We stayed at Le Meridien Bora Bora for 6 nights and booked through our amazing travel agent, Claudia of Pacific For Less. Unfortunately due to a delayed flight, we missed our connection to Tahiti and got hold of Claudia immediately who rearranged our travel plans seamlessly. We missed a night in Moorea due to the change, but gained a night in Bora Bora that Claudia managed to get us at no additional cost. The hotel is on its own motu so you take a boat from the airport to the hotel. When we got off the boat, I was speechless. The hotel's location is amazing overlooking the beautiful mountain and the varying shades of blue water in the lagoon are breathtaking. It is by far the nicest place I have ever visited. Annie checked us in and she was our favorite employee taking us on a tour of the hotel and being so friendly and funny. She must be a comedian in her spare time and having her greet us was the perfect start to our stay. We stayed in premium overwater bungalow 338 which had a view of the mountain, but not directly facing the entire mountain. This was not an issue for us though as the room itself was gorgeous and very modern. There was small damage to the wall by the door and the inside of the bathroom wall which I saw was mentioned in an earlier review so clearly they have not taken the time to fix it yet, but it didn't necessarily bother us. The glass floor is awesome although we heard you can open it at other hotels and you cannot at this hotel - again not a big deal for us as you can still see clearly through to the bottom of the lagoon. For food, we had breakfast included which was a buffet. I am not a huge fan of buffets, but it is very helpful having this meal included as part of the stay given food prices are so high throughout the island and the quality is not always what you expect compared to the cost (this is a fact I've come to accept in the French Polynesia). The breakfast buffet had a lot of options and the hot food was actually hot which isn't always the case at a buffet. The staff always greeted you with a smile at breakfast especially Gaelle who is so sweet. She would always seat us at a table with a great view of the lagoon and put our towels on top of a wine holder instead of us putting them on the floor. It is small efforts like that which I very much appreciate and enhance my experience. My husband and I always split lunch as the portions are large and costly. The food at the pool bar is cheaper than the restaurant opened for lunch which we discovered on day 2 and from there ate at the pool bar. They have a few Panini options with fries which worked just fine for us. We ate at the hotel 4 times for dinner. Our package included a romantic dinner which had 3 courses and a bottle of wine. The food was tasty (not the best filet I've ever had, but again you are in the middle of the Pacific ocean and not a fine steakhouse in NYC). The menu was a set menu and the only choice you made was for an appetizer. My husband and I usually don't eat dessert when we go out to eat, but this included it and the chocolate lava cake was awesome! We also learned at check in that you can use starwood points for certain activities and used points to book another romantic dinner the last night of our trip. One night we ordered room service as we felt like being lazy and we were not impressed. The options were very limited and not that tasty considering the cost. The best part was the bread and butter. We had one dinner at the restaurant overlooking the pool and both ordered pasta dishes which were ok (my mother is Italian and cooks amazing pasta so this makes it tough for me to enjoy pasta anywhere else. There were no other options on the menu I found appealing). The nice part was that you can use starwood points for bottles of wine so we took advantage of that. It is costly to eat dinner offsite as you need to first pay for the roundtrip boat transfers to and from the main island which is approx. $60 for 2 people. Our travel agent booked us the VIP table at La Villa Mahana which we highly recommend and Bloody Mary's which we also enjoyed. The only issue we ran into was with the activity desk. We understood there was a free shuttle to St. Regis and you can eat dinner at that hotel as both hotels are Starwood properties. We really wanted to try the sushi place at St. Regis and I went to the activity desk daily for 3 days to make this reservation. I was told each time they were trying to get the reservation and awaiting feedback from St. Regis. Finally I decided to call my travel agent and she did everything possible to get us a reservation, but by the time I reached out to her, the only day we had left to eat offsite was on a Sunday and the sushi place is closed. I got the impression the hotel didn't want you to eat offsite and therefore didn't really try to get us the reservation. I recommend booking all reservations in advance via your travel agent. My husband and I were looking for pure relaxation on our trip, but did do a shark and stingray tour included in our package as well as a boat tour of the island on the Loveboat which is owned by a photographer Damien who takes professional photos of you throughout the tour and gives them to you on a CD at the end. Both were booked by our travel agent and both were amazing experiences. In summary, we highly recommend this hotel as the beauty of it outweighs some of the cons I wrote in the review. It really did take my breath away and I was so sad to leave to return to reality. We also recommend booking this hotel via Claudia of Pacific For Less who did a fantastic job planning our trip and helping us immediately with our travel issues. I normally book vacations myself, but would have never been able to get such a package at the value Claudia got for us (believe me, I tried!) plus the delayed flight caused so much stress and she fixed it right away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Meridien Bora Bora is a luxury resort set on an islet surrounded by the most beautiful lagoon in the world. Our resort offers guests a contemporary design blended with Polynesian culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Bora Bora Hotel Bora Bora
- Bora Le Meridien
- Le Meridian Bora Bora