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
From the moments pickup staff put floral hoop on us, we start get the true Bora Bora feeling. It was only 4 of us on the transfer boat. Three staffs were waiting for us on the arriving dock with cold towels, fresh coconut drinks and playing ukulele. My kids love all of this.
We stayed in room 106 which is a ocean view bungalow. Located high-up in the middle of the small hill. The view is so nice even it is not right face to the beach or water.
I think there are only 20-30 bungalow/villa total on the island. So the whole island is very quite and not crowd at all. I don’t even remember see more than 3 group of people’s on the beach. Only at the breakfast and dinner, you will surprised to see 10 or more group of people in restaurant.
There is a small hill with nice decoration and landscaped. Quite a few sofa, chair and bed along the hill but no one use them! Very nice view and perfect for photography by the way.
The famous coral garden is right on the other side of island. We kayaked about 5 minutes to there and is very good for snorkeling. A lot of nice coral reef and fish.
Only complaint is the food. Breakfast buffet was ok but not a lot of choice. I guess there is only one restaurant with limited space so no too many room for buffet desk. We had a dinner there, the price is good for Bora Bora standard but the portion is really small. So the next day we took the free shuttle boat (which I should give a big “Like”) to Intercontinental and had a dinner there. The bar beside the restaurant is good.
All my family were very impressed by the service of the staffs. There is not a lot family with kids come to this hotel because the room is limited to 2-3 people, maybe that’s why they gave a lot souvenirs to our kids, shell necklaces, flower bracelets, pareo and stuff toys.
We like this resort very much and really recommend it if you are a couple or small family who like quite and privacy.
This is a difficult review to write. The view from the over water villa is unbelievably beautiful. The free boat to the “mainland” is also a brilliant service. However, there is an epidemic of cockroaches in the thatch on the villa rooms and on the outside deck which when we told the staff at the end they are clearly aware of but don’t seem to care. The rates are also hideously expensive, the rooms need updating and the breakfast buffet is mediocre.
We love the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island and everyone that work there. We stayed at a hillside bungalow because we already stayed at an over the water one in Moorea. The bungalow was so quiet and clean and the bed and pillow was so fabulous. The breakfast every morning has a variety of selection and all the wonderful staff are ready to give you a helping hand if you have any questions. The look out was outstanding. We love everyone who work at concierge, front desk and the cook. They all enjoy their job and made our stay very memorable. Maururu (sp).
We stayed in one of the over water bungalows for our stay on this island and it was wonderful. The island and resort were beautiful. There are seats on the top of the hill to sit for a beautiful sunrise and sunset. The staff was so friendly and inviting and we felt well taken care of from the moment we arrived. The only down fall was the bed was a bit uncomfortable, but everyone has their own preference with that and the wind was strong everyday, which is not their fault, just mother nature. It just made it hard to swim due to the strong currents. But the overall stay was magical. The mini fridge is restocked everyday with water, juice and beer. This really helps because food and drink are really expensive. They also leave treats every night in the rooms. Best honeymoon we could have asked for. Sofitel is a great place to stay for vacations and my husband and I will plan to seek them out when we travel to other places in the future.
We loved the Sofitel private island so much. Everything was perfect. We came to celebrate our anniversary and were so well taken care of. The over water bungalow was great. Although not necessarily fancy gourmet, the food at the restaurant was good, and the breakfast had great variety. The staff was always kind and tried to do anything they could to make our stay fun. The island is beautiful and the snorkeling right around the corner from the resort was world class. We were originally booked at the Sofitel Marara beach and were moved to the island due to some construction. To the entire staff, Māuruuru roa!