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
Nice stay beautiful structure,. The restaurant is good, the buffet restaurant less sophisticated. Difficult to find a sun chair in the morning.
Choose a bongalow in la ora beach, the other side has rocky access to beach.
Few bungalow are close to street and noisy during night as our.
After leaving from night to day the intercontinental of Moorea (an hostel/camping not a 5 star) I found an overwater in this wonderfull place. The location it is the best one in Moorea, wonderful natural lagoon and everything it was compliance with a 5 star status, definitely recommended.
First hotel we stayed at. Great overwater room with warm and shallow waters to snorkel around. Not a lot of sea life compare to other spots. The diving school inside the hotel is just great, our scuba diving guide was top. They take the time to make you discover enough sea life without rushing around. I would say that staying 2 to 3 days is more than enough and you can discover Papeete with a quick boat ride instead of staying there as it is not worth it. Thus use this spot to settle after a long trip and get acclimated before discovering the other islands. Hotel employees were all great, food was good. Nothing negative to say about. Better location then continental hotel as this part of the island is less crowded. Most US tourist stay at Hilton and continental on the other side.