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The horse-shoe shaped Motu Piti Aau curves around the main island of Bora Bora, with turquoise lagoon on one side and the South Pacific on the other. This idyllic coral islet is home to the sanctuary of the InterContinental Resort, which perfectly balances modern luxuries with ancient Polynesian traditions.
All of the overwater villas are decorated in calming neutral colours, with spacious shaded terraces, private pontoons, and separate living rooms. Perched on stilts above the clear waters, every villa has direct access to the lagoon and the rich marine life below. What sets each villa apart is its view, and guests can choose between beach, lagoon and mountain vistas. There are glass walls in front of the beds, so that guests can enjoy the spectacular surroundings in the comfort and privacy of their own rooms.
Lagoon views can also be admired while dining at Le Reef and Le Corail restaurants. Le Reef offers a Polynesian buffet of seafood and local dishes on a Monday night, followed by a traditional dance show on the terrace. More casual dining options are available at The Sands Restaurant and the South Beach Bar, which provide light meals, snacks and cocktails. Enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze while watching the chef cook your food, at The Sands Restaurant show kitchen. Bubbles Bar is a cosy meeting place at any time of day, with three lounges overlooking the beach, pool and lagoon.
Whether on a holiday of relaxation or recreation, the Intercontinental Bora Bora has activities to suite everyone's needs. Indulge in a spa treatment at the Deep Ocean Spa, or unwind by the poolside and in the Jacuzzi. For those feeling energetic, visit the water sports or dive centre, and explore the lagoon in a kayak, an outrigger canoe, or snorkel in the coral rich waters. Wander to Thalasso beach and watch the sting ray feeding, trek through the mountains, or learn how to weave pandana and coconut leaves into hats, baskets and mats.
Why we love it
The concierge team at the InterContinental Thalasso are on hand to ensure that every day is as perfect as can be - perhaps starting with breakfast on your private deck, followed by a swim with turtles and dolphins (they'll point you in the right direction), lunch on a private beach, an introductory scuba session then a sunset cruise with carefully crafted Polynesian cocktails. Bliss.
Katie, Original Traveller