Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort
My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon (3 nights) in Moorea at the Sofitel Ia Ora Resort, booked through Tahiti Travel Planners. When we arrived, the porters took our luggage and we were given fresh pineapple juice as we filled out paperwork. The staff were friendly and helpful and upgraded us from Lagoon View to Beach Bungalow for our honeymoon. The room was absolutely beautiful. We were near the end of the property so had some privacy and our front porch faced directly to the beach (well there was a hammock between us and the beach and that sure got used). The breakfast buffet was included in our stay, which we really enjoyed - especially the wonderful fresh fruit and juices. For lunch and dinner, the food was good, nothing great and quite expensive, but to be expected in Polynesia. We also went diving with Ia Ora Diving. It was our first real dive since becoming certified and we had a great time. I wrote a separate review for the diving. The snorkeling at the resort was great too. From the beach, head north-ish towards the public beach (Temae) and just a few meters in the water there are great little reefs with an abundance of sea life in waste-deep water. We even saw an octopus here, just a short ways away from our bungalow. Overall, we had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend Sofitel Ia Ora and Tahiti Travel Planners to anyone planning to go to Moorea. We hope to go back for our ten year anniversary.
Unique Quality: Great snorkeling just north of the beach. The Toatea Overlook is just above the hotel.
Directions: Just south of the airport off the main road.
Most Amazing Beach
Even if you don't stay here, the beach is public access. Some of the locals there may come up to you on the beach an try to charge you a fee... don't pay it! It's EXPENSIVE, but beautiful.
Unique Quality: The beach and overwater bungalows are what everyone dreams of when they think of French Polynesia.
Nice Pool...if you use it
The pool area is very nice but I have to admit, I don't think I saw a single person in the pool the entire week we were in Moorea. The beach/ocean is so incredibly beautiful you likely won't make it to the pool either.
The water was warm and there was a small kids' pool attached to the main pool. Neither is very large, but again, you'll likely spend most of your time on the beach / in the ocean.
One of the Nicest Beaches on the Island
We stayed in the furthest into the ocean overwater even though we paid for 5 nts. beach hut / 1 nt. overwater...not sure if it was a mistake or an upgarde but we were VERY pleased and have to give this hotel serious props!
The overwater is absolutely perfect. The restaurants are good (but expensive) and the service was very good, not exceptional but we didn't need much.
I would higly recommend staying here and would also reccomend stopping at one of the grocery stores near by to stock up on some food and drinks (there's a mini fridge in room) so you don't have to pay the high prices of the hotel and also so you can hole up in your bungalow for much of the vacation....especially if you're honeymooning. :)
Unique Quality: The upgrade was most outstanding. Also, after visiting most of the other major hotels/resorts, I would have to say that the beach at the Sofitel is by far one of the best (the Sheraton is also very nice).
The pool is fine though we never actually went in it because the beach was so great.
Snorkeling is amazing...lots of different fish, mostly small but very, very colourful!
The view of Tahiti at night is awesome. If you're staying in an overwater, try to e-mail a request in advance for one of the bungalows furthest out, with a view of Tahiti. You won't be disappointed.
Choice between garden bungalow or beachfront
When you are booking your hotel room, of course it sounds so nice to be right there on the beach if you are going to stay in a bungalow. However, the price can be much higher for a beach front room and you might not be that much closer to the beach after all. We stayed for most of our stay in a garden bungalow, and we could still see the ocean from the room and we were just a few steps away from the beach anyway. We were glad that we saved the money as we were able to do alot of other things when we were not in fact at the hotel.
The coffee table in the overwater bungalow
Unique Quality: We thought it was incredible that the coffee table inside the overwater bungalow is actually like a window to the sea. he top is made of glass, and you can open up the table so as to look directly down at the water. At night, the lights under the overwater bungalow attract alot of fish so it is almost like a natural aquarium. It really is a very unique feature of staying in a room like this.
More information is available through the website of the Sofitel Ia Ora Hotel.
Stay in an overwater bungalow
We stayed 5 nights at the Sofitel Ia Ora, and it was very very nice. For most of the stay we had a garden bungalow, which is less expensive than the beachfront bungalows or the overwater bungalows. However, the last night we splurged and stayed in an overwater bungalow---we just had to do it. Yes, it is embarrassingly expensive to spend so much money on something like this, but, we really did enjoy it. We were in Room #20, the furthest one out over the sea, and went swimming and snorkeling right from our room by diving into the water. It was great.
The hotel has a very nice pool, a great bar, decent food, and nice shows in the evening, as well as lots of water activities, etc. For more info, check out their website.
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Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Sofitel Maharepa
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- Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort
- Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Hotel Maharepa
Address: BP 28, Maharepa, Moorea, 98728, French Polynesia
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Amenities at Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Kids Activities
- Bar / Lounge
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