Le Meridien Bora Bora has decided not to open immediately after tourists are allowed to reenter French Polynesia, but rather close the resort and use the next 18 to 24 months to refurbish the property.
It is more than ten years since the previous refurbishment, and the property changed ownership in 2016.
You can access Le Meridien Bora Bora’s website here.
InterContinental Hotel in Moorea (read more here) decided not to open at all, but rather lay off all employees and close the property.
The international arrivals to French Polynesia have not recovered since the early 2000s.
Here are videos of the two bungalows I stayed at in 2019:
I was in Bora Bora back most recently in August 2019, and I stayed at this hotel in addition to the Conrad. I spoke with the management who were planning to have a new “finger” of overwater bungalows and some other renovation done. They didn’t mention then that the entire resort would be closed.
International travel will be depressed for several years not only to Covid-19, but also the recession that we are already in.
It is probably the best choice to close the property, do all the required work, including new bungalows, and reopen the property when the hospitality sector recovery is underway. The job would likely be very disruptive to any guests who would be staying.
The other Le Meridien in French Polynesia is moving to the Sofitel flag. Let’s see if this one reopens under its current or some other brand.