Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Review

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Introduction
Planning a Trip to Bora Bora on Points and Miles
Bora Bora Essential Packing List
Honolulu in a Day
The Journey to Paradise – LAX-HNL-PPT-BOB
Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort
Intercontinental Thalasso Resort and Spa
Activities in Bora Bora
Eating in Bora Bora on a Budget
The Journey Home and a Layover in Papeete – BOB-PPT-LAX
 

I booked one night at the Intercontinental Le Moana for several reasons.  The first reason was to write an Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora review, the second reason was to save 5,650 XPF ($65) per person for a one-way transfer to the IC Thalasso, and the third reason was to explore the main island of Bora Bora.  We paid 50,000 IHG points to stay at Le Moana for one night.

Upon landing from Papeete, we were able to hand our luggage to the Intercontinental booth at the airport, which would later deliver our bags.  We then took the free boat to Vaitape (the main town) because we booked a car transfer from there for 2,000 XPF (about $24).  The free boat took about 15-20 minutes to Vaitape, but it took about 15-20 minutes to depart from the dock because we were waiting for other passengers.  The boat ride is quite pleasant if you go to the top deck for the clear blue water views. Amazing!

Free Boat Shuttle from Airport to Vaitape

Free Boat Shuttle from Airport to Vaitape

Clear Blue Waters on Arrival!

Clear Blue Waters on Arrival!

Once we arrived to Vaitape, we didn’t see anybody greeting us and informing us of our hotel transfer.  The wife panicked, but I was brave enough to explain the situation to another hotel driver.  Apparently everyone knows each other on the island, so she called our driver.  She explained that our driver’s car got a flat tire, but she could take us to our hotel.  Very kind of her!  It took about 10 minutes to get to our hotel and instead of charging 2,000 XPF, she charged only 1,000 XPF!  Saved about $130 for taking the free boat shuttle to hotel transfer, not a bad deal.

Finally Made It!

Finally Made It!

We arrived at the hotel and was escorted to the main restaurant to have a welcome drink.  Check-in is done here overlooking the beach instead of in the main lobby.  I had bought Ambassador membership for $200 right before our stay.  The staff member informed us we would get 2 free drinks, a gift in our room, and fresh fruit (cut up coconut).  We also took advantage of the 4PM checkout for Ambassador members. Unfortunately, we were informed that our room was not ready yet because we arrived about 2 hours earlier than check-in time (our fault).  We decided to eat lunch next door at the Fare Manuia.  It was pretty decent pizza, which I will blog about in a later post.

Free Drink Voucher for Ambassador Members

Free Drink Voucher for Ambassador Members

Upon returning, we were informed that we would get a beach bungalow room, which was the room I booked.  I was okay with that because we would stay in the overwater bungalow for 4 nights at IC Thalasso.  The overwater bungalows at Le Moana looked a bit dated (probably still very nice) compared to Thalasso.  The beach bungalow was much nicer than I expected.  It was literally right on the beach and we could step out and be on the sand right away!

Our Beach Hut for the Night!

Our Beach Hut for the Night!

Our room was like a mini suite, which had a small living room, deep soak tub, modern sinks, desk, fridge, and nice lounge chairs right outside.  There was even a hammock right outside our room and a shower we could rinse off.  Our favorite part was just sitting outside our room on the beach and jumping in the warm water whenever we wanted. You could tell that the outside of the room was starting to age, but I think they did a good job with the modern and traditional aspects.  We were literally living in a hut!

Bed with Gift (Shirt and sarong)

Bed with Gift (Shirt and sarong)

Updated Sink and Bath

Updated Sink and Bath

Outside Patio, Awesome Views!

Outside Patio, Awesome Views!

Living Room

Living Room

Champagne for Ambassador Members

Champagne for Ambassador Members

The service at the Le Moana was very friendly and I enjoyed the local flair to the resort.  I actually thought the service was more personal at Le Moana compared to Thalasso.  The service at Thalasso wasn’t bad, but it was just a bit more catered to higher clientele.  Le Moana seemed to hire more locals, and Thalasso hired more Europeans.  Both resorts are on an island pace, so your food might take a while to come.

Postcard Perfect Picture RIght Outside Our Room!

Postcard Perfect Picture RIght Outside Our Room!

I liked the location of Le Moana a lot because it was close to several restaurants and a good convenience store.  I was able to buy a beef and rice plate lunch for about $10 and it was easy to stock up on beverages.  I even bought breakfast at the convenience store for a few dollars.  It was amazing waking up to a nice sunrise on the beach the next morning!

Sunrise at Le Moana

Sunrise at Le Moana

We enjoyed the free kayaks and stand up paddle boards at the resort.  You can also rent snorkel gear, but we brought our own masks and only used the fins.  We kayaked out to Coral Gardens the next day, which was amazing.  I’ll talk about that more in the activities post.

Stand Up Paddle Board

Stand Up Paddle Board

The Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora resort is definitely a great hotel and is probably one of the best hotels on the main island.  If you want a nice hotel, eat good food on the main island, and like convenience I would stay here.  I would have been completely satisfied staying at this hotel the whole time, but we didn’t travel this far to not stay in an overwater bungalow!  This hotel was probably one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed at, but the IC Thalasso would raise the bar even higher!  We took the free boat shuttle to the IC Thalasso around 4PM and waved goodbye to the first portion of our trip.

11 comments for “Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Review

  1. Maury
    May 30, 2014 at 5:12 am

    My wife and I are staying at IC Thalasso for two nights and then 4 nights at Hilton Bora Bora. Should I give the bags to the IC counter at the airport then take the free boat to Vaitape and then pay to Moana then free shuttle to Thalasso, right? Should I book the transportation from Vaitape to Moana at the airport? So you basically paid $200 for a bottle of champagne and late checkout. By the sound of it, its not worth it.

    • May 30, 2014 at 7:06 am

      That’s a lot of transferring so up to you. You book the vaitape to moana via email. I actually got two bottles and two gifts because two stays. I would say it MIGHT be worth it but if you only have one stay it may not be. You also get a BOGO weekend cert which I value at about $150 and 5,000 points which I value at about $50.

      • Maury
        May 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

        Couldn’t I just take a taxi to Le Moana from Vaitape without making a reservation? Do they accept USD or do you have to takeout local money to pay the taxi? I figure I am going to save around $80 in transportation fees so in my book its worth it. Thank you

        • May 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

          There are no taxis in bora bora. Just hotel shuttles and private transfers.

          • Maury
            May 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

            So how can I make this reservation? At the airport?

          • May 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

            Try emailing claire.garraud@ihg.com
            She helped me

  2. jason
    May 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    do u think it’s possible to get 4 business class from LAX?

    • May 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Very tough, only if you are lucky

      • jason lee
        May 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm

        hawaii VS bora bora

        is bora bora much better than hawaii?

        considering money+time+ award availibility

        • May 30, 2014 at 4:08 pm

          It’s apples vs oranges. I still love Hawaii but bora bora is way more beautiful. BB is more of a once in a lifetime trip. I can go to hawaii many times and different islands. Can’t go wrong with either.

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