Hotel Review: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa

Address: Motu Piti Aau Bora Bora French Polynesia, 98730, French Polynesia

Website: https://www.ihg.com/

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Walking to our overwater bungalow

Walking to our overwater bungalow

French Polynesia was the last stop on our Honeymoon and after Moorea we thought it couldn’t get any better, Bora Bora took it up a notch! Bora Bora is beautiful and one of the most relaxing places I have ever been to! The InterContinental was the PERFECT place to stay! We loved the spacious overwater bungalows, the food, and the activities the hotel offered!  

Click here to see rates and room availability: InterContinental.com 

Mountain views - overwater bungalows

Mountain views - overwater bungalows


Booking and Arrival into Bora Bora

After looking at many travel magazines, Instagram, Pinterest and other publications showing some of the most beautiful places in the world, every time I would see Bora Bora, I added to my bucket list that I had to stay in an overwater bungalow someday. My wonderful husband helped make that happen.  

We started planning more than a year ahead of time. We both opened an IHG credit card to accumulate points and free nights to help fund our dream vacation. We booked our free rooms well in advance (almost a year), knowing we were going in January, which is also their rainy season in Bora Bora. We used our 2 free reward nights and paid for another 2 nights with points and a small fee at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thlasso Spa, all we had to do was wait until January, but it's ok, we were busy planning our destination wedding in Maui.

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Finally, January arrived and we were Bora Bora bound! Upon arrival at the airport in Bora Bora, which was one of the smallest airports I’ve ever seen. They did have a gift shop and snacks. There were many hotel check-in desks, and we had to find the InterContinental check-in desk so we could board our boat to the hotel. Everything was by boat there! None of the hotels really connect.

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The InterContinental reception staff greeted us with refreshing drinks and a cool towel as it was very hot and humid outside. The lobby was covered but still open air like a giant patio. Our host let us know what our accommodations were and gave us a brief overview of the amenities of the hotel. We were whisked away on a golf cart to our room, our overwater bungalow! Dreams were coming true!


 

THE OVERWATER BUNGALOW ROOM

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After you walk along the aqua water, the path leads you to your overwater villa. Inside, the room was huge! There was a living room with a glass coffee table the peered into the depths below, allowing you to see the fish swimming underneath your room!  

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The bedroom had a king size bed facing a giant floor to ceiling window facing the water with no one in sight. Just the pretty aqua water and some palm trees. There was a large walk-in closet, with shelves made of beautiful wood. I wish I had this closet at home!

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The bathroom was long a narrow with a stand alone shower and a huge bath tub. They had large oversized towels that were the softest hotel towels I had ever used in my life. They were so great, we immediately got towels just like them when we returned home! The robes were really nice too!

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Off of the living room was a large patio with a table and chairs as well as 2 cushioned lounge chairs, and a ladder that went straight into the water of the lagoon.  

BALCONIES OFF THE OVERWATER BUNGALOWS

BALCONIES OFF THE OVERWATER BUNGALOWS

Note: rainy season (January) wasn't that bad, in the 4 days during our stay, there were storms everyday that came through but would clear up. These storms involved HEAVY rainfall. We were in our bathing suits most of the time so it didn't matter. The last day it poured all morning and didn't look like it was going to clear. I like to think the island was crying because we were leaving. The sunsets were pretty spectacular!

Sunset in Bora Bora

Sunset in Bora Bora


THE POOL

Since it was their "off season" they only had one restaurant open for lunch and dinner, but you could also get food at the pool.  

POOL VIEWS

POOL VIEWS

Speaking of, let's talk about the pool. A gorgeous infinity pool overlooked the lagoon and island, with plenty of lounge chairs and some shade to go around. The sun is very intense there and even after reapplying sunscreen a few times, we burned. Shade was our friend.

INFINITY POOL VIEWS

INFINITY POOL VIEWS

Seemed like everyone else at the pool was also on their honeymoon after we talked to a few others!

ICE CREAM AT THE POOL

ICE CREAM AT THE POOL

There was a wait staff for towels, drinks and food. We of course ordered ice cream while at the pool!  


THE RESORT

Around the resort were a lot of free things to do, such as feeding tropical fish, feeding stingrays, playing pool at the pool tables, renting kayaks and stand up paddle boards by the pool. If you get bored, there are other things to do.

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You can also pay for activities and a resort host would be more than helpful to get you booked and prepped for activities such as: renting jet-skis, scuba diving, sunset cruises, breakfast brought to your balcony by kayak.

Check out some of our favorite things we did during our time in Bora Bora: Top Things to do in BORA BORA

BREAKFAST BROUGHT TO YOUR ROOM BY KAYAK!

BREAKFAST BROUGHT TO YOUR ROOM BY KAYAK!

BATHROOM SIGNS

BATHROOM SIGNS

FEEDING STINGRAYS

Everyday the Stingrays were fed around noon or so, I’d ask the hotel what time the feeding will take place. The stingrays come up to you like little puppies and want to be pet and fed! It’s AMAZING!

The spa even offers massages with glass floors that let you look into the water below at the fish! How relaxing is that?!


Love this hotel as much as we do? Check InterContinental.com for rates and availability or try Booking.com - we find the best rates there!

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