We stayed for six days in March and the overwater bungalow was SPECTACULAR. It was huge, with a nice living room, giant comfortable bed, huge bathroom, nice deck that was only partially covered so we were able to choose whether to be in the sun. Being able to step into the ocean right from your deck was really cool. One downside was that it was super shallow - water only up to my waist so it wasn't really like swimming so much. Water was so gorgeous though we loved it. I should mention we were in bungalow #1 so maybe the water was deeper on the outer bungalows.
The staff is primarily women and just about every one of them seemed to have a forced smile as though they barely tolerated our presence. It felt very weird to me. The men were pretty friendly, but the women are definitely in charge of this hotel.
Breakfast was a buffet that had awesome fruit but seriously icky eggs, and some passable crêpes and french toast. The coffee was actually undrinkable. We went up the street to the market and got fruit and yoghurt, bread and cheese and had a nice little breakfast in our room instead.
MaiTais were all sugar, little alcohol, and they actually watered down our martinis. Only drank beer (expensively) a few times there after that. Bought beer at the market instead.
I should say that the concierges (a man and a woman) were both lovely and enthusiastic and very helpful. They stood out above the wait staff and front desk.
Here's another weirdness. The air conditioning was on full blast in our bungalow and the wall switch they said would turn it on/off didn't do anything. We talked to the front desk for two days while we shivered even with the doors wide open to let in the hot air before they gave us a remote that would actually control the a/c. After that we were super comfortable, but I think they don't have enough remotes to go around. Might want to ask for one up front.
There was a huge storm while we were there that actually damaged some of the thatched roofs, but they were very quick to come out and repair them. We felt cared for and protected by the staff.
Again awesome bungalows, excellent location, but don't eat there! Fare Manuia is right at the end of the driveway and is awesome. Great wood fired pizzas, but also very elegant French-style meals. We had several tuna dishes that were all awesome and the steak was superb.
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- L'InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is located to the south side of the main island, at the famous Matira point, considered as one of the most beautiful beach in the world. The hotel situated only 8kms away from the main city of Vaitape, offers you a breathtaking view on the lagoon, but also on the impressive Mt OTEMANU and PAHIA. ... more less
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