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
- 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 for 3 nights in a superior lagoon bungalow. An uninterrupted view of the water and the mountains. We came for my wife’s birthday, our time divided between Mo’orea and Bora Bora.
The good. The staff is fantastic. They are friendly, responsive and cheerful to a fault. The view, simply fantastic. If the bungalow had had a kitchen we would have moved in.
The bad. WiFi in the bungalow was spotty. The bungalow is showing some age, torn mosquito netting, hard water stains in the shower etc... The food at the breakfast was fair, we actually had our best meals at the Vue bar.
Would we come back? Absolutely.
I highly recommend renting a car for the day to just explore. Done right, an 8 hour rental is plenty.
We stayed in an overwater bungalow which was beautiful. We were at the end and had a great view. It would be nice if the balcony were bigger because it is only big enough for one sun lounger. The beach area is nice and there are plenty of chairs. Pool is small and crowded. Room service breakfast is wonderful. The breakfast buffet is a nightmare, the servers don't seem to know what to do. Takes forever to replace items and the whole place looks unkept and messy. We ate at the bar for lunch and dinner and that was also a disaster. The food was terrible and the service was so poor. I think the servers really need some training. The lobby area is pretty dark and depressing. We would not go back.
Spent 5 nights here for our honeymoon with Breakfast included. Paid abit extra and got an overwater bungalow which we loved. If you get this room, try and request one further away from the land. It does take longer for you to walk to, but the water is deeper and more closer to better coral. Not all the overwaters have a bathtub.
Food overall on the whole island is expensive averaging $30 per meal for something I could pay half the price for back home. There are restaurants you can find through Trip Advisor which will pick you up from your hotel and drop you back at no extra charge which is amazing! So you dont have to eat at the hotel restaurants. The front desk will even make the reservations for you. Breakfast at the restaurant is great but it is the same as every other 5 star resort in the south pacific.
The staff at this property was absolutely amazing. Kahaia was really informative when it came to booking the car rental and gave amazing service. She helped us on what to do once renting the car. We spent 2 nights at Tahiti Pearl Beach resort (on the main land) prior to this stay and we left 2 items of clothing there. Hinatea from the Front Desk at Sofitel personally arranged someone she personally knew to pick up the garments on our behalf and bring it to us via ferry. We compensated them for their troubles of course. Hinatea really went out of her way to find someone to collect the garments for us. It wasnt easy at first as a couple people did say yes to her then cancelled but we could see she really did care about helping us which we appreciate so much.
We went in January 2019 during wet season. We still had an amazing time. it wasnt raining the whole time and if it did rain, it would only rain for approximately 10-30 mins then would stop. It is still very much warm and it wont stop you from going swimming. We did a jet ski tour during some rain and was still managing to ride at 45MPH.
Hope this helps you make your decision in someway. Would definitely go back to visit and would stay at Sofitel again.
It was like living in a magazine while staying there. The lagoon was incredible, the bungalows beautiful, and the location really convenient. The breakfast was excellent, as well as the polynesian fire dance dinner. Superb customer service, especially Milton at the front desk. The entire staff was extremely friendly. Will definitely be staying here again soon!
Would love to give this resort a five, as the employees are exceptionally warm and friendly and the facility is located on a lovely stretch of coastline. Wonderful aquatic facilities, marvelous buffets, comfy beds and a very convenient location. Resort is family friendly with fun activities for all ages including face-painting. Food is no more expensive than anywhere else in the South Pacific. We had an overwater bungalow with a lovely deck with a swimming ladder, and the water is blissful. The bungalow does not make good use of space and feels old and cramped. The same type bungalow at the `Intercontinental Tahiti is actually a little smaller but much more user friendly. My only real complaint is an air conditioner that was very noisy intermittently through the night. It was reported but nothing was done.