There may be a lot of competition in terms of luxury retreats in Bora Bora and indeed in the broader region of French Polynesia, but the 5 Star InterContinental Thalasso Bora Bora is really quite a place.
It is located on its own private island, a 20 minute boat ride from Bora Bora Motu Mute Airport, and it is hard to overemphasize the extraordinary setting, with the craggy peak of Mount Otemanu towering above and the most beautifully clear turquoise waters you could ever imagine swaying gently all around.
It also has consistently high levels of service, great facilities and a laudable commitment to eco-friendly and sustainability principles, all of which make it stand out somewhat from the rest and lend the place an extra exclusive feel. It is very much a once in a lifetime vacation venue, and smoothly manages to be both family friendly and ideal for honeymoons.
The overwater bungalows and villas are in a choice position to enjoy the setting with their boardwalk jutting out right in the middle of the bay. They are also all exceptionally spacious; the smallest cover a minimum of 1020 ft² while the largest, the ‘Marlon Brando Suite’, comes in at a whopping 3465 ft².
As you will see there is a great range of accommodation to choose from, most, but not all, of which are overwater. Of those that are overwater they come with glass floor coffee tables from where you can peer down into the coral reef and see all manner of exotic creatures. Many also have their own private, on deck, infinity swimming pools.
The design and interior decoration are a pleasing mix of modern and traditional Polynesian and they have all the modern facilities and comforts you would expect from a luxury hotel: air-con, WiFi, cable TV, music system, refrigerator, coffee maker, mini bar, some lovely bathrooms with bathtubs and rainfall showers, as well as plenty of lounging and dining furniture both inside and out. Room service is 24 hours and you can expect the absolute best in service throughout the resort which also has a concierge team.
As mentioned above InterContinental Thalasso makes great efforts to be sustainable and not adversely affect the delicate ecosystem that surrounds it. It was for example a pioneer of revolutionary technology that draws cool water from the deep ocean to power its air conditioning system.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
There are three main restaurants at the resort; The elegant Reef Restaurant which serves French and international food, the more informal beachside Sands Restaurant which does a particularly nice line of local seafood, and finally, gourmet French cuisine can be had in the intimate and romantic setting of Le Corail. Private dining can also be arranged, in a secluded spot along the beach as the sun sets for example.
There are two bars too; Bubbles Bar has a full range of drinks and snacks over three floors overlooking the beach, the lagoon and the main swimming pool. Then there is the South Beach Bar & Lounge which has a more classic beach bar feel and is the place to go for a Polynesian style Mai Tai cocktail.
Apart from eating, drinking and lounging around this fabulous resort there are a plethora of activities to be enjoyed, both sporty and otherwise. There is a top of the range dive center here and all sorts of other water sports can also be had; kayaking, snorkeling, pedalo/paddle boating, parasailing, jet ski riding etc. Beyond that you can easily arrange things like ATV jungle tours, island tours and feeding, and swimming with, sharks, manta rays and sting rays for example, as well as day trips to any of the other nearby islands.
Romance is of course a theme here and InterContinental Thalasso might perhaps be not only one of the world’s most special places to honeymoon but also to get married, having its own private chapel with a glass aisle which overlooks the coral and a large window behind the altar which frames perfectly Mount Otemanu across the lagoon.
A strong mention has to go to the spa at the Intercontinental; the Thalasso Deep Ocean Spa, considered by many to be the best in the South Pacific. It takes center stage at the resort, covering well over 1,000 square meters of its own little islet and is famous for pioneering thalassotherapy/seawater therapy, treatments which utilize nutrients extracted from the deep waters of the Pacific, as well as introducing ancient Polynesian healing rituals to a more international audience.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Best place on earth. Fact. Over water villas were to the highest standard. Lovely touch having our own pool on our villa. Fixtures and fittings in our room were very classy and finished to a high standard. The food was amazing. Views were out of this world and our villa was not overlooked by anyone so privacy was great. They really have thought of everything to make your stay special….”
“Absolute Paradise and a blessing to visit. The resort was everything and more than we expected. The staff were super friendly and we will certainly be returning with the rest of our family in the future….”
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