InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora
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TravelPod Member ReviewsInterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora
InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora was an amazing hotel that made sure our Honeymoon stay was unforgettable! From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with kindness, drinks and did not have to wait for more than 30 minutes to get to our Over Water bungalow! The food, Bungalow, staff and overall hotel were amazing....
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora
Great Resort- Bad Snorkeling
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.
Be aware.. we called our Travel Agent "collect" from the hotel and were charged $235 from the resort. I called and spoke to the manager and he said that we would have to get reimbursed from our Travel Agent. I didn't understand that as they had already accepted the charges and were not going to reimburse us. It took several discussions to finally get the charges removed while we were checking out. We were honeymooners and had requested a more private bungaloo at the end pier about 6 months in advance, but unfortunately did not receive it. We actually got placed on the complete opposite side, right in the middle of several others. I was upset at first, but you are in paradise so it just took about 10 minutes to get over! One more thing, checking in took FOREVER. They pamper you with wet towels and a refreshing drink which is great, but then we ended up sitting there with the other couples for about an hour. This was irritating as the weather was beautiful and we wanted to get going and we had to just sit and wait. Other couples were actually falling asleep while waiting and we weren't the last to go... As far as activities... the concierge service is great, but they will charge you about 30% more than if you book the service yourself. Here is the problem- they make it very hard to get the #'s for the tours. They want you to book everything through them- We had to find brochures on the island of Bora Bora in order to do this. Be aware that you are actually staying on a Motu facing Bora Bora and you have to take about a 15 minute boat ride to get there. This was okay with us though as we were not impressed with the actual island of Bora Bora itself. If you want a beautiful island, you have to go Moorea- Overall, the resort is amazing and I would recommend it- We won't stay here next time, only because we want to snorkel and see all the beautiful fish. We will try to stay close to the Corel Gardens!!!
Beyond the best
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.
The Best I have Ever Seen
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.
The life style in Bora Bora is slow and easy, just what my wife and I wanted for our vacation. I will note that a few of the serving staff in the restaurants were slower than average or forgetful. However, the few people that were slow seemed to have disappeared by the end of our trip, or improved in their abilities. Mind you this was expected since we were informed that the first few months of the opening would be an adjusting period for the veterans and new staff, so it was not a surprise to us. My wife and I did meet the general manager who was quite nice. I also met the owner of InterContinental, who showed great interest in by feelings of the resort and was overall a nice person to talk to.
There are plenty of activities around the island to keep you busy for a while, jeep safari, snorkelling, shark feeding (which was a life altering experience if you go to Bora Bora I suggest you try this activity), wind surfing, para-sailing, canoeing and boat rentals. The fish were lively around our hut which was apparent through the glass bottom floor in our hut; if you feed them they will come. My wife and I did go snorkelling at one of the many locations around the resort that have coral areas, which seem to draw an abundance of fish. My wife and I actually saw an octopus during one of our snorkelling adventures. Even at the man made lagoon at the resort you will be able to see a variety of fish, so I suggest you try to snorkel in that area as well. If you do go snorkelling around the beach area and the day is a bit winding the waves caused by the wind will bring up the sand and thus you will not see much; however this is only in shallow water ( a couple of feet deep). This murky water appearance will also occur if you kick up sand yourself in these shallow areas.
The food at the resort was great; you will not get the standard North American cuisine at the resort since it is French and Tahitian cuisine. However, there is pizza, hamburgers and the most unbelievable french fries; you can find theses items on the lunch menu and these items are available through room service. We stayed long enough at the resort that my wife and I have tried everything on the menu. Some items of food were not to our liking, but the food itself was good. However, some of the foods that I did not enjoy other people at the resort expressed how these items were quite tasty.
The main service staffs at the resort were very helpful with every request we made; extra towels, shamposs, tooth brushes, plug power converter, turn down service, cart pickup and room service. The concierge staffs are quite informative and were helpful in helping us select our activities. The head concierge Jérôme is unbelievable; he will go to the end of the earth to try to fill out any request, he would even pick up special request items up on his day off.
Here are some suggestions: bring an alarm clock since the rooms do not have any clocks on hand. At least the alarm clock that you bring will let you get up early in the morning for any scheduled activities. Also, bring a cheap floatation device for you can enter the water from your personal deck off of your hut. Try the shark feeding it is great and finally, when you go for breakfast try the pancakes they are the best you will ever have.
In conclusion, the resort may have not been finished during my stay; however it did not affect my current review. I am going to go back to this resort in the future and I can not wait to see what it looks like when I return the spa will be finished, the tennis courts will be up and the gym will be complete. It was a wonderful experience and I suggest everyone to go there as soon as possible.
Thalasso Let Down
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!!!!
Amazing!! We'd go back in an instant!
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.
I will start by saying that my husband and I are quite picky, and this resort was beyond our expectations. The rooms are breathtaking, with gorgeous views. We stayed in a diamond room, with a view that made us eager to wake up every morning. Very comfortable bed; spacious walk in closet; a bathroom, straight out of a home magazine. The walk from the diamond rooms is a few minutes, but we found it relaxing (given the view); and, carts pick you up, if you don't feel like taking the walk. (We did not hear the carts from our room; good soundproofing).
The staff go beyond the call of duty. Everyone is friendly and accomodating. I agree with other reviews that the restaurant service was variable, in that some waiters/waitresses seemed to take very long. However, we avoided this by seeking out the waiters/waitresses we knew were prompt and responsive. Alternatively, we would point to the item, or ask them to write it down, if language was a problem. I also have to add that the slower restaruant service is similar to experiences I've had in the Caribbean and Mexico, reflecting the slower pace of life in these regions.
The food was amazing - breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I have to stress, though, that this is not a North American destination - hence, you should not expect the food and drinks to be identical to the ones you get at your local restaurant. The food has a Polynesian and French flare. There were some meals that I would not have chosen again, but not because it was prepared poorly, but rather that it wasn't my taste. Also, I would suggest reading the menu quite literally, which has been my experience in Europe as well. The language of the menu is precise, to reflect the content of the meal (and not dressed up like most North American restaurants); do not expect it to be same as you would get at home.
The concierege service and activities were wonderful. The concierge service was responsive to all of our requests (which at times were many and very specific), and they modified activities and tailored things to our needs. For example, my husband planned a special dinner, which both the restaurant manager and concierge tailored to his requests, ordering things from off the island to accomodate us (which is extremely challenging in the remote South Pacific). I have never had this type of service anywhere else. Any request was usually met with the response of, "we'll look into it and see what we can find." More often than not, our request was granted.
The spa is not completed yet, but they do offer spa services in two large huts by reception. The spa services were amazing - the estheticians were very gentle and the products were not overwhelming (i.e., smell, texture) - I would definitely recommend the volcanic massage (extremely relaxing) and one of their facials. I don't usually go for spa services at hotels, but this was worth it.
Some tips: I think that it's worthwhile considering that the South Pacific is a prime destination for Europeans, and by their dollar value (Euro), Bora Bora is not as expensive as North Americans feel. If you think about it more like a trip to Europe (rather than Mexico or the Caribbean), it's much easier to understand the pricing (not to mention the added cost, given the remoteness of the island). We got package pricing to include our breakfast and dinner, and the pricing usually allowed us to get a bottle of wine with dinner. The only thing I'd suggest is buying water (and other snacks you may want) on the mainland at the grocery store in Vaitape.
Also, the sand is covered with shells and coral, so bring appropriate footware. We found the sand to be like this in most places in Bora Bora, reflecting the extensive sea life in the water. (i.e., these are not the white sands of Negril, Jamaica). The water was exceptionally clear and we did see many fish; however, you will not find extensive fish life, unless you stay at a hotel by a coral garden (i.e., the darkly coloured water you see in pictures is corals; clear water is not). If you are looking for corals and fish - this may not be the resort for you. If you are looking for peace and tranquility - this is the place.
We found that almost everyone spoke a bit of English at the resort. However, considering the main languages are Tahitian and French, the level of English spoken by everyone was beyond my expectation.
I honestly can say that I have no regrets in staying at this resort. Our trip was worth every penny, and I would go back in an instant.
OK for your first trip to Bora Bora
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....
Please keep in mind that we are very polite, respectful, and easily pleased individuals.
Upon arrival, the grounds ARE gorgeous. The views are great (as most are in Bora Bora) and the water was very turquoise. The chek in process was great, and the Bungalows are beautiful (minus some missing artwork yet to be put in place). We got into the water to find only that it is very cloudy, there are no fish, and when you step into the sand...you sink a good six inches in disgusting goo.
The food for lunch was ok. NO ONE spoke english at the lunch restaurant. Dinner....HORRIBLE. No english speakers whatsoever. We were given ONION SOUP...chopped onions (hundreds of them, I swear) in water. The steak had no flavor, nor any taste, and was disgusting. Service was awful. The happy hour bar tender informed us of the 2 for 1 specials. We had to argue with him after we were charged for all of our drinks. He did not understand what 2 for 1 meant. Again, no one spoke english, and he argued with us forever. In the morning, breakfast left a lot to be desired. No orange juice refills, no coffee refills....etc. The restaurants' decor is beautiful...much like a W hotel. However, it was not "tropical." IT was very modern...and seemed out of place. Did I mention this is mosquito island? They were EVERYWHERE
We decided to leave the next day and go to the Bora Bora Nui. We discussed the problems with the front desk at the Thalasso....and were told the manager was not available. We were told to come back in a few minutes. So, we went to the concierge to use the Internet (which is $28 and hour) and were immediately told by the concierge that we should stay at the Thalasso and he would do everything to try to make it better....THE CONCIERGE.
Upon checkout, the manager never appologized, looked at us, or talked to us (keep in mind we are Platinum Members) and he just stood in the corner....unoccupied. We were only told by the Front Desk lady that she was sorry for everything, as they are having a lot of problems, and were debating whether or not they should have opened.
If this is your first time in Bora Bora....it should be a great place to stay, as you will not have experienced the beautiful coral, thousand of fish, powder sand, and first class service every other hotel offers. I would highly, HIGHLY, reccomend staying at the Bora Bora Nui (see review). Same price, beautiful water, powder sand, excellent food, and FIRST CLASS SERVICE. The best service.
Review of IC Thalasso Resort in Bora Bora
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!!!
-the bungalows are amazing-the pics online do not do them justice!!! We stayed in a diamond OTW bungalow-they are gorgeous -what awesome decorating!!
The hotel itself was amazing-I have nothing bad to say about it-the spa is not done yet but they have bungalows if you want a day in the spa. tennis courts are not complete as well as wedding chapel. All these were not important to me anyway....
The food was great as well, esp. at dinnertime. Definitely pricey......
FYI-if you have the MAP meal plan-the allowance on the dinner is 6970XPF. Roughly 70.00 pp allowance;anything over you must add on to your room charge, including beverages.
Drinks......if you plan on drinking a lot -bring a lot of money. I got 2 banana daquaris and it cost me 27.00 approximately. Water is approx 4.00/bottle.
Lunch was great-very good menu choice/decent pricing---approx 30-40.00 total for lunch with no drinks.
They spared nothing on the amenities.....
Bathroom amenities-awesome-came with shaver kit-razor and shaving cream, vanity kit-nail file, makeup sponge and q tips, dental kit-toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, soap, etc. There is also a hairdryer which is not attached to the wall. There are also 2 big blue spa towels for you to use when you suntan/swim by your bungalow. Attached to the wall is a shaver/makeup mirror which comes in handy.
In the living room there is an capuccino maker, hot water pitcher, 4 kinds of tea, wine with 2 glasses, mini bar etc.
The glass coffee table top slides to the side so you can feed the fish if you want with a light for nighttime.
In the walk in closet there is an umbrella, shoe horn, shoe shining mitt, iron/ironing board. They even have plastic rain jackets for you !!
D id I mention at night the turndown service leaves you cookies??
Pool is very nice and not deep-I did not spend much time here as I stayed by my bungalow most of the time-comfortable lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas.
They offer kayaks, snorkeling equipment, etc with many other excursions to plan for a charge-jet skis, parasailing, boat rides, ....there are too many to name.
Overall-it was a dream trip for me. To all the guests I spoke to, all loved the hotel and esp. the service....it will be very hard to top this place!!!
Luxurious, secluded, romantic
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.
Upon arrival at the Bora Bora airport we easily found the IC Thalasso desk where they helped us board their private shuttle boat. About 15 minutes after leaving the airport we were there! We pulled up to the hotel's dock and were met by men in traditional Polynesian attire who drove us by golf cart to the reception area. We were seated in chairs and given a cold wet cloth, a little pudding treat, and some fresh fruit juice. (What a pleasant change from waiting in line at a desk to check in!) After check-in (and an unexpected upgrade from emerald to sapphire bungalow!) they drove us to our bungalow where our bags were waiting for us inside. Two staff showed us all around the bungalow, where light switches and amenities were, etc. I couldn't even pretend to keep my cool, though.. my jaw hit the floor as we walked through the HUGE bungalow.. it is GORGEOUS, just like the pictures... Right at the base of the bed is the window wall overlooking the lagoon, a bathtub that overlooks the lagoon, huge shower, two flat panel TVs that swivel (so you can watch TV from the bed or the bathtub), large deck with two lounge chairs and also a table with two chairs, glasstop coffee table that opens so you could feed the fish (if there were any.. I think they are working on getting some fish in that area).. I could go on and on. Absolutely wonderful!!! Also housekeeping came once in the morning to clean and once in the evening to turn down the bed and leave a couple of cookies. For our anniversary we received a half bottle of champagne; however, some friends we met who were honeymooning never received one (see below for more on the hit-or-miss service...)
The following will open in late summer/early Sept: the Thalasso spa, gift shop, tennis courts, wedding chapel area, and heliport. I was surprised the find out the gym also wouldn't be open until then. I had thought the workout facility would be done now, but it wasn't. And of course the landscaping will need time to grow in. The beach area was very pebbly... I heard the pebbles are really coral bits in the sand. I never saw anyone in the beach chairs, maybe because the sand was so grainy? Don't know if this will be improved upon. The open air restaurants Sands and Reef were complete, but the closed-in air-conditioned one was not yet done, but it looked close. Also the buffet station set up in the back of Reef was not done. I heard that it was supposed to be open but due to a strike of cargo workers in Papeete, they were still short some supplies.
This was the only downfall on our trip... I will preface by saying that I do not consider myself to be extremely picky, and I fully took into consideration the soft opening and being on slower "island time" on the trip. That said, the service was awful. The breakfast was our choice of continental breakfast or American breakfast. There was no menu, but the waitstaff told us our choices for each. There were times when we had been seated and given coffee, but our water or bread basket was not brought out for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the table that sat after us already had their meals. So it was not overall slowness, which I could have understood, but really the hit-or-miss service. And unlike in America where a waiter will acknowledge if you have not been helped and say that someone will be right with you, they didn't even acknowledge tables that had been waiting forever.. they would look at us, and keep walking by, like they didn't know what to do or say. I frequently asked for water 2-3 times. Same odd service at dinner, except there are menus. Almost every night we would sit for 10-15 minutes without menus before we would flag someone down to ask. One night we were served two rounds of rolls in 30 minutes before our order was taken for drinks or food! We spoke with Silvio Bion, the General Manager, and also one of the other managers about this, who were extremely apologetic. They said their waitstaff is not experienced and not yet fully trained. Silvio sent us some champagne one night to compensate, and upon checkout, we requested and were comped for all of our dinner beverages due to the poor service. The waiters seemed to not be assigned to any one table, they were all kind of wandering the room and showing up at various tables.. they were friendly enough, though, and I think with adequate training, things should improve significantly. Also, I will reiterate that Silvio the GM was very nice, and apologetic, and we saw him every day walking around and chatting with guests. I think that is wonderful that he is so involved in the day-to-day operations, and I am sure that he wants to smooth out any wrinkles as well in order to make the hotel the best that it can be! Anyway, the food was good, small portions at dinner, fine with me but I heard some people complaining. For the promotional meal deal (breakfast and dinner included), breakfast was all included and dinner was up to 6947 XPF, or about $75, which was fine for an appetizer, dinner, and dessert. This does not cover any bottled water or other beverages.
There is one thing I didn't realize and maybe this is common - the IC Thalasso basically uses one company for each of their activities. For example, if you want the jet ski tour, they contract with one company, Miki Miki, to offer that... This is fine, except if you have an idea of a certain company you want to work with, based on reviews or something, email them ahead of time or call when you get there. We booked ahead of time via email with Matira Jet Ski, who turned out to be cheaper than Miki Miki. But I think if you really want to call another company, and you already have all relevant info, the IC will call them for you. We did book the shark/ray feeding through the hotel and it was a blast!! You have to do it - highly recommended, and the guides are great. Actually, all people on the island were so friendly, and they all laugh a lot. :) I probably would, too, if I lived in paradise..
FYI, there is a daily happy hour at the Bubbles bar, 2 for 1 drinks. This is especially great because their cocktails are not cheap (we knew this, we are not complaining, just offering a suggestion)... A champagne cocktail is about $22, and a normal cocktail is about $16-17. A beer is about $5-6. Another alternative is bringing your own liquor.. we brought some vodka and those crystal light lemonade packets that you shake in a 20 oz bottle of water.. very nice to have at the pool and on the bungalow deck.. :)
There is an American plug in the bathroom for shavers, but ladies bring a converter for your blowdryer. Or better yet, leave it at home! It is too humid to bother with your hair anyway (and I am from Texas)! :) Go to Bloody Mary's... very fun atmosphere, great food!! You can book this with the activity desk, and they will tell you which shuttle boats and buses to take. The rooms don't have a clock radio or alarm, so pack that if you need it.. The IC has a shuttle boat schedule for free trips to the Matira point every couple hours or so and back, and the trips are free. Sit on the left side of the plane when you fly in for the best views of BB (and the hotel!!) The temporary gift shop was set up in a tiny room by the reception.. not sure when the real gift shop will open, so if you are going there soon, don't count on buying souvenirs at the hotel.
This place is truly gorgeous, and I would love to go back in a year to see it completed!! It felt luxurious, secluded, and romantic, and I would definitely return.
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.