We stayed here for 5 nights as the first part of our honeymoon. We were collected from the airport by boat, which all ran smoothly. Upon arrival at the hotel we were seated in the bar and provided with a juice, however we then had to wait about 30 mins before having a walking tour around the hotel before being taken to our room. This process felt very drawn out, and to be honest we just wanted to get in our room and start our holiday.
The first bungalow we were taken to was very close to the beach. The room was nice and spacious, and we loved the glass coffee table which overlooks the reef below. A nice touch. However we realised that the water off the back of our bungalow would be about knee deep. We asked to change rooms, and were quickly provided with an alternative room (for an additional charge) at the end of the pier - meaning that the water is now waist deep. The bungalow was pretty much the same as our original one, but we think we now had the best bungalow location in the resort. The water was as deep as you could get it, and we faced out to the ocean so privacy wasn't compromised. The view from the bed was amazing!
The one thing that struck us about the hotel was how small it is. There is only one restaurant, although the food was very good - I particularly recommend the swordfish carpaccio. The reason we originally chose this hotel was because of its proximity to the town, as we were worried ten nights on hotel food may be too much. We did find ourselves eating in town most nights during our stay here. The hotel is more than happy to arrange a table for you and most restaurants will collect and return you in their own minibus.
The water off our bungalow was absolutely amazing, arguably better than at the Four Seasons were we spent the second half of our honeymoon. We were unfortunately unlucky with the weather and it rained all day for three out of our five days staying at the Intercontinental Le Moana. This is unfortunately where the hotel fell down for us, they really don't have the extras to make your stay that extra bit special especially when the weather is bad. For example there is a DVD player in the room but no means of hiring DVDs. There is only one English speaking TV channel. There is a pool table and a table tennis table, but after three days of being cooped up in the bungalow due to the weather we couldn't help but have a bit of cabin fever. Many of the excursions require good weather to make them enjoyable. There is bus that goes twice a day to the town, but at impractical times. So when the weather is bad, there really isn't that much to do.
That aside the bungalow was great, the location is beautiful and the staff are very welcoming, but you do get what you pay for at this hotel, and the reason it is cheaper than a lot of the other hotels is because it doesn't have the amenities the other hotels have. This is something to bear in mind especially if you are going in the off peak times like we were when there is a chance of bad weather. If we could have our time again we would have just paid the extra and stayed at the St Regis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Hotel Bora Bora
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