by Julie Bielenberg
The 1,000-plus-square-feet overwater villas at this Intercontinental are spacious enough for a large family. The private terrace with direct access to the lagoon waters make family water time the most easily accessible activity. There are numerous bars and restaurants onsite to accommodate everything from a small bite or snack to a large five-course meal. This entire resort is wheelchair accessible, including restaurants and villas. Right onsite families can enjoy everything from scuba diving to sunset cruises on the surrounding reefs, or a frolic in the shallows of the hotel waters or a pristine beach. And of course, there’s the award-winning spa.
Our Editor Loves
- Spacious, over-the-lagoon villas
- Onsite dining with multiple options
- Award-winning spa
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
This is without doubt an amazing resort. Even to think of going to Bora Bora you must have a bit of cash to splurge and this would be the place to do it. We went as a group of 14 including 6 kids for 5 days with breakfast and dinners included - no drinks included. (p.s. load up on breakfast and you dont need lunch)
Bora Bora is an interesting place, you have 5 star hotels pn what I think is called a motu that surround the actual island. The island has one large mountain and this hotel is prime placed to get that money shot. No others would get the same view. Viewed from most angles the mountain is average but from this place it looks exactly like what you see in all those pictures - awesome. The surrounding grounds are impeccably clean, the pools...everything is perfect.Cannot fault this place.
It definitely is a honeymoon location, and would have to be one of the best in the world. Mostly couples come here but we bucked and our group had about 6 kids ranging up from 9 months. The resort does cater for children with cots and high chairs all available. We asked for a microwave to be in the bungalow before we arrived and that was provided free of charge.
The overwater bunglaows themselves are in great condition compared to other resorts we saw. all bungalows are essentially the same apart from the Brando suite and ones which have their own small pool. Does it really matter which one you get? No. do you need a private pool.. no! none of this matters and you should save your money unless you want to spend thousands extra to wake up to the view of the mountain. In my opinion not worth it but it may to some. Also the higher up you go then the further you have to walk to all the facilities . Also why wouldnt you want to swim in the lagoon outside your bungalow - we all did and was fantastic! Its about chest height for a 6ft person so its deep enough. Crystal clear water that is warm all year round. All the features in the bungalow are what you would expect from a place of this quality - the bed is wonderfully comfortable, there is a tv, stereo, fridge/minibar.. i assume you can get room service but we didnt ever need it. Internet access is easy and really good. Also if you are a smoker - then its great because you can smoke on the deck!
To all the staff - you are magnificent and make this place what it is. The service is impeccable and they are all very friendly - not fake either.
The food from the breakfast buffet to the dinners is all magnificent and all 5 star quality.
Ofcourse you need to factor in you are in the middle of nowhere so yes things are expensive - such as drinks. Factor in paying a few hundred dollars for drinks if you want a bottle of wine per night. Most of the cheapest wines are French too!
the Day Spa is simply magnificent and you can stay in the facility all day.. you definitely need to get a treatment as it is something else. There is a decent gym available 24hr too.
dont stress about booking activities before you get there. i thoroughly recommend the Jet ski tour around the island (need to be reasonably capable) however wouldnt do the ATV tour again as it was boring.
all in all a great place to spend your time if you have the money. Even just hanging out in the resort you wont get too bored, you dont need to do anything else except relax, eat and drink and swim and sit in the sun (make sure you use a lot of sunscreen as the sun is strong it seems)
I did say its a honeymoon place and yes there are a lot of loved up couples but if you go there either solo or for another reason then you wont feel out of place. Everyone keeps to themselves and the resort respects that you dont want to be disturbed.
We stayed at the intercontinental bora bora Thalasso for an annual vacation amongst friends that we take every year to a different location in the world.
The grounds are very well kept, the villas are spacious and beautifully decorated, the staff is incredible and cannot do enough for you.
Unfortunately the hotel lacks in its food and restaurants and you almost feel like you are being taken advantage of. From dry tuna in a seared tuna salad to inedible dishes like simple chicken, and smoked salmon at the breakfast buffet that is an off white color, the food is just not up to par.
We found and made friend with several people in the pool that were just as disappointed.
For the 5 days we were here we just ate the burger and Caesar salad at the bar as we felt we would be disappointed with the $100, and $125 themed buffet dinners that they offer.
So if you choose this resort just be prepared.