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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

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Sunset over Mount Otemanu

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Sunset over Mount Otemanu - InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Copyright Michael Cottam.

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is the first hotel in the world to use seawater air conditioning (SWAC), for all of its cooling requirements. Marlon Brando dreamed of a better energy future for French Polynesia, and imagined many innovative ideas for Tetiaroa, his private island.

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Resort Overview

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This elegant and contemporary resort is situated between "the two hearts" of Motu Piti islet. In an idyllic setting the resort creates a magical spa experience, combining the soothing powers of the islands and the European therapeutic regimen of deep seawater's curative benefits, in the Deep Ocean Spa.

The 80 overwater villas are equipped with a separate living room with a glass-bottom coffee table for viewing the sea life; a separate bedroom with walk-in dressing room; a large bathroom opening onto the lagoon; a large terrace equipped with sun beds and dining table. All feature an internet connection, 2 flat-screen televisions with CD andDVD players and all the amenities and comfort of a five star property.

The resort also offers a private 1000 feet white sand beach, a freshwater infinity pool, two restaurants and bars, conference facilities, tennis courts, helicopter pad and a wedding chapel.

Travel Agent Reviews

Review date:   May 19, 2013 2:38PM
Review:   Recommended for: Couples

Pros: Very clean, chic styling. Large overwater bungalows, with very luxurious interiors--wonderful beds, beautiful bathrooms and decks. Very cool, avant-garde style to the restaurant and other facilities. Unbelievable views of Mount Otemanu. The spa is a modern eco-triumph, centered around a special deep water cooling system that pipes cold water up from about 2 miles out, using that to run the air conditioning for the entire resort, and also incorporating that water into much of the very modern and impressive spa facilities. Kudos to InterContinental for this amazing alternative to using traditional power to A/C all of the resort!

Cons: Not so much to see snorkeling from your overwater bungalow. Eagle rays and sting rays in the lagoon though, which was cool...saw them nearly every time we walked from the bungalows to the shore.

Travel Agent:  
Michael Cottam, Bright Yonder   Michael Cottam
Bright Yonder
Bend, OR US

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Google Reviews

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Review date:   October 28, 2017 4:08AM
Review:   If there is haven, it must look like this resort. I have to say that everything is flawless!!! We had an on the water bungalow with private pool. Everything has high quality, tasteful design, clean and the service is fantastic. The employees are welcoming, happy works like a butler service, they fix everything you can dream of. Well done!!!
Author:   Henci Benci
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Review date:   November 15, 2017 9:23PM
Review:   Besides being the most gorgeous place in the world, the staff were very accommodating. They always say hi and introduced themselves. We decided to go parasailing at the last minute, and they organized everything from transportation to getting vouchers.
Author:   Emily Strudeman
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Review date:   November 12, 2017 2:47AM
Review:   Our honeymoon in this resort was the most the amazing time in our lives. Incredible service, breathtaking beach and ocean and our over the water bungalow was so romantic. Thank you for the lovely Gifts!
Author:   Jess s.
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Review date:   July 6, 2017 10:08PM
Review:   The resort was beautiful! Perfect infinity pool with a view of the mountain. The rooms were comfortable as they were quite large with a living room, bedroom, and a large bathroom with separate tub. The best part is the patio with a table to eat or play cards, 2 lounge chairs, and a staircase into the water. We did a few excursions through the hotel - Scuba diving and jet skis. Both were great! We saw a lemon shark while scuba diving and learned how to break open a coconut while jet skiing! Also, there is a feeding time for the stingrays where they provide food and you can feed them yourself. Scary, fun and thrilling all at the same time.
Author:   Kathleen Sheets Cregg
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Review date:   September 26, 2017 1:29PM
Review:   Awesome hotel. Over water bungalows are gorgeous. Kaiaks and stand up paddle are free. Everything in there is too expensive. From drinks to dinner. You can have a free transfer if you go to the other Intercontinental hotel (le Moana) and get the free boat from there.
Author:   Rafael Traetta
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