Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
What We Love
- Powerboat transfer from the airport to the overwater bungalows
- A spectacular coral garden is a short swim away
- On-demand boat shuttles between the island and Bora Bora’s mainland
What To Know
- Bora Bora is a 50-minute flight from Papeete, Tahiti
- It’s not Photoshopped: the lagoon really is that ridiculous shade of blue
- The mini-bar is stocked with free drinks
- Resort Fee: A $2 city/local tax, per person, per night will be collected at the property.
- Free WiFi
This intimate outpost with 21 bungalows (overwater or waterfront) feels a million miles from its mainland sister property, the Sofitel Marara Beach Resort, a five-minute boat ride away. Opting for the island puts a magnificent coral garden – home to schools of butterfly fish, angelfish and Picasso triggerfish – within easy reach of snorkelers.
Bed and Bath
A porthole is embedded in the polished floorboards for a peek at the marine life below. From the overwater bungalow’s king bed, gaze past a private sundeck to admire the drama of Mt Otemanu, which dominates Bora Bora. Bathrooms feature double vanities and a rainfall shower (three bungalows have tubs); amenities are from Lanvin.
Kayak and snorkel hire is free; don’t miss the coral garden (boats bring snorkellers here from all over Bora Bora). Dine at the resort’s open-air, pandanus-thatched Manu Tiki restaurant; at the Mako Bar, slurp bright tropical cocktails garnished with fresh bougainvillea and frangipani blooms. Sunset is best absorbed from the hilltop.
In the Area
Swim with reef sharks and cuddle a stingray on a lagoon eco-tour aboard a traditional outrigger. Sign up for an island tour and discover cannons tucked into mountain-top rainforests by American forces during World War II. Visit a pearl farm to admire these luminescent little beauties with extravagant price-tags. Shuck the shoes and dine at Bloody Mary’s – a laidback sand-floor institution that’s fed and watered the likes of Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Johnny Depp.
How to Get There
Beautiful private island with lush gardens, immaculate views and the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. The staff are friendly and eager to please to ensure you have the perfect experience. The room was very clean and beautifully decorated in traditional polynesian style. The management was welcoming, adding personal touches to ensure our stay was spectacular.
This is a stunningly beautiful resort in one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. If you like to kick back, relax and perhaps enjoy snorkeling in the beautiful coral gardens surrounding the resort then this might be just the place for you.
Some resort around Bora Bora provide constant activities like Jet Skiing and Para Sailing etc. This is not that kind of place.
The staff is exceptionally friendly and they make an effort to remember you. But this is not the Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton. There are occasional lapses in the service and while it did not bother me it might bother some.
The food at breakfast and lunch was great but dinner not so much. However the hotel does provide a free boat shuttle to an area of Bora Bora where there are lots of restaurants so you are not stuck. The bar menu is also available in the bar for dinner and I found the food on that to be more enjoyable than in the main restaurant.
I would definitely return here again, it was just what I was looking for in a Tropical Paradise.
I must say Sofitel is such a wonderful hotel, clean, polite, and upscale. The Island of Bora Bora is true paradise that words will do no justice. Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is a must do vacation.