October 28, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort in Moorea, French Polynesia
The breathtaking Islands of Tahiti are quintessential tropical paradises with crystal clear, turquoise waters, towering palms, and miles upon miles of white, powder-soft sand beaches. On the quiet Island of Moorea, settled on the edge of a magnificent lagoon with views over the island of Tahiti, is the sumptuous Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort. The resort, recently renovated, features 114 luxurious bungalows built over the water, on the beachfront or surrounded by landscaped gardens. Two excellent restaurants, a bar, a fabulous outdoor swimming pool and decadent day spa provide idyllic activities, while mother nature supplies the rest.
Tahiti's pristine waters offer some of the world's most spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving, where you may watch a shark feeding, spot a stingray, and explore a menagerie of marine life. Then head above the water for kite-surfing, deep-sea fishing, or wind surfing. Those seeking a quieter pace will find miles of deserted beaches, and the secluded pool, which makes the perfect place to enjoy an umbrella cocktail. Step into a world of natural elements at LeSpa, offering guests tranquil treatments and Jacuzzis with panoramic views. The restaurant K offers you a sampling of world-class cuisine in an intimate and romantic setting. At Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort, you will experience the simple pleasures of complete tranquility, in a breathtaking tropical environment.
Location of Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Nearest Airport: PPT
Reviews for Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
The bungalow we called home while in Moorea on our honeymoon in May 2017 was very cute, comfortable and charming. Everyone at this resort was very friendly and clearly love their job and making sure the tourists have a great time. With their great concierges, we booked both a water and land tour, and Moorea became our favorite Island from our vacation, thanks mostly to the wonderful experiences we got from the Sofitel. We enjoyed a couples massage at their spa and also had a great dinner their sand floor restaurant K. Breakfasts were always delicious.
SDNativeLynn - San Diego, California
Overall a beautiful resort with excellent snorkeling right by the overwater Bungalows. I am rating our experience a 4 instead of a 5 due to a very disappointing experience on our first day. We reserved the Luxury Overwater Bungalow and asked in email for luxury overwater bungalow at the end of the pontoon. At check-in a male receptionist told me that we were upgraded to the end of the pontoon location, but we were given a Superior Bungalow instead of the Luxury Bungalow we reserved and paid for. A downgrade rather than an upgrade! The Superior Bungalow is significantly smaller, 441 ftÂ˛, than the 796 ftÂ˛ Luxury Bungalow, has only one sink in the bathroom compared to two in the Luxury unit, a smaller terrace and is significantly less luxurious. It costs significantly less than the luxury unit. I only discovered that we were given a Bungalow inferior to what I reserved and paid for when swimming later by the much nicer looking Luxury Bungalows. In all my years of travel I was never given an inferior room to what I reserved. Shockingly disappointing from a 5-star resort. When I called the front desk. MĂ©lanie repeated the claim that I was given an â€śupgradeâ€ť to a better end of the pontoon location. I pointed out that I reserved a more costly Luxury Bungalow with 796 ftÂ˛ and the 441 ftÂ˛, Bungalow given to me is a downgrade not an upgrade. At that point MĂ©lanie apologized, she promised to move me to a Luxury Bungalow the next day and offered free dinner that evening at the main restaurant to compensate. The Luxury Overwater Bungalow we were moved to was toward the end of the pontoon like the Superior Bungalow we were given the first day, yet it is clearly much more spacious and way, more beautiful. Had I not noticed and complained we would have stayed our entire 6 nights at an inferior Bungalow than the one I paid for. The rest of our stay was perfect. We highly enjoyed snorkeling and viewing colorful fish and coral right under our bungalow and even more so swimming out about 50-100 yards beyond the bungalows where the underwater scenery has been incredibly beautiful with various shapes of coral and an abundance of fish. The lagoon is magnificent, the water is crystal clear, warm and most of the time calm. All drinks in the fridge were free and replenished daily. Housekeeping was excellent. Breakfast was fabulous. I highly recommend the Sofitel Moorea, but guests need to be careful to veify they get the unit they paid for! Management needs to improve the check-in process to assure inappropriate unti allocation does not happen again.
MTD-Travel-Reviewer - Bellevue, Washington
We had a amazing time at the Sofitel Moorea. The resort is only about 10 minutes away from the ferry which was nice, because the other big hotels are much farther and take a longer travel time. The views at the resort were breathtaking all around as its the only hotel with views out to Tahiti and with its own stretch of beach. Everyone working there was so polite and greeted you at every turn. We stayed in one of the overwater bungalows at the tip of the pontoon which was one of the best views they offer! I must add, I did have to request for a different bungalow because we had paid for the horizon view and the original one we got was somewhere in the middle directly facing the other bungalows. They had no problem switching it though, and we certainly didn't either once we saw which one we ended up with! The room itself was beautiful, had great amenities and a nice furnished deck. The king bed was a bit too firm for my taste, but the pillows and sheets made up for it.We ate at all 3 restaurants. The K Restaurant was definitely the fanciest, as we literally were sitting on the sand right across from the water and were waited on hand and foot! It was a truly amazing experience and the service there made us feel like high rollers lol. The other 2, (Pure and Vue bar) were pretty good in their own rights. We had a buffet dinner at Pure where they had the Polynesian dance and fire shows (awesome) and it was really great food in my opinion. I personally can live off of raw fish and they had an entire table of all sorts. It was my fantasy come true! However, the service was a bit slow. It almost appeared as if there were only 2 waitresses for the entire floor full of tables so ordering drinks was a waiting game. We were not too thrilled about that, but it was a busy night with the dance shows and all. Pure is also the restaurant where they have the breakfast buffet every morning which was great as well. They have an egg station and pancake station and never had to wait much longer than 5 minutes to place an order. Each day varied a little with the food they had out, but they certainly have a good selection. The Vue bar was OK. The food was pretty mediocre and the waitresses were all so very polite yet, it was also really slow service even with only a few tables being occupied. The views however, were so great, we didn't mind waiting around for drinks! I would also recommend ordering your alcoholic drinks at the bar itself because we were 99% positive that one of the nights there, our drinks did NOT have any alcohol in them and they are not cheap drinks! Going forward, we just decided to order wine or a straight alcohol drink to make sure we were getting what we paid for. We snorkeled in the mornings when the water was still, there are so much coral around the bungalows just teeming with fish, it was amazing! Definitely wear reef/water shoes. I scraped my foot on a coral and that hurt! thankfully it was only a scrape but you can do some major damage if you're not careful. Also would recommend bringing your own snorkel gear as we did just for sanitary reasons. We didn't try the spa or any of the water activities they offer at the dive center, but all in all, it was a very relaxing, private, and romantic honeymoon. Didn't see much children around like we did when we visited the Hilton and Intercontinental which was great for us honeymooners! (lol). Knowing french would help as it seemed that was the main language, although everyone we came across at the resort did speak english. The resort was beautifully decorated and the workers there definitely cater to their guests. Would definitely recommend the Sofitel for your stay at Mo'orea!
Paula A - Lake Forest, California
I was choosing between Bora Bora and Moorea Island, then I met a local that told me all the tourists go to Bora but actually Moorea has more beautiful scenic and that's where all the locals go, was I glad I went there instead. First, pay for the expensive over the water Bungalow, it's worth it!!!! You get to swim to the beach and view of sunrise/sunset is just amazing ! Only breakfast was included so we usually have a late breakfast and go to the beach bar for early dinner. Snorkeling around the bungalow is incredible! So many different school of fish around. Room is nice, service is kinda slow, but you can't really expect too much since it's a French ran hotel. Overall a great time at awesome hotel, once again, best bungalow, even better than the ones in Maldives !!!
Jason Allan W
Just stayed 2 nights at the Sofitel in Moorea. They have the BEST beds and bedding. The sea life and corals under the bungalows are wonderful. I only gave them 4 stars because the food, common areas and pool were very average. Of the 3 large resorts on the island we found the Intercontinental to have a good lobby and pool - best of the 3, the Hilton was nondescript. The Sofitel is in a great location - near the ferry and the airport. The atmosphere of the K Restaurant is unbelievable - a must do!
karig674 - Lafayette, United States