by Kristin Franks
With a lush island landscape, gorgeous turquoise waters and breathtaking views, this individual hotel property spreads across 17 stunning acres on the island of Moorea. Overlooking the multicolored lagoon and nestled among the vibrant gardens, the resort’s two- and three-bedroom luxury villas offer families the perfect tropical paradise. Each villa features private bedrooms, a spacious living room, a washer and dryer and a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, dishwasher, oven, microwave, pots and pans and silverware. Villas also offer a spacious deck with sun loungers, tables, chairs and a Jacuzzi pool.
Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or partake in a variety of land and water activities this resort has it all. There are several complimentary activities including snorkeling, swimming, hiking and tennis. A number of land and water activities are also available for a fee including diving, sailing, boating, discovery tours, horseback riding, safari tours and more.
Our Editor Loves
- Turquoise waters and breathtaking views
- Two- and three-bedroom luxury villas
- Private beach and family activities
Inter Continental Hotel Review
This is a hotel. Not a “resort” experience. Upon arrival we were not greeted with a smile or a warm welcome. The room did not appear to be updated since the hotel was established. Our room was clean but it seemed very surface cleaned. The bathroom had an odor. We never figured out where it came from.
Perhaps the bungalows were nicer? i am sure. Its a very large property. Maybe they are trying to do too much and not doing all of it exceptionally well?
Buffet was very American. Lots of options but nothing special. It seemed the price was not equal to the quality at all.
I would not choose to stay again unless I wanted a ‘holiday inn’ type experience.
The overall experience at the Intercontinental was above expectations. We stayed in a premium overwater bungalow - it is not a true overwater bungalow, but the overwater deck offers almost the same experience as a 100% overwater bungalow: stingrays and all types of fish were gathering under our deck. The resort is very well kept. We visited the other resorts on the island during our 10 days stay in Moorea and I can say that the Intercontinental is by far the best in terms of facilities. Although the spa was closed, the pool, the turtle clinic and the dolphin center are important assets. Staff was very helpful, from concierge to waiters and receptionists. Since we were on our honeymoon, we did get constantly small treats from the hotel (bottle of champagne at our arrival, bottle of wine after a few days, etc). We had breakfast included in our room rate and I recommend it - very diversified and abundant. However, if you choose not to get breakfast in the room rate, paying 35 EUR/person seems a bit too much. The only major minus is the fact that rooms are very outdated. Although they are sparkling clean, the premium overwater bungalows need urgent renovation: the furniture, the bathroom appliances and the floor need to be changed - they are clearly not at the level of a 4 star hotel. The hotel is undergoing some renovation to the overwater bungalows, but the works (which we did not felt at all) are taking place at the structure of the bungalows, not the interior. We only tried a couple of times the restaurants at the hotel, food was good, but pricey.
Overall very good experience, I recommend the resort.