InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Updated: September 7, 2018

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort – Sumptuous facilities, romantic bungalows, gorgeous beach, and yet oh-so convenient.

Located along a cove of snow-white sand and sapphire-green waters, the InterContinental offers bungalows on the sand or perched above the water – and the eye-catching setting is enhanced further by the mountainous backdrop. All bungalows are distant from neighbors and Polynesian in design, with thatched roofs, but also modern inside, with full-length windows. Steps from the private sundeck of the overwater bungalows lead directly into the lagoon. The double-layered communal pool faces the beach and offers a splash area with sandy edges for children. There’s also a modest games room and plenty of activities on offer. And it’s in a village on the main island; not inconveniently stuck on an isolated atoll like most resorts.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort – The Basics

  • Location: Along the main road in Matira at the southern end of the main island. About 7km from the only town, Vaitape; and 30 minutes by boat and taxi from the airport.
  • Guests: Offering nothing but above-water bungalows, many guests are couples – particularly those on romantic getaways or honeymoons – although families are encouraged.
  • Beach: A superb stretch of beach, with white sand, sloping palms and calm blue-green water.
  • Views: Jaw-dropping views from all bungalows above the water. Those further out boast broader views, often 180 degrees, and not obstructed by other bungalows.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Not provided free, and charges for Wi-Fi are hefty.
  • Nice Perks: Use of some facilities (for a fee), such as the spa, at the sister resort on Motu Piti Aau atoll, with transfers included.
  • Parking: A few spots at the main entrance, but very few guests will bother renting a car.
  • Phone: (689) 40 60 49 00
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://lemoana.intercontinental.com/
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool is really lovely, with 2 layers and facing the beach. It might get crowded, but most guests probably lounge about and swim at the beach, or access the water via the steps on their bungalow.
  • Spa: The Deep Ocean Spa is impressive, if a little pretentious: using ‘Algotherm marine cosmetics’, it offers an expensive array of massages, scrubs, and beauty treatments. At the sister resort on Motu Piti Aau atoll, with transfers included.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly, there isn’t 1 here, but guests can use the gym at the sister resort on the atoll.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected at this sort of resort, with so many bungalows above the water.
  • Activities: Free use of equipment for snorkeling, kayaking and paddle-boarding. Several interesting cultural activities, such as cooking demonstrations, also offered for free.
  • For Families: Modest room with ping pong, snooker tables, and video games.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Noa Noa – intimate setting on a terrace, and alongside the sea. With Polynesian décor and haute cuisine. Also, traditional dances and buffets some nights. Breakfast and dinner only • Vini Vini Bar & Terrace Restaurant – shady and beachside, for light meals all day, and happy hours at sunset. Great for trying local delicacies.
  • Breakfast: Some rates include a buffet breakfast. Otherwise, it’s worth paying extra for.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Beach Bungalows • Lagoon Overwater Bungalows • Horizon Overwater Bungalows • End of Pontoon Horizon Overwater Bungalows • 1 Poevai Overwater Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Strictly no smoking in the rooms or public areas, but no-one can stop anyone from smoking on the beach.
  • Best Room: The End of Pontoon Horizon Overwater Bungalows may have a longwinded name, but they do boast a perfect position, with more seclusion and virtually unobstructed sea views.
  • For Families: Bungalows can accommodate 1 or 2 extra children, but the best for families is the single Poevai Overwater Suite. It features adjoining bungalows, with a lounge room connecting both, and space for 6.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • The Lucky House (40 67 68 08) – alongside a pool for bistro-style meals, including wood-fired pizzas. Children’s menu available. Virtually alongside the main entrance. 3-minute walk.
  • Roulotte Matira – quaint setting with a few tables for burgers, crêpes, fish, and steaks. Mostly for takeaway, with fairly random opening hours. Opposite the hotel entrance.
  • Restaurant Matira Beach (87 79 47 04) – Classy French cuisine with Polynesian and Japanese influences. Also, a special kids’ room and free transfers. Reservations recommended. About 600m northwest. 8-minute walk.
  • Snack Matira (40 67 77 32) – simple meals and plastic tables, but beachfront position where guests stay all day. About 1km to the northwest. 12-minute walk.
  • Market or Grocery: On the other side of the road from the hotel entrance a small shop sells basic supplies.

Local Transport

    There is no public transport anywhere on Bora Bora. Taxis (unmetered) can be organized through the resort but rates are extortionate, which is why many visitors hire a car, scooter or bicycle – and the road (7km) is flat all the way to the only town, Vaitape.

    Note: The resort misleadingly claims that it is ‘only accessible by boat from the airport’ – for which guests are also, inexcusably, charged a hefty fee per person. In fact, all airline passengers are entitled to a free boat transfer between the airport and main town, Viatape, from where a taxi can be chartered to the resort.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort – The Hotel

The overwater bungalows are laid out in a typical array.

While not the InterContinental Le Moana Resort, the photo does provide an aerial view of a typical array of above-water bungalows at Bora Bora.

The resort has a traditional entrance.

The traditional design of the resort entrance sets the tone.

The excellent resort beach is sloping and shady.

The resort is superbly located, facing a sloping and shady beach.

The beach hammocks give a tropical vibe.

Hammocks on the beach add to the tropical ambience.

The extensive beach is relatively empty.

The beach is extensive, so there’s always plenty of room for guests.

The lagoon in front of the resort is calm and emerald-colored.

The resort faces a lagoon of shallow, calm and emerald-colored water.

The beach is clean and very appealing.

The beach is lovingly raked and spotlessly clean.

The upper pool is more popular with adults.

The pool has 2 layers, 1 with a waterfall and more popular with adults.

The second pool is children-friendly.

Another section of the pool features sandy edges, and is more suitable for children.

The Noa Noa restaurant has beachside seating.

The Noa Noa restaurant at the resort flows down the terraces towards the beach.

The Vini Vini Bar & Terrace restaurant is spacious and comfortable.

The Vini Vini Bar & Terrace Restaurant at the resort offers plenty of comfortable seating.

The Vini Vini is popular for light meals and happy hours.

The Vini Vini offers light meals and happy hours at sunset.

The buffet breakfast at Noa Noa is very good.

The Noa Noa provides a substantial buffet breakfast – if included in the rates, or paid for as an extra.

Overwater bungalows are accessible using raised walkways.

Bungalows above the water are only accessible along walkways jutting out from the beach.

The overwater bungalows are separated and secluded.

With more distance between each, the overwater bungalows are more secluded than at most other resorts.

The resort staff use bicycles to get around.

The resort is so vast that staff often ride bicycles to get around.

Overwater bungalows feature private sundecks that lead to the lagoon.

Steps from the private sundeck at the bungalows lead to the shallow lagoon.

The large sundeck features wooden furniture.

The sundeck is large enough for some outdoor furniture.

The spacious bungalows have a small glass floor.

Bungalows are reasonably spacious, and feature a small glass floor for peering at the coral and marine life below.

The accommodations feature a modern decor with Polynesian touches.

The décor is modern with touches of Polynesia.

The spacious bungalows are modern and well-equipped.

With a lofty ceiling, modern gadgets and abundant windows, the bungalows lack nothing.

The overwater bungalow bathrooms are very appealing.

The bathrooms in the overwater bungalows are especially appealing.

The bathrooms are modern and very appealing.

Bathrooms include full-length windows, twin sinks, and a bath.

The traditional Beach Bungalows are very appealing.

The Beach Bungalows are also nice, and feature an appealing traditional design.

Sea views of Beach Bungalows are blocked by trees.

Some of the views of the Beach Bungalows are blocked by trees and/or affected by distance.

Roulotte Matira is popular for its tasty meals.

Almost opposite the main entrance to the resort, Roulotte Matira offers simple meals in a casual setting.

Snack Matira nearby offers good meals by the sea.

The setting of Snack Matira is the main reason why it is so popular.

Lucky House Restaurant close-by offers great pizza.

The Lucky House provides a lovely poolside setting, with pizzas a specialty.

Vaitape town is 7km from the resort.

The resort is about 7km from Vaitape, the only town in Bora Bora.

Pape'ete is only 45 minutes by flight from Bora Bora.

Bora Bora is about 45 minutes by air from Pape’ete, the capital of Tahiti.

Free boat transfers for airline passengers.

The resort falsely claims that guests can only reach the resort on their speedboat (for a fee), but all airline passengers are able to reach the main island on the large catamaran ferry for free.

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