So your wedding or honeymoon is now booked and you are considering having a photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora to create the memories of this amazing trip? Thanks to this blog post you get more information about the resort itself but also about our ultimate favorite spots to take pictures.
Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora : Resort’s introduction
Located on the motu Piti Aau, on the east side of Bora Bora the Intercontinental has one of the best views you can dream of with the turquoise lagoon in the foreground and the green lush mountains in the background.
Even if the place is pretty small, more intimate compared to other resorts the whole vibe is luxury, relaxation, and romance.
The resort offers 84 large overwater bungalows with a glass coffee table that peered into the depths below, allowing you to see the fish swimming underneath your room! Some of them feature a large plunge pool and, at the end of each pontoon, you’ll find the 4, well known Brando suites. 217m² of pure luxury with a Polynesian touch. 2 rooms, a large living room, a huge pool, and a unique 180° view on Bora Bora main island and the Otemanu mount.
Feeling fancy? You can order your breakfast to be delivered by outrigger canoe directly to the terrace of your villa (available in all bungalows)!
Regarding the food, you’ll have a choice between 3 restaurants and 3 bars without leaving the resort!
Have you ever heard someone using the expression “Boring-Boring” to describe Bora Bora? Well, it’s definitely not happening here. From the main beach, you can borrow paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and every day, a lot of free cultural activities, are proposed to guests like Polynesian cooking class, coconut show, pareo tying lessons, palm frond weaving… Oh, and if you feel like it, you can even pet stingrays every day at 2 PM 😉
On top of that, you’ll have access to a fitness center, a tennis court, and the Deep Ocean Spa. The spa is one of the largest in Bora Bora and offers signature deep seawater treatments: Bora Bora Deep Blue massage, Algospa, cold see plonge along with a jacuzzi, a deep chiller walk steam bath a sauna and esthetical treatments.
If you feel like exploring we invite you to take a walk on the reef side, enjoy the raw beauty of the coral beach and the ocean breeze. And finally, if you want to go to the main island you can also enjoy the complimentary shuttle boat to the sister property: Intercontinental Le Moana. This way you can enjoy both resorts… so you definitely won’t get bored!
Something we especially like about The Intercontinental Thalasso is the IHG Green program and the concrete actions they take to preserve the environment and support sustainable tourism in French Polynesia. The hotel commits for instance to controlling and reducing its water and energy consumptions, as well as its waste production. The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso is notably the first hotel in the world using deep-sea water for its air conditioning needs (SWAC system). This commitment also aims at helping the development of the local communities and their integration into the economy.
Last but not least the resort is perfect for a wedding ceremony: You’ll love the chapel with the big glass floor!
3 spots we especially like for a photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora
- The infinity pool overlooking the lagoon and island. It’s a very special place to watch the sunset with the palm trees reflected in the water, just like a mirror, perfect for pictures.
- The chapel beach with pristine water, all the shades of blue & green you can imagine and the chapel on the background.
- Your overwater bungalows for fun, wet pictures 😉
But enough talking, you clicked to see pictures right?
So you’ll find below the 8 best spots for your photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora.
Photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora : Our top 8 locations
1 : Main pool
The reflections on the pool in the sunset ar out of this world!
Also gorgeous in the morning with all the different shades of blue.
2 : Chapel beach
A small, intimate white sand beach with very clear & calm water. Just like an oasis in the jungle, with the overwater chapel in the background.
3 : Bungalow bridge
4 : Chapel
Even if you don’t plan to get actually married in it, the chapel is still a great photo spot. I mean… look at the surroundings. The palm trees, the inner lagoon! It’s just perfect! The glass floor is also interesting for romantic pictures.
5 : Overwater bungalow
The vibrant color of the lagoon around the resort is insane, just like a pool! That’s why we like shooting on the bungalow deck so much in this resort and if you have a pool it’s even better! And what’s better than jumping into the lagoon to end your photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora?
6 : Tropical garden
To add a splash of green and jungle mood to your photoshoot let’s talk a walk in the secret garden of love!
7 : Main beach
Of course, you can’t miss the main beach and its incredible views on the mountain during your photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora. A few shots in the hammock or in the water is always a good idea too 😉
8 : Reef side
And finally, a different point of view: the reef side to feel the breeze and the power of the ocean. Maybe we’ll even find some hermit crabs on the way 😉
Recommended itineraries for your photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora
Here are our recommended itineraries depending on the duration of your photoshoot.
Itineraries for a 1H photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora
- (Overwater bungalow +bungalow bridge) + any 2 other locations
Itineraries for a 2H photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora
- (Overwater bungalow +bungalow bridge) + any 4 other locations
Itineraries for a 3H photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora
- 3H is enough to cover the whole resort
Of course, we can also do a tailored itinerary according to your preferences and request. Let’s talk about it ?
Best time & light for your photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora
You can check examples using the pictures above: The light & colors are very different depending on the time of the day. To get a soft and beautiful light the best is to shoot in the morning or just before the sunset. Sunsets are often sensational here so it’s a great time to shoot BUT be aware that the water won’t look that blue. If the iconic vibrant blue color of the lagoon is the most important to you then we suggest shooting in the morning between 9AM & 11AM.
All spots are suitable for morning or sunset**. It’s just about the atmosphere, the colors you like better ?
In any case, it’s always better to avoid shooting in the middle of the afternoon: it’s very hot, the light is way too harsh and the best photo spots (including the main beach, the chapel beach, and the pool) can get busy.
** Except for pictures underwater. We need enough light for it so we’ll have to shoot in the morning.