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Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – Overwater Bungalow

Our stay at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was part of a three week trip to French Polynesia that included:

3 Nights at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso (Overwater Bungalow)

4 Nights at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana (Beach Bungalow)

4 Nights at the Hilton Moorea (Overwater Bungalow)

6 Nights at the Intercontinental Moorea (Overwater Bungalow)

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Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Every resort we stayed in during our three week trip to French Polynesia was gorgeous but the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is in a class by itself. Every room in the resort is an Overwater Bungalow so even if you are staying on free night certificates you get one. Also, the bungalows are huge, more like overwater houses. These Overwater Bungalows were going for over $1500 per night during our stay but we booked the three nights with two annual IHG free night certificates for the first two nights and 50k IHG points for the last night.

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Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Getting to the resort from the main island of Tahiti is expensive. The flights from Papeete to Bora Bora cost about $800 roundtrip for a couple. You can’t use miles for these flights but you can use credit card points to offset the cost. We used 50k Citi ThankYou Points (Dhara’s sign-up bonus from the Citi Premier Card) to cover $600 of the flight, so we only had to pay $200 out of pocket.

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View of the resort from the flight in

Once you get to the airport in Bora Bora you have two options in getting to the resort, which will cost you either $260 or $40 roundtrip, per couple, depending on which route you take. Bora Bora airport is on a motu (one of the small islands that create the iconic ring around the main island of Bora Bora) and the resort is on another motu on the other side of the island. Once you book, the resort will send you an e-mail asking for your flight arrival info and suggest that the ONLY way to get from the airport to the resort is on their direct speedboat at $260 roundtrip per couple. But, there is another (much cheaper) option. Included in all flights to/from Bora Bora is a boat transfer from the airport to the main town of Vaitape. From Vaitape you can take a $20 taxi to the Intercontinental Resort on the main island (IC Le Moana) and then take the complimentary boat between the IC Le Moana and the IC Thalasso. This option is considerably cheaper, but takes longer. The boat between the two IC resorts is infrequent, so if you miss one boat you may have to wait 2 hours for the next one.

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Free Boat from Bora Bora Airport to Vaitape

Since we only had 3 nights booked at the IC Thalasso and our flight arrived at 2pm we decided not to waste time on the boat-taxi-boat option as it was more important for us to maximize our time at the resort. However, if you have more time than money the boat-taxi-boat option can save you a bit. We stayed at the IC Le Moana after the IC Thalasso and opted for the taxi option on the way back to the airport so only got hit with the high transfer fee one way.

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Speedboat from the Airport to the Resort

The IC Thalasso is exactly what most people picture when they think of Bora Bora: a resort on a motu, bungalows stretching out over the lagoon, with Mt Otemanu in the background, and postcard perfect views everywhere you look. Every resort we visited in French Polynesia was beautiful, but this one was special. We felt lucky for every hour we got to spend there.

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IC Bora Bora Thalasso

The bungalow was amazing. They are huge and gorgeous.

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Our Bungalow

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Our Bungalow – a little closer

The interior of the bungalow had a large living room and bedroom. It also had a massive bathroom with a tub right by a huge window.

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IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – Overwater Bungalow

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IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – Overwater Bungalow

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IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – Overwater Bungalow

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IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – Overwater Bungalow

Being over the gorgeous water was great and we loved hopping in whenever we wanted or just sitting on the deck and spotting fish and rays going under the bungalow. We saw a ton of stingrays and one spotted eagle ray.

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Spotted Eagle Ray we saw from our Bungalow

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Dhara took of a picture of me taking a picture of a Stingray 

Being on the motu almost feels like being on a private island and carries most of the same pros and cons that come with it. It’s calm, quiet, relaxing and private. But you are also kind of captive, especially in terms of meal and drink options. You can take the complimentary shuttle over to the IC Le Moana and walk to a local restaurant or grocery store but we didn’t want to waste any of our IC Thalasso time doing any of that.

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No Time to go out for lunch – too busy splashin’

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…and peddling our boat

Luckily, we were prepared to not leave the island for days. We brought a bottle of rum, a ton of snacks, and purchased the 50% off package deal for breakfast. Breakfast is usually $40pp but if you buy the package at check-in it’s $20pp for the entire stay. And considering the breakfast buffet is large and includes some lunch foods it’s more like $20 for brunch. After a large brunch, snacks throughout the day and drinks in our beautiful bungalow we didn’t need to spend much on dinner.

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The Lagoon is Shallow

Aside from playing in (and staring at) the water there are a number of fun free activities to enjoy. We liked using the peddle boats, the kayaks and the stand up paddle boards, but our favorite activity was the daily stingray feeding. Everyday at 2pm they feed the resident stingrays while the guests watch. They make each guest read a card with safety instructions saying not to get too close to the rays and not to feed them or put your hand near their mouths. Then they let you get close to the rays and feed them straight into their mouths. It was awesome.

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Feeding Ray

The ray feeding was definitely a highlight of this amazing stay.

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Here you go buddy

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalsso Spa was easily our favorite of all the resorts we stayed at during our three week trip to French Polynesia. In fact, it was one of our favorite resorts of our entire 2.5 year honeymoon and third favorite all time behind only the Conrad Maldives and the Park Hyatt Maldives. Our only complaint was that we had to leave.

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Goodbye Intercontinental Bora Bora – We’re Gonna Miss You

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