Intecontinental Bora Bora Resort &  Thalasso Spa

This utterly stunning and romantic hideaway has placed Bora Bora firmly on the map alongside the world’s leading spas. Polynesian-inspired yet strikingly contemporary, it poises serenely on Motu Piti Aau on the edge of Bora Bora’s legendary turquoise lagoon, with the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean behind. The centrepiece is the one-of-its-kind Deep Ocean Spa – the first Thalassotherapy Centre in the South Pacific and the only Thalasso Spa in the world to embrace the virtues of seawater and minerals drawn from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Designed by Algotherm, its French Polynesia’s firs destination spa and uses cutting-edge technology in all of its innovative signature treatments. Derived from the Greek thalassa (sea) and therapeia (therapy), thalassotherapy has always been lauded for its effectiveness. Body scrubs, deep radiance facials, marine mud treatments and relaxing deep massages are all on offer, designed to ease you into an ocean of wellbeing. A real highlight are the glass-floored over-water spa suites through which you can admire the marine life while your body shimmers in a state of bliss. When not being pampered, your romantic haven is one of 80 over-water villas – another winning feature of this resort, as it’s the first in Bora Bora to feature only over-water villas. All have direct access to the dazzling lagoon from a split-level sundeck and boast such breath-taking views that no would-be Robinson Crusoe could ever want to be rescued. The Sapphire Over-water Villas enjoy beautiful vistas of the main island of Bora Bora, while the crème de la crème Diamond Over-water Villas offer an awe-inspiring panorama across the lagoon to Bora Bora’s highest peak, dramatic Mount Otemanu. There is a clean, modern aesthetic throughout, culminating in the all-white trendy Bubbles bar. The atmosphere, too, is more South Beach than South Pacific. The infinity pool along the beach blends seamlessly with the lagoon. Don’t miss the must-have breakfast delivery by a traditional flower-decorated outrigger canoe straight to your over-water deck – pure decadence, Bora Bora-style.

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