Le Meridien Bora Bora has been well recognized in lists of the worlds best hotels including Condé Nast Travelers Gold List. I arrived in Bora Bora and after a 15 minutes boat trip I arrived in the resort. In Maldives top resorts lots of staff welcome you, but only 1 person in Le Meridien and I was told they simply didn’t have enough staff to do more. I was given a towel and a welcome drink before being escorted to my room.
I stayed in an Over-water Villa which was recently renovated and it was great. Quite small compared to Maldives’ general sizes of Over-water Villas, but a really great villa. Bed could be more comfortable, but views and feeling of the villa was quite like being back in Maldives. It’s really hard to pick the most beautiful place in the world, but Bora Bora is definitely one of them.
As you might have read elsewhere the service in Bora Bora is not very good. Lots of the staff is from France and some of them were really great, while others, mostly locals were poorly trained and had very limited English skills. After 5 resorts in French Polynesia I can easily say Maldives is much better in general in terms of service. The internet is complimentary for platinum members, but was quite slow as expected in a remote location.
My opinion about the food is very mixed. The breakfast and lunch was disappointing and service very slow, while the dinner and it’s service was great.
Overall it’s easy to see why people love it. The location and beauty of the place is definitely world class. Service is for me the most important thing and it’s important you keep your expectations low on that point. I did that and had a great time in Le Meridien Bora Bora.
My opinion: Good experience.