The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is the top hotel in the Matira area. For the writer it’s probably my preferred hotel on Bora Bora as it is situated in the area of arguably the best beach & lagoon in French Polynesia & also because it gives you the best of both worlds – ongoing contact with the lives of locals with easy access to local restaurants, events & so on, as well as access to Bora Bora’s legendary “Resort life” on the motus via the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, Intercontinental’s flag bearer on Bora Bora.
It has everything you’d expect from a 5 star Resort on Bora Bora but on a scale that is comfortable & certainly not overbearing – with only 63 guest rooms – all have great views, some sensational – the Intercontinental Le Moana is private & relaxed. Two restaurants & a bar are all you need. There’s never a day when Bora Bora’s lagoon is other than at its best – if the wind is on-shore just stroll a few metres across to the other side of the peninsula to regain paradise.
The above photo shows you the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort with its overwater bungalows set strategically over the best the lagoon has to offer. The island off to the left accommodates the Sofitel Marara Private Island resort behind which is the ‘coral garden’ a popular snorkeling spot. Tahaa & Raiatea are visible in the background.
The hotel is ideally placed to permit you to undertake a myriad of activities both on the lagoon & on the island itself. Head up the road that leads out to the tip of Point Matira for around 100m & you’ll find an excellent jet ski & quad tour on your left, a little further south of the hotel, along the beach, you’ll find a tour offering shark feeding, swimming with manta rays & a different swim with sting rays – here’s the review: Sharks, Manta Rays & Sting Rays. On land, if you are looking for something special consider climbing up Mt Otemanu to the cave near the summit which offers absolutely gob-smacking views out over the lagoon & the resorts for which Bora Bora is world famous – its covered here – Mt Otemanu’s Clinging Cave . Go for it!
Prices are in the range of $400 to $475 per night – excluding taxes (but including breakfast) so add around another 15% – depending on whether you are on the beach or over-water.