InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea
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We stayed at the Intercontinental Moorea for 2 nights of a 6 night tour of French Polynesia. They have over the water bungalows - but we stayed in a standard room with a view of the lagoon and dolphin area.
The resort was old, and hasn't been updated. It offered the basic features, but not in line with the "luxury" image. The bed was old and poor quality as were the pillows. At least the bed was firm! The coffee/tea items were not restocked regularly and the housekeeper even left a dirty glass. The water pressure was good, but the shower curtain was cheap and too small so water went all over the floor. And, the shower head leaked shooting a small stream out the side (and on the floor). The electical outlets were on the floor behind the desk, so really hard to get to. The tea kettle had a cord of 2 feet so we had to heat the water on the floor.
The resort grounds had native foliage, but it was sparse with many dead spots. They have the benefit of a beautiful location with a private lagoon. The dolphin experience and turtle rehabilitation center is located right on the resort.
We had one meal at the resort - it was tasty, but overpriced as were the drinks.
The resort had all the basics with some lovely features. If travelling here again, I would see if other accomodations were more luxurious.
Unique Quality: This resort has a Dolphin Center on site in which they use the proceeds from tourists to fund education for the local schools. You can pay for a variety of experiences (introduction, trainer, etc). I choose the 1 hour introduction. It's approximately $200 US, and well worth it! It's about 40 minutes in the water with 3 separate dolphins. There is quite a bit of education - and plenty of petting the dolphins. The best part for me was when the dolphins floats in his back and you can feel his heart beating. They take lots of pictures of you with the dolphins for purchase. My friend and I bought one set and shared the cost, (6600 XPF) so it was reasonable.
The resort also has a turtle sanctuary where they rehabilitate sick or injured turtles.
We stayed here twice on the same trip, in a fare, overwater bungalow, the first time, then we went back to Tahiti for a few days and when we came back to Moorea we stayed in the hotel block. It was before the hotel management was taken over by Inter.Continental.
Both types of accommodation were excellent, but of course the fare is perfect. They're big, comfortable, private, have a big balcony with steps going direct to the water below. Absolute perfection is one on the western side so that you can sit on your balcony and watch the incredible sunsets. Each evening the sunset is a different colour, from red to orange to purple to pink...it's simply breathtaking.
The restaurants were excellent, there was a small grocery shop near the hotel so we bought picnic things there (and mixers for the duty-free drinks because they're always very expensive from hotel mini bars).
Unique Quality: the location is perfect, right on its own private beach. The non-motorised water sports were free, so each day we took a canoe and paddled around the lagoon, exploring the motus, small uninhabited islands.
Directions: Located on the north western side of the island about 16 miles, 27 km, from the small airport and a little further from the ferry terminal.
SUPER expensive! We stayed in an overwater bungalow and paid nearly $600 US a night which we found out was a fairly good deal. We booked the reservation online about 3 months in advance via the Intercontinental's USA website. The only downfall was that we had to pay 100% of the bill at the time of the reservation in order to lock in the price. When we arrived at the resort, the hotel personnel told us that we had not booked an overwater bungalow, but had booked a garden suite (a much lower quality room). Fortunately, I brought a print out of our reservation that clearly stated "overwater bungalow." Even with this documentation, they made us wait in the lobby for over an hour so they could confirm the information. RIDICULOUS! Furthermore, the Intercontinental Moorea website that is on the USA website indicated that we would receive a free "canoe breakfast" if we were honeymooning (which we were). We had to argue with the hotel personnel for this as well even though I had a print out of the website and they had internet access so they could see it for themselves. We wouldn't have argued, but it just seemed WRONG...and the staff was extremely rude and demeaning to us. On a positive note, everything else was FANTASTIC! The free "canoe breakfast" was awesome! Two people dressed in traditional attire delivered the breakfast to our overwater bungalow via a canoe! VERY cool! :-)
Unique Quality: The overwater bungalow we stayed in was beautiful! Very comfortable and fun! The bungalow sat on top of a coral reef. We sat on the porch at night to view the stars and the sealife. There was a night light that luminated the water underneath the porch and a few feet into the water. A lot of sealife was attracted to the light at night. One night a 3-4 foot black tip shark swam around our bungalow! VERY cool! :-)
Directions: From the Intercontinental Moorea website: "Close to Opunohu Bay on the southeast coast of the island, sheltered from the prevailing winds, the InterContinental Beachcomber Resort Moorea is nestled voluptuously between the mountains and lagoon."
A taste of Paradise
Moorea is already a paradise in itself , but Hotel Beachcomber Intercontinental makes it just even more perfect.
The hotel is wonderful , located it a beautiful garden. You'll have the choice between a room, decorated in traditional polynesian style or a "fare" (bungalow).
There is a swimming pool and a spa and 2 restaurants. But the strongest point of the hotel are the activities. You'll have the choice between a lot of water sports : water ski, jet ski, diving, snorkling... I also strongly recommand you the horse ride, the guide is an old native that takes you in the mountains and is super interesting.
And of course the great attraction of the Intercontinental is the "Dolphin Quest" program. For almost one hour you are in a pool with dolphins, learn about them, play with them and take pictures... OK this IS expensive but it's one time in your life so indulge it !
What else to say exept that I really liked the place. The hotel is for sure expensive (I don't know the exact price as I was there as a guest) but the quality really worths it.
Don't hesitate !
Unique Quality: * Dolphin Quest
* Water Sports
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InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea
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Address: Papetoai, PO Box 1019, Moorea, French Polynesia
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Amenities at InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Free High Speed Internet
- Bar / Lounge
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