Mr. J wrote about our nicest hotel in 2015.
The Intercontinental Thalasso Spa is right up there too. Actually looking back, I think this room was our nicest of 2015.
This post is a tour of our stay at The Intercontinental Thalasso Spa.
Intercontinental Thalasso Spa
The Intercontinental Thalasso is only accessible by boat from the Bora Bora airport. You will need to pre arrange your transportation with the hotel. If you read our post on the Le Moana, then this will be repeat information for you.
Note: There is also a public ferry that goes to the main town of Vaitape, but then you will need to locate a taxi to take you to the Le Moana and then catch the water shuttle to the Thalasso. Who wants to deal with that?
IMO, the hotel’s private water taxi is worth the “splurge” -it’s convenient, it’s private (or with other hotel guests), someone helps you with your bags, and its direct to the hotel (you may stop at the Le Moana, but that is the only other stop).
At the time of our stay we had Intercontinental Ambassador status, which gave us the VIP treatment – Our own check in lounge area with refreshments.
What a welcome! I still dream of this vanilla ice tea.
The main check-in area is open air, welcoming and spacious.
The Intercontinental Thalasso Spa has 80 bungalow units classified from Emerald to Diamond level. The difference is purely location. Each bungalow (villa) is 95 sq. meters – 65 sq. meters of room and 30 sq. meters of deck space.
We were in an Emerald bungalow, so closer to the beach.
This room is epic. The room is styled with contemporary furnishings, which is a contrast to the island feel of the Le Moana.
You enter the hotel room into a living area with a beautiful view and a full couch (sleeper sofa, for the kids or that third adult, no judgement).
Like the Le Moana, a glass coffee table shows the clear blue water below. The aquatic life is almost non-existent, but for stingrays that come for a daily feeding by the hotel.
The ceilings are high with fans. In the evening, you can open the doors and turn off the AC to feel the refreshing lagoon breeze.
Here are a few more pictures of the decor and living area.
Large patio style doors open to a two tiered deck (shade and sun) with loungers and seating.
You can literally roll into the lagoon, but I would only try from the lower sundeck. The water was about 4.5 feet deep at our bungalow.
The bedroom has a king size bed with luxury linens.
The large picture window allows you to wake up to a beautiful tropical paradise. You barely notice the tiny tv.
At the back of the bedroom is a giant closet with a safe. The Thalasso offers laundry and an unpacking serivce, if you should need such enhancements to your stay.
The glorious bathroom offers a double sink and a soaking tub. Toiletries from the Thalasso Spa will delight your senses.
The separate rainfall shower is spacious, and ladies look at that teak bench – delightful for shaving.
If you think the room is gorgeous, then you should check out the rest of the resort.
The Intercontinental Thalasso offers several dining options.
Breakfast is served at The Reef. We enjoyed the amazing buffet here everyday.
The buffet is pretty intense and delicious.
Dinner is also available at the Reef. However, we enjoyed our dinner at the Sands (in the bar mostly).
As its name indicates, the Sands is located on the beach (there is also seating the deck). The Sands is open for lunch and dinner. Somewhere in between, the Sands offers a Happy Hour with two for one drinks and small plates.
We enjoyed happy hour here just about every night. The drinks while pricey are the most reasonable you will get at the resort. The small plates were delicious. I loved the potstickers (or goyza).
The Sands is also a great spot to catch the sunset.
No romantic getaway is complete without sparkling wine, and this is what Bubbles Bar gives you. Champagne and specialty cocktails are available in the evening.
Bubbles has a trendy contemporary feel to the space with plenty of seating, and offers bar games to pass your time.
For fine dining you can try Le Corail. Le Corail offers a chef’s tasting menu (or a la carte) with the largest wine cellar in French Polynesia (Yes, not just Bora Bora all of French Polynesia). We did not eat here on our stay, but I am sure it is delicious.
The Intercontinental Thalasso also offers romantic private dinners (on the beach, your bungalow, on a dock) canoe breakfast and theme nights. Theme nights usually include a Polynesian buffet and a entertainment.
You can ask the concierge for off resort dining options. We tried Bloody Mary’s. Note, you will have to take a boat to the Le Moana, and then a taxi to Bloody Mary’s.
The Thalasso has several areas you can explore and numerous spots to relax.
The pool is even a sand pool.
Take some time to explore the property including a walk over to the ocean side for a completely different perspective of the island.
After a short walk, you may need to relax.
After relaxing, you might need a little excitement.
The Thalasso has many different activities, some included with your rate others are additional.
The non-motorized sports are included. We really enjoyed the SUPs. The Thalasso is pretty sheltered, so the water is smooth for paddle boarding and using the kayaks.
The snorkeling equipment is included as well, but the actual snorkeling is awful. The is no coral in the area, thus no fish. They have tried to make a few “reefs” (i.e., under the glass coffee tables), but compared to Moorea and Tahiti not great snorkeling.
You can schedule a snorkeling trip that will take you out to another spot in the lagoon, where there are fish and reef sharks.
Diving is also available. I looked into diving, but I wanted to do an ocean dive (the lagoon is pretty shallow). However, the weather didn’t cooperate (too windy), so we never went out.
The concierge can help you arrange other excursions as well. One other excursion is visiting the main town of Vaitape.
In Vaitape, you can enjoy lunch, do some shopping, or just wander around. I don’t know if I would recommend a visit unless you want some souvenirs, or are just looking to get out of the resort for a bit. We did get some beer and snacks from the grocery store, which was very reasonably priced.
If you are not quite done relaxing, then be sure to check out the Spa. The rumor is the Thalasso Spa is the best spa on Bora Bora.
We did not end up using the spa, it was not in our budget. This is one thing I would say about Bora Bora is be sure to budget for activities and food! We averaged about $200 a day on food, and this was with breakfast discount and taking advantage of happy hour.
The Bora Bora Guide has a great post review/tour of the spa. I have to say it looks amazing, and other couples at the resort loved their treatments.
This is pretty cool. You can watch or participate in the stingray feeding everyday.
Bora Bora is beautiful. The Intercontinental Thalasso is an amazing property. I would happily stay here again, and highly recommend the property to those looking to visit Bora Bora.
Typically, the resort will be full of couples celebrating a honeymoon or another romantic trip. We saw very few families.
This beauty and luxury comes with a hefty price tag. Emerald Villas start around $800 per night. On top of that, you will need to budget $200-$400 for food and beverages per day. On top of that, you need a flight from Tahiti. Don’t forget about, the flight to Tahiti, souvenirs, excursions, the new resort wear you need, tips, and transfers.
My point: be sure your travel budget includes all your expenses (the accounting nerd in me). We did not (there were a lot of fuzzy numbers), and the stress of money took away from our enjoyment of the property. Just like we shouldn’t live beyond our means, we shouldn’t travel beyond our means either.
Using points and free nights is an option to give you great value at the Thalassso, and help with the budget. However, finding availability can be very challenging.
I will leave you with dreams of budgets and the rest of our photos. You can also check out our video here.