Country: French Polynesian
Category: Interior Design,Architecture
The InterContinental Bora-Bora is the first truly Polynesian hotel, where a detailed study of indigenous forms and traditions is distilled in contemporary form. This provides the visitor with a unique experience that is both traditional and contemporary, and creates a living tradition.
As such the hotel becomes a part of the island’s culture, without falling in the trap of exoticism. This choice also allows the hotel to appeal to a wide range of guests, from the adventurous to the sophisticated. This results in the InterContinental Bora-Bora being one of the few hotels in the pacific area which has a consistent occupancy level of 90%.
The Client requested for the interior of the hotel to provide the visitors with a unique experience different from that of resort hotels on Bora-Bora and in other parts of the world, such as Indonesia or the Maldives. The design also had to be imbued with the feel of a lost paradise, far away from everyday worries. The visitor’s experience had to be at once adventurous and sophisticated.
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso spa does not only have the first Thalasso Spa in the southern hemisphere, but is also the world’s first hotel to be air-conditioned with seawater cooling, thus reducing its carbon emissions by 85%. The architectural design also reflected many typical features of local Polynesian architecture, and is oriented on Mount Otamanu, an iconic view of Bora Bora.