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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Maharepa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 October 2011

This is a very good wellkept property in a fantastic island.All the bungalows are very modern But you need to now this:

Moorea is not a small paradis island, its a big island with traffic and its close to the main island Tahiti( this island is not nice at all). So if possible please avoid to stay in a hotel at Tahiti 1 night before going to Moorea. It will destroy your feeling of beeing in a paradis island. So find a flight were its possible to go directly to your hotel.Moorea its only a 10 min flight from Tahiti. This destroyed little bit of the paradis feeling for me. Because you see Tahiti from the hotel and you see cars passing by outside the hotel. I travelled for 36 hours to get to Moorea to have some relaxing time and then i dont want to see any cars. Its also very close to the airport but this was not actually a problem.

We booked a superior lagoon view bungalow. And this was a big mistake. They were situated on the right side of the hotel if you are looking towards Tahiti. These bungalows are situated just by the road, so if you are out on your terrace you will here the cars passing by. All the other options are nice. Specially the overwater bungalows. Also the luxury bungalows are nice if you ask that you want to be close to the beach.

The food is good, not top class but good quality.

We hired a car and also looked at the other hotels on the island and i must say that Sofitel is the best option.The beach at Sofitel is also very nice.

We went to Four seasons at Bora Bora after Sofitel and its so much nicer, i recommend you to go there directly if you can afford it!!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

We stayed at the Sofitel on the first part of our honeymoon, in an overwater bungalow. We were originally scheduled to stay in a garden bungalow. I have to say that had we not been upgraded to the overwater bungalow our time spent in Moorea would have been very different. The garden bungalows looked amazing but there is nothing like staying over the water and having your own access into the ocean to swim and snorkel. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly! The location was beautiful with access to the only real stretch of beach on the island. The only downside to our stay at the Sofitel was the food. The breakfast was only buffet options and it was very expensive. We enjoyed the chocolate croissants but the rest was very mundane. The dinner options were either there specialty restaurant K or a buffet dinner. We only went to restaurant K once. I really enjoyed my beef and potato entire whereas my husband did not enjoy his fish entree. We did not enjoy enjoy the buffet dinners so we had room service every other night. Overall though the Island is beautiful and the resort was quant, tranquil and all together relaxing. I would definitely recommend this resort to my friends and family!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Savanna E
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

When:
-September 11, 2011 for our honeymoon in a superior lagoon view bungalow for 6 nights.


Things to know:
-The luxury beach view bungalows lack privacy for sure and you will hear people at all parts of the day.
-Garden view bungalows are okay if you aren't concerned about your view (You should be, its so amazing words cannot explain)
-Superior view bungalows are essentially beach front but have a wall that prevents the water from coming closer. You are still "oceanfront" just that you have to go down steps into the water, well worth the savings.
-Over the water bungalows looked amazing and are private, recommended if you have the cash if not I would go with a superior lagoon view. The walk back to the rest of the resort is not far at all. Even if your the last bungalow.
-Water is expensive, about $4.50 per bottle, Alcohol is even more expensive, about $8 a bottle, Mix drinks are nearly $20. BUT....if you go on the safari first thing with Franky Frank he will take you to a winery where they have awesome assortments of premixed drinks that you can buy for cheap and drink in your bungalow, with free samples of course :)
-Very close to the airport which is nicer than you think, low transportation costs
-There is a lookout at the top of the resort and has to die for views. Its also a prime stop for travelers across the whole island.
-Don't use the computer they have with free internet as it stole my password and leaked crazy massages to my email list. lol crazy island internets
-Breakfast is a must, and Dinner Meal plan is a good idea, but leave some nights free for the other restaurant they have, and room service.
-Room service is cheaper and you get more food than you could imagine. 1 Pasta dish is good for two hungry people.


Excursions:
Safari 4x4 -request Franky Frank. (this was an all land tour without the Black pearl destination)
This was a blast as Franky is originally from France and hilarious. He was a genuinely nice guide and made every aspect a blast. We did the tour apparently backwards so that we hit everything at all the best times of the day with no crowds or other people. Including free drinks at our first stop. He has a safe open air vehicle as well. (Pickup truck with seating and cover incase of rain)

Moorea Deep Blue: Whale watching sea adventure for a solid 4-6 hours. (better than Dr. whoever from national geographic as the boats are smaller and you get closer)
These are a set of 4 professionals that look much like surfers living on a boat but know exactly what they are doing. You actually swim with Whales and Sharks in the ocean not in some restricted habitat area. And they will get you close to everything to almost where you could touch it, except the whales as you remain a few yards away so you don't hurt them. We were the only English speaking couple and they catered to our language. Quite well actually, I was surprised.

The Bad:
-Kids: We didn't want to see a kid all week but saw 2 at the resort. (it wasn't that terrible they were good kids and we only saw them once)
-Cost: everything is expensive at the resort
-No cell phone reception-this was because of our plan and were from the US. Other people had service though not sure where they were from.
-The transfer plane to Moorea from Tahiti is crazy as its somewhat windy and we almost crashed and burned, okay a little dramatic but the pilot did have to pull up and go around for a second try at a landing. Total flight time was about 7 minutes lol.

The Good:
-The views...when the sun comes out everyone stops what they are doing to look at the water its breathtaking
-The flight from California to Tahiti is 8 hours and went by extremely fast with 2 full course meals, drinks, etc. You will fly air tahiti nui which has tv's and movies playing with a bundle of blankets, pillows, sleeping mask, headphones, etc. Best flight ever.
-Staff/Cleanliness/Service all top notch
-English is spoken throughout with a french twist which ads a little fun to the language.

Room Tip: Garden View - if nothing else is left I guess this is an option but slightly boring as you cant see...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank derekUS
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

A garden bungalow with a view of the lagoon is the best of both worlds - the layered blues of the clear water without the traffic in front of beach bungalows and the beauty of the superbly maintained gardens. The bungalows are the height of luxury with a capacious walk in wardrobe and indoor/outdoor bathroom.

The Polynesian evening was the highlight of our stay; watching the preparations in the afternoon, relishing the buffet and enjoying the dynamic evening performance.

An early morning swim in the infinity pool was like an extension of the lagoon and the coral and fish seen from the walkways of the over water bungalows were as varied as we saw on lagoon excursions..

One needs a cars to independently explore the island or to come and go at will from the hotel.

Reception staff were thoughtful and anticipated needs.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank hawdownunder
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

We stayed at the Sofitel during the first leg of our honeymoon, in a lagoon-view bungalow. ours was #324, it was towards the south end and more quiet and private, with an amazing view of the bay and tahiti. the bungalow was huge, and really beautiful.
the staff was very nice and helpful. our only difficulty was when we first arrived, we got there at 8am and were told our room would not be ready until 2pm, which is understandable but after a long flight it would have been nice to get straight to our room and lie down. however, the room ended up being ready at 1, and the staff was very accomodating. we rented bikes one day and biked to cook's bay, where we bought groceries for picnic lunches etc, this was really nice. we had dinner at each of the hotel restaurants, both were great.
overall a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: B.P. 28, Moorea, Maharepa 98728, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea > Maharepa
Amenities:
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: €298 - €522 (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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