InterContinental Moorea Resort and 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: Golf Cart at Entrance InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa (Sep 2012)

Pic: Main Swimming Pool at InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa (Sep 2012)
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: Lagoon at InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa (Sep 2012)
After my 5 night stay at the amazing InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, I returned to Papeete with Air Tahiti.  The crossing to Moorea took half an hour with the Aremiti 5 ferry.  The fare was XPF3000 (€25) round trip.
The Papeete Port building is brand new (opened March 2012) and has ticket offices which open +-1,5 hour before departure.  No need to buy tickets in advance, only car space is limited and might require upfront reservation.
You can leave your luggage (lock it!) in a metal container which is put on the ferry using a forklift.  My private shuttle from Moorea Vaiare Pier booked via IC Bora Bora was XPF4500 (€37), on return I used a shared shuttle service which was only XPF1000 (€8).

Pic: Standard Overwater Bungalow at InterContinental Moorea (Sep 2012)
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa has 144 deluxe rooms and junior suite bungalows:
• 48 Lanai rooms
• 1 Lanai suite
• 17 Standard Beach Bungalows
• 17 Garden Pool Bungalows with a private swimming pool
• 11 Premium Beach Bungalows wide open ocean view
• 21 Standard Overwater Bungalows
• 29 Premium Overwater Bungalows with wide open ocean view
All bungalows have the same layout and interior.  Garden bungalows feature plunge pools, beach bungalows have direct access to the beach and overwater bungalows direct access to the lagoon.

Pic: Bungalow types – InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa Map
Instead of spending XPF109,734 ($1214) to book a Lanai room for 3 nights, I used 90K Priority Club points (value $540).  As Royal Ambassador, I was upgraded to Standard Beach Bungalow 412.  RA benefits were honored on my points stay including free internet and complimentary minibar.

Pic: Living Room of Bungalow 412 at InterContinental Moorea (Sep 2012)
Pic: Bedroom of Bungalow 412 at InterContinental Moorea (Sep 2012)

Pic: Welcome amenity InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa (Sep 2012)
Pic: Royal Ambassador complimentary mini-bar IC Moorea (Sep 2012)
Pic: Hammock at InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa (Sep 2012)
Pic: Flowers at InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa (Sep 2012)
Breakfast was served at the “Fare Nui” restaurant.  As usual in French Polynesia, it was rather expensive: Continental breakfast XPF3035 (€25) and American breakfast XPF3701 (€30) Fare Nui also served dinner.  Other options were all day dining “Fare Hana” and the new swim up bar Motu One.

Pic: Rainbow at Overwater Bungalow InterContinental Moorea (Sep 2012)
As I didn’t have a car or motorcycle to navigate around the island, I booked a 4X4 WD Inner Island Roto Nui Tour (XPF5500) via the InterContinental Moorea Concierge.  I found Moorea to be a nice island, but in my opinion Bora Bora is way more superior.  If you’re traveling to French Polynesia and only have time to visit one island, Bora Bora should be your choice!
Pic: Belvedere lookout ATV tour at Moorea, French Polynesia (Sep 2012)
Pic: View from Magic Mountain Moorea, French Polynesia (Sep 2012)

16 Comments on “InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa

  1. Great site, my wife will be at the IC Moorea for three nights as part of a longer trip. We are in a Lanai room and want to upgrade to an overwater bungalow. Did you find much of a difference between the Premium vs. the Standard overwater bungalows?

    • Hi Matt, thank you for your feedback. I don’t remember the exact differences between the overwater bungalows, but I personally I would rather save the money and go for the Standard. You can spend the saved money on activities around the island!

      • The regular over water bungalows face towards the resort. There are only a few true over water units. Premium face the ocean.
        I agree with Bart though–I would stay in the lanai room and use the money to do other things.
        I was there in October for 6 nights in a lanai room and it was great. Plenty of room for 2 plus it was closer to the pool/main resort.
        The resort has a day trip for a whale watch that is AMAZING. Not sure when you are going but there is a specific migration season.
        Also, do the ATV quads through ATV Moorea! Ask for Gui as a guide.
        And lastly, go to the Lagoonarium. Also very amazing!
        Have a great time!!!
        I wrote a blog while there if you are interested.

        • Thanks Bart and Jill. That helps a lot. Glad you recommend the ATVs also as we were contemplating that. We are only there for 3 nights and then we are taking a 3 night catamaran cruise to Bora Bora and have an overwater bungalow there for 3 nights.

  2. Hi — I just found your website. Great information! I am staying at this resort for 4 nights next year prior to a 10 night cruise. Is the hotel far off the road? Is it ‘walkable’ to get off the resort and to any little markets for food?

    • Hi Jill, there are a few small shops just outside the resort. One is just opposite the entrance road, the other one is a 10 min walk. Enjoy your trip!

  3. Greetings from the IC Moorea Bart! What shared bus service did you use for travel back to the ferry in Moorea?

    • Hi Lois,

      I don’t remember exactly, but I think someone of the front desk booked it for me. Just ask them for the shared shuttle service instead of the private shuttle. Enjoy your vacation in French Polynesia!

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