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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Maharepa
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

My husband and I decided to go to Tahiti for our honeymoon, we visited the main island Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. We decided to stay at the Sofitel because it looked like we would be able to get the luxury honeymoon experience without having to pay ridiculuously for it.
The service at the Sofitel Moorea was amazing!! as soon as we got off the airport we were picked up and shuttled right away to the hotel which was just a short drive away. once we checked in, we were driven to our room, as we approached our room we realized that we had been upgraded to a over water bungalow instead of the garden view bungalow. the views from the room were just gorgeous. the hotel is really quiet and friendly. The front desk staff was super helpful whenever we needed anything, taxis, dinner reservations, tours. Our stay in Moorea was the highlight our trip!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

We originally paid for a lagoon view bungalow, but the hotel upgraded us to a beach view bungalow for free. I highly recommend the beach view over the lagoon view. We would wake up in the morning and have a nice view of the beach and Tahiti (at a distance) from bed (If we chose the lagoon view, the view would be of the overwater bungalows, which I don't think would be as cool). As soon as we open the door from our bungalow, we are a few steps to the beach.

The restaurant had good healthy delicious food. Unfortunately when we got there, only 1 of the 2 restaurants were open. I think that this is true for the entire month of January due to renovations. It would have been nice if we were informed before we got there. Nonetheless, the 1 restaurant that was open was really really good and had quite a bit of food selection.

We we're greeted warmly upon arrival with fresh juice and a flower lei. Upon our departure, we were given a shell lei. The entire staff were all really nice and called us by our last names.

Bring tons of bug sprays. There are a lot of mosquitos in the island.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

Out of the 3 Sofitel resorts we stayed in French Polynesia (Moorea, Bora Bora, Tahiti), the one in Moorea is definitely the best. We stayed in a garden bungalow for 3 nights and absolutely loving it. The inside of the bungalow is very clean, nicely maintained with simple but beautiful decor. The hotel ground is also very well maintained and beautiful. Staff is very friendly. We were able to relax, enjoy, along with snorkeling right by the beach. (Not as many fishes as Bora Bora but there were patches of coral that had a lot. I recommend taking some bread from breakfast when you snorkel. :) Breakfast was also great. The restaurant was quite pricey though. Overall, a wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank duckioo
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

After dreaming of a beautiful tropical paradise holiday my partner and I were extremely disappointed not only due to poor weather with 5 of 8 days we stayed not just rained but poured flooding the hotel.We totally understand that it was the wet season and the hotel can't do anything about the weather but having said that there were on option to do anything other then stay in your bungalow. The few days of sun we had at the beach which is beautiful but the no noes( which are like fleas and eat you alive when at the beach) and the mosquitoes are total out of control you can't walk out of your room with out rid.
The food was extremely disappointing breakfast everyday was exactly the same absolutely no variety! Lunch very basic menu such as cheese burgers and club sandwiches.Dinner was
defiantly the worse buffet was uneatable some night that left you with no choice but la a carte
very limited menu choice hardly any fresh fish or seafood if any, which we were extremely
disappointed about.
The staff found it very difficult to understand and speak English, going to little effort help when there was a communication barrier most of the time just walking away.
The beds and pillows were very comfortable but many times after breakfast we would come back and our rooms and beds were not made.
Overall would not recommend to anybody but if you are planning on going would not stay more then 3 nights and do not going in there wet season.

Room Tip: Stayed in the garden bungalow first few nights then the over water bungalow for the last few which w...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

This a magnificent tropical garden where lucky residents go from their bungalow to restaurants, to the bar, to the beaches, the pool, the spa, and so many other delightful and relaxing activities. Here again, like at the Intercontinental of Tahiti, the chief designer is nature. Everything is available for your desires and comfort. The rooms, set in spacious bungalows, are dramatically tasteful with local tropical materials, like bamboos, and a modern peaceful and very comfortable decor. Commodities include perfect bathrooms, spacious with everything required for privacy and pampering times. The food is excellent whether served in the main restaurant, at the bar by the pool or in the gourmet restaurant called "K". If you want to offer an amazing brunch experience at your own terrace, a couple of friendly staff will take a canoe and row this feast to your overwater bungalow! The beaches in this resort are the best of Moorea, with perfect soft sand and coconut tree bending along the beach here and there, a dream! To enjoy with some of their best cocktails.

Room Tip: All rooms are great with a plus for the overwater bungalows, or even the deluxe over water bungalows...
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  • Stayed: December 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: €299 - €542 (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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