If you're looking for the ultimate relaxation experience, a stay at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa is just what you need.
Located in the south pacific ocean this luxurious resort offers overwater villas that provide breathtaking views of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu. The resort's Deep Ocean Spa draws inspiration from the ocean, offering a variety of treatments and therapies designed to relax and rejuvenate guests. And with multiple dining options and a variety of on-site activities, you're sure to have an unforgettable stay at the Intercontinental Thalasso.
In this post, we'll take a closer look at the resort's accommodations, dining options, on-site activities, and more.
Bora Bora Intercontinental Thalasso Map
To help you better understand the layout of the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa, here is a map of the resort.
The resort, while smaller in size when compared to other resorts such as Four Seasons Bora Bora, St Régis Bora Bora, or Conrad Bora Bora Nui, still manages to provide a charming and intimate atmosphere. The public areas, located at the center of the resort, serve as the perfect hub for guests to gather and enjoy the company of each other. In addition, the resort boasts two bungalow branches on either side of the public areas, providing guests with a sense of privacy and exclusivity.
When it comes to the beaches, the resort has one main beach that is perfect for swimming or simply soaking up the sun. But that's not all! The resort also has a lovely inner lagoon, which is ideal for snorkeling and exploring the fascinating marine life that thrives in the area. So whether you want to relax on the beach, snorkel in the lagoon, or simply take a stroll around the resort, there's always something to keep you entertained and engaged during your stay.
Accommodation at Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
Overall feeling and decoration
The Intercontinental Thalasso offers luxurious overwater villas that are beautifully decorated and designed to provide guests with the ultimate relaxation experience. The bungalows feature natural wood and stone finishes, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The spacious rooms are tastefully furnished with high-quality linens and comfortable seating areas, while the private decks offer stunning views of the lagoon and the surrounding landscape. The bathrooms are thoughtfully designed with deep soaking tubs, rain showers, and luxurious toiletries, providing guests with a spa-like experience in the comfort of their own overwater villa.
As I’m writing these lines in 2023 the bungalows are still in good shape. Despite the passing of time and the constant exposure to the elements, the overwater villas remain beautiful and inviting, a testament to the resort's commitment to quality and maintenance.
Of course, free wifi is available in every villa.
Categories of accommodation
This resort only offers overwater villas, no garden or beach villas. Aside from the Teremoana overwater villas, all of the overwater villas look the same on the inside (same layout), despite the fact that they are divided into six distinct categories. The price will only depend on the view you get and if you have an outdoor pool on your deck or not.
Overwater villas at Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
Let’s have a look inside 🙂
Upon entering the bungalow, you will find yourself in a large living room. The room is furnished with a desk, a TV, a minibar, a sofa, and a glass table that can be opened to feed the tropical fish or observe your loved one snorkeling under the bungalow.
While the actual bedroom at the Intercontinental Thalasso in Bora Bora may be relatively small compared to other resorts, it more than makes up for it with its breathtaking view.
Facing a huge glass panel, the bedroom offers a stunning panoramic view of the turquoise lagoon.
This not only makes the room appear larger but also provides one of the best views you can get from your bed in Bora Bora. Imagine waking up to the gentle sound of the waves and the serene view of the lagoon, with the sun rising in the distance - it truly is a remarkable experience.
A large walk-in closet also awaits you in this room, providing ample space for storing your belongings. You don't have to worry about feeling cramped or cluttered in this space as it's large enough to accommodate everything you need. You will also find the toilet there. The toilet is separate from the bathroom, providing more privacy and convenience.
The bathroom itself is nothing short of luxurious, with a shower, his and hers sinks, and a bathtub. The bathtub is strategically placed in front of the window, offering a breathtaking view of the turquoise lagoon. You cannot get a better view from your bath (or maybe from the Four Seasons or Presidential Villas at Conrad).
Overall, the bathroom is a haven of relaxation and luxury, offering everything you need to pamper yourself and unwind after a day of exploring or lounging on the beach. Whether you're taking a long soak in the bathtub or enjoying a refreshing shower, you'll appreciate the attention to detail and the high-quality amenities in this space.
Each overwater villa at the Intercontinental Thalasso offers a direct access to the outside deck, which makes it easy to step out and enjoy the stunning views of the turquoise lagoon and Mount Otemanu. The deck may be relatively small, but it has everything you need to relax and unwind. You'll find a table and two lounge chairs, perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. Plus, there's a lower deck with a refreshing fresh water shower, so you can rinse off after a swim in the lagoon or simply cool off on a hot day. Overall, the deck is a great place to soak up the sun, read a book, or just enjoy the natural beauty of Bora Bora from the comfort of your own private bungalow.
Overwater bungalow with pool at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
As previously mentioned, the overwater bungalows with outdoor pool at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora are designed to look like the regular overwater villas, but with an added plunge pool. The pools are not only beautiful but also among the largest in Bora Bora (on bungalows).
Good to know : However, it's worth noting that none of the overwater villas with pools at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora face the mountain. Instead, guests booking this category will always have a view of the lagoon. This may be a deal-breaker for some guests who prioritize the view of the mountain, but for others, the lagoon view is just as breathtaking and serene.
Overall, if you're looking for a unique and luxurious experience in Bora Bora, the overwater villas with pools at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora are definitely worth considering. With their spacious and beautifully designed interiors, direct access to the lagoon, and the added perk of a private pool, guests are sure to enjoy an unforgettable stay.
Teremoana Pool Overwater villa
The Teremoana Overwater Villas (formerly known as Brando Suites) are some of the most beautiful overwater villas in Bora Bora and my personal favorite. They are simply magnificent. The resort features four overwater villas, one at the end of each bungalow branch.
What sets the Teremoana Overwater Villas apart from other accommodations in Bora Bora is their sheer size and opulence. The two-story overwater villa is perfect for a family or couple traveling together, offering plenty of space and privacy. The large sitting room is furnished with a dining table, sofas, and even a bar. You can enjoy a drink with your loved ones while taking in the stunning views of the lagoon.
The two master bedrooms on either side of the living room are equally impressive. Each bedroom features a large closet, a beautiful bathroom, and stunning views of the lagoon from your bed or bathtub. You can wake up to the gentle sound of the waves and the serene view of the lagoon, with the sun rising in the distance.
On the second floor, there is a working area with a convertible sofa and a small balcony that offers the best mountain views. You can work while looking out at the breathtaking scenery, or simply relax and soak up the beauty of Bora Bora.
The deck and pool are enormous, and the villas offer the best, frontal view of the mountain. You cannot beat that view. Period. The deck is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of Bora Bora from the comfort of your own private overwater villa. The pool is also a great place to cool off after a day of exploring the island.
If you are traveling in a group or want to be treated like royalty, I highly recommend booking this category. The Teremoana Overwater Villas offer the perfect balance of luxury, privacy, and natural beauty that Bora Bora is known for.
Good to know : However, please note that if you only book for one couple, access to the other room will be restricted. This is important to keep in mind when making your booking decision.
Overall, the Teremoana Villas are the epitome of luxury and offer an unforgettable experience in Bora Bora. If you want to experience the best that this beautiful island has to offer, be sure to check them out.
Accommodations at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa: Price per category
These are the least expensive rates you may expect to pay per night and per category (low season prices).
- King Overwater Villa Beach View: $1200
- King Overwater Villa Lagoon View: $1,300
- King Overwater Villa Otemanu View: $1,500
- King Overwater Pool Villa Beach View: $2,000
- King Overwater Pool Villa Lagoon View: $2,300
- Teremoana Overwater Villa (One Bedroom open): $3,500
- Teremoana Overwater Villa (Two Bedrooms open): $4,300
Note that these prices are subject to change and may vary based on the season and availability. It's always best to check with the resort directly for the most up-to-date pricing information.
My insider recommendation for booking the best accommodation at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa (with #)
If you want the best views of the mountain —> Any Otemanu view villa.
However, it is important to note that the majority of them will provide a side view rather than a frontal view.
Request #122 #123 #124 or 219 through #223 or any Teremoana villas for the best frontal views.
If you want the best views of the sunset —> The sun is setting behind the mountain, so do the same as above.
If you want the best views of the sunrise → If you want to catch the first rays of sun, request #137 to #139 or #237 to #241.
If you want the best snorkeling → Unfortunately, there isn't much to see under the bungalows at Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa, so there are no bungalows that stand out. To snorkel, head to the inner lagoon. That being said, I saw more stingrays and octopuses passing by the bungalow branch of the 110. Good to know : In the bungalows close to the beginning of the resort's private beach, you'll be able to stand in the water. The farther you go, the deeper the water gets.
If you want to be close to the common areas → A golf cart service is available at Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa, but no bicycles are currently offered. If you wish to stay close to the common areas, I recommend requesting bungaloaws #100 #101 or #200 #201 .
If you want privacy on your deck —> Overall, the bungalows at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa are not GREAT for privacy. They are close to each other and often face each other. If you are craving privacy, I would suggest bungalows #200 to #211 and the Teremoana villas.
Bungalows / villas # to avoid at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
If privacy is important to you, then it is best to avoid bungalows #237 to 241, as they face the resort's private beach which can get busy on some days. The same applies to bungalows #100 to #105.
I would also recommend avoiding bungalows #131 to #139, as they face the main dock, and there is a lot of traffic and noise from boats going back and forth.
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Restaurants
If you are a food lover and food is an important aspect of your vacation experience, it's worth noting that the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora may not be the best choice for you. While the resort does offer a variety of dining options to suit different tastes, the overall quality of the food may not meet the expectations of discerning foodies (besides Le Corail). If you're looking for an great dining experience in Bora Bora, you may want to consider other options such as the St. Regis, which is known for its world-class culinary offerings.
Le Corail Restaurant (Gastronomic / Experimental cuisine)
Le Corail Restaurant is the flagship restaurant of the Intercontinental Thalasso and is known for its exceptional gastronomic cuisine. The restaurant offers a unique and innovative menu that combines fine French dining with Polynesian flavors and ingredients. Each dish is carefully prepared and presented, with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients.
The elegant and intimate atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.
While the restaurant is on the pricey side, the quality of the food and the overall experience make it well worth the cost. If you're looking for a truly exceptional dining experience in Bora Bora, be sure to check out Le Corail Restaurant. Make sure to book in advance because the restaurant has limited seating.
🌙 Open from 6.30 to 9.30
💸 Price : The first menu starts at 13 700 XPF for 3 courses without drinks
📖 Menu : Click here to check Le Corail’s Menu
Sands Restaurant (Beach Restaurant)
The Sands Restaurant is located on the pristine beach and offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for a light lunch or a casual dinner. The menu features a variety of international dishes, including salads, sandwiches, and burgers. The restaurant also offers a selection of exotic cocktails and mocktails to help you cool off on a hot day.
Unfortunately, I have to say that I tried the restaurant twice and did not enjoy it ☹️, despite the great setting on the beach and the large portion served. The only dish I liked was the Japanese bowl. However, I found the ceviche to be very unpleasant and the octopus was overcooked both times I ate at the restaurant.
☀️ Open from 12PM to 9.30PM
💸 Price: Expect to pay around $40 for a salad and $50 for a main
📖 Menu : Click here to check the Sands menu
Le Reef Restaurant (Mediterranean cuisine)
Le Reef Restaurant at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora offers an alternative dining experience with its Mediterranean-inspired menu that includes fresh seafood, grilled meats, and vegetarian options. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list, featuring a selection of French and international wines.
The atmosphere at the Reef Restaurant is relaxed and casual, making it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a family meal. The restaurant is open for dinner only (they serve the breakfast there in the morning), and reservations are recommended to ensure availability. My favorite dish there is the Lamb Tajine, make sur to try it 😉
☀️🌙 Open from 7AM to 10.30AM for breakfast and 6.30 to 9.30 for dinner
💸 Price : A main course is about $50
📖 Menu : Click here to check the Reef's menu
Bubble Bar (Champagne Bar)
At the Bubble Bar, you'll find a wide range of champagne, sparkling wine options, and cocktails to choose from. It's a great spot to relax and enjoy a drink, but if you're looking for the best views of the mountain or sunset while you drink, then the Sands Bar (Sunset Theater) might be a better option for you.
Money saving tip : Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa offers happy hour from 5 to 6 PM and 9 to 10PM (everyday, except on special nights) which is the perfect time to unwind and enjoy some refreshing drinks after a day of exploring the island or lounging on the beach… and save of few bucks.
🌙 Open from 5PM to 10.30PM
💸 Prices : A cocktail will cost you around $20
📖 Menu : Click here to check The Reef’s menu
South Beach Bar
Located on the main beach, this casual bar offers a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a drink with friends or family.
They serve refreshing cocktails, cold beers, and non-alcoholic beverages. You can also find small bites and ice cream there.
☀️ Open from 9AM to 4.30PM everyday
💸 Price : A beer is around $9
📖 Menu : Click here to check the South Beach Bar’s menu
If you prefer to dine in the comfort of your own bungalow, the Intercontinental Thalasso offers a room service menu that includes a variety of dishes, from light snacks to full meals. The room service menu is available 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy a meal whenever you like.
Deep Ocean Spa
The Deep Ocean Spa at the Intercontinental Thalasso in Bora Bora is a unique and luxurious award-winning spa experience that draws inspiration from the ocean. The spa offers a variety of treatments and therapies designed to relax and rejuvenate guests, using natural ingredients and techniques such as Polynesian massage, hydrotherapy, and marine-based therapies. You can even get a massage while looking at the fish swimming beneath the table through the glass floor.
In addition to its treatments, the Deep Ocean Spa also features a VERY large relaxation area (if you compare to other resorts) with stunning views of the bora bora's alluring lagoon. Guests can unwind in the sauna, steam room, outdoor pools Jacuzzi (with stunning views on the moutain), or simply relax on one of the comfortable loungers while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. The spa also offers a variety of wellness classes, including yoga and meditation, for guests who want to focus on their physical and mental well-being.
Overall, the Deep Ocean Spa at the Intercontinental Thalasso is the bigger spa in Bora Bora and also one the best in my opinion.
Good to know : It's important to note that regardless of whether you're staying at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa or not, you need to book your visit to the Deep Ocean Spa in advance. Unfortunately, you cannot simply walk in and expect to be accommodated. This is to ensure that all guests have a chance to experience the luxurious spa treatments and amenities without overcrowding or overbooking.
Furthermore, it's worth mentioning that guests who are staying at the ICM (sister property) can also access the Deep Ocean Spa, but only with a reservation. This is a great option for those who want to explore a different resort while experiencing the same level of luxury and relaxation.
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa property and on site activities
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Beach
The beach at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa is quite large and offers the best view of the mountain. Seriously, it is unbeatable. This is, without a doubt, the best view you can get from a resort beach in Bora Bora that will leave you in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds you.
The beach boasts a wide variety of amenities to keep you entertained for hours on end. In addition to the ample supply of lounge chairs, the beach also features an irresistible water swing that will provide you with a unique photo opportunity. You can also take advantage of the free paddleboards and kayaks to explore the crystal-clear waters at your leisure.
If you get thirsty or need a snack, the South Beach bar is just a stone's throw away, so you don't have to venture far to quench your thirst or satisfy your hunger. With so many exciting options to choose from, you're sure to have a blast at this beach!
Insider Tip : That being said, make sure to pack some reef shoes in your luggage. It is VERY rocky to enter the water .
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Pool
Another great feature of the resort: the main pool. Well, I know it's just a square, nothing fancy, but the view you get from it is unbeatable. Wait to see it at sunset. As the sun sets, the pool reflects the stunning Mount Otemanu and the surrounding palm trees, creating an awe-inspiring scene that will leave you speechless. Stunning, isn't it?
However, it is worth noting that the pool can get quite crowded on some days due to the limited number of lounge chairs available.
Snorkeling at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
The snorkeling at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora is primarily located in the inner lagoon. While there isn't much to see directly under the bungalows, you can head to the inner lagoon to explore the fascinating marine life that thrives in the area. The beach boys can provide you with the snorkeling equipement if you don’t have your own.
If you have good eyes you might be able to see some octopus that camouflage themselves with the surrounding environment and, if you're lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of the graceful rays and harmless little sharks that pass by the bungalows.
Don't forget to bring an underwater camera to capture these unforgettable moments and share them with your loved ones.
Overall, while the snorkeling experience may not be the primary reason to stay at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora (you’ll find better snorkeling in other resorts), it is still a very pleasant experience.
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Price
What is the entire cost of a week's vacation at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa resort?
A week at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa will cost you about $10,000 excluding airfare; obviously, the cost will vary depending on the number of activities you do, how much food and drink you consume while there, etc.
How much do food and drinks cost at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa?
You can anticipate spending between $200 to $300 per person, per day, without a meal plan.
Here is a realistic exemple :
- Breakfast buffet : $50
- Lunch @ Sands restaurant : 1 Tahitian raw fish + desert : $55
- Two cocktails at the south beach bar in the afternoon : $50 1 pre dinner sunset drink : $25
- 3 course gourmet dining experience Corail (without drinks : $120)
Total = $300
Good to know : If you want to go eat on the mainland you can take the (relatively) cheap shuttle to the sister property “Le Moana”.
Insider Tip : If you want to go eat on the mainland you can take the (relatively) cheap shuttle to the sister property “Le Moana”.
Pros & Cons of staying at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
Pros of staying at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
- Beautiful, well-maintained bungalows.
- Gorgeous views of the mountain.
- Easily walkable resort (not too spread out).
- Best spa on the island with the best spa facilities.
Cons of staying at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
- Snorkeling is not the best.
- Food is not great.
- The beach is very rocky.
- Lack of privacy on most bungalow decks
Frequently asked questions about the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
Where is the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa located?
The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa is located on motu Piti Aau, approximately 15 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the sister property “Le Moana”.
How to get to Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa from the airport?
The resort is on a motu, so a boat transfer is the only way to get there. You have 3 options to reach the resort :
1. You can use the resort shuttle, which will run you about $300 for a roundtrip for two people. The expense will be added to your room account, and you can pay it when you check out.
2. Take the free ferry to the main island. Then take a taxi to Le Moana (2500XPF) and then the shutlle to the Thalasso (3420 XPF). This is the cheapest option, but you may not want to deal with that struggle after spending long hours on a flight.
3. If you are traveling in a group, this is the more practical option, and we'll help you save money in comparison to the resort boat.
How to get to the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa from Vaitape?
Take a taxi to Le Moana (2500XPF) and then the shuttle to the Thalasso (3420 XPF - round trip).
When did InterContinental Bora Bora open?
The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa opened in 2006. All rooms were renewed in 2018.
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