Hotel Sofitel, Moorea
Hotel Sofitel, Moorea Did not stay overnight, but spent a good part of a day here. Great shallow water snorkeling, 5-6 ft, lots of fish, coral, nice view of Tahiti. A French resort so you will see many topless women!
I had a chance to go in one of the overwater huts, and what a paradise! The coffee table was glass with a view of the coral and fish below. At night it's lit up.
We stayed at Le Meridian on...
We stayed at Le Meridian on Tahiti but visited the Park Royale (Intercontinental) which was very rundown looking and the swimming pool had been drained. The Sofitel Ia Ora on Moorea was the best place we stayed on our 3 island tour. The one place where the service was almost friendly, the food a notch better and a tad cheaper. Great snorkeling.
It all depends on what you want...
As mentioned in my summary, this is more "rustic" than the big fancy corporate resorts (Sofitel Ia Ora, etc). If you stay here, you *won't* get in-room TV, over-the-water bungalows, a/c, mints on your pillow, etc. You may find that you have cracked countertops or some cobwebs, and you'll most likely have geckos in your room. It's not super-fashionable or swanky in the least. It IS very relaxed, cozy, friendly, and very homey overall. You *will* get chickens and land crabs (it's not Tahiti without them, in my opinion), a cat or two, friendly staff (we even had their kids visit in Halloween masks), very natural surroundings, great coral and fish, and overall a homey place to stay. Happily, all the other guests at the resort were very friendly, and always felt like there were people to visit with.
So, if you're looking for polished, fancy lodgings, stick with the Sofitel or other resorts. If you want to experience the "real Moorea" check out the Kaveka! really nice coral, stunning mountain views, friendly staff and owners, great value for the dollar!
The snorkeling was wonderful here - lots of shallow healthy coral near shore, and off the end of the long dock, it drops to 40 feet of crystal clear blue waters. Fish and sea creatures everywhere!
The package through Tahiti Vacations or Discover Wholesale Travel was fantastic - Airfare from LA, 7 night's Lodging, transfers and breakfast for $699!!
Sofitel Ia Ora Feedback?
Just wondering if anyone has any feedback for the Sofitel Ia Ora in Moorea. We are staying for 6 nts. for our honeymooon :) and will be staying in a moderate beach hut for 5 nts. and an overwater for 1 nt. Any comments or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.