Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
What We Love
- Swim-up access to overwater bungalows through a lagoon full of fish
- Hot stone massages in the Zen spa
- Barefoot gourmet dining under a thatch roof
What To Know
- It’s a half-hour high-speed catamaran ride from Papeete, Tahiti, to Moorea
- Expect early evenings; the resort and island are all about the quiet life
- The Green Pearl, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, is nearby
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This elegantly understated resort maximizes Moorea’s extreme natural beauty. Thatch-roofed overwater bungalows blend Polynesian touches with 21st-century luxuries. As part of a $40 million overhaul in 2006, 19 overwater retreats were added to the complement of 60. On land, another 35 feature either beach or garden views.
Bed and Bath
There are no tubs in the overwater bungalows — but who needs one when there’s a gloriously blue lagoon right outside the door? (There’s also a lagoon viewing window set into the bungalow’s floor.) Instead, the bathrooms feature a stone tile rain shower and double sinks. Romantic netting tumbles from the ceiling to drape the comfy MyBed. If you’re more of a landlubber, you can opt for garden or beach villas, which have private terraces with hammocks and bathrooms with deep-soak tubs.
Don’t leave without dining in the restaurant, K, where romance is raised to a whole other level. Ditch the footwear and walk on sand to a table lit by crystal candle centrepieces. Enjoy a spa treatment or loll in the pool, which adds another layer of blue to the scenery.
In the Area
With sawtooth mountain ridges, vertiginous fern-cloaked cliffs, deep ravines and dramatic waterfalls, Moorea’s lush interior is worth exploring. Ranch Opunohu Valley’s horse treks travel past pineapple plantations sprouting from rich, red soil. Use your own legs on a half-day, full-day or summit hike with Tahiti Evasion. Or add wheels and go on a quad bike or 4WD tour. Full-island tours usually include a stop at Belvedere Overlook, in the island’s center. Play a round of golf on the Green Pearl course or explore the placid lagoon’s marine life. Water activities run the gamut from kitesurfing to kayaks to jet skis.
How to Get There
We stayed in the over the water bungalows over the horizon. Was the absolute best vacation EVER. We went snorkeling, diving, drove a buggy around the island and everything was AMAZING. The staff is incredible. Anything we asked for it was there.
The lagoon is the best on the island and the reefs are all very well taken care of. everything was clean. No complaints. except those pesky mosquito's. not bad though.
Weather was perfect
My husband and I celebrated our honeymoon at the Sofitel in Moorea and we couldn't have stayed at a better resort. We took an overnight flight from LA and landed early. But from the second we landed we were taken care of. The Sofitel has changing rooms and showers available when you arrive and your room is not ready. I always pack a change of clothes in my carry on, so that was perfect after a long flight. We believe that we got the best room at the resort. We had our own private beach, the room was beautiful and on the first day they had it decorated with flowers and gifts for us. The mini fridge is restocked every day with water, juice and beer. With the prices of drinks, including water, on the islands, this was very helpful. The staff was there to help with anything that was needed. The resort was quiet even though it was sold out, it felt like we were the only people there. The ocean water and colorful fish was to beautiful to describe. Exactly what we needed. The best vacation I have ever had!
While the snorkeling from the over water bungalows is great, the property is in need of serious maintenance. The service was a disappointment. Everything from forgetting drink orders to not having the food items listed on the menus. Long waits for just about everything.
The Sofitel was the perfect holiday resort. We had a superior ocean view bungalow, right on the waterfront with steps down to your own waterhole. Sun lounge chairs and a hammock on the sand in front of the bungalow. Perfectly peaceful and serene. The bunglow itself contained a super kingsize bed, TV (which we didn't bother watching), beer fridge which was topped up daily with water and juices and a strong water pressure shower. The breakfast buffet had a good variety of food and we ate most evening meals in the bar restaurant which had a good menu selection. The cocktails were delicious. I was surprised at how strong the sea current was - there was a day where we weren't allowed to take the paddle boards out and if we wanted to take a kayak, we had to wear lifejackets because of the current. Staff were very friendly. Wifi was a bit slow at times, but remember, this is a tropical island. Take your reef shoes to swim in as depending on where your bungalow is, there could be a lot of coral formations to step on. A perfect holiday in a perfect location.
We celebrated our 20th anniversary in the French Polynesian Islands. We stayed the first part in Moorea at the Sofitel. Check in was great we were greeted with leis and sent to breakfast since we took the overnight flight out of LAX and arrived at 8:00am. Since our room wouldn’t be available till later we pre booked some spa appointments which were perfect! After the spa our room was available! Our room was great. This resort is on the smaller side with only 2 restaurants and 2 bars. One of the restaurants and one of the bars weren’t open while we were there. We did get pretty sick of eating at the same place for all 3 meals for 4 days. The coral and snorkeling around the bungalows are the best we saw so many beautiful fish it was wonderful! One of my favorite parts of the trip was my shower at night with the glass doors open and the breeze it was amazing! We did do a tour of the island in a private 4x4 and highly recommend that! The only surprise we really had was the fact you have to pay for regular water with your meals. We would definitely go back to Moorea!