Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 43
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 luxury Plus.
WOW, an amazing holiday destination. plenty to do if you want to be active, stand up paddle boards, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkel and picnic trips, jet skiing, gymnasium, tennis and soooo much more. Beautiful surrounds if you just want to relax, paddle in the sea, cocktails by the pool or at the Bar. Food varied and delicious. Staff wonderful, attentive but unobtrusive. Accommodation spotless and luxurious.
02 May 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JamesA Trip of a lifetime
This property was probably the best on the island. It is absolutely stunning. The chief concierge (Laure) was extremely helpful and friendly and made all of our arrangements for excursions and our special dinner. The pool attendant who also does the daily stingray feeding (I think his name is Rayhad) was a very enthusiastic and friendly young man. We really enjoyed his service.
When we walked into our room for the first time, it literally brought tears to my wife's eyes as it was so incredibly beautiful. We were upgraded to the sapphire level which is a bit further out, but we enjoyed the walk and the seclusion. We had room 209 which was in the bend of outer branch toward the ocean breakers. Because of its location, the back side was completely private from the other bungalows.
The daily stingray feeding and the swim in lagoon with all the marine life, made this hotel even nicer as we are avid divers and loved seeing all the sea creatures whenever we wanted.
My only negative comments would be: the drink prices were extremely expensive and the service was not good at all on two of the four occasions we ate at the sands restaurant. Other than that, this was an exceptional hotel and we will definitely be back!
24 April 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by miketdny excellent staff
the entire staff at Thalasso were EXCELLENT. Hotel; grounds spectacular..... Even though the spa was closed and pool under construction the ambience was still incredible. Can't say more and give many positive accolades........
01 March 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Henry3 A truly memorable, unparalleled vacation experience
I travel frequently, and I have been in many 5-star hotels in my life, but never have I experienced such amazing scenery, service and luxury all combined in one magical hotel experience. For my wife and I, the time we spent at the IC Thalasso Resort and Spa was almost like a religious experience, and one that will be indelibly ingrained forever in our memories. The breathtaking view from our luxury villa (I believe all the villas at the Resort are "luxury overwater villas") was awe-inspiring, and to awake each day, with the view from our bedroom picture window looking out over the turquoise lagoon at the iconic Mt. Otemanu is an unparalleled dreamscape. Even the local stingrays can feel the magic of this hotel, as they congregate each day like clockwork at a specific spot just off the beach, waiting for the guests to feed and caress them. The service and food was impeccable, including the "little touches" (e.g. delicious gourmet snacks left each day in our hotel room) that truly distinguish luxury hotels. When we showed the pictures of the hotel, our room, and the scenery to our daughters, they begged us to return with them, which we will do very soon. Yes, the rates are relatively high compared to most other ordinary, mediocre hotels, but this is truly a bucket list destination. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this hotel experience as 1000, and I cannot wait to come back.
29 November 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LarryF A Memorable Experience!
My wife and I just returned from a 6 night stay at the Bora Bora Thalasso Spa. We had a wonderful time! First off, join the Ambassador Club! It is worth every penny, and then some. The late checkout option was great. The free room upgrade put us in bungalow 208, which offered us the beautiful lagoon view from the bedroom and mountain view from the swim platform we had requested, plus the water depth we had asked for. The bungalow was beautiful, comfortable, spacious, very well appointed and, with one exception, immaculate. The one exception was that the tile grout lines in the shower could use a bit of attention. A minor point that was only noticable because everything else was so perfect. The grounds are beautiful. The staff friendly and attentive. The breakfast buffet at The Reef is excellent. Include it in any reservation you make. It's well worth it. It not only offers American style items (including excellent omelets) but a wide variety of Asian, European, and Polynesian items. Great juices. Lousy coffee ( by my taste, anyway. Seems to suit European tastes better). The wait staff are excellent, especially Stephane, a Parisian who moved to Bora Bora 7 yrs ago. Great attitude. Great personality.
Ate most of our other meals at The Sands. Overall good, but a bit more variety on the menu would be nice.
Happy hour on the beach is very relaxing. (great Pina Coladas!)
English is understood to varying degrees by the staff so brush up on your French if possible since everyone speaks it. Learning some basic Polynesian phrases is also quite helpful.
Boat service to La Moana and the main island is free and convenient, with 10 going, starting at 8:15 AM and 10 returning, the last leaving La Moana at 10 PM. The free and convenient boat schedule is why we initially chose the Intercontinental over a competing resort.
A wide variety of activities both at the resort and on the main island are available.
To get the best exchange rate (you pay a currency exchange fee of about 7% at most places) we used our credit card, which has no foreign transaction fee, as much as possible.
Tipping is not required in general, but is readily accepted and appreciated.
Prices are high for many items and services, but considering the remoteness of Bora Bora and the logistics involved, very reasonable in our opinion. I've paid more for less in Manhattan.
No bugs to bother us, although the humidity is high at this time of year (early November). The sun will burn you to a crisp if you are not careful. Weather was generally beautiful. The few rainstorms were of short duration.
Swimsuits, hats, shorts, lightweight shirts, and sandals. That's it. Any thing more is optional and probably a waste of packing space. Nicely stocked giftshop at the resort.
If you just want to relax and enjoy the view, there is really no reason to leave the resort, but there is plenty to do and see on the main island.
The Spa is absolutely excellent, as is the resort in general. All your needs are taken care of and our biggest concern was to not get run over by the seemingly endless stream of golf carts and bicycles used by the staff as they go about their duties. They are quite good. Not even a close call in all the encounters.
We planned this trip as a once-in-a-lifetime event. After staying at the Intercontinental Thalasso we now definitely plan to go back and most deinitely plan to stay at the Thalasso on future visits to the island.
We can't think of anything we could have wanted or needed that Intercontinental didn't provide us with. Our first experience with Intercontinental and it won't be our last. It was excellent throughout.
One last thing: pay attention to baggage restrictions on Air Tahiti's interisland flights. They are somewhat strict. We did and paid no additional fees. Many others apparently paid additional fees, from what we saw at the airport. I don't believe the fees are too high though.
16 November 2012