InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa: Full Resort Guide & Review
Bora Bora is one of the top tropical paradise destinations in the world, and for good reason! It’s a honeymooner’s dream, filled with overwater bungalows, turquoise water, and white sand beaches. There are several resorts to choose from in Bora Bora, but not all resorts are made equal. If you’re looking for the best Bora Bora experience possible, you’ll want to stay at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Curious why it’s the best? Keep reading to find out!
Where is the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa?
The InterContinental Thalasso resort is located on the island of Bora Bora. Bora Bora is a tropical island located in the South Pacific, specifically part of the island nation French Polynesia.
Bora Bora is often associated with Tahiti, as they’re both part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. However, Bora Bora is further away from Tahiti compared to other French Polynesian islands like Mo’orea.
In Bora Bora, there’s the mainland and there are the outer islands, called motus, that surround the mainland. The InterContinental Thalasso is located on one of the motus, leaving the resort with one of the best views of the famous Mount Otemanu.
How to Get to the InterContinental Thalasso Resort in Bora Bora
Before staying at the InterContinental Thalasso resort, you have to find your way to the island of Bora Bora. When you fly to French Polynesia, you have no choice but to land in Tahiti first.
Depending on what time your flight lands, you may also have to stay overnight in Tahiti. If you have to stay overnight or just choose to stay overnight in Tahiti for a few days, I highly recommend staying at the InterContinental Tahiti resort.
After your time in Tahiti, you’ll have to fly to Bora Bora (airport code: BOB). You have to book your flight to Bora Bora separately from the international flight to Tahiti. The flight between Tahiti and Bora Bora will run you about $250 each way. Make sure to book this flight as soon as you book your trip, because the planes are smaller and they do sell out.
Once you land in Bora Bora, an InterContinental Thalasso representative will meet you an direct you to your boat. The boat will then take you from the airport island to the resort for your stay! You’ll arrange the boat transfer directly with the InterContinental Thalasso after you’ve booked your stay.
Rooms & Suites at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Every single room at the InterContinental Thalasso might as well be considered a suite because they’re absolutely incredible. Bora Bora is known for its overwater bungalows, so it’s only fitting that every single room at the resort is an overwater bungalow.
In addition to all the rooms, there is one type of suite called the Villa Teremoana. This suite is legendary in Bora Bora, otherwise known as the Brando Suite. Below is a list of all the different types of rooms and suites you can find at the InterContinental Thalasso resort.
- Emerald Overwater Villa
- Sapphire Overwater Villa
- Diamond Overwater Villa
- Diamond Otemanu Overwater Villa
- Pool Overwater Villa
- Pool Premium Overwater Villa
- Villa Teremoana
Rooms at the InterContinental Thalasso Resort in Bora Bora
There are 6 different types of rooms at the InterContinental Thalasso and every single one of them is an overwater bungalow. Every single overwater bungalow is the exact same size. The only difference between room types is the view and the pool.
Every single overwater bungalow measures at 1,022 square feet, including a 323 square feet terrace. The resort map below gives you a good idea of the differences between each different type of overwater bungalow.
The Emerald Overwater Villas have a view facing the beach and the resort. Mount Otemanu, the prized view in Bora Bora, is at the top portion of the map above. That means that the Emerald Overwater Villas likely won’t have any view of Mount Otemanu based on the way they face.
Next is the Sapphire Overwater Villas. These overwater bungalows are a bit of a sweet spot at the resort. Due to their location, they have a partial view of Mount Otemanu. So if you’re looking to save a bit of money, but still want that incredible view, this might be the way to go.
Another great deal is the Diamond Overwater Villa because it has a great view of Mount Otemanu, despite not promising a view of the mountain. When booking one of these, I would highly recommend to request one with a great view and hope you get lucky.
The last overwater bungalow that doesn’t have a pool is the Diamond Otemanu Overwater Villa. This room type guarantees you a view of Mount Otemanu, so you should book this room type if you don’t want to leave Bora Bora without that view.
The two types of overwater bungalows with a plunge pool are the Pool Overwater Villas and the Pool Premium Overwater Villas. To be completely honest, the view from these overwater bungalows aren’t nearly as good as the ones from something like the Diamond Overwater Villas. That being said, you’ll have to choose what means more to you – the better view or the plunge pool.
Suites at the InterContinental Thalasso Resort in Bora Bora
As mentioned above, there’s only one type of suite at the InterContinental Thalasso resort – the Villa Teremoana. These suites used to be known as the Brando Suites, so if you ever hear that, just know they’re the same thing.
There are only 4 of these suites at the InterContinental Thalasso resort and they’re absolutely incredible. Each suite is located at the end of a pontoon with an unobstructed views of the famous Mount Otemanu.
Measuring at 3,465 square feet, these suites each have two Master bedrooms and two bathrooms. The terrace area on each of these suites measures up to 1,162 square feet with a 205 square feet plunge pool. As if the size of Villa Teremoana wasn’t enough, the suite comes with a list of complimentary amenities ranging from waived room services fees and daily amenities to a complimentary mini bar and complimentary one-day access to the Thalasso Spa.
While anybody would have a great time in this suite, it’s ideal for a group traveling together as it can accommodate 8 people – 4 adults and 4 children.
Staying in a Diamond Otemanu Overwater Villa
While staying at the InterContinental Thalasso in Bora Bora, I was lucky enough to stay in one of the Diamond Otemanu Overwater Villas. While all of the overwater bungalows at the resort are incredible, knowing that you’re going to be in one that faces the incredible Mount Otemanu is worth every penny.
We stayed in villa #223, which is towards the beginning of the pontoon. This actually ended up being really nice because it wasn’t as far of a walk away from the rest of the resort, but still had the incredible view of Otemanu. Additionally, because of the way the pontoons curve around, our view was of Mount Otemanu with a bunch of overwater bungalow at its base which was to die for.
Inside the Diamond Otemanu Overwater Villas
When I tell you I’ve never been so blown away by a hotel room, I have NEVER been so blown away by a hotel room! Your jaw will absolutely drop to the floor when you check into one of the overwater bungalows at the InterContinental Thalasso resort. Not only are they massive, but they’re just stunningly beautiful, inside and out.
Immediately as you walk into the Diamond Otemanu Overwater Villa, you can see the living area. This area of the overwater bungalow has a spacious sitting area with a see-through coffee table, a TV, and a desk area. Off the living area, you can either choose to go outside to the terrace or to the right to the bedroom.
Inside the bedroom the bed faces a massive floor-to-ceiling window with incredible views. You can opt for a King bed or 2 twin beds. Behind the bed is a massive closet and the toilet. If you continue through the room, you’ll hit the bathroom. The bathroom is appointed with his and her sinks, a huge walk-in shower, and a bathtub against a floor-to-ceiling window with the same views the bedroom has.
Restaurants & Bars at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
There are a few different dining options when you’re staying at InterContinental Thalasso resort. Most hotel packages come with breakfast included, but if you have the option, definitely opt for the breakfast. It’s a huge buffet and will fill you up, so it’s a must in my opinion.
Since the resort is located on a motu, it’s not easy to get back to the mainland. Luckily, there are plenty of restaurant offerings to keep you satisfied for 3 meals a day!
- Sands Restaurant (lunch / dinner): casual dining in an open-air pavilion
- Reef Restaurant (breakfast / dinner): traditional French cuisine and bistro style dishes
- Le Corail Restaurant (dinner): French fine dining, degustation menu or a la carte, with the largest wine cellar in French Polynesia
- Room Service
- Romantic Dinner
- Theme Nights (Monday & Friday)
- Bubbles Bar: nightly Happy Hour (except on Theme Nights)
- Sands Bar & Sunset Theater: light meals/snacks and exotic cocktails
- South Beach Bar: waterfront lounge
- Canoe Breakfast
There are 3 different types of Romantic Dinners offered. Make sure to speak to the resort’s concierge if you’re interested in booking one of the options, listed here.
Activities at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Bora Bora is definitely a place you’ll never get bored. There are countless activities you can participate in while staying at the InterContinental Thalasso, whether you enjoy water based activities or not.
While you can pay for additional tours, the resort does include non-motorized water activities for free, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Every overwater bungalow has direct access to the lagoon, so you can choose to snorkel around your bungalow or in the resort’s Lagoonarium.
If you’re interested in paid tours, you can book activities such as those listed below.
- Snorkeling Tours
- Helicopter Rides
- Culture Tours
- Private Lagoon Tours
- Water skiing
- Photography Tours
- … and so much more!
To see a full list of the tours offered at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, click here.
The Deep Ocean Spa at InterContinental Thalasso
The Deep Ocean Spa is one of the most famous spas in all of Bora Bora and it’s known for its famous thalassotherapy. Thalassotherapy is the use of seawater in wellness treatments. If you visit this resort and don’t visit the spa, you’re missing out on an incredible experience. In order to book spa appointments, stop and speak to the resort’s concierge or go directly to the spa for appointments.
On top of whatever spa treatment you purchase, you get full access to the entire spa grounds, which offer incredible views of Bora Bora and Mount Otemanu. Make sure to arrive early to your spa appointment so you can relax ahead of time and make sure to stay late to enjoy the spa facilities.
Click here to see a brochure for all the different spa treatments provided at the Deep Ocean Spa.
Keeping Safe at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
The last year has been extremely challenging on everybody, especially for the travel industry. While traveling right now is a very personal decision, some destinations and resorts have done an incredible job to ensure their guests and staff stay safe and can travel as safely as possible. The InterContinental Thalasso is one of the resorts who has done an outstanding job at keeping their guests safe.
The InterContinental has implemented tons of safety measures, enhanced sanitation practices, strict hygiene standards in accordance with the WHO, CDC, local health authorities, government advisories, and the IHG Way of Clean to ensure they deliver on the IHG Clean Promise.
Here’s a list of some of these changes to help make travel feel safer.
- Hand sanitizer stations available throughout the hotel
- Floor markers and signage to encourage social distancing
- Increased cleaning of public areas, including the lobbies, elevators, door handles, and public bathrooms
- Tables and chairs in the dining room are spaced further to allow physical distancing
- Digital menus are available through QR codes
- Modified buffet services
To learn more about the Enhanced Sanitation at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, click here.
Book Your Stay at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa!
Hopefully all your questions about the InterContinental Thalasso have been answered. It’s truly one of the most luxurious and incredible resorts in all of Bora Bora. Whether you’re traveling for a honeymoon, a couples vacation, a friend trip, or just because, you’re sure to have an absolutely memorable time.
There are only 88 rooms at the entire resort, so make sure to book your stay before they sell out! During the high season, the resort easily fills up. Don’t hesitate to book your stay ahead of time to ensure you have options!