We got back about a month ago from French Polynesia. It was an amazing getaway and another once in a lifetime trip! I already miss the humid, warm ocean air and the laid back island life. I've never had so much fresh seafood in my life.
If you missed my other posts on my trip to French Polynesia, you can check them out here:
Bora Bora was the last stop on our 3 island, 14 day trip. Since we had a rental car and explored Tahiti and Moorea, we decided to do nothing but hang out at our resort. We chose InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora and here are all the reasons why I think this is the best option in Bora Bora.
The Location & Resort
This is one of two larger resorts on the main island of Bora Bora. Other resorts are on their own atolls / motus and can only be accessed by private resort boats from the airport. The InterContinental brand has another resort in Bora Bora that is only accessed by boat on an islet. The additional transportation cost to get there from the airport is roughly $70 per person one way. That means for two people you are looking to add an additional $280 to your trip.
InterContinental Le Moana is located on the famous beach Matira, which is about a 12 minute drive from where the free airport boat drops you off. We only paid about $40 round trip to take a taxi to and from this spot.
Tip: InterContinental Le Moana doesn't have a spa or gym, but you can be taken for free from Le Moana to the sister property Thalasso for those services.
The resort offered complimentary access to paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. The concierge could also help set up excursions and trips to the Thalasso spa. The resort also offered a nightly happy hour from 5:30 - 6:30 where it is buy one get one cocktails (per person).
Food and Drink Options
Food and drinks are already a bit more expensive in French Polynesia in general. We didn't want to have to solely rely on eating at the resort for 4 days and wanted to be able to have other options (in multiple price ranges). Because InterContinental Le Moana is on the main island, we were able to walk right off the property and have access to about 5 restaurants and a small convenience store all within a 5 minute walk of the resort.
Some spots we would recommend right outside the resort are:
Bora Bora Beach Club - We went here one night for dinner. It was dark when we arrived, but we got seated outside and got to listen to the waves on Matira Beach. They also have great seafood! This one is still a bit pricier, but was nice to have as an option to eat at.
Snack Mohiere Beach Matira - We got burgers from here one day for lunch and they were great! We stumbled across this one while walking back from Bora Bora Beach Club.
Roulette Matira - We got lunch here one day and brought it back to eat on the patio of our bungalow. They have great food. I enjoyed a great fish burger here. We found it wasn't open for dinner so definitely a lunch spot.
Lucky House Restaurant - You wouldn't know it from the name, but this is a great pizza spot. We got one pizza and a caesar salad to share from here.
Magasin Matira - This is the small convenience store where we stocked up on: snacks, beer and rum from here! It saved us probably a few hundred dollars not having to buy drinks from our resort.
InterContinental Le Moana by far had the most affordable overwater bungalows. They were actually really nice too! We paid roughly $550 per night and were also offered 50% off the breakfast package upon check in. Having the breakfast package was worth it. We didn't have to worry about finding something to eat for breakfast that early in the morning.
Our overwater bungalow was one of the first ones off shore and the further you go out, the more expensive they get. However, we didn't feel like we missed out by not being able to be further out in the water. We had a great living room area complete with a see through coffee table that looked down into the water.
I also loved the fact that our bungalow was right next to the resort's coral garden. They are working on restoring the coral in this area.
$550 per night at InterContinental Le Moana compared to over $800 starting at the sister property InterContinental Thalasso.
Easy to explore the island
If you want to be able to leave your resort without paying extra money for the transportation, this resort will allow you to do that. You can even rent a car or bikes to get around. This part didn't matter to us as we knew ahead of time that we just wanted to relax at the resort for 4 days.
Overall, I just really had no complaints about our experience at InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora. The staff were very friendly, attentive and the property and location were all great! I would return in a heartbeat if given the chance.