Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Eating in the InterContinental Thalasso, Bora Bora

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InterContinental Thalasso Dining

View From Le Sands – InterContinental Thalasso, Bora Bora

The InterContinental Thalasso is on a motu so you really can’t nip out for a quick (& cheaper) meal.  You could take the free boat to the InterContinental La Moana on the main island and then go out to eat, but that’s a 20 minute boat ride each way.

Here’s a review of the food and prices at the InterContinental Thalasso and the free boat schedule when we were there for 3 nights in September 2012.  We’ll review dining options on the main island and the supermarkets in a more detailed post later on.

Link:  Room Service Menu (Courtesy of Bart Lapers)

Link:  Le Sands Menu (Courtesy of Bart Lapers)

Link:  Le Reef Menu (Courtesy of Bart Lapers)

Breakfast

We shared a room service breakfast, ate the buffet breakfast in the restaurant, and ate the complimentary fruits as breakfast one day to save money.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to get free breakfast like you can with Hilton Gold elite status at Hilton hotels.

Complimentary Fruits.  Emily:  I’m not sure if we got the fruits because Daraius is an InterContinental Ambassador member or if all guests get them.  We ate them with chips which we had brought from the US for breakfast one day.  I also had a Powerbar!

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

A Breakfast of Fruits!

Room Service Breakfast.  We ordered 1 American breakfast for 3,834 XPF (~$42) + 1,000 XPF (~$11) service fee.

Link:  Room Service Menu (Courtesy of Bart Lapers)

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Room Service Breakfast Menu

We found this was a good way to save money because we ordered one breakfast, but it came with enough food for us to share, and we even had food left over for lunch.  We got eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes, cold meats and cheeses, yogurt, a large selection of bread, vegetables, and jams.

We also got juice and tea.  This was more than enough food for both of us and we also saved some bread, cheese, yogurt and meats in the minibar for an afternoon snack!

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Sharing a Room Service Breakfast

Breakfast Buffet.  Breakfast is served at the “Le Reef” restaurant and costs 3,127 XPF(~$34) per person.  We each had the Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel, though I know Daraius missed his eggs and meat.  But he’s gained some pounds in the last 6 months, so he could do without them!

I liked trying the jams, but probably my favorite was eating a chocolate croissant with Nutella and peanut butter.  Yum! The fresh watermelon juice was also good.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Emily by The Breakfast Buffet

There were eggs (not included in the Continental breakfast)…

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Breakfast Buffet

and cheese…

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Breakfast Buffet

Daraius said that the Poisson Cru, a traditional Tahitian fish dish, was not as good as the one at the Hilton in Moorea.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Breakfast Buffet

There was lots of bread…

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Breakfast Buffet

…juices…

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Breakfast Buffet

…cereal…

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Breakfast Buffet

…and jams.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Breakfast Buffet

Lunch

Link:  Le Sands Menu (Courtesy of Bart Lapers)

Daraius:  The Le Sands Restaurant serves lunch and dinner.  The food was better than the food at the Hilton in Moorea or Bora Bora, but still not very tasty or worth the price.  But it did have a nice view!

The hotel staff took Emily’s fish allergy very seriously so we didn’t mind paying the higher prices to eat in the hotel because a medical evacuation would have been more expensive.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

View From Le Sands

Emily:  Our lunch was very good.  I ordered a ham and cheese Panini with French fries and Daraius had breaded shrimp and a meat salad.  However, I could have shared my lunch with Daraius.  I could only finish half of the panini.  To drink, we had coconut water.

We did not mind staying in the hotel because of the care and attention the staff gave my fish allergy.  The extra piece of mind was worth it!

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Life on a Motu

A cocktail was 2,180 XPF (~$24).

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Le Sands Menu

A hamburger was about 1,990 XPF (~$22)

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Le Sands Menu

and a steak was about 3,100 XPF(~$34).

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Le Sands Menu

Pizzas were around 2,300 XPF (~$25).

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Le Sands Menu

Salads were about 2,100 XPF (~$23)

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Le Sands Menu

Soups were about 1,600 XPF (~$17)

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Le Sands Menu

Dinner

We had dinner one night at the Le Sands restaurant.  For dinner, we had pizza and Carpaccio, neither of which were spectacular.  We tried the vanilla panna cotta but it was much different than the creamy panna cotta I’m used to.  It was frozen rock solid and Daraius and I had a difficult time breaking even a small bite!

Le Reef  Dinner

Link:  Le Reef Menu (Courtesy of Bart Lapers)

Daraius:  We ate dinner here one night to see if it was worth the price for the buffet and the dance show.  It was 8,117 XPF (~$88) per person, without drinks.  The foie gras was among the best I’ve had, but I wouldn’t pay the buffet price again.

Emily:  On our first night we went for dinner in the hotel restaurant and watched a Polynesian show.  I’d recommend making a reservation ahead of time.  We were almost seated in a separate dining area with no view of the show, but luckily a table opened up last minute, but the restaurant was still full.

There was a French buffet for dinner at the restaurant.  The executive chef took my allergy seriously and told me which foods I could and couldn’t have.  I still insisted using separate tongs to serve my food since my allergy is so severe and there is no hospital nearby.

The food was good, but I usually do not like buffets because I like to eat healthy portions.  My favorite foods were the lamb chops fresh from the grill and the strawberry tart for dessert.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

DInner at Le Reef

The restaurant was modern and had nice ambiance.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Le Reef Restaurant

The Polynesian dance show was very fun to watch while we enjoyed dinner.  The women can dance so well and shake their hips so much!  It must be a good work out for them.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Dance Show During Dinner

Daraius:  I didn’t think much of the show.  It was they typical crowd pleasing show, which was labeled as a “cultural” show.  I guess I wouldn’t have minded if they had just labeled the show as “evening entertainment” instead of suggesting it was a “cultural” experience.

Emily:  He’s such a Debbie downer sometimes!

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Dance Show During Dinner

Daraius:  The buffet was quite extensive, though not as vast as buffets in Asian countries.  I tried the rabbit…

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Dinner Buffet

…the fish…

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Dinner Buffet

…the oysters & prawns.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Dinner Buffet

There was pasta…

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Dinner Buffet

…and about 8 other hot items including rabbit, veal, fish, duck & chicken.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Dinner Buffet

…sea bass too!

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso – Dinner Buffet

The foie gras was my favorite and there was a chef standing by the foie gras who would cut off only a tiny sliver and place it on your plate.  I had no hesitation being Oliver!

Eating Outside The Hotel

You can also take the free shuttle boat from the InterContinental Thalasso to the InterContinental La Moana and then go out to eat.  There are few restaurants within walking distance from the InterContinental La Moana or you can take a taxi or have some restaurants pick you up for free (probably included in the price of your meal).  I’ll write about the restaurants on the island in a separate post.

Here are the shuttle boat timings.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

InterContinental Thalasso Shuttle Boat Timings

MAKING FOOD IN THE HOTEL

You can also use the electric kettle in the room to make your own food.  We boiled some water in our kettle and made soup for a meal.  You can also ask to clear out the mini fridge in your room and stock it with supplies from the supermarket (meats, cheese, yogurt etc.) on the main island.

InterContinental Thalasso Dining

Electric Kettle in Our Room

Bottom Line

It is expensive to eat the InterContinental Thalasso so sharing a meal, going out or stocking up on provisions from the super market could save money.

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29 Responses to Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Eating in the InterContinental Thalasso, Bora Bora

  1. Always love the food posts. :) Who knew there were rabbits in Tahiti and that they were on the menu?

  2. Debbie Schroeder – That was a surprise to me too!

  3. Looks like a really fantastic trip. Thank you for such a detailed food post. I’ve always wondered what the food selections are at this hotel and how much they cost. Thank you very much Daraius and Emily!

  4. @Jenny – Ha! I remember you asking about the food in Bora Bora about a year ago!

  5. I remember you have written a blog about your trip to Bora, and you lived at Hilton in Bora. This time you live at Intercontinental in Bora. Are they resorts or hotels? are they the same resorts/hotels?

  6. Daraius, no Villa Mahana?

    You had access to free shuttle boat (Thalasso) and free taxi (Villa Mahana) both ways. I agree, the food at the resort is hit or miss. We found the best option at the Le Sands with the fresh fish of the day or room service setup on the deck. But Villa Mahana was quite an experience and shouldn’t be missed if you go all that way. Any reason you decided to skip it? For note, we met a couple staying at the Four Seasons and they paid something aweful like $150 just to get a boat taxi from their hotel to Villa Mahana restaurant. With the Thalasso, you’ll get free shuttle to Le Moana, and free car pickup from the restaurant to their place with return.

  7. @happy9z – We stayed at both the Hilton and the Inter Continental when we were there.

    @The Weekly Flyer - Villa Mahana trip report will come soon. :) It was certainly one of the best meals we had.

  8. Wow! Those are some expensive menu prices! It’s good to know so I can plan ahead with a bunch of cup-o-noodles before we go to Bora Bora:)

    We went to Langkawi Island in Malaysia and fortunately the resort had a mini-fridge and hot pot so we came prepared with enough yogurt, crackers, chips and cup-0-noodles for breakfast and lunch every day. (We always pack 2 spoons in our luggage.) Luckily the resort had a great happy hour where we ate our dinners off the discounted bar menu.

  9. I enjoyed this article about food at the hotel. It was most informative.

  10. Darius
    I need Bluebird help!!
    1)Can you apply for more than one American Express Bluebird Card? (ie use one for Business transactions that only take checks)
    2)Is there a limit on the number of “gift cards” that you can purchase at Office Depot, since they no longer sell the Vanilla reload cards.
    3)Office Depot carries another Vanilla card that allows you to pay bills on line. Can this be used like the Bluebird card without having to go the Walgreens to purchase a Vanilla reload card with the gift card purchased at Office Depot to load my Bluebird account? It’s a lot of work!!
    Thanks…I think I’ve found a new hobby thanks to you!

  11. @CheapTrickstoTravel – Good tip to pack 2 spoons. Thanks!

    @Jonathan
    – Thanks!

    @cheryl – I don’t believe you can get more than 1 Bluebird, but your partner may be able to get another one. I don’t believe there is a corporate limit on the number of gift cards, but each store may have their own limit. You have to load the other AMEX Prepaid card with a Bluebird as well.

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  15. Is there a refrigerator or microwave in the rooms at either the Intercontinental Bora Bora or the Hilton Moorea where you could store or heat up food brought from the US or supermarkets? I did not see any kitchenette type amenities in any of your photos.

  16. @Savannah – There were refrigerators, but no microwaves.

  17. How much did the continental breakfast cost at the IC Thalasso? Thanks.

  18. @Jenny - It was ~$34 in the restaurant per person.

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