InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – Sublime setting, fabulous facilities and so family-friendly, but a little out-of-the-way.
The most luxurious resort on Moorea Island is also one of the most extraordinary anywhere in the Pacific. Among immense gardens scattered with Polynesian statues, bungalows face the sea or manmade inlets, or are perched above the shallow turquoise water. Others with a private plunge pool are hidden behind lofty fences and surrounded by such dense foliage that they’re permanently dark inside. (Less exciting are the rooms in 3-level blocks facing the noisy pool.) Adding to the appeal are the numerous beaches facing the ocean and inlets, twin Infinity-edge pools, abundant activities, and wonderful kids’ club. Perhaps not surprisingly, the resort is isolated: about 2.5km from Hauru village, with its modest facilities.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – The Basics
- Location: In Tiahura, at the tip of the northwest coast of Moorea Island. About 2.5km from the shops and cafés at Le Petite Village in the centre of Hauru; 25km from the airport; and 29km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
- Guests: Caters primarily for packaged tours, with most guests being older. But also ideal for families and those on honeymoon.
- Beach: Remarkably, there are beaches in all directions. The 1 facing the ocean is comparatively small, but several others are along the manmade inlets. The sand is shimmering white and clean – perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.
- Views: The above-water bungalows provide broad views of the ocean, often 180 degrees. Views from bungalows on the sand are just as good, and certainly more varied. And a few secluded bungalows are deliberately hidden behind high fences.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Not provided for free. Substantial charges for use by guests.
- Parking: Plenty of free and secure places in the carpark metres from the main entrance.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 86 51 78
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: moorea.intercontinental.com
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: 2 lovely pools: both with Infinity edges; one with a swim-up bar. However, they seem a little undersized and could get busy and noisy.
- Spa: Hélène Spa is apparently the first of its type in French Polynesia. Award-winning and intimate, with numerous sumptuous treatments, it’s set within a garden and ideal for couples.
- Fitness Center: Huge room with state-of-the-art equipment. Open 24/7.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Junior Suite Garden Pool Bungalows feature a lovely private plunge pool.
- Activities: Turtle Care Centre and Moorea Dolphin Centre onsite. Also dive agency and water sports kiosk. Free use of tennis courts, petanque, ping pong table, volleyball court and bicycles.
- For families: The Planet Trekkers Kids Club is set up for those aged 4 to 12. Open daily (except Sunday), for engaging activities with a focus on Polynesian culture and local ecology at the onsite turtle and dolphin centres.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: The Shell Restaurant (40 55 19 03) – Romantic fine-dining (but dinner only). Intimate setting with some sea views, and a menu offering Polynesian flavours • Fare Nui Restaurant – Al fresco for only buffet breakfast (which is also available to the public) • Fare Hana Restaurant – More casual and family-friendly for lunch and dinner. Terrace setting for grills, seafood and light meals. Plenty of vegetarian options and a dessert menu to delight those with a sweet tooth.
- Lounge/Bars: Beach Bar – Exquisite setting between the sand and pool. Open early and closed late for happy hours, cocktails, snacks and light meals • Motu Iti Bar – Cozy, for intimate drinks, including imported wine and signature cocktails. Al fresco by the sea and in the gardens (so likely to be closed if raining).
- Breakfast: Generally not included in the hotel rates, but does depend on the type of booking.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Lanai Rooms • Junior Suite Beach Bungalows (standard & premium versions) • Junior Suite Garden Pool Bungalows • Junior Suite Overwater Bungalows (standard & premium versions)
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but OK on the beaches and in the gardens.
- Best Room: It’s hard to go past the Junior Suite Overwater Bungalows, with a sundeck and terrace offering unbeatable ocean views, and a ladder to the shallow turquoise water below.
- For families: Rooms in the block can squeeze in one extra single bed, while all bungalows can comfortably accommodate a family of 4.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
Being so isolated, there is little choice within walking distance. Some places in Hauru village (2.5 to 3.5km away) offer free transfers.
- Holy Steak House – Open all day, directly opposite the resort entrance. Also great for seafood and pizzas. Hearty serves, happy hours, views and takeaways (40 55 15 14). 5-minute walk.
- Taoahere Beach House – Quaint with seaside setting in suburban area, 1.1km east. (Look for signs from the main road.) For seafood, grills, salads, burgers and oodles of desserts. 3-minute drive.
- Beach Bar & Restaurant – At Hôtel Les Tipaniers, about 1.6km towards Hauru. Seaside and garden settings for seafood, pizza, homemade pasta and ice cream. Live music on weekends, and free transfers (40 56 12 67). 3-minute drive.
- Restaurant Tiahura (40 56 58 44) – Claims to be the ‘best seafood restaurant on Moorea’. Offering regional specialties, such as parrotfish and octopus. About 2km along the road towards the village. 4-minute drive.
- Le Motu (40 56 16 70) – Laidback and eclectic menu: pizzas, tacos, crêpes, sandwiches, burgers and Chinese food. More affordable than rivals, with daily specials. On the northern edge of Hauru village, 2.3km away.
- Market or Grocery: Decent general store right opposite the entrance to the resort along the main road.
There is no public transport around Moorea Island. 4 or 5 buses run daily between Hauru village and the ferry terminal (but not the airport) to tie in with the arrivals/departures. Ask the reception for details. To the village, walk, hitch a ride or organise an unmetered taxi. For elsewhere, rent a car or motorbike.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – The Hotel
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