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Le Meridien Bora Bora
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

If paradise exists it is called Bora Bora! We just returned from our honeymoon in Tahiti and Bora Bora and it exceeded our expectations. We are definitely coming back for our 5 year anniversary. I will break down my review in sections and hopefully I can provide some tips.

Weather: We were a little worried about the weather, since its “rainy season” but we had one cloudy day in Tahiti which was good because when it’s sunny it’s HOT!! And it rained twice in Bora Bora but it cleared up in 10 minutes. One morning was cloudy so we went to the turtle sanctuary to see the feeding at 10:30 a.m. Make sure you have really good sunscreen and reapply because you will get burned. I had SPF 85 and came back with a beautiful tan!!

Flight tip: When you take your airplane from Tahiti to Bora Bora sit on the left side (pilot side) of the plane to get the best views.

Hotel: From the moment they greet you at the airport the service is excellent and you don’t have to carry your bags for the rest of the trip. They take you on a 15 minute boat ride to the hotel and when you arrive a golf cart is waiting to take you to the reception area. There you are welcomed with delicious drinks and refreshing towels. A representative walks around the resort with you explaining where everything is and then they take you to your room. The grounds are kept immaculate, the two pools are beautiful and the view is amazing. All of the employees are very nice and polite and make an effort to make your stay wonderful. The day before departure, they will leave an envelope with the check out time and when you leave they will come by to pick up your bags. We were actually very pleased because they don’t even rush you to get out. On our last day we had run out of pacific francs to pay for our taxi fare so they just added the bill to our room. They have a boat every 30 – 40 minutes that goes from the hotel to their little port on the main island so you can go to your excursions, restaurants etc. Not sure how the other hotels can be much better than this one.

After speaking with a few people from there we learned that some hotels do not allow the locals on their premises, like the St. Regis and the Four Seasons. Not sure why, but I thought it was very nice to interact with people that grew up there and can give lots of insight.

Over the water bungalow: Beautiful and cozy! The glass floor is actually pretty big and mostly at night or early morning we saw lots of fish, stingrays and even an octopus. The bed is very comfortable with feather pillows and comforter. The bathroom has his and her sink, a tub, a open shower and a private toilet closet. The balcony has two launch chairs where you can just sit enjoy a drink and get lost in the views. You can dive into the lagoon right from your deck and there is a shower outside to rinse yourself.

Restaurants/Food: Yes the food is very expensive, so here are some ideas on prices so you can budget! We had breakfast included as part of our package, which I highly recommend, because the average cost of the buffet breakfast is $70 for two. We had dinner in the hotel, it was good but not impressive for about $90 and one night we ordered room service which was cheaper than the rest of the nights and I had a cheeseburger with fries and a vegetable medley and my husband had the Mahi Mahi with wild rice and vegetables for about $80. Dinner at Bloody Mary’s was excellent, we had a seafood skewer, my husband had the swordfish and I had tuna (both amazing) for about $140 and it was very good. Another night we went to Kaina Hut and I was very good, we had the breadfruit gnocchi (excellent) and both of us had pasta for about $100. I was very disappointed when we went to La Suite, because the food was not good and the price was outrageous. I had the lobster bisque and it was not good, the portions were very small and we spent like $180. Reservations for the restaurants can be done thru the activities desk.

Excursions: We did three excursions while there. My favorite one was the parasailing because you really get to enjoy the views and see the different shades of blue in the water. Don’t be afraid because it’s very easy and peaceful, you are not skydiving!! My husband loved the shark and stingray snorkel excursion because you really get to interact with these wild creatures that are so used to people. We had a great tour guide, Arii, that knew the area very well. Tip: bring bread from your hotel to feed the fish when you stop at the garden reef and they will be all over you. The 4 x 4 safari tour was fun because they take you up into the mountain and the views are beautiful.

Tattoo? If you are interested on getting a tattoo, Marama is the best guy in the South Pacific. Everyone knows him. The activities desk booked our appointment on the first day we got there and made arrangements for a taxi to take us there, which cost about $80 roundtrip. We had our tattoos done on the last day of your trip because you cannot get in the water or get sun on it. My husband got a big one done on his shoulder and I got a small flower on my ankle for about $500. His shop is located along the one and only road that goes around the island, just a little further down from the Sofitel Hotel. There is a store in the front but not a big sign. If anything just ask around.

I hope this was a little helpful and have a great time in PARADISE!!

Room Tip: You definitely should get an over the water bungalow to get the full experience. There are two rows...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

I booked a stay here for our honeymoon through Pacific for Less and had no regrets. It is way nicer here than you see in the photos. It was an extremely beautiful resort and a wonderful honeymoon experience but please do not have high expectations for the menu or food. Claudia covered every detail imaginable for our trip. We knew exactly what to expect and EVERYTHING was taken care of. You will be hard pressed to find another company that will offer this level of service and cover every detail of your trip for a lower price.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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cecile_lemarrec, assistante de direction at Le Meridien Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2012

Dear guests,

Thank you for sharing your experience at our resort and we are pleased that you have a great memory of your honeymoon in Bora Bora. We appreciate your warm comments and we are currently working with our Executive Chef to improve our menu selection and food quality for our guests to also have full satisfaction on our meals offer.
H opefully we will have the pleasure to welcome you in a near future

Sunny regards,
Cécile L.

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Reviewed 31 March 2012

The french polynesia is beautiful, but Bora Bora outshines the rest of the islands (even though I prefer Rangiroa for the scuba diving) because as far a landscapes is very hard to beat the incredible and progressive coloration of the inner lagoon, the dramatic rise of the mountain, the atoll sorruounding it all and sea everywhere. At Le Meridien you will be right in the midlle of it (make sure you reserve an Overwater bungalow, no good to travel halfway across the world and not getting this incredible experience) On high season the service is so, so, when the hotel has less visitors the service is really good, but it should always be great no matter what on a hotel of this caliber.
It pays to investigate ahead and plan for your activities since you can save a good amount of money, specially if you are going to visit more islands (atolls actually) Tahiti and Moorea are bustling with tourists, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa are "off the beaten path" Manihi and Rangiroa are the best scuba diving experiences

Room Tip: Overwater is a must, Bora Bora is far and way so get the full OW bungalow experience. Try to get one...
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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cecile_lemarrec, ASSISTANTE DE DIRECTION at Le Meridien Bora Bora, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your feedback following your experience at our resort and we are pleased that overall you have spent a memorable stay with us. We do pride ourselves in keeping the same level of service wether it would be high or low season and we keep working on training our staff to deliver the best quality of service.
We hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you in our resort in the future.

Sunny regards,

Cécile L.

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

We took our teenage children to Bora Bora for Christmas as we had wanted to return to Tahiti as we had our honeymoon there 27 years ago. Booked overwater bungalows. They were magnificent. We could swim off our balconies, the water was a wonderful temperature. The hotel welcome was excellent. From arriving at the little airport, our bags were taken am
Nd we didn't have to worry about getting them to our room, they got there before us! The staff were welcoming, the hotel room was clean, well appointed, very comfortable. We had room service in the bungalow on many nights. We had the Christmas lunch which was a set menu and it was the best meal of the trip. Not worth going into the town, disappointing. We also had a boat trip arranged which was excellent, Ari our boat guy was brilliant. Kids got to swim with little sharks and stingrays which was their highlight. Would definitely return!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

We had a fantastic time at Le Meridian. We found the staff to be friendly and very helpful. We even had the opportunity meet and spend some time with the general manager and his wife ate happy hour one evening. Our overwater bungalow was fantastic, and even though they are close to one another, we always had our privacy and felt as though we were the only people there. I would recommend going out for dinners and enjoy what restaurants on the island have to offer. We would eat at Le Meridian for lunch and it was decent. We took advantage of the snorkeling and kayaking, free and amazing. The activities team was very helpful and informative. I am still amazed by the coordination between the hotel, activity businesses and restaurants. We never had to wait for the boat to go to the main island and our transport was always waiting upon our arrival. This is a great place to stay...but can anything be bad while in paradise?!

Stayed: March 2012
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Bora Bora

Address: Motu Tape | BP 190, 98730, French Polynesia
Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range: ₹ 29,582 - ₹ 85,489 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Bora Bora 5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Meridien Bora Bora is a luxury resort set on an islet surrounded by the most beautiful lagoon in the world. Our resort offers guests a contemporary design blended with Polynesian culture. ... more   less 
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