Bora Bora/Moorea Food Suggestions?
My fiance and I are booking our honeyroom to Bora Bora/Moorea for Jan 08 now. We will be staying at InterContinental.
We are trying to decide if we want to go with the hotel's Meal All-Inclusive Plan that includes Breakfast buffet and Dinner for 7 days.
Any comments on hotel's food? All details appreciated :)
Other option is to eat at restaurants all week, and maybe squeeze in a couple meals of "grocery shopping".
We cant afford to splurge on food every meal so would LOVE delicious inexpensive recommendations as well as a couple "gotta try" places that may be on the pricier end. From what Ive heard, Bora Bora is very expensive.
(My definition of expensive: $100+/person w/o drinks)
All suggestions, feedback GREATLY appreciated, THANKS!!
I just got back from bora bora two weeks ago. Everything is expensive and even moreso than you can imagine. We did a meal plan at our hotel (the nui) that we thought was worth it b/c if you weren't on the plan the prices were really expensive. We went out to two dinners:
1- Villa Mahana- amazing food and our favorite meal and is my only "gotta try" place. It is an intimate place with only a few tables. This probably came to $350 with wine.
2- Lagoon- the food was good but not amazing and the service was really slow. This was in the same range as Villa Mahana.
One cheap eats suggestion is to go into town to Chin Lee Grocery Store. Ask the hotel to empty your minibar and stock up on wine and snacks which can help get you through a few light lunches...
I hope you have an amazing time!
I just got back from Bora Bora today. I'll second that everything is expensive and you just have to deal with it ($20 for a cheese omelette at breakfast, good times).
Anyway, Villa Mahana is a great choice. The food was very good and the setting was excellent. I loved Lagoon. Sure, you can get better food elsewhere, but you cannot have a better setting for a meal than one of the outdoor tables. Although, I'm not sure if guests at other hotels have access to the outdoor tables.
Finally, skip Bloody Mary's. If anyone tells you that you have to go just for the experience, don't believe them. No reason to waste a meal at this tourist trap.
A good way to save a bit of money is to book your stay through AMEX Platinum travel if you have access. We stayed at the St. Regis and got a $100 spa credit, free breakfasts every morning (which came out to be about a $1000 value for our 10 day stay), and late check-out (4pm instead of noon).
Expensive but a wonderful place to be...
I would go with the meal plan..
When I am in Moorea, I go to the Costco like store and get my Hinano's and other goodies..
I LOVE Alfredo's too..they have a he/she that has been there for years that is a waiter/busser.
Mati at Blue Pineapple down the street is a wonderful owner and has the BEST Nutella Crepes...great food and great guy!
Tell him the girl from San Diego sent you!
re: Beach Chick
I'm going to Moorea at the end of June through mid-July and will be renting a house. I haven't been able to find any other reference to a "Costco like store" on Moorea, but it would be extremely helpful to stock up for the 2 and a half weeks we're there. Do you remember the name or where it's located?
We can't wait to get there!
You're going to love Moorea..
When you take the ferry over from Papeete, the Armiti ferry to the left of the Vaiare ferry dock is a huge Costco like warehoue where I purchased my Hinano beers, and other food items..
I don't recall the name and it's been a couple of years since I was there at the chapel at the Hotel Sofitel Ia Ora..best beach for snorkeling..
Blue Pineapple at Cook's Bay is awesome for the Nutella crepes..Mati and his wife are such lovely people..
Next door is Alfredo's for great food for dinner..hope they are still there.
If your staying near Club Med, there are a few local stores and bars/restaurants.
The food trucks on Tahiti are incredible and make sure you go to the International Market for sarongs, plumeria lei's, trinkets and just the overall beauty of one of the best open air markets in the world.
Report back and you will never forget the sheer beauty of the French Polynesian people, food and beaches.
Bloody Mary's in Bora Bora is a must..
Moorea..depends on where you stay..close to Cook's Bay..Alfredo's or Blue Pineapple for casual great food...Club Med there is a bistro but things could of changed.
It was smart to do the dining plan...food can be very expensive.
No where in the world is there a more stunning place than French Polynesia..