InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

French Polynesia Trip Report Index
Tahiti and Bora Bora – Flights & Airfares
Hilton Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt Airport (Terminal 1, Departure Area B)
InterContinental Resort Tahiti
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort (site inspection)
InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea

Pic: Mount Otemanu  from InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa


Pic: Overwater Villa at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
There are 4 InterContinental properties in French Polynesia: Tahiti, Moorea, Le Moana Bora Bora and Thalasso Bora Bora.  All are managed by the same owner.  Detailed information on each of these resorts is available in PDF format:  Resort Specifications, Rooms, Bungalows and Villas + Transfers

Pic: Blue Lagoon Wedding Chapel at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Back in January, just a few days after I book my great airfare from Brussels to Papeete, I found another great deal for French Polynesia.  InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was bookable at 30K PriorityClub points per night!  PriorityClub had announced it would increase/decrease the number of points required for a free night at many of its hotels.  The intention was to increase the points required for IC Bora Bora Thalasso from 40K to 50K per night.  However, instead of increasing the number of points required, someone at IHG decided to decrease it (for a brief time) to 30K!  As 10K points could be bought for $60 (now $70), a free night at IC Bora Bora Thalasso was bookable for $180.  Compare that with the cheapest bookable villa at +$900 (€700) and you know you have a great deal!  I immediately booked a 5 night stay at 150K points which I bought for $900 (15x $60, €700).  A paid 5 night stay in September would have been +$5000 (€4000)!!!

Pic: Sands Bar & Restaurant at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Sep 2012)

Pic: Beach Lounge at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Pic: Outdoor Beach Shower at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Pic: Stingrays at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Sep 2012)

Pic: Deep Ocean Spa Treatment Villas at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Pic: View on the Wedding Chapel at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Pic: Lounge chairs at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
The problem with PriorityClub points bookings at IC Bora Bora Thalasso is the fact you can only select the “Two Bedroom Family Suite Coral Garden Villa” option.  The Coral Garden Villas also know as “Motu Villas” (video) are located in the backyard of the resort and do not offer the famous Bora Bora overwater villa experience.  The resort offers paid upgrades, but the fees are steep.
From 2 Bedroom Coral Garden villa to:
Emerald overwater villa 15,000 XPF + 14% tax per night ($185,€143)
Sapphire overwater villa 25,000 XPF + 14% tax per night ($270,€208)
Diamond overwater villa 35,000 XPF + 14% tax per night ($307,€237)
Diamond Otemanu overwater villa 45,000 XPF + 14% tax per night ($553,€428)
Diamond End of Pontoon overwater villa 55,000 XPF +14% tax p/n ($676,€523)
Keep in mind all overwater villas have the exact same layout, you’re just paying extra for the view from your villa and it’s location on the pier.

Pic: IC Bora Bora Thalasso Overwater Villas and Motu Family Suites Map
Due to the steep upgrade fees and the reports on Flyertalk about almost everybody being upgraded for free, I declined the paid upgraded offer.  With 83 Overwater Villas and only 3 Coral Garden Villas, my Royal Ambassador status had to do the job.  The only factor which raised my concern about not being upgraded was the fact the hotel had been sold-out weeks in advance of my stay.  Upon arrival at the resort, the worst possible scenario came true.  I was informed they were fully booked and I would be assigned Coral Garden Villa 301 for the entire duration of my stay.  I immediately asked to speak to the manager on duty, but he was ‘unavailable’ (it was Monday evening, 6pm).  I would have been fine staying at the Coral Garden Villa, if at least one night I could experience an Overwater Villa.  Once in the Coral Garden Villa, the disappointment was even bigger when I noticed it wasn’t even clean (cobwebs, stains on walls and furniture, dirty floor).  I asked again to speak to a manager, but was informed my concerns could only be addressed the next morning!?!  As this was unacceptable and the hotel didn’t offer an immediate solution, I contacted IHG via twitter.  Fortunately, they responded swiftly and informed me they had contacted the resort and a solution would be provided the next morning.  I settled with it and went to bed.  The next morning I called reception for an update and they transferred me to the Guest Relation manager.  He was aware of my concerns and apologized for the inconvenience.  He offered me an upgrade to a Sapphire Overwater Villa and complimentary breakfast for the duration of my stay.  That was a great value proposition, as such upgrade would have been $1080 (€832) for four nights and breakfast XPF3834 ($41, €32) per day.  Internet access was complimentary as Royal Ambassador, a big saving too, as the normal charge was XPF3000 ($32,€25) per 24 hours.

Pic: Sapphire Overwater Villa 118 at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
The Sapphire Overwater Villa was fantastic: very spacious living room, great terrace with sundeck offering direct access to the lagoon.  Bedroom and bathroom with incredible views all day long, even from the bathtub!

Pic: Living Room Overwater Villa at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Pic: Bedroom Overwater Villa at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Pic: Bathroom Overwater Villa at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Pic: Bathroom Amenties at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Sep 2012)

Pic: Terrace Overwater Villa at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Sep 2012)

Pic: Deck Staircase Overwater Villa at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Pic: Overwater Villa Deck at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Sep 2012)

Pic: Sapphire Overwater Villa at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Video: Sapphire Overwater Villa 118 at IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

24 Comments on “InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

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  5. Thank you for the great report! You always take gorgeous pictures.🙂 Do you happen to have any pictures of the menu to show how much food costs at the resort?

  6. When can we expect the next part of this amazing French Polynesia trip? It’s been over a month now.🙂

    • Hope to post the next episode mid december. Have been busy with organizing my travel seminar “TravelMagic 2012” and some other travel related speaker assignments. Thank you for your patience!

  7. Hello there,
    There has been another post of someone being stuck in the coral suites. Please read the report at http://www.resortdisasters.com. Do you have any pictures of the room you can share? I am surprised that you were in room 301. I really thought the room they gave to guests was 303. The one to the left. It also bothers me that they were able to upgrade you the next day for the remainder of your stay. Why didn’t they say you would have to spend one night in the coral suite and the remainder in the Sapphire?

    What kind of camera do you use? Your pictures are stunning.

    Thanks in advance!

  8. Great way to spend some PCR-points!🙂 I’m convinced of PCR when I see the amount of points I’m collecting with a minimum number of (relatively cheap) stays. Quick question though. I’m in the process of collection lots of points via stackable promotions. I, among other ones, registered successfully (confirmation of registration via website and via e-mail) for the Stay 3 nights Get 5.000 Points Promotion (code 5502). It indeed showed up in the “My Offer Status”-page, but now (after my first stay) I noticed it was gone on that same page. What’s up with that? Was this a targeted offer (with all the codes I don’t know which is and which isn’t anymore)? Should I just wait until my third night to see if the 5.000 points post? And if not, should I enquire about it to PCR customer care or just leave it at that?

    • Never contact PriorityClub about promo codes you’re not targeted for. Except if you want your account to be closed and points forfeited…

  9. That’s what I figured!😉 Thank you. Just strange that it first appeared and then disappeared again. Same for the Anniversary Bonus, it appears, but points for it don’t post. Ah well, still got some great deal of points! Don’t really get how the targeting works. Haven’t really been targeted for anything so far.

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  14. Hi Bart, the IC Bora Bora Thalasso Spa does not seem to allow bookings with priority points. The rearward nights calender shows all dates between June 2013 to June 2014 as unavailable/sold out😦
    Do you know anything about this? thanks!

  15. Do you have an idea how they were able to upgrade you on your 2nd day, when u said the hotel was completely sold out? It obviously had something to do with your complaint @ihgcare.

  16. What is the most inexpensive way to get to the resort from the BOB airport? Thanks

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