Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Emerald Overwater Bungalow #204 at the InterContinental Thalasso Bora Bora

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Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Emerald Overwater Bungalow #204 at the InterContinental Thalasso Bora Bora

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Emily on the Lower Deck of our Emerald Overwater Bungalow at the InterContinental Thalasso

Video review of our Emerald overwater bungalow #204

Emily Jablon:  We were driven to our overwater Emerald bungalow from the check-in area in a golf cart.  The ride was very pretty and I was excited because we’d be staying in one of these overwater bungalows.

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Emily Outside the Overwater Bungalows

Daraius:  Emily and I each used our 1 annual free night from the Chase Priority Club card for 2 nights at the InterContinental Thalasso which we booked ~2 months in advance.  We booked another night for 30,000 points a night when the rate had dropped earlier this year (a mistake).

The current rate is 50,000 Priority Club points per night in a Coral Suite which sells for ~$800 on the InterContinental website.  But the Coral suite is not an overwater bungalow, so I emailed the hotel to negotiate an upgrade to an overwater bungalow.

I had requested overwater bungalow #205 when I confirmed that I’d pay the ~$175 per night fee to guarantee an upgrade from the Coral Garden bungalows to the Emerald overwater bungalow.  Bungalow #205 was the last Emerald bungalow in the row of bungalows which didn’t face any other bungalows in front of us.

However, we were assigned bungalow #204 instead, which was really spectacular, and we had nothing to complain about.  The room was very modern and new.

Emily Jablon:  The bungalow was huge!  It had a separate room with a sofa, chair, flat screen TV, and desk.

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The Living Room

There was a glass-top  coffee table with fruits which we ate for breakfast one day to save paying for breakfast.

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Glass Coffee Table & Welcome Fruits

There was a small table as soon as we entered which had water and a basket to store stuff.

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Small Table

The bedroom was large and faced the clear bluish-green colored water.

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Our Bedroom

Our bedroom had a huge window that looked right out onto the water.

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View From our Bedroom

The bedroom also had an entrance to the bathroom.

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Bathroom Entrance

The bathroom was also large and luxurious with his and hers sinks.

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Emily in the Bathroom

Some hotel rooms are the size of this bathroom!

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The Huge Bathroom

There was a walk-in shower.

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The Shower Room

And a large bathtub.

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Huge Bathtub

The amenities were Algotherm which also lends its name to the Deep Ocean Spa at the InterContinental in Bora Bora.

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Algotherm Amenities

The highlight was our own private balcony with deck chairs.

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Deck Chairs on the Balcony

There was a table to eat on.

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Table on the Balcony

And stairs that descended into the water for swimming and snorkeling.

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Stairs Leading to a Lower Deck

We could see a few other overwater bungalows from our deck so it wasn’t completely private.

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Emily on the Lower Deck

Our room was modern, private and comfortable.  I especially liked the attention to detail, for example, the cushions on the deck chairs.

What we wouldn’t give to go back to our overwater bungalow at the InterContinental Thalasso!

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Darius, Great Information!

I am looking to visit Bora Bora next year. IHG website shows no award availability at all until June 2017 (that’s the max the calendar will go now) for the Thalasso. Do you have any suggestions or insights?

Thank you!

Haha strange, we booked 13 nights on points and asked for bungalow 200-206. we got #204.. i am not sure if its a good deal (regarding sun…??)

Great Information::

My goal is to send a select few general managers my work as a hospitality photographer sometimes they need to photograph upgrades of rooms or property improvements or entire new brochures which we recently completed for Radisson Aruba. I need emails and enjoyed your article on great ways to approach them I have had l;little luck with linked in they seem to hold those close to the chest. my site has a hospitality section devoted to general managers and I haven’t been taking advantage of getting it out http://www.jamesdaddio.com hospitality

Darius, how far in advance did you negotiate with the hotel to get an Emerald OWB instead of the Coral Suite?

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@Jayme – The room now books directly into an Emerald OWB without an extra payment.

We have enjoyed a wonderful stay in room 204 this week (Same room as Daraius and Emily!)

I jumped off the bungalow dock yesterday to measure the water depth so I could help answer this question.

Right off the dock of 204 the water came to just below the top of my swimsuit I would estimate it was 3 feet deep.

I waded down to the first villa off the dock, number 200, and the water came to the bottom of my swim trunks only 2 to 2 1/2 feet deep.

Yesterday evening I walked to the end of the dock and saw that the water would’ve come up over my head –more than 6 feet’ maybe 7 feet deep.

I did notice that there were lots of undulations in the sand much like sand dunes so the Water level varies considerably and some of the docks further out than ours could have more shallow water, but in general there is a slope from the shore out to the end of the dock’s. The Waterlevel varies a bit; when we returned to the room on 24 July 2013 there was a bulletin advising:

“Dear Guest’s,

The government weather forecasting company “Meteo France” is reporting that a strong swell is affecting the islands of French Polynesia coming from the South – Southwest.

The report states that those affect Bora-Bora and Society Islands.

The level of the water inside the lagoon in the resort vicinity will get higher…”

Regardless of the water level we can say this is a very nice property!

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@John T – Glad you’re having a nice time and thanks for the first-hand report!

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