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My husband and I came here for our 19th anniversary. We chose this hotel because it was on the main island, the thought of being able to easily visit off-hotel restaurants and grocery shops as well as the possibility of biking around the island, at least partially around it, appealed to us. It turns out that biking or running on the road off the hotel was pretty difficult because there is no sidewalk, traffic was pretty heavy, and the fumes of the vehicles were highly unpleasant and not very healthy. If you want to go for a walk there, I recommend taking a walk on Matira beach. It's a beautiful beach with nice white sand, and I met some friendly people walking on it as well as made friends with one of the dogs on the beach. Bora bora is a beautiful place, and the colors of the water are out of this world. Transparently clean with unearthly blue and blue-green hues. The sheer setting itself was enough for us to greatly enjoy our stay. Some aspects of the hotel itself also added to our enjoyment. For instance, the buffet breakfast had a good variety of fruits and vegetables. Eggs to order, prepared with a smile that can be easily coaxed from the charming lady chef in the kitchen. The waiters and waitresses were unfailingly courteous. At dinner the small plates were fabulous. I have to give the chef at the Vini Vini restaurant, the chefs at the main restaurant where we had the buffet breakfast every morning, and the kind waiting staff thumbs up. The hotel manager came by a couple of times during our meals or was just walking by and said hello and then said goodbye. They didn't know us by name, but they were charming. One lady at the front desk had a stern demeanor that made us feel at times as though she was there as a favor to us, and we felt almost apologetic for troubling her with any question or request, which was kind of off putting because we were paying decent money to stay there; she didn't smile much or made eye contact, but she was the exception to the rule, as almost everyone else was just tops. It was kind of bad that she was at the front desk, though, because often we had to deal with her for things like getting schedules for shuttles and buses and other mundane requests and questions that you would need a front desk person for. We had a few small items stolen when we forgot to lock up some of our things. It was our fault, I suppose, for not locking some things up. In the morning when you are walking around in your undies, don't be surprised if you see a cleaning staff person doing some cleaning on the beach with you right in their line of sight. The hotel room was quite adequate. The bed was comfortable. The shower temperature was easily controlled and good. One night when I opened all the shutters to let fresh air in at night, lots of tiny little flies flew into the room, but they were easily chased out or killed with snaps of our towels. The view from the room was absolutely gorgeous. One thing that really threw most of us off was the strong smell of urine in the bathroom after the cleaning staff had been there to clean. I could not use it before wiping the floor and the toilet with Clorox antiseptic wipes several times. After I cleaned the bathroom, the smell decreased by 90%. The bathroom near the main office and restaurant had an even worse smell. It's a shame that they don't clean the bathrooms at this hotel better. I consider bathroom cleanliness essential to the overall experience. I really do think the hotel needs to do a much better job at cleaning its bathrooms. I suggest frequent use of a dilute bleach solution followed by water rinses/wipes. I have never been in a hotel of this caliber and reputation and encountered such a widespread smelly bathroom situation. They had stand up paddles and kayaks free for us to borrow, and the guys at the kayak stand were a joy to deal with. We kayaked out to the coral garden off the Sofitel and saw a moderate amount of fish. It was an easy and enjoyable kayaking trip. If you are prone to get sunburned, I would suggest throwing a towel over your legs. The water is just beautiful. Did I say that already' One day we also took a shuttle to the Thalasso. It cost $35 each way but was worth it just to see what the motu experience over there was like. The Thalasso is a much fancier hotel expertly designed to provide a dreamy experience when you first get there. The views there are of Mount Otemanu and the surrounding lagoon, which is of a different shade of blue than what you get at the IC Le Moana, but just as beautiful although more surreal. I think the water at the IC Le Moana is much clearer; I don't know whether the murkiness of the water at the Thalasso was just that particular day or not because it had rained the morning that we visited the Thalasso. Mostly everyone of the staff at the IC Le Moana was very welcoming, accomodating, courteous, and pleasant, and our dining experience, especially the breakfast, was one of the best things about the stay. All in all, we thought this was a very good hotel with a few things that do need to improve, and we share this with the hopes that they could be improved and make this even a better hotel for visitors to Bora Bora.
"50th Birthday Trip, we will be back!!"
We had the end of the horizon overwater bungalow, more specifically bungalow #11. It was the busier side as you could see and hear the excursion boats coming and going. By the end of our trip we came to love seeing all the new guests arriving and looked forward to seeing the familiar faces of the tour guides. We spent two weeks here and left feeling like family and not a guest. The staff was kind, patient and spot on. We plan to go back to Bora Bora and will stay at this resort again.
"We found paradise on earth"
What I can say about this hotel, will never do it justice. We were here for our honeymoon and this hotel is the epitome of luxury, relaxation, and comfort. We stayed in one of the on water bungalows, which was like something out of Hollywood. The rooms were spacious comfortable and the coffee table which doubled as a view to the sea below was an amazing touch. As a spot for those looking for romance, stop searching this is it. Nothing I have experienced has ever come this close. The only down is that it was so good nothing will ever match it in my opinion. We organised several trips with the hotel. Each one was better than the last. Their local knowledge was second to none. They told us what to see and do to make the most of our stay. To put it simply.... this is what a honeymoon is supposed to be!!!!
"Honeymoon heaven with my beautiful wife !"
You’ve got to come here !!!!!!! Beautiful overwater bungalows White powder sand Pricey to eat and drink but not as dear as The Beverly Wiltshire , but who cares anyway ! My wife is singing on our balcony now and doesn’t want to go home !
My husband and I chose the Le Moana for our stay in Bora Bora as we wanted to be on the mainland versus a motu. It was lovely!! All of staff were friendly and courteous, the grounds were beautiful, the water was spectacular, and the overwater bungalow was just amazing!! There were a few hiccups, though, that prevent me from giving this place a five star review. 1. Unlike its counterparts in Moorea and the IC Thalasso on the motu, there are no fitness activities outside of water sports. No gym, no tennis court, no paths for walking. Although we knew that in advance, the fact does detract from its level of luxury. 2. The buffet breakfast was smaller and less sumptuous than at other IC resorts. At times, they ran out of fruit and croissants by 7:15–and the buffet doesn’t close until 10:30! I brought this to the attention of the staff, but to no avail. They often seemed to be short staffed at breakfast, so it could be just a matter of not having the people to replenish certain dishes. The food was delicious, though! 3. It was often noisy! This is certainly not the resort’s fault—and could have something to do with the fact that the schools were on a two week break at the time of our visit. However, the screaming of children 150 yards from the resort’s beach was not great and detracted from the relaxing atmosphere we were hoping for. Overall, we had a wonderful stay at the Le Moana!!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM