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Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We chose this hotel as it is much smaller than many of the huge resort hotels in Bora Bora, giving us the seclusion and privacy we wanted for our honeymoon. Bora Bora really is stunningly beautiful and this hotel, being set on a small private island, has fantastic views of the main island. We spent one night in an overwater bungalow for the experience, and the other nights in a standard sea view bungalow. I'm glad we have experienced the overwater bungalow once but I wouldn't do it again, as it's not worth the premium. The rooms are identical except for the steps down to the sea and the small glass floor area, but you could argue that the views are better from the sea view bungalow so there are pros for both that don't justify the price difference. The hotel restaurant was fantastic and it was a quick and easy boat ride to the mainland if you want to go out.

Sofitel private motu was everything we wanted and more for our honeymoon location. It was private enough where we would only run into other couples at breakfast, or maybe while walking to/from our bungalow, but even that was rare. If you're looking for a place where you can sunbathe all day and enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean and Mt. Otemanu, without being bothered, without hearing any children playing, without college kids getting loud and crazy, this is the place. I would recommend the private island sofitel also because there are no cars on this island, so you won't hear cars driving by like you do on the main island. A 2-5 minute boat ride will take you from this private island to the main island where you can participate in all the snorkeling/hiking/dune buggy rentals you want. Last but not least, the staff was super friendly and attentive. The only minor issue we had was that we were given a late checkout and it was in writing in an envelop left in our room the day before checkout, so we decided to do some water activities the morning of and pack later in the afternoon. To our surprise, we received a call shortly before noon stating we had to check out at noon. We rushed to pack and get all our luggage together. I thought they'd at least honor the late check out given it was obviously printed for us. Regardless, it was an amazing stay. And they let us use the guest shower room, so minor issue was semi resolved. I'd highly recommend others to stay here and I would most certainly return! We went in December. It rained one day for about 5 minutes, and a beautiful rainbow followed. The day we were leaving, it was overcast and drizzling most of the early evening, but that was one out of 6 days, so we definitely had amazing weather there in December. If you want to be around people, you can always take a short boat ride to the main island to their sister resort and utilize the amenities there - pool, dinner, activities, etc.

I stayed in an over-water bungalow on this private motu. The setting is beautiful but the accommodations are ready for a renovation, but it doesn't mean that they aren't deluxe, just "worn." The service is good and the staff is most helpful. The boat to the main island takes only 5 minutes unlike a much longer ride from other comparable resorts. You can't go wrong by staying here.

LOVE the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island! For sure stay at the private island vs. the Sofitel Bora Bora main island. There is a boat to take you over whenever you want but the private island is the best! Not couple exclusive but there were no kids so fabulous for honeymooners and couples! Amazing welcome experience with a special coconut drink and lei greeting along with ukulele and singing. Overwater bungalows are a must! There are a few cliff bungalows but the views are blocked by tree's. Activities are on property so easy to rent a kayak and go snorkeling in the famous coral reef near by. DON'T pay for the snorkeling tour that takes you to the coral reef a short kayak away from your bungalow. Food is really good we had the steak twice!

Its difficult to find the words to explain our stay , it was just perfect! From the lovely accomodation to the excellent attentive staff. We felt like we were in a dream loving the real Polynesian experience. It was so difficult to leave such an idyllic place. Thank you to all the staff for helping to create such wonderful memories which we will treasure forever

30 years ago we met our Swiss friends in French Polynesia so we celebrated this anniversary by spending time together in Bora Bora. Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island makes you feel special. Pampered in every way. Restaurant and activities manager Sasha remembers your names, in our case "The Michigan" people but he also is always available to help answer questions and makes sure you are very comfortable. I would highly recommend this resort.

First time in Bora Bora and excellent experience also because of this lovely resort. We chose it because it promised to be quiet, adult only and with a few amenities and we were not disappointed. I don’t know where to start praising this place... because everything was just the way it should be... from the staff (kind, helpful, attentive to the guests needs, always smiling!), to the overwater bungalow (cozy, well equipped, minibar always full and free of charge) with its balcony and deck on the lagoon... perfect starting point to great snorkeling and fish-watching (I loved it!). The coral gardens are just on the other side of the small island so you can just swim there whenever you want! Breakfast was amazing, food and drinks in their own restaurant and bar also excellent. The whole experience was just perfect for us. Important to mention is their free boat service to the main island! Normally other resorts on motus make you pay extra to take you to the main island, so this point should not be underestimated. So if you are looking for a lively place with loud music, lots of people and party all the time, DON’T come here! Come here if you are looking for the real and relaxed French Polynesian experience... and you won’t be disappointed. I read bad reviews complaining about the bungalows being run down and worn out... they are not really... bathroom fixtures could need some renewing, but they are clean and perfectly working... and you are not spending your day in the bathroom nor in your room... so what you get for your money spent (best value compared to other bigger resorts which cost double as much) is well worth it! On a side note there are geckos in the rooms... and I hate animals in a hotel room... but you have them everywhere here and even worse than small cute geckos... we found maybe 5 or 6 of them over the whole week, but they are shy and run away... nothing compared to what I heard in other resorts... I guess this is the price you need to pay for paradise 😉 Actually we just checked out and are still sitting in the lobby waiting for the boat transfer to the airport in a couple of hours... and I already miss this place! So if you come to Bora Bora, come to the Private Island! You won’t regret it!

The ambience of this resort is wonderful, its a completely different feel from Sofitel Marara on the main island. I was so happy we selected this smaller, more intimate, place to stay. It has a real "romantic getaway" feel. The overwater bungalows are well appointed, service from staff is excellent, and food was outstanding. Special mention of Sacha, the new Food and Beverage Manager, who went out of his way to accommodate guests. Without exception, all meals at Private Island were amazing! The shuttle service to and from the main island is easy and convenient.

We stayed a week at the Sofitel Private Island and we absolutely loved it. It is small and quaint unlike some of the huge resorts of Bora Bora. There are only 20 ish OWB's and about 10 other bungalows on the island so it feels like you have the whole place to yourself. We stayed in OWB 117 and had an amazing view looking right at the mountain and the lagoon. It was way beyond our expectations It has natural beauty and a casual feel and we could barely stand to leave. It is nice they have the free shuttle to the mainland and we used that a few times but I must say we were very happy enjoying the island itself The lookout at sunset is a real nice touch and the views all over the island are exceptions. it has beautiful plants and flowers everywhere. One reason we chose this hotel is that to is right next to a coral garden and we are big snorkelers. We went every day and some time spent hours in the water. also we like the adult only experience here To top it off their staff is excellent and so friendly. You get the real Tahitian experience and love here. Everyone was just amazing. Thanks to all the staff for making our stay unforgettable

Relaxing, Mesmerising & it's a heaven on earth. It just feels out of the world. Water everywhere. Our room was the last room in the necklace and from our room we could see just water everywhere. From the private hill of the hotel the sun rise view was amazing. The staff were utmost cooperative and getting pure veg food was an issue though. Had lots of fun in the property. The best thing is that it's a private island of Sofitel. It was a dream come true. Enjoyed everybit of the stay. There was a musical night arranged which was awesome. Everytime going to the city we had to use the boat to cross the water body.

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.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. 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, Overwater

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 887 reviews