My new husband and I were pleasantly surprised by how beautiful and expansive the property is. We drove past a couple other popular resorts and IC had the nicer grounds by far. We were escorted to a couple lounge chairs facing the dining area and pool and brought tasty welcome drinks and a refreshing towel. I love this type of check-in process. Much more welcoming than standing over a high counter to the clicking of a keyboard. They took our names and vouchers from our travel agent and returned with quick paperwork. We were very early having arrived around 8:30am. We decided to explore the grounds then relax by the eternity pools until our room was ready. Everyone was very friendly. I asked for a "transit room," which is a shower and changing room for those waiting to check-in or for those who have checked-out.
To our pleasant surprise we were told our bungalow was ready around 9:30am even though check-in wasn't until 2pm. We booked a Beach Premium Junior Suite Bungalow. It was excellent. Spacious, comfortable, and private with strong AC and wifi. We were by some coral and colorful fish with unobstructed views of the ocean and a tree over our patio for shade. We also had pre-bought a dinner set, which we used for the Wednesday night BBQ buffet and Polynesian show. Both the food and show were great and because we were honeymooners (and our excellent travel agent, I suspect) we had special front and center seats with special chairs and a large floral centerpiece. We also had the breakfast buffet included everyday. It had a great selection of veggies, meats, omelet station, crepe/pancake station, fruit, pastries and cereals. I thought the food wouldn't be great since a lot has to be imported. I was wrong. Don't forget the French pride about food. I still dream of the butter wafting from the pastry section and the warm freshly baked croissants.
There is a turtle rehab center, where it was nice to see a couple big ones swimming around. There is also a dolphin center, which I am a little conflicted about. I don't think they are there for rehab but are kept there for tourists. Their swimming pools are not nearly big enough, but they do seem well fed.
There is decent coral in the lagoon they artificially transplanted. Snorkel gear is easy to borrow free of charge for the stay. Just beware there are lots of mosquitoes on the island as it is quite lush. Location is good. We were able to walk 15min to a small market with good prices, 20 min to a popular beachside restaurant, and 30min to a shopping center.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is nestled between mountains and a lagoon on a stunning French Polynesian island. Right on the resort grounds is Moorea's widest range of activities, which includes the Moorea Dolphin Center, Bathys Diving Club, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, skiing and Jeep tours. The Arahurahu Marae temple is also worth a visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Intercontinental Resort And Spa Moorea
- Intercontinental Hotel Moorea
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