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Le Meridien Bora Bora
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Rome, Italy
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“Paradise”
Reviewed 11 April 2012

We spent 6 nights on our honeymoon trip on overwater bungalow.
The accomodations are amazing, maximum comfort and amenities and being overwater you direct access to the lagoon from your room.
The fan coil is quite noisy, so we had to switch it off during the night (even though the room was hot!).
Meals are buffet, the choice is wide as well as the variety (there's a different buffet each day of the week).
Staff is very very nice and welcoming.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

We just returned from Bora Bora again and this place just does not disappoint. Although we have been to Moorea three times, and now Bora Bora twice, this is the first time we have booked with Pacific for Less…and what took me so long?? Claudia’s friendliness, personal touch and service is incomparable, the package we booked was exactly as discussed, and met our needs perfectly. This year we stayed at Le Meridien. It's a great hotel with excellent views of Mt Otemanu. The resort, beach, lagoon are all gorgeous, and the staff friendly. The OW bungalows are beautiful and have a very large glass viewing panel in the floor. We only ate at the hotel for breakfast and it was good, for dinners the restaurants on the main island are great, Bloody Mary’s, Kaina Hut, MaiKai, La Bounty... and the restaurants will have someone transport you back and forth from the restaurant without charge. The only negative I can think of is that to get to town, it is an $80 cab ride (roundtrip for 2). There is a complimentary boat ride to take you to the main island but from there you have to take a taxi to Vaitape, so if you want to go to the supermarket, buy pearls etc, keep that in mind. And speaking of pearls, go to see Catarina at Deep Sea Pearls in Vaitape, they have a great selection and she is super....don't leave empty handed, you'll regret it when you get home!
There aren’t many fish around the hotel bungalows in Bora Bora, more stingrays than fish but there is a Reef Discovery excursion available. We visited 4 spots and saw a Manta Ray, a large group of spotted eagle rays, puffer fish, butterfly fish, sea cucumbers, urchins, damsel fish, moral eel, baby seahorses, fire coral, christmas tree coral, stonefish, etc. The water in the channel where the Manta Rays may be spotted is quite deep, and depending on the day, the bottom may not be visible. I've been snorkeling for about 15 years and found myself uncomfortable, so take a buoy or lifejacket from the boat so you can enjoy the trip. An important tip for the girls...wear board shorts, the sun is strong and your bum will burn!
Another thing worth noting, for many people, going to Bora Bora/French Polynesia is a once in a lifetime trip. There are many things to do when there, other than what the hotels are offering, and not all hotels make all activities available. Last year I stayed at the Hilton Nui Bora Bora and when I asked about the snorkel trip to see the Manta Rays, they told me I couldn't do it from their hotel/motu...I found out this year that is not true, so keep in mind that relying on information from your hotel may unfortunately limit your activities. To get a full picture of what is available and so you can get 100% out of your vacation, contact Thierry of TCadeau BoraBora Consulting, he's a local with a vast knowledge of the islands and he can customize your activities to suit your personal needs so you don't miss out on anything. This is a beautiful part of the world, experience as much of it as you can! Thierry can be reached at tcadeau@yahoo.fr

Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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cecile_lemarrec, Secrétaire de Direction at Le Meridien Bora Bora, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience at our resort so nicely following your second stay in Bora Bora and we are delighted to hear that your stay with us has been at the level of your expectation.
We hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you again in the future.

Sunny regards,

Cécile LE MARREC
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

My wife and I spent our thirtieth anniversary starting with two days at Le Meridian Tahiti, and then six nights at the Le Meridian in Bora Bora. The hotels were clean, well-maintained and the staff was exceptionally nice. The Tahitian people in, general, seemed always to carry a smile and cordial greeting when approached. In Bora Bora, we had reserved a SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) OTW (Over-The-Water) bungalow. The SPG bungalows were located on the very outer tip of the walkway to the OTW bungalows. The views were unbelievable. The spectrum of colors between the sky and ocean are simply beyond description and the night sky, simply amazing.
Our vacation period was February 7 thru 17, 2012 (inclusive of flight time). Before going on our trip, we researched the area extensively on various web sites and programs such as TripAdvisor and Google Earth.
We are accustomed to five-star facilities that offer the usual accouterments. The Le Meridian Bora Bora meets these requirements on all levels, but one. The food was very sub-par on all but a few offerings, along with ridiculous pricing. The standard reply, when asked about the pricing, was that “everything must be shipped in.” The only item that is locally available is, of course, seafood. But don’t expect the pricing to reflect this. If you would care to have an alcoholic drink, you can walk over to the Miki Miki bar in the main area of the resort after three in the afternoon. They offer a small menu of food that includes a Panini bread sandwich with ham, cheese and tomato that was very good. There is a pool bar but it is not always open.
There are several day trips that are available for both private booking over the internet, pre-trip, and direct from the hotel, usually a day in advance. One of the day trips is shark feeding and snorkeling with stingrays, combined with session of snorkeling on a coral reef. I would highly recommend this excursion. The trip will encircle the island and briefly move outside the outer reef where the majority of the black-tipped reef sharks reside. The tariff when booked through the hotel is approximately $80 U.S. per person. The equipment is furnished by the tour guides who are also very entertaining and personable. There are also many other day-trip activities available such as Scuba diving on the outer reef or personal watercraft rental. There is a boat taxi service to the main island (no charge). On landing, be aware that the five-mile ride by island taxi to the shops will require a voucher from the hotel at a cost of $70 dollars U.S. However, if you contact a Bora Bora island pearl shop, most will send a car that will pick you up and drive you back to the ferry dock at no charge. We used Sabini’s Pearls; Sara Longchamps at the shop was most helpful. One of the advantages of this location was the fact that directly across the road was Chin-Lee’s Market. We took advantage of the proximity and purchased some basic items such as cheese and crackers, some yogurt and mixed nuts, and snack foods in general. The market also had a reasonable selection of French wines, beer and hard liquor.
The bungalow floor plan is very unique; the utilization of space was nothing short of brilliant. I would estimate the total area of the bungalow was 650 square feet and the exterior deck was more than ample at approximately 180 square feet, including the steps, lower platform and ladder attached to each bungalow’s deck. The glass floor in the bungalow is an important feature as we saw both large and small fish of all colors. The bed is firm but has a soft pillow top; it was very comfortable. We were able to power our computers and charge both phones and cameras with the inline transformer that came with them. Only a plug adapter (not voltage adapter) is necessary. The factory-charging adapter plug will work on both voltages 220V (Bora Bora) and 120V as we use at home in Scottsdale, AZ.
If you’re in search of night life, Bora Bora is not the ideal spot for you. However, if you’re seeking tranquility, scenery and that perfect tan, this is your place. Just remember one thing, this is what my wife and I refer to as an “A’la carte Vacation” everything extra comes with a price. If you want water at your table, then its $5.50 a liter U.S. Just be aware of the tariffs before you go. It will lessen the impact while you are there.
To sum up the experience of our stay at the Le Meridian Bora Bora, we would return in a heartbeat. The weather was excellent, especially when considering it was mid-rainy season during the six nights and seven days we stayed, none were lost the weather. The brief showers that did fall actually enhanced the experience for us. The clouds, especially in the late afternoon, displayed the colors usually only seen on post cards or in travel videos; they were both abundant and breathtaking. An amazing journey!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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cecile_lemarrec, Secrétaire de direction at Le Meridien Bora Bora, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you for reviewing our resort so nicely following your first stay in Bora Bora and we are delighted to hear that your experience with us has been at the level of your expectation.
We were sorry to learn that however you were disappointed regarding food choice and value. Such feedback is precious to us as we are constantly working with Executive Chef to improve our menu selection at a valuable cost for our guests. Our pool bar is actually open every day until 5 pm. It could happen we have to close it when weather conditions not allow us to let it open( which could happen from time to time…).
We hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you again in the future and once again thank you for your feedback on our resort.
Sunny regards,
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Seguin, Texas
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Wow, what a wonderful, blissful escape. We stayed here for our wedding-moon (married at the St. Regis Bora Bora) and it was just incredible in every aspect. We stayed the last week of March 2012 and the weather was absolutely perfect even though forecast said chance of thunderstorms everyday. All the employees say "Ia orana" (hello) in a beautiful sing song voice that I can still hear so clearly. The water is undeniably the best I have seen, and I have been all over the Caribbean. Food was not too expensive, we just ordered ala carte items and it was not bad at all, the portions were great. There was a family of eagle rays that we saw everyday below our bungalow as well as many fish every night. The rooms are wonderful, smallish and intimate. The staff were very helpful and polite, and they worked with us to accommodate any request we may have had. We received a large bottle of complimentary French champagne when the hotel learned we were getting married, even though it was at the St. Regis (both owned by Starwood). I have nothing negative to say about the hotel, or the people and I wonder if the people posting negative reviews have really even been to Le Meridien, or Bora Bora for that matter...If you are thinking about Bora Bora, it is worth every penny, SO DO IT!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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cecile_lemarrec, Secrétaire de direction at Le Meridien Bora Bora, responded to this review, 18 April 2012
Dear guests,

We are very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your honeymoon at our resort. It is always encouraging for us to read that our guests are satisfied with our services as it is what we strive for everyday.
Thank you for your warm comments and we hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you again in a near future.

Warmest regards,
Cécile LE MARREC
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Miami Beach, Florida
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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!!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Bora Bora

Property: 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 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
Price range (per night): ₹ 36,912 - ₹ 78,544
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Bora Bora 5*
Number of rooms: 99
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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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