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Updated: January 19, 2021
(Note: The hotel is temporarily closed.)
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – Sublime setting, fabulous facilities, and so family-friendly.
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 private plunge pools are hidden behind high fences and surrounded by such dense foliage that they’re permanently dark inside. Adding to the appeal are the numerous beaches facing the ocean and inlets, twin infinity pools, abundant activities, and a wonderful kids club. Perhaps not surprisingly, the resort is isolated – three kilometers from Hauru village and its modest facilities.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – The Basics
- Location: In Tiahura, at the tip of the northwest coast of Moorea Island. About 2.5 km from the shops and cafés at Le Petite Village in the center of Hauru, 25 km from the airport, and 30 km 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 one facing the ocean is comparatively small, but several others are along the manmade inlets. The sand is shimmering white and clean – perfect for swimming, snorkeling, 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: Not provided for free. Substantial charges for use by guests.
- Parking: Plenty of free and secure places in the carpark meters from the main entrance.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 86 51 78
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: moorea.intercontinental.com
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: 2 lovely pools, both with infinity edges and one with a swim-up bar. However, they 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 is 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 lovely private plunge pools.
- 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 centers.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: The Shell Restaurant – Romantic fine-dining (but dinner only). Intimate setting with some sea views, and a menu offering Polynesian flavors • 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 Room • Junior Suite Beach Bungalow (standard & premium versions) • Junior Suite Garden Pool Bungalow • Junior Suite Overwater Bungalow (standard & premium versions)
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but okay 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 extra single beds, while all bungalows can comfortably accommodate families of 4.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
Being so isolated, there is little choice within walking distance. Some places in Hauru village (3 km) 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.
- Taoahere Beach House – Quaint with seaside setting in a suburban area 1 km east. (Look for signs from the main road.) For seafood, grills, salads, burgers, and lots of desserts.
- Beach Bar & Restaurant – At Hôtel Les Tipaniers, about 1.5 km towards Hauru. Seaside and garden settings for seafood, pizza, homemade pasta, and ice cream. Live music on weekends and free transfers.
- Restaurant Tiahura – Claims to be the ‘best seafood restaurant on Moorea’. Offering regional specialties such as parrotfish and octopus. About 2 km along the road towards the village.
- Le Motu – 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 km away.
Nearby 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 organize an unmetered taxi. For elsewhere, rent a car or motorbike.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – The Hotel
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