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Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We love the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island and everyone that work there. We stayed at a hillside bungalow because we already stayed at an over the water one in Moorea. The bungalow was so quiet and clean and the bed and pillow was so fabulous. The breakfast every morning has a variety of selection and all the wonderful staff are ready to give you a helping hand if you have any questions. The look out was outstanding. We love everyone who work at concierge, front desk and the cook. They all enjoy their job and made our stay very memorable. Maururu (sp).

We stayed in one of the over water bungalows for our stay on this island and it was wonderful. The island and resort were beautiful. There are seats on the top of the hill to sit for a beautiful sunrise and sunset. The staff was so friendly and inviting and we felt well taken care of from the moment we arrived. The only down fall was the bed was a bit uncomfortable, but everyone has their own preference with that and the wind was strong everyday, which is not their fault, just mother nature. It just made it hard to swim due to the strong currents. But the overall stay was magical. The mini fridge is restocked everyday with water, juice and beer. This really helps because food and drink are really expensive. They also leave treats every night in the rooms. Best honeymoon we could have asked for. Sofitel is a great place to stay for vacations and my husband and I will plan to seek them out when we travel to other places in the future.

We loved the Sofitel private island so much. Everything was perfect. We came to celebrate our anniversary and were so well taken care of. The over water bungalow was great. Although not necessarily fancy gourmet, the food at the restaurant was good, and the breakfast had great variety. The staff was always kind and tried to do anything they could to make our stay fun. The island is beautiful and the snorkeling right around the corner from the resort was world class. We were originally booked at the Sofitel Marara beach and were moved to the island due to some construction. To the entire staff, Māuruuru roa!

The location was pure luxury. Our bungalow overlooking the water was so beautiful. The facilities were excellent. All staff were extremely friendly. The perfect accomodation! Thank you so much Sofitel!!

The water is AMAZING - the service, not so much. We were in an over the water bungalow which also we AMAZING. We had come from the Sofitel Moorea where everything was amazing, to the Bora Bora Private Island and was very disappointed. The food wasn't as good (breakfast buffet not NEARLY as inviting at Moorea), the staff wasn't as friendly and some seemed annoyed when we asked questions. We found it more enjoyable to take the 5 minute ferry to the main island and enjoy our meals at the smaller, local restaurants there. There seemed to be more of a language barrier at this Sofitel than the other. The actual property was much smaller and had less to offer than Moorea, as well. It was an older property and I would imagine is it in line for updating soon. The Sofitel Bora Bora main island was under renovation, therefore we stayed at the private island. We knew this when we booked.

We stayed at this resort for three nights with a group traveling on to another location. I can't imagine anything that would make it signficantly better. We stayed in bungalow 101 which was partially over the water and partially onshore. It is probably the most secluded bungalow on the island being at the end of a path around the island and gets the afternoon sun. It is also probably the most sheltered from the wind. The rooms are just a bit rustic in Tahitian fashion but well-appointed. The bed was comfortable with luxurious linens. The food was all excellent and the staff a pleasure to deal with. Paddleboards and kayaks are available to go around the Sofitel island as well as the island next door. There is a wonderful snorkeling spot just around the corner from #101 and the snorkeling is also excellent under the fully overwater bungalows. In that area they have some of the artificial reef structures with the low voltage on them to promote coral growth and they are working wonderfully! A boat shuttle is available to go onshore to Bora Bora proper and is quite convenient although it could run a bit more frequently. I did a two-tank dive with Top Dive and had a wonderful time. Saw several anemone I had never seen before and two of the largest eels I've ever seen. Lemon and black tip sharks were also in abundance on the second dive. After being here for several days, I can tell that Bora Bora itself is indeed magical and the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is a special place in that magic land! Highly recommended.

Reading this please keep in mind that I am a beach person, love the ocean and booked through Costco. So when I arrived heard that the sister property had been shut down for renovations I was slightly frustrated. When I booked, through CostCo I was told that I could use the beach at their sister property and use the free shuttle. I felt a little ripped off but that is not the Sofitel’s fault. They offered a refund, but everything else was booked. It just created stress. I stayed for 5 days. Sofitel did not try to help with $65.00 day pass fees at other properties, neither did CostCo. So I made the best of it which isn’t hard to do in Bora Bora, which is incredible. The private island has such a small beach and it’s very shallow, right in front of bungalow area, not great. Rooms do not use luxury linens & bed was not very comfortable. Room 112 sits next to ice machine & housekeeping storage, lots of activity. I complained and they quieted down, offered to move me to a nice room last 2 nights. The other ice machine groaned all night & day. Ridiculous. Other than that it was pretty quiet. Breakfast buffet was okay, got me through the day. Didn’t like the dinner buffet, I ordered off menu 1 night; it was the best meal there. They do you offer some pretty cool entertainment couple nights . Again, my first trip to Bora Bora so I was pretty happy with just being there. The Staff was very warm & friendly. Unfortunately I will not return here for my next trip.

My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much. The resort is small but has everything you need for a relaxing stay. The resort in general, although perhaps needing a refresh, was in good repair and very comfortable. There is plenty of snorkeling to be done both on the property and in the nearby coral garden, and we felt that this is a particularly nice place to stay if snorkeling is your thing. The restaurant served great breakfasts, and room service and seated dinners were very tasty. My wife is vegetarian and there was plenty of choices for her in all cases. Hotel staff was very helpful and friendly. We thought the housekeeping staff was especially notable and appreciated their attention to detail with our room.

My partner and I have just left Bora Bora after a week staying in an overwater bungalow and we were super impressed, it is an absolute paradise! We found everyone working there to be incredibly friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble despite english not being most of their first language. We were picked up at the airport by boat and were greeted at the private island dock with a man singing and playing the ukulele and the beauty of the place just blew our mind immediately! When we arrived at our bungalow there was a beautiful bottle of champagne waiting for us as well as gifts and delicious macaroons! As many have commented in the reviews below, the bungalows are not perfect and are far from brand new (remodelled around 2005 believe) but in terms of the value for money compared to many of the other newer resorts, we felt they were were fantastic, the rustic feel added to the character and vibe! As someone else reviewed, no one wants another sterile white room and we would definitely agree, the hotel does not state that they are 5 star and we also hear they are remodelling soon. We had bungalow 131 which had panoramic views facing the beach and the mainland and was absolutely stunning! We loved lying on the deck and despite being in front of the restaurant we seldom saw more than a few other quests per day so we felt it was pretty quiet, many of the other resorts we saw while touring looked super busy. Another highlight for us was the lookout that we could go up to see amazing views of Bora Bora and watch the sunset while having a few drinks! Some of the locals we met also mentioned that they thought this hotel was the best because of its views and the coral garden snorkelling which we would have to agree on! The boats to the mainland were not running as often as normal due to the renovation of the Marara so when that is finished it will be even easier to head to town however being in such a beautiful spot we found little reason to want to leave (although it can be good to pick up a few supplies at the stores). As other people have also mentioned the food is not cheap although from what we saw, that is standard for Bora Bora. If you book through the Accor website I would recommend getting a few ‘my glass’ packages which gives you unlimited cocktails at happy hour as the cocktails are really good! Another nice touch was the turndown service, every night when we got back to the room there was a treat waiting for such as macarons, homemade chocolate or chocolate Easter eggs and some bottles of water. There was snorkelling equipment, Kayaks and paddle boards all available free of charge which was ideal! I would also recommend taking a snorkelling tour where you can see more of the island and swim with Rays and Sharks! We went with Bora Bora Onoku services who were amazing, we booked for their tour as we saw their stall in town but I think you can also sign up via Facebook and they pick you up from the hotel. Overall we would say that if you are looking for a quiet relaxing trip in an insanely beautiful setting then this is the place! We are already planning on coming back! Maruru to the lovely team at Private Island and thanks for helping us to have the best trip ever!

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in April 2019. To be fair I think you would have to split you recommendation I 2. The location is without doubt one of the best in French Polynesia. The “ Over the sea” Cabins are wonderful and spicy with very good beds. The hotel supplies free snorkelling equipment which is of ok standard and you can use canoes for free. The Hotel is old and shows signs og normal wear and tear but in a charming way. The restaurant on this hotel is in our opinion is nowhere up to 5-star standards. The food in it self is ok without being interesting or inspiring in anyway and the portions are really small. Prices are of course exorbitant high like everywhere in French Polynesia. One day I had Fish of the lagoon and my guess is that there were 125 grams of fish on my plate. The next day I had lamb that was very tasty but again less than 150 grams. On to occasions we ordered starters that never arrived. In general the knowledge of English is to limited to justify the 5 stars even though the service is indeed very friendly. I understood that the Hotel is up for renovation in November 2019 which may be the reason why this hotel at the moment is unable to hire competent staff like what we normally meet at the Sofitel Hotels.

Bp 516, Nunue, Vaitape Bora Bora Leeward Islands

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Coral Gardens
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Private beach

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island places you next to Coral Gardens and within a mile (2 km) of other popular attractions like Matira Beach. This 31-room, 4.5-star resort welcomes guests with conveniences like a private beach, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace.


In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.


An LCD TV comes with satellite channels and a DVD player, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and the bathroom offers a rainfall showerhead, a hair dryer, and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include free minibar items, a balcony, and a sofa bed.

Property features

A private beach, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas are featured at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle at scheduled times for XPF 6392 per person one-way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with luggage storage, concierge services, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a library, express check-out, and free newspapers.

Room options

Luxury Bungalow (Direct Lagoon Access)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1057 reviews