"Moorea's Moderate Accomodations" InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea Tip by dustyelisa

InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea, Moorea: 2,166 reviews and 7 photos

  Dolphin Center at Resort
by dustyelisa
 
 

We stayed at the Intercontinental Moorea for 2 nights of a 6 night tour of French Polynesia. They have over the water bungalows - but we stayed in a standard room with a view of the lagoon and dolphin area.
The resort was old, and hasn't been updated. It offered the basic features, but not in line with the "luxury" image. The bed was old and poor quality as were the pillows. At least the bed was firm! The coffee/tea items were not restocked regularly and the housekeeper even left a dirty glass. The water pressure was good, but the shower curtain was cheap and too small so water went all over the floor. And, the shower head leaked shooting a small stream out the side (and on the floor). The electical outlets were on the floor behind the desk, so really hard to get to. The tea kettle had a cord of 2 feet so we had to heat the water on the floor.
The resort grounds had native foliage, but it was sparse with many dead spots. They have the benefit of a beautiful location with a private lagoon. The dolphin experience and turtle rehabilitation center is located right on the resort.
We had one meal at the resort - it was tasty, but overpriced as were the drinks.
The resort had all the basics with some lovely features. If travelling here again, I would see if other accomodations were more luxurious.

Unique Qualities: This resort has a Dolphin Center on site in which they use the proceeds from tourists to fund education for the local schools. You can pay for a variety of experiences (introduction, trainer, etc). I choose the 1 hour introduction. It's approximately $200 US, and well worth it! It's about 40 minutes in the water with 3 separate dolphins. There is quite a bit of education - and plenty of petting the dolphins. The best part for me was when the dolphins floats in his back and you can feel his heart beating. They take lots of pictures of you with the dolphins for purchase. My friend and I bought one set and shared the cost, (6600 XPF) so it was reasonable.
The resort also has a turtle sanctuary where they rehabilitate sick or injured turtles.

Address: Papetai, Po Box 1019, Moorea N, 98729, PF
Phone: 689 55 1919
Price: US$180 and up
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/overview/moorea

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  • Written Oct 26, 2008
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