I've been to many places - several times to Hawaii, European Bavaria and Switzerland trips, Las Vegas on NYE, but my first trip to French Polinesia is the most expensive by far.
I also an active traveler -I know what I'm looking for and always create itinerary and book everything myself - this is the first time I had to use agent - because it's too far and I wouldn't be able to plan all transfers, an I just want some sort of confirmation that the price I've got is sane (already paid 40% of the costs :().
I've booked 9 nights trip from LAX
1 night in IC Tahiti Resort (Deluxe) + Breakfast
3 nights in IC Moorea (beach bungalow) + breakfast
5 nights in IC Le Moana Bora Bora ( OWB Jr Horizon view) + breakfast + dinner
for about 4100 per person (2 people) first half of Nov 2011.
All transfers are supposed to be included.
I did some research on my own at expedia, and looked at the different packages listed at NUI airline site and bunch of other sites, worked with one agency, but eventually ended up by booking with Costco, because for the type of accommodations I was looking for their pricing was slightly better and/or provided more perks, e.g. like better room category and dinner.
Please tell me the price is reasonable, so I can stop checking all other links people post here :) I was told I got a great rate on airfare, IC combo rate, and one night free at Bora Bora (I guess it's stay 4 get 1), but still it's the most expensive flight I've ever taken and most expensive $$/per night ratio.
I also didn't plan to have dinner included at Bora Bora, but it was in the package. The reason I choose IC at Bora Bora is because of proximity to the local restaurants, but now seems like I won't need to use them that much.
I also see people complain about food selection in some hotels, so I'm wondering if I can have dinner at sister IC Thalasso, just to increase the variety?
Also what dinner included means? Can I show up for dinner any time or is it some assigned time at the particular restaurants?
I also would like to contact the hotel asking to reserve a specific bungalows - from the pictures I see, and by reading some reviews, seems like not all bungalows in IC Le Moana have mountain views and I'd like to have both water and mountain views. Can anybody recommend good suite # to request or give a link to resort map?