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Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Pros: -Easily the best snorkeling in Bora Bora, so close to the coral gardens. -Sometimes there is certain individuals who go above and beyond to make your stay special, and there were two of them here. First our concierge Annabella who made our stay wonderful and helped us out with any inquiries we had, and I cannot forget Peter or what he should be known as "The Peoples Champion". Everybody loves this guy and it won't take long until you do as well. He showed us the different types of fish around the island played the ukulele, the conch shell, and gives you bread to feed the fishies. -Easy ferry access to the main island (this is how you do it, looking at you Pearl resort!) From there restaurants will pick you up and drive you back, great! -Baby black tip sharks roam about, you'll love it! -Sofitel has a complimentary mini bar, such as juices, soft drinks, bottled water, beer. -Has access to the Marara resort if you wanted to go there for who knows what reason. Cons: -The beach here is tiny and gets smaller still as the tide comes in. Not the best for swimming. -Overwater bungalows are starting to show there age. I think they are due for some freshening up, and taking a look at the supports as well. -One morning I woke up to a big crash and maybe it was due to the angle of our end unit but it sent one of our deck chairs flying into the coral! So I got up to pull it out of the water so it couldn't do anymore damage. Just a thing to keep in mind while you let towels dry or something outside on the deck to keep them secure. Note: I didn't know if I should make this a pro or con, but the bed is a feather bed and I know they are considered "luxurious" but I found them to be lumpy. Your preference could be different though.

I cannot say enough about the Sofitel private island. It's unbelievable, the views are breathtaking, and it's a very romantic and lovely place to stay for couples. We stay in an overwater bungalow and had the time of our lives swimming, relaxing and generally enjoying just being here. The sunset atop the small hill at the end of the day was something to be remembered. Plus as an extra bonus, the coral reef where most of the tours drop by is pretty much one side of the island if you can believe it! I spent hours there exploring and just enjoying the fact that there were more fish per inch of water than i have ever seen anywhere in my life! We will definitely be returning, no doubt about it! (November 2014)

The folks here do a first class job at pampering you from the sounding of the conch at your arrival to the sound of it at your departure. Veronique met us on the pier and assisted us throughout our trip there. Lola made sure that our anniversary plans went off without a hitch. And all of the staff did a great job making our stay memorable. The bungalo was ready for us for an early check-in and they even offered a late check-out since we left later in the day. For people that want to come to paradise and relax, this is absolutely the place to go. The only regret that we have is that we couldn't stay longer. Go to the private island, relax, and enjoy your piece of paradise!

The resort is in a very good location, however the service and food choice did not seem to be in line with a 5 star resort. Our welcome, via their main resort, although good was inferior to guests arriving directly from the airport. We were only given access to our room after the check in time and our luggage took an hour after check in time to arrive in our room, disappointing to say the least when paying high prices for the accommodation. In addition, the main resort had received our luggage at 11.20am but it took until 3 pm to be reunited. Our over water bungalow was in a good location. The menu for dinner the first night was good, however, it was changed by a new chef to one with very little choice and a distinct lack if vegetables. We visited the restaurant at the Matira beach resort on our last night, the service was awful although the food good - would not recommend. We had stayed on Bora Bora for 7 nights previously and can absolutely recommend St James restaurant or the Yacht Club! for a real 5 star dining experience, far superior to any of the meals we had in the hotel.

The Sofitel Private Island was unbelievable. We spent 3 fantastic nights here after 7 amazing nights across the water at the Sofitel Marara. This Sofitel was also fantastic with all the staff equally as friendly and helpful. Our overwater bungalow was huge & our bed was very comfortable, the view's once again magnificent. The sunrise in the morning was breathtaking as was the sunset.... Free mini bar stocked daily :) Having breakfast & dinner included was a wonderful and there were lots of options. The night of our 20 year Wedding Anniversary we had a magical Sunset Beach Dinner which was beyond amazing and beautiful. We snorkelled around our bungalow and the fish would actually nibble on our fingers when we held them out, we also fed the fish off our balcony which you could get food from the guys you get the kayaks from... We kayaked around the whole island and you could also snorkel out to the reef where written on the bottom has I Love Bora Bora which you see in lots of travellers pictures.... I would highly recommend staying at this wonderful resort and cannot wait until we come back...... Very private and only a 5 min. boat trip to the main island free of charge.... The only sad part of our entire trip was having to leave :(

There is no where else that will take your breath away like being in Bora Bora. Especially when you stay at the Sofitel motu. You are on a private island within an island. You get to swim with black tip shark an sting rays right in their natural environment. It's sureal! It's an experience of a lifetime. It's soooo expensive but so worth it.

I have stayed in an overwater bungalow. Most of the bungalows have a superb view on Mount Otemanu. The housekeeping was doing an excellent job. Mini bar is filled every day free of charge. Breakfast service is quick with decent choice. Meals have got good variety with a possibility to eat on the main island at Sofitel Marara beach. Lola Marderossian made an excellent service pre-travel to help to finalize everything related to our holiday. I can highly recommend this hotel - some negative feed- backs I could read sometimes on Tripadvisor I never experienced on the spot. I will certainly come back. Last but not least the location is perfect.

If you want a place that is absolutely beautiful, quiet and just your own little slice of Heaven.... Sofitel Private Island is 100% the place. It is literally its own little island, you may see 30 people your entire stay. 4 minute boat trip to the main island WHENEVER you want (for free mind you) but you may not ever want to leave. The entire staff knew our names after the first day and treated us dern near like family the whole time. This is the perfect and quiet getaway to PARADISE. We will be going back as often as possible.

We just got back 3 days ago (6/20/2017) and had a wonderful time. The resort is very nice and quiet. Our bungalow had amazing views of the volcano, ocean and over water bungalows below us. The water is so blue and breathtakingly clear, we could see fish 50ft away from our balcony! The water is warm even though it was about to be winter while we were there. It rained frequently, but usually at night. The food is a combination of Polynesian and French which is just amazing. Chef Martin arrived the same day we did to take over the restaurant on the Private Island and he made us an amazing meal with a beautiful tuna that was just caught. Margot, his business partner, runs the dinning room and the two make for memorable and great culinary episodes while on the island. The entire staff are just amazingly helpful and friendly. A short (free) boat ride will take you to the 'other' Sofitel which has another restaurant as well. If you desire more options, taxis will take you to other dining options around the island. Take advantage of the free snorkeling gear and head around the backside of the Private island to the corral garden and see one of the best in the world dive spots. We had a great 2nd honeymoon here.

We had a great time at the hotel. Let me start by saying...Bora is set up only for price gauging tourists. Its way way overpriced for average service and amenities...Im not just talking about the hotels, but the whole place. The other islands are nicer with more to do and way cheaper! BUT...if you must see the fabled Bora BOra please do stay at this Sofitel! Spectacular views of the lagoon and mountain island. The bungalows are large and well appointed but the air conditioning doesnt really work if your from a cold place like me...its ROUGH! But the sea breeze is just an open balcony door away. One of the managers Tania...was excellent and helped us with anything we needed. The big pluses boat pick up and drop off to the boat shuttle up and back the main island resort where you can get anywhere by taxi...YAY...and free stocked mini fridge for you as well! We agonized over the decision and in the end made the right choice. Its not pretentious, its very secluded private and clean and with only 31 bungalows it feels liek your alone on your own private island. The food was adequate and they do well with all of the regalia...leis on calls...leis on departure! COld fresh coconut water and FLOWERS everywhere! SO...if you NEED to go to Bora Bora...this is your best value and the amenities and extras make it the only choice!

Bp 516, Nunue, Vaitape Bora Bora Leeward Islands

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Coral Gardens
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Point Matira, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is adjacent to Coral Gardens and within a mile (2 km) of Moti Piti Aau Beach. This 31-room, 4.5-star resort has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and a free airport shuttle. On the beach, the resort is also close to Mt. Otemanu and Matira Beach.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. 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.


Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island's 31 air-conditioned rooms provide free minibar items, balconies, and sofa beds. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Coffee makers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are other standard amenities.

Property features

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island features free WiFi in public areas, a library, and express check-out. Airport transportation is made easy with a free airport shuttle (available on request). The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include free newspapers, a garden, and a porter/bellhop.

Room options

Luxury Bungalow, 1 King Bed (Island)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 845 reviews