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"Honeymoon in Bora Bora "
My husband and I decided we had to go to Bora Bora for our honeymoon because it's the trip of a lifetime. We stayed at the Le Meridien for the last four days of our trip. Coming into the dock the water is so clear and gorgeous. we were greeted by Tahitian music, and guided in to start the check in process. Our room wasn't quite ready so we waited at the bar for a drink. Getting into our room...we were ecstatic! The room was beautiful....huge tube, nice shower, deck, champagne, glass floor....living it up! Our stay at the resort was great. The views of Mt Otemanu was incredible! Most of the staff was very friendly and helpful. The Te Ava restaurant food was great. My husband had a parrot fish and he said it was the best he ever had. The Tappas restaurant also had the best smoked fish. The only things I didn't like about the resort was that in order to really eat dinner and not room service, you have to make a reservation at the restaurants. The first night we were there, by the time we got settled in the room they said there were no more so we had to eat at the buffet...for $87 usd a person....it was not a great buffet. Not worth that much money. I wasn't too happy about that. Plus walking past the restaurant, there were plenty of extra tables. Also, the beach area is relatively small and there's not much option for a shaded area. No umbrellas, only trees which the closer you get to them, the more ants crawl on you. A good thing though is that the snorkel gear is free and the paddle boards/boats. The turtle sanctuary is also really great and I'm happy that they do the work that they do there. The turtles are amazing. You can view the turtle feeding and we were lucky enough to be there when they released a turtle back into the ocean. They had a ceremony and prayer before they released her. The water shuttle into the main town is expensive...$50 usd. My advice would be buy snacks and drinks there at the bodegas for cheap and bring them back with you. You'll save more money and it was actually just be available to you in your room without having to walk across the resort or wait for room service. Overall it was an amazing trip and I would definitely book at the resort again.
Just got back from a 5 night stay at the Le Meridien for our honeymoon. This was an amazing resort with fantastic staff, breathtaking views, and ample amenities. General - They start with a nice touch by welcoming you with a lei, cold fresh towel, and juice. They will take care of your bags and will take them to your room directly when ready. There are "transit rooms" for you to shower/freshen up if you need. We got to the resort by 9:30am and the room was ready by 1:45pm. Better than 3pm I suppose! MAKE SURE to give them your SPG or Marriott rewards number..this will allow for some extra goodies (10% off dinner at all restaurants and a buy one get one cocktail or free eclair with coffee). The resort itself is very clean and well kept. The staff are constantly working or assisting guests. Its a open air concept, meaning no AC except for your room, spa, or gym. Check out is at 11am, so for those leaving to LAX at midnight, your airport shuttle may not leave until 5:15pm or so. When asked for a later check out, we were told this is not possible as other guests need the room that day. After a little back and forth, they finally agreed to extend our check out at the rate of $100. This was a bit disappointing. Most other guests lounged at the pool and showered in the transit rooms after. Bungalow - We lucked out with one the over water bungalows (OWB) at the end of one of the docks. This gave us a magnificent view of the mountain and lagoon. The room was modern and very clean. The bed was 2 beds placed together and had a sliding mosquito net around it. In the middle of the floor is a HUGE glass that lets you see the water below. The shower was amazing with hot water running instantly. The large tub worked nicely for an end of the day soak. AC and fan worked without any problems. The deck has 2 beach lounge chairs which was perfect to watch the sunset or relax and have a glass of wine. There are other private bungalows that had their own pool, beach, hammocks..etc. But its those OWB that people think of when they hear Bora Bora Transportation - The resort can only be reached by the boat shuttle service from the airport. Depending on how you book, the fees maybe included with your stay. If not, its around $12.50/person each way. For excursions/activities, some of your guides will bring the boat to the Le Meridien dock to pick you up. If you need to get to the main village (Vaitape), just contact the concierge desk and they'll arrange the shuttle service with pickups at 3 different times a day. Staff - The staff are extremely friendly. In addition to English and French, some of them spoke other languages (Spanish, Japanese..etc). They really do out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Any time we needed something, the reception desk staff would help us right away! Concierge was great in helping us confirm restaurant reservations/excursions and offered plenty of advice on what to do away from the resort. Be sure to say "Ia Orana (hello)" and "Maruru" (thank you)! Food/Drink - There are 3 restaurants, one poolside bar, and one bar/lounge. Dinner reservations are needed for Te Ava and Le Tipanie. The breakfast featured plenty of fresh fruits, juices, and pastries. The crepe station was great! The poolside bar was great to grab a drink or munch on a heavy snack. Look for Nadine, as she was very attentive! Take note if you are vegetarian or have a special diet....there are not too many varied options on the menu, however it is workable if you let them know in advance. They have a Polynesian buffet ($75/person) or BBQ ($50/person) on Thursday night with a live dance show after. They also have Mexican and Sushi themed menus on different days. There are plenty of choices for drinks including cocktails, local beers, and spirits. Can get a bit pricey for large bottle of water ($7.50) but the room came with 2 smaller bottles a day and we stocked up at the airport for $4.50/bottle. Bring a few shooters and get your sodas/juices from the bar..will save you a bundle at the end of the day. Didn't stop us enjoying a drink at the Miki Miki bar! Amenities - The beach and pools are awesome! Words cannot do justice to the views that Le Meridien offers. Upon check in you will get cards to give you free access to beach towels and snorkel gear. There is enough space on the beach or at the pool to relax without feeling overcrowded. Look for the sole lounge deck in the middle of the lagoon! WIFI is accessible everywhere, but if you need a PC and printer, there are 2 available. Before our check out, we enjoyed a couples massage at their wellness center in room 414. This was 50 minutes well spent...very calm, clean, and soothing. What sets this resort apart is their turtle center. Every day at 10:30am, you can attend and the staff will give you small presentation and let you feed the turtles. Amazing help that these turtles are getting! If you really didn't want to explore or do the excursions, you could relax, swim, jetski, canoe...etc the list goes on! Everyone needs a lazy day! Overall - This is an amazing place! The staff will help anyway they can to make sure you have a memorable experience. If there is a way to broaden the veg options on the menu (instead of sides/salads) and help out guests with later check outs, this place would have it all.
"great location, spectacular bungalows, but slow service"
It is a great place if not to say an amazing place:-) expensive but worth the money. only thing where i see room for improvement is the customer service- several things we asked for were forgotten and if you have special requests (like foodwise) they will not do it. Also the charge of 50 USD to the mainland is ridiculous. i never paid before to go somewhere with the hotel transportation from a 5*.
"Best Vacation EVER."
Le Meridien gave us the best that Bora Bora has to offer. From the very attentive staff to the water taxis to the other resorts and all the excursions planned directly from the concierge; everything was convenient. I would definitely stay in the same location again knowing how easy it is to visit the culture on the island. The wild life and the Turtle Conservation Program were game changers in participating in the experience. The island itself was so beautiful that it will last forever in my mind like the Polynesian people. Le Meridien delivered on all its promises.
"Sea Turtle Santuary. Enough said."
What a great spot! I stumbled upon it to stay in an overwater bungalow which was lovely. But my best memories will be the green sea turtle sanctuary that the hotel hosts and comingles with. The people running the sanctuary are so wonderfully genuine and enjoy their jobs thoroughly that it really makes it a joy to see what they have accomplished.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM