Intercontinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora
The closest many people will get to a tropical beach in French Polynesia is a longing look at a cubicle calendar, but the reasonably-priced Intercontinental on Bora Bora's southern tip aims to change that. Some 62 rooms (or perhaps they should be called “islands”) make up this Matira Point resort, which features two private, white sand beaches that offer easy access to the calm, clear waters of the lagoon. The thatch-roofed bungalows are decorated with quintessentially Polynesian elements like hand-carved wooden statues and woven pandanus, and most have sundecks and soaking tubs. Rental gear available includes snorkels and kayaks, and the Noa Noa Terrace restaurant serves French-influenced cuisine.
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