Took pics of us. When we made it to the dock at the hotel, 4 people were waiting to greet us- We had a pic of us taken by an employee that later on will give to you. Check in was so smooth-they sit you down to fill out paperwork with a cold drink and a chocolate dessert-was it good!!!
My husband and I just returned from a 4 day stay (May 14-18) at the new Intercontinental Thalasso Resort. I have given it 5 stars, in light of the restaurant service, which they did try to remediate for us... because I know that the resort just opened and once it gets the kinks worked out and the rest of the facilities completed, it will be spectacular! I apologize in advance for being so wordy, but everyone seems to eager for info on this place, so I thought I would be detailed.
A truly eco hotel in Bora Bora: airconditioning from the deep of the ocean
The hotel is fantastic: huge overwater villas vith unforgetable views over the lagoon and mountain of Bora Bora.
But the best of it is this incredible deep sea water system used for airconditioning the hotel: a 2 km long pipe that pumps up very cold water from 1000 metres deep in the ocean, the cold being transferred to the air cond system by a titanium exchanger. The whole hotel is air conditionned by this technology including the kitchens and all staff quarters and accomodation, providing the best work condition for the hotel staff.
Really a great success. Congratulations.
All those worried about the Intercontinental Resort and Thalasso Spa, don't be. It is truly magnificent. The rooms are incredible. They are huge, exactly like you see in the pictures. The concierge service was second to none. Work with Jerome, he is very helpful and speaks very good English (have never had better concierge service). The hotel grounds are very nice, still a work in progress, but coming along well. My wife and I thought the food was good, a nice sized menu with lots of options. The service was good. I think everyone needs to realize that you are on Tahiti time and everything is not so rushed. We had our good nights and our bad nights but overall they did a good job. It was a 'soft opening' and we did get an extra discount so I can't complain. I am fairly laid back as well so some people may have a little more issue with the service than I, but I didn't go to Bora Bora for exceptional service, I went because it is paradise and a place to relax. We were there for six nights in one of the Diamond bungalows. The room was gorgeous and had an incredible view, but if I was to recommend anything, I would suggest going with the middle level as they still are private, have a decent view, and a lot less walking. There is really not much coral around the hotel as of yet and that was really the only let down, especially after coming from the Sheraton in Moorea. The only negative thing I have to say about the resort was due to the construction, I believe, the sand in the water just off the beach is very silty and when you step in your feet kind of sink and feel slimy. Hopefully that will change over time, but we did most of our swimming right off our bungalow so it really didn't matter. We had no problems with noise at all from the construction. I was very impressed and would recommend the hotel to everyone.