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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Maharepa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 May 2014

found an amazing deal for a one week stay in an overwater bungalow through costco.com...booked our honeymoon and were absolutely blown away by how gorgeous this island and resort were. i had no idea a place this gorgeous was real. the people there are so nice and go out of their way to make your stay perfect. we were assigned the bungalow at the far end of the dock, which was amazing! literally just walked into the lagoon from our porch. hotel went out of their way to deliver us french champagne two nights in a row. food is amazing. moorea pizza is seriously the most delicious thing ive ever eaten, my hubby and i ate it every single night. was given a comp couples massage, which was so relaxing-best massage ive ever had. i could go on and on and on about this place. i wish i could afford to visit once a year. my hubby and i are dying to return. no vacation will ever top this one. easy to book excursions and most places there accept american money. weather is perfect. water temp is perfect. its heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: overwater bungalow
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Sanuk61
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

The Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort is truly a world class relaxation destination. Situated on what is arguably the best beach on Moorea, all of the units are bungalows (other resorts are a combination of traditional buildings with some bungalows). The Sofitel Bungalows are divided into completely overwater units, beach front units and garden units. Most of the garden units face the ocean and aren’t that far away from the water but may be obscured by another unit in front of it. Ours was a beach front model and I laid in bed and looked out at the waves and views across to Tahiti for six days. Very peaceful.

It seems that honeymooners make up the biggest group of guests with a few families. The remainder of the guests are 40+ couples. It is very quiet, laid back and low keyed with a world-wide population. French is the universal language throughout the islands.

The units themselves are well maintained and the housekeeping staff was thorough and quick. The amenities of the resort are at the level you would expect for the price you are paying. There is beach bar with food service, dive center for equipment and boat rentals and a spa center (which we didn’t use).

The main restaurant is “Pure” which is attached to bar, which is next to the infinity edge pool. The food is well prepared and the variety is very good; everything from quesadillas to mahi-mahi ceviche to fillet mignon. All of these facilities are open air. There is local entertainment in the restaurant each night at 7:30pm. Considering the prices at the good restaurants on the island, the resort is not outlandishly priced with one exception: breakfast. My sole complaint is that there are no al la carte choices for breakfast; it is only a VERY expensive continental or a RIDCULOUSLY priced full buffet. We did not eat in the restaurant Le “K”. It is a beautiful setting but the menu was very pretentious and put us off.

Renting a car ahead of time is a good choice and will pay for itself (at least for half your stay). The resort does not provide transportation to and from the ferry terminal; you have to use taxis for the 3km drive at $18.00 for the short ride. Avis is across the street from the ferry terminal. The island is very small and you can drive around it in about 1.5 hours (including some stops) and the driving is easy; the top speed limit is about 40mph. But having a car allows you the freedom to go into Maharepa Village (10 minutes) for breakfasts (modestly priced and very good—see my other reviews), for dinners at some fine restaurants as well as shopping at the local supermarkets for liquor and snacks. Pay close attention to the wine sold in these stores because much of it is old. The local beer, Hinano, is good.

We experienced perfect weather and the mosquitoes were not too much of a problem at the resort but were vicious in the interior portions of the island.

The concierge service provided at the resort was stellar. They have a wide variety of activities away from the resort and have good advice for eating elsewhere on the island. The Wi-Fi system in the resort is poor at best and does not automatically disconnect when you think it should wasting all of your minutes (yes, you pay in blocks of time) but then again, it’s a resort…. Do you need your iPad?

Room Tip: They're all good!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank casilva54
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Sofitel in April for three nights and it was simply beautiful. We had a lagoon view room, which ended up being right on the water, so we could sit on the balcony in the evening and easily swim in the morning. The beach and the water itself were simply fantastic. The rest of the property was very pleasant, pretty much what one would expect from a resort of this kind: expensive spa, relatively unchallenging restaurant, relaxed bar.

The only real issue that we had with the hotel (and this was really less to do with the hotel itself, but rather with the island) is that it is incredibly difficult to get around outside the property. We ordered a taxi to go into the nearby town, but the front staff forgot to tell us that getting a cab back is next to impossible. We had to get a cafe to call us one and then argued with the driver about how much we should pay when his initial request was, "just pay me what you paid to get here".

The resort is set up to organise these sorts of things for you, but if you just want to go to the supermarket or have a look around, it is very difficult. So, be prepared to stay at the resort relatively permanently. If you're staying for longer than three nights, it might get a little tedious, given that the three restaurants all serve virtually the same food etc.

That being said, it was wonderfully romantic, beautiful, and relaxing. So, definitely recommended!

Room Tip: If you don't want to pay the exorbitant cost for an over-water bungalow, ask for a lagoon view r...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tom J
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

This Sofitel property is a beautiful location on the island of Moorea. The rooms are nice and the beach and snorkeling are fantastic.

The downside is that the Vue Bar/Lounge has just about the WORST service I have ever experienced. I am fairly certain that the Sofitel doesn't put anyone besides the front-desk and the management through any type of training program.

K Restaurant has great service. However its VERY expensive for small portions. Even compared to the high prices on the rest of the resort.

Pure Restaurant has a great breakfast. Make sure that is included in your resort travel package or they will charge you $41 USD/person for the buffet which is isn't even close to being worth. Service is very spotty at Pure. We went for breakfast and a couple of lunches and the service depended upon who ended up helping you. It could be either good or terrible.

The internet is very expensive and unreliable at the resort. We found better internet for free at other cafes around the island.

Do not buy tours through the tour desk as they are more expensive. We went through Hiro and had a great experience. After being transfered by Albert Tours a couple of times which were always late to get us, we thought the people Hiro uses were really great.

Defiantly rent a car and drive the island. There are many great places to eat, hikes to do and places to see on Moorea. The island is small so its nearly impossible to get lost and for what you pay for two people to do some of the land tours for a few hours you can rent a car for the day and see the same areas and more.

A couple of notes on fees. I recommend getting money from the ATMs on the island. We got the exchange rate of 86 francs per 1 USD from noir credit union. The resort was giving 79 Frances per USD when exchange cash. I wouldn't exchange cash at the resort or the banks as they want to charge you about $7 exchange fee. ATM is the best way to go.

The resort will try and tack on a fee of $200 francs/day for "Lagoon Ecosystem". Refuse to pay this reduculois add-on fee and they will remove it. I was told it was a "voluntary tax", but I'm fairly sure its another resort fees where they can suck another $2.50 USD or so, a day out of the tourists.

Taxi's are VERY expensive. We paid over $20 USD for a ride under 10 minutes. So either rent a car for the day or go to restaurants that will pick you up free from the resort. We also saw people hitchhiking which a bunch of locals told is it was safe to do. Just be selective.

Local phone calls were 100 francs. But you can ask the activities desk to call whoever for you locally and it will be no charge.



Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
10  Thank Jason H
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Overall the hotel was in a great location although it's located on the east side of the island so you do miss the sunsets. The Superior over the water bungalows were great because you could just go straight from your room into the water for snorkeling as we had done every day we were there for 6 days. The grounds were nicely kept and the staff very polite and helpful. We did miss having white robes during our stay like all the other couples we saw on their balcony but it didn't matter since we were on vacation. They didn't restock the coffee and tea during our first couple of days so we ended up buying our own.

The food at the bar was excellent but a bit pricey as expected with a resort. We paid about $27 for a burger and fries. We had dinner with a mini hula show where they tied and untied they pareo so it felt like they were trying to sell them. We chose not to go to the big Polynesian show because we didn't want a repeat but heard more traditional sounding music/drums upon our return from another restaurant off property.

Internet access was spotty and we had one hour free every day if you signed up with Accor.

The lagoon was absolutely gorgeous with blue blue waters like you see in so many pictures. The water was warm even on the overcast days which were a few. According to our tour guide he said they were going into their winter months and the water was cold to him. We took a circle island tour to swim with the sharks and sting rays offered by the hotel. The tour guides were excellent and knowledgeable. We ordered the video which cost around $85 USD but it was well worth the keepsake memento of seeing ourselves swimming with black tip sharks and touching the sting rays.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Audra W
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed 2 nights in 2 bungalows on the beach, one for our teenagers & one for us. They were amazing. Probably 40 steps to the beach if that - bungalows 404 &406. The bungalows were spacious witha king bed & an additional single bed, loads of room. Bathroom was wonderful with full glass looking out to an atrium. We spent most of the time in the lagoon as it was just so amazing, water was not too warm & not too cold - just right. Beautiful & clear with fish. So we grabbed complimentary goggles & flippers & spent our time snorkelling. Spent sunset in the lounge chairs on the front deck of the bungalow admiring the lagoon. We had dinner in the restaurant & sampled local fare which was nice & watched polynesian dancing which was very graceful. One day we spent away from the hotel at a snorkelling trip from the Hilton & swimming with the doplhins at the Intercontinental. The following day we did an introductory dive from the hotel. So we spent all our time in the water which was what you need to do in such a lovely place. A local said the sofitel is the best for snorkelling & we would agree. We had a late ferry so we were allowed a late checkout & use of the facilities which was great. We didnt have enough time to check out the pool, but you can swim in a pool anywhere - enjoy the natural lagoon. Recommend this over the other hotels on the island, they seemed too big & all about the pools, this was more personal & all about nature.

Room Tip: Recommend a beach front bungalow.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Address: B.P. 28, Moorea, Maharepa 98728, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea > Maharepa
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Maharepa
Price Range: £269 - £638 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is located on the North-East Coast of the island, just 5 minutes away from Temae airport, Vaiare ferries docks, the 18 holes international golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus®. This landmark hotel is built on the longest and most beautiful white sand beach of the island, within a protected marine area maintained by the CRIOBE®.From this hotel, guests have a unique panoramic view on the lagoon and the island of Tahiti. The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation with a total of 113 Luxury Bungalows located in the gardens, directly on the beach or over the water. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora has the only Luxury Beach Bungalows on Moorea that have unobstructed views of the island of Tahiti, located directly on the beach. Historically, this hotel is the first of the island that built bungalows over the water. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora has now the largest Luxury Overwater Bungalows in Moorea (83 sq. meters).Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora also features 1 Luxury Villa with 2 bedrooms (150 sq.meters). It has 2 bathrooms, 1 lounge, 1 deck and 1 outdoor jacuzzi®, with a direct access into the lagoon and panoramic views of the island of Tahiti.Dine in Polynesian authenticity at the Pure restaurant with outdoor terrace dining offering complimentary and traditional dance shows every night or choose the barefoot elegance of K restaurant, gourmet dining, feet in the sand experience, with a unique dance show.For light snacks and exotic cocktails or premium alcohols while admiring the view, try the Vue bar overlooking the infinity pool, the lagoon and Tahiti with weekly live concerts. For light snacks and exotic cocktails during a farniente day on the beach, only steps away from the lagoon, try the Beach bar. ... more   less 
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