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The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is one of Bora Bora's newest premium resorts, having only opened in the summer of 2006. Located on Piti Aau, one of the motus (low sand islands) that form part of Bora Bora's coral reef, this resort offers a truly luxurious experience for those who are looking for that something special.
With the exception of 3 Family Villas which are located on the motu, the resort only offers overwater accommodation with four categories of overwater villas; 19 Emerald villas (3 of which are wheelchair accessible), 22 Sapphire Villas, 35 Diamond Villas, 6 Otemanu Diamond Villas, 8 Diamond End of Pontoon Villas plus the three Family Villas that can sleep up to 5 adults. Being nearly 95sqm in size (including the sundecks), these are some of the largest overwater villas in French Polynesia. They offer a separate bedroom area with a king size bed (can convert into 2 twins) that looks out of a huge glass wall to the lagoon, an ensuite bathroom with double vanities, separate bath and shower, separate toilet, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, a spacious lounge area with cable/satellite flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, a Bose sound dock for iPod, IDD telephone, In-room electronic safe, Wi-Fi Internet access, tea and coffee making facilities, including an espresso machine, a daily restocked mini-bar, a double sofa bed and chairs, an opening glass floor panel coffee table and wide opening doors onto a 2 tier furnished sundeck with steps down into the warm lagoon.
The main difference between the villas is their location in relationship to the beach and the hotel reception buildings. The Emerald villas are the closest to the beach and their views will be in towards the beach and the Resort. The Sapphire villas are in the middle of the connecting walkways with views mainly along the lagoon roughly 90° to the beach and the Diamond villas are mainly located towards the end of the walkway, though a few are closer to the beach but face directly out to the lagoon. The Otemanu Diamond villas are close to the beach but face directly across the lagoon to Mount Otemanu and the Diamond End of Pontoon are exactly that and are the furthest out into the lagoon offering the best views across and along the lagoon. As a consequence of this, they will be in the higher price band.
Starting 1st September 2016, the Resort will be building four new 2-bedroom Overwater Villas, at the end of the pontoons, that will take approximately 9 months to complete. Most of the piling will be completed by December 2016, with the main construction of the villas in the early part of 2017, and final interior fit somewhere around March-May 2017. They will be ready for sale from June 2017 and they should be a wonderful asset to the Resort. They are also adding 10 private infinity pools to 10 villas on the south branch, which will be complete by the end of June 2017. There will be 2 small (2-storey height) barge cranes in place at the construction sites until April 2017, which may be visible from the beach and some of the villas. The Resort will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum so as not to disturb guests and any guests that do stay during this period will receive CFP6000 food and beverage resort credit (per villa per night), until June 2017.
The Resort has two main restaurants; The Reef, which is open for breakfast and dinner and Sand's which opens from 11.00 am to 9.30pm for casual dining right on the beach. In addition, there is the intimate gourmet dining room, Le Corail, which only seats 24 guests, has a huge fine wine cellar and is open from seasonally from April to November. Le Corail also has a special 7 dish gourmet tasting menu on offer. As well as the standard dining options there is a popular lounge/bar, Bubbles, which is open from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm and, as well as offering refreshing cocktails and light snacks, it affords great views across the lagoon to Mount Otemanu, the heart of the main island of Bora Bora, and the South Beach Bar, located on the beach and ideal for a casual drink throughout the day. The resort also offers 24 hour room service.
To occupy your days here, there are so many things you can do, you might be spoilt for choice. There is an outdoor infinity pool with fabulous views straight across the lagoon towards Mt Otemanu plus there are several little inlets of warm shallow water in and around the resort. The resort has several areas of white sand beach from which you can easily just walk into the shallow water or relax on the sand or in one of the beach cabanas and enjoy the view. You can swim, snorkel or even feed the friendly rays that swim around you. Scuba diving trips can be arranged and kayaks and jet skis (escorted) are available for guest to use straight off the beach. Other activities available in resort are tennis, a well-equipped fitness centre with aerobics classes, walking trails, sailing and water skiing, and dotted around the beautiful, tropically landscaped gardens there are several secluded jacuzzi spas, just to sit, relax and enjoy the views. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the villas and around the Resort. Nearby, golf, parasailing, windsurfing and fishing trips are available. Full and part day trips and excursions can be booked at reception, if you want to go further afield and explore.
The resorts' Thalasso Spa operated by Algothem, located on a small inner Lagoon, offers one of the best Spa options to be found anywhere in French Polynesia. The Spa offers the full range of treatments, in 14 separate treatment rooms, utilising deep ocean seawater, which is rich in essential nutrients and minerals. There is also a sauna and steam room. At the end of a very relaxing day soaking up the Polynesia sun, try an even more relaxing spa treatment, a perfect end to a perfect day.
If you want to explore their sister property, the Intercontinental Le Moana Resort, there is a daily shuttle boat that can whisk you across the lagoon in just 15 minutes. You can relax on their beach, be pampered at their spa or just have lunch or dinner in their restaurant, just for a change. The free shuttle departs at 8.15am, 9.15am 12.15am, 12.45pm, and 2.15pm, and return times are half an hour prior, as the boat is based at the Le Moana. Then there are later shuttles that they charge for, roughly £12-13 round trip, that leave at 5.00pm, 6.00pm, 7.00pm 9.30pm and 10.30pm, again returning 30 minutes prior to these times, back to the Thalasso Resort. So you could take the 5.00pm boat over, spend a few hours on the beach or swimming in the lagoon, then have a quick change, enjoy dinner in the Noa Noa Restaurant, then catch the 10.00pm boat back, just in time for bed. Check out the sister hotel here. The Le Moana also runs a twice daily shuttle bus into Vaitape town, for approximately £10 return per person, at 9.45am and 2.45pm, returning 11.00am and 5.00pm, which you can combine with the boat and have a day trip into town.
The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa is the jewel in Intercontinental's crown in French Polynesia, and they offer excellent service, amenities and facilities at a reasonable rate. If you want a luxurious resort that won't break the bank, then this could be the Resort for you.
Children of all ages are catered for. Children 3 years old and under stay FREE when they share the room with accompanying adults and use the existing beds. Charges apply for children 3 to 15 years.
Round trip airport transfers are included in the room cost.
The resort is 3kms from the airport.
Standard check-in time: 2.00 pm
Standard check-out time: 11.00 am
Early check-in time: from 6 am
Late check-out time: until 6 pm
Although there are frequent
international flights into Tahiti, French Polynesia's international
gateway to the World, there are limited airports of embarkation to
choose from, with currently only Paris, Los Angeles, Auckland and
Tokyo offering single plane air service to Tahiti.
The international airline for French Polynesia. is Air Tahiti Nui, who operate daily flights from Paris and Los Angeles to Tahiti, and on some days there are additional fights to/from Los Angeles. In addition, they operate two weekly flights to/from Auckland and they serve Tokyo twice a week. Their services to New York and Sydney have been suspended, at this time.
Air France currently offer a service from Paris, three times a week via Los Angeles
Air New Zealand operates twice a week from/to Auckland with it's own aircraft, it also operates a codeshare arrangements with Air Tahiti Nui providing seats on their two weekly fights from Tahiti to Auckland.
Air Calin operate a weekly flight between Noumea, in New Caledonia, and Tahiti.
Hawaiian Airlines provide a weekly service between Honolulu and Tahiti, currently operating on a Saturday/Sunday schedule.
LANChile operate a flight once a week from Santiago to Tahiti via Easter Island, providing the availability to do a great side trip from Tahiti to Easter island.
Air Tahiti is French Polynesia's domestic airline, which operates an extensive domestic flight network covering all the country's main islands, with at least a daily service. With the main Society islands receiving a number of flights a day, since Air Moorea stopped operations between Tahiti and Moorea, the flight connections now to Moorea have become limited, most connections between the two are now done by ferry boat.
The less populated and outer islands have a restricted service, so sometimes a night stop in Tahiti may be required when connecting to these islands.
Air Tahiti provide the only air service between Tahiti and the Cook islands, which they currently do once a week on a Thursday, an extra high season flight is operated between June and August
There are a number of aircraft and helicopters available for private charters, but they all tend to be based in Tahiti so arranging charters between the outer islands can be expensive as the aircraft will originate and terminate in Tahiti. Starting sometime in 2013, there will be a new seaplane operation available. The aircraft will be based in Tahiti and will be available for sightseeing tours from Papeete, as well as private transfers to the outer islands. This could add an exciting experience to your trip!
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For most airlines, we can pre-reserve seats for you once your flight booking is confirmed, and will do so as a matter of course. If you would like to have a look at a seat plan for your aircraft, check the airlines' own website, or one of the best independent websites for this information is SeatGuru.com, which is part of the Tripadvisor group. Click Here to find information on your particular airline.
Prices are based on early booking levels the reservation must be made 90 days prior to arrival, for bookings made within 90 days of arrival the prices will be 20% higher.
The prices are on a per room, per night basis for single or twin occupancy, including American breakfast and Dinner. Additional meal plan prices available on request.
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