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We Care

Our Mission:

In keeping with the vision of our parent company, Pacific Beachcomber S. C., our mission is to provide exemplary, authentic, and enriching travel experiences for our guests that are environmentally sensitive, sustainable, and that celebrate Polynesian cultural heritage. We believe in the power of travel to make the world a better place, protecting our natural and cultural heritage for future generations through exploration, discovery, education and conservation.

Why We Care:

At the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, the island’s relaxed sense of place and tranquility, difficult to find in today’s increasingly hectic world, allows our guests the opportunity to recharge and leave inspired. It is both our honor and responsibility to foster a culture of caring for Bora Bora and its people while extending a warm welcome and authentic island hospitality to our visitors.

Caring for Culture:

Polynesia has inspired generations of travelers, from artist Paul Gauguin to explorer James Cook, which is why we integrate rich cultural experiences into the resort’s daily life, welcoming guests to participate in our vibrant heritage:

  • Learn how to prepare traditional Polynesian dishes and weave crowns from palm fronds with our local staff.
  • Make your island wedding day even more memorable with a traditional Polynesian ceremony, and enjoy our glass-bottom chapel for a unique overwater experience.
  • Immerse yourself in the Polynesian way of life during our twice-weekly themed dinners that highlight regional cuisine and traditional song and dance.
  • Pamper yourself in our Deep Ocean Spa, where nutrients extracted from the deep-sea waters of the South Pacific are integrated into luxurious treatments rooted in ancient Polynesian rituals.


Caring for the Environment:

Instilled with deep respect for our natural surroundings, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa was the first property in the world to successfully implement a private air conditioning system using cold deep-sea water. Our revolutionary Sea Water Air Conditioning - or SWAC – uses sustainable technology free from harmful chemicals known as hydrofluorocarbons that have been linked to global warming. This earth-friendly technology has since been replicated at The Brando, a Pacific Beachcomber owned and managed luxury resort located on Tetiaroa atoll. Other environmentally-friendly practices can be found throughout our resort.

  • We encourage the ongoing development and integration of sustainable technologies, such as solar panels to provide energy, and rainwater collection tanks for landscape irrigation; we have also transitioned to digital newspapers and brochures to help decrease paper waste.
  • We have strict recycling policies that ensure our waste is responsibly processed, including an on-site composting program for nourishing our tropical gardens.
  • We continually measure our energy and water consumption with comprehensive benchmarking systems, using the information to monitor and reduce usage.

Caring for People:

Tourism should be good for travelers and local communities alike, and we constantly strive to support and benefit the people of Bora Bora. We provide our local staff with opportunities for professional growth through ongoing trainings and career development, and our sustainable purchasing policy helps support local businesses across the island that share our philosophy of doing well by doing good.

  • Discover the island through the eyes of a local during private rainforest tours; our knowledgeable guides are proud to share their stories and culture with you.
  • Support skilled local artisans keeping island traditions alive by purchasing locally made crafts like coconut frond baskets, traditional tifaifai bedspreads, and colorful painted sarongs.
  • We bring local students to the resort to learn about sustainability firsthand while also introducing environmental awareness programs to their schools.