Privately situated and accessible only by boat, the InterContinental Resort and Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora is opening its doors along a virgin beach on the Motu Piti Aau (meaning “two hearts” in Tahitian). An investment of US $70 million, the resort has borrowed from its surroundings as well as the talents of local artisans to feature an authentic Polynesia style visible in the property’s woodcarving, pandanus weaving, tapa cloth and mother of pearl engravings.
The resort is the first hotel in French Polynesia to feature all over water bungalows (80 in total, eight of which boast views of Mount Otemanau). The bungalows feature spacious living rooms with glass bottom coffee tables serving as aquariums, an exterior freshwater shower on each room’s private terrace and large guest baths that open onto the lagoon.
The InterContinental Resort and Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora features an eco-friendly air-conditioning system, deploying a 7,874 foot pipe (the deepest ocean pipe in the world) to a depth of 3,000 feet off the reef of Bora Bora. The pipe pumps ice cold, deep sea water through a titanium heat exchanger, transferring the cold into the fresh water circuit that then powers the air conditioning throughout the hotel.
In September, the resort’s Thalassotherapy Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm will open as the first spa in the world to use mineral-rich deep seawater extracted from 2,500 feet below sea level in its signature treatments. Additionally, the resort will also be the first hotel in the world to feature an over water wedding chapel with a glass bottom floor, also opening September 2006.