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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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Review date:   July 7, 2018 1:23AM
Review:   Best place we ever been in the world. Best Hotel in the best spot of the best island in the world. They deserve the 5 stars for everything. Room, Beach, facilities, food, drinks and of course the best staff we have met so far. Perfect and amazing ending for our honeymoon vacations in the best possible place.
Author:   Javier Jiménez
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Review date:   July 14, 2018 9:49AM
Review:   If anybody is trying to find good deals on hotels visit HoteIRᴀven. com booked a hotel on there and they had the best rates anywhere! Best place we ever been in the world. Best Hotel in the best spot of the best island in the world. They deserve the 5 stars for everything. Room, Beach, facilities, food, drinks and of course the best staff we have met so far. Perfect and amazing ending for our honeymoon vacations in the best possible place.
Author:   Susan Matsuda
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Review date:   January 9, 2018 12:43AM
Review:   The most amazing place I've ever been to by far. This resort is absolutely stunning, the staff is unbelievably accommodating and will make sure you have everything you need. As with everything in Bora Bora this place isn't cheap but from my research which was later confirmed by my stay here and exploring Bora Bora, this resort is the best bang for your buck. The location is ideal with a beautiful view of the peak on the main island. The food is fresh and there's enough restaurants so that you can eat something different every day.
Author:   Abe M
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Review date:   June 12, 2018 4:02AM
Review:   It's by far the most beautiful place on earth I've ever been. Hotel is stunning, staff so nice and views are just like a dream!!! Bora Bora is magic!
Author:   Antonio Saraiva
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Review date:   June 4, 2018 10:51PM
Review:   I can not say enough good things about this place. The views are amazing, the service is outstanding, they have a 2pm stingray feeding every day, a shuttle that takes you to their sister property, a snorkeling cove, water sports, a discounted breakfast which was offered at check in and many other exceptional services. I’ll make this as quick and informative as possible. This place had the best water villa rooms out of any of the resorts I saw. All come with a patio and a huge sun deck. You can’t say that for all the hotels. (Sun Decks) Now the beach is nicer it looked like at the Four Seasons, Conrad and Le Meridian but not the villas. Only the Four Seasons, which has everything can compare and check out those prices! For the money this is the best place you can stay IMO. Ok to the details. 1.Sign up for there membership before going. (IHG Rewards Club?) They ended up taking us to like a nicer waiting area at check in and upgraded our water villa from a diamond to the Mountain View water villa. Check out the photos of our view with the mountain. The rooms are all amazing but the Mountain View ones are that much better. 2. Definitely take the shuttle to the sister property and go to the market. So what we did was check in, hung out till the sun went down. Took the 6pm shuttle there and 830pm back. The walk to the market and Lucky House restaurant are a half a block to the right of the entrance to the sister hotel when leaving the property. We went to the market stocked up on Corona which is $4 at the market and $13 at the hotel! And then grabbed a pizza at The Lucky House. If you aren’t into overly fancy looking places then I highly recommend this place. The pizza was really good and I grabbed a 1 liter local beer for $13. That’s a steal people this is like the most overly priced place in the world. 3. Get up early and enjoy your sun because the days go by quick and definitely check out that 2pm stingray feeding. The Meridian next door has a turtle sanctuary to see and the must do of the whole island is a half day trip with DiDi at Bora Bora Lagoon Services. Ask for DiDi’s group if you go. The guys really cool and is referred to as the Tarzan of Bora Bora by his peers. That trip is a Must Do. We saw black tip and lemon sharks, manta rays, stingrays and lots of coral reef and fish. The area by the hotel is not a great snorkeling spot but the water is very nice. 4. Upon checking out we got a late 2pm check out and they offered day rooms for those leaving even later. The day rooms come with showers and a changing area. 5. When you get to the airport take a walk around the pier if you have time. We saw two spotted eagle rays and a ton of fish. Enjoy and remember a plate of food is generally $30-40 U.S. and beer at the resorts are $8-$13 so happy hour is always recommend at the Bubbles restaurant at the hotel.
Author:   Bullitt 78
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