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Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

4.5 out of 5.0

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We spent three nights on the island. One night at island luxury lodge and two nights at OWB. The experience was very personal and staff there were fantastic. The mini bar is filled everyday with 2 beer,2 sparkling water,2sprite and 2 juice. There are also 2 small bottles of water daily. Breakfast was also included and it was very good. Except the frech press coffee which we were not found of( too weak to our taste). They also give us tshirt for male guest and sarong for ladies,and a voucher for lucky draw pearl at the pear shop on their mainland sister hotel. Even though we were on the private island, we could order free boat shuttle to the mainland for free. And also use the facility at their sister hotel. We really enjoy our time on the private island especially no kids running around or making noises. We went to see the Polynesia dance show one night. You are not obligated to order anything if you don’t want. We were slightly a bit of disappointed when we changed from luxury lodge to OWB, cause the interior design is EXACTLY the same. We were hoping to have a tub in the OWB or something a bit different, as the price is double... overall, we love our experience and the coral garden was great for snorkel and we enjoy watching the small blacktip sharks that habitat around the beach. We use free kayak, and there are life jackets and snorkel masks and tubes inside the room are a plus. Highly recommend

After staying at the Sofitel in Moorea (which was also awesome), we were glad to be at a hotel that is adults only. We wanted our honeymoon to be peaceful and romantic, and this is the perfect place to have that type of vacation. The staff is very accommodating and made all arrangements for us (water activities, off-site dinner reservations). Even though the rooms could use updating, it was not a big deal as the bed is the most important item in a room, and it was so comfy! Little treats like chocolate and macaroons always made me happy when we go back to the room after dinner. The room was clean and always restocked with free beverages. Besides a great staff and staying on a peaceful island, the best snorkeling is right on the other side of the island! If you want to get to the mainland there is no charge for the boat. All other hotels will charge you each time you want to get back to the mainland. We used this service everyday, so we were thankful it didn't cost anything. We wouldn't change a thing about our stay here. To us, it was the perfect honeymoon :)

Where do we even begin with Sofitel Private Island??? Honeymoon location perfection for us. We landed in Bora Bora and straight away saw the stand for Sofitel. We grabbed our bags and they took us to their boat and quickly whisked away on a 15 minute boat ride to the Hotel. As the boat arrives at the Private Island dock, we could hear the traditional guitar playing by one of the employees. It was a nice touch as we were welcomed to the island by the manager. We had a few other couples arriving on the same plane so as a small group we were introduced to the island. She went through the welcoming and took photos. We were told to leave our bags on the boat as they would be in our rooms for us shortly. After arrival we were taken to our room and given a tour of our bungalow. Highly recommend the over water bungalows. The room is simply amazing!! It was much larger than expected with a couch, king bed, double sinked bathroom and beautiful patio area overlooking the sunrise. Mini-bar was "free" and restocked daily which was handy as it had beer, some sparkling juices, soft drinks and water. On arrival we jumped straight into the water. Below our bungalow was a reef with an assortment of fish to snorkel with. It was amazing to dive out of your room and swim like this. Each bungalow has an outdoor shower to wash off as well. We walked around the island on the first day to the top of the island lookout. It's a stunning view up there and great for photos. It's very relaxing up there. We also found some baby Black Tip Reef Sharks swimming around very close to the beach. Was awesome to swim with these in the hotel. Very cool experience. The island itself is quite small and with no many rooms there, it was rare to feel like it was busy. Buffet Breakfast rarely had more than a few couples there and since it was included in the room, it was a nice way to start the day. The bar area there isn't that large and due to the lack of guests, the bar tender is often someone who works in the restaurant so don't expect amazing cocktails. We did go to dinner once in the hotel and we found the options limiting. It was ok but we we only went once. Good news on this is that at any time you can ring for a boat and get taken to the Sofitel Marara hotel for use of their facilities. Their bar and resultant is MUCH better and you can still put it on your room. This is what I would recommend! Twice a week they do traditional dancing at no extra cost at Marara as well. Was great to watch. We did experience the romantic dinner experience on the Private Island. If you are at all there with a partner, I do think this is a must do. They require a minimum of three couple for it to happen so make sure you ask about the lunch time of the day if it's going ahead. We were taken to the lookout point to watch the sunset with a glass of champagne which is a very peaceful experience. After the sun ahs gone down you get a table on the beach. It's very romantic with dim lights, a nice drink and great food. You are treated to some more Polynesian dancing which you enjoy a three course meal. It is something we really enjoyed. Other hotels we visited during our stay felt like large busy places. They looked amazing but weren't peaceful or quaint. If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful location, this is the perfect location for you.

We came here for the second half of our honeymoon in Feb 2017, we spent the first half at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora, and it was quite different, but still great! Except for one staff member, which I will get to later... The atmosphere at Bora Bora is definitely more relaxed and quieter than Moorea. Very peaceful and a good way to wind down before going back home. Our experience in Moorea heightened our expectations, so maybe that's why the Bora Bora hotel didn't seem as excellent, but the staff was still very nice. They didn't greet us with big smiles and remembered our names, but they were still professional. There was one lady who worked at the restaurant in the private island who was very rude and mean. She would stare and glare at us when we sat down at a table to relax. I think she wanted us to order food or we couldn't sit there, even though the place was empty. And on our last day, we had to check out in the morning, but our flight wasn't until 4pm. There was another couple waiting with us, and we sat at the tables on our laptops and whatnot, and the lady would walk around us every hour and hover around us, pretending to tidy up our tables, making us very uncomfortable. Seriously, we were the only people there and she was making us feel like we had to leave. Nevertheless, we didn't let that lady ruin our vacation. The concierge was excellent in their recommendations for excursions; The snorkeling is just amazing. There are tours that will take you to different spots to snorkel, but also take advantage of the free snorkeling gear because we literally swam around the whole private island and turns out that some of the spots are visited by tour boats, but it was accessible to us for free by just swimming there. The overwater bungalows are fantastic and so beautiful. We are planning a trip back in a couple of years, but definitely would go back to Moorea instead.

I was overwhelmed when we arrived at the dock of our private island. At the arrival there was a man playing a ukulele and a woman with fresh cold coconuts and cold wash cloths for us, it was amazing! The island is amazing is so quaint and quiet, no kids which is just what we were looking for on our honeymoon. We only ate breakfast here and it was pretty good, but the Chinese food was the best.....strange breakfast food for us, but it was really good! For the price we paid the beds should have been top quality, they were not! After our 2nd night we requested a new bed, not any better....we were extremely disappointed!! We also expected the luxury over the water bungalows to be much nicer and more updated. The a/c could work better, it was uncomfortable in the bungalow morning, noon and night. Staying at the private island you have full access to the sister resort just a quick water ferry ride across. Every employee at the resort were so accomodating and friendly. Note to management: New beds are a must when you market your resort as luxury. The featherbed only makes it hot and still not comfortable.

We had an overwater bungalow for 5 nights, perfect weather and support from a very helpful and positive team at the Sofitel Private Island Resort. The shuttle service between the two Sofitel resorts is also great.

This place is great. I have not stayed at the other 5 star resorts but they could not be better than this. The people are friendly and accommodating. We speak English and had no problem communicating. Great snorkeling here. Boats bring in divers to this island it is so good. The water taxi to the main island is easy to use and relatively fast. The food is great. It is slow service, but that is the kind of atmosphere we were looking for. They do charge for water that was rough to get used to. The rooms are much bigger than you would think.

Our stay here was amazing. We were here in the middle of February which is their rainy season. There was some off/on rain. They have two umbrellas in your room for you, and they keep them in all the buildings in case you find yourself in need of one. The food was fantastic. Sasha and the other wait staff took great care of us. We had a couple of food allergies. They noted them, remembered them, and took care to make sure we ate safely. Breakfast was fantastic. Fresh fruit, crepes, French pressed coffee, and many other delicious treats. Lunch and dinner was always delicious, and the serving sizes were plentiful. The Kobe beef served on Valentine’s Day was divine. The staff at the resort was so kind and seemed to genuinely care about us. I was reminded of my mom and aunts. They wanted to make sure we were fed and happy. Our bungalow was fantastic. It did look a bit weathered in a few spots, but it is a bungalow over the ocean. It was always clean. They had two snorkels and masks in the closet to use. They were fine, but I would bring my own the next time around. The mini bar was restocked daily and two extra waters were brought each evening. We were also spoiled with a tasty treat (macaroons or chocolate) each evening. My husband and I had a small patch of coral at the steps going into the water. It attracted many colorful fish and two friendly crabs. I wasn’t sure if we would actually see fish through our little peep hole in the bungalow floor, but we did. All the time. We LOVED spending time on the deck catching sun rays, watching the fish and sting rays, and then jumping in the water to cool off. I brought a tube to float on. When I visit again I will pack inflatable noodles instead. We also liked walking around the island to see the views, and snorkeling behind the island. Don’t pass up the opportunity to snorkel off the private island. You will not be disappointed. Privacy. If you want a private, intimate place to vacation this is it. Breakfast could get a bit busy, but dinner on the “busiest” night was six couples and that included us. I could not imagine a more private, quiet place. And, if you get a bit stir crazy the boat will take you right over to the main resort or to town.

I will start by noting that I am a little biased towards Sofitel Bora Bora PI, as this was our 4th stay on this little piece of paradise...and don't plan on it being our last. We go back again and again because of the following things. Free shuttle back and forth from hotel to main island..and we jump back and fort multiple times every day. Privacy - Even when hotel is busy, there are only 30 or so bungalows, so not many people around. If you want peace and quiet and relaxation, this is the place! Staff Friendliness and attention - I speak Tahitian and French, so I have more chance to visit with the staff, but most speak English and we find we have had great attention from the whole staff. I hate to be specific, because I do not remember everyone's name, and I know I will miss some people, but I'm going to highlight a few. This trip the front desk/concierge attendants were great! Always helpful, always friendly and smiling. Always checking to see if everything was going OK or to see if we needed anything. Sasha (restaurant manager) was amazing! We went to late lunch/early dinner and were really "between" their menus, yet Sasha visited with us and let us chose from either/both menus. He made some menu recommendations that were fantastic. Try the rissoto with scallops! Amazing. Thanks Sasha for your attention to our needs! You made the stay even better for us! Jennifer took care of our bungalow and was always smiling, always willing to work around our schedule. She always left the room looking great and left beautiful flower designs on our bed. The shuttle guys on the boat back and forth from airport and between the main island and the private island were great! And I even got a little ukelele lesson with the team a couple of times. In bungalow beverage attendants... We do not drink alcohol or carbonated drinks, but do drink lots and lots of water! After we visited with them our fridge was always packed with bottled water! Oh, and when we arrived we had a bottle of champagne in our room...they exchanged that for a great fresh fruit plate for us! Thank you. This trip we were there during the rainy choice...but still had some time each day to enjoy some sun and snorkeling. (Yes, it did rain a bit!) The Coral Gardens (a short walk around the island) is a don't miss place for snorkeling. And, even when the wind is blowing across the bungalow side, the island protects the back side from the wind and you can find calm waters even when the wind is blowing pretty strong. Snorkeling is great. They do provide equipment, but I would always recommend your own mask/tube. If you look to purchase, consider the full-face mask by Ocean Reef (Aria). SOOOOO much better and more comfortable than a tube in the mouth!! We had pizza at "Lucky House" a short walk away from the Sofitel Marara and it was really good. There are a few other places to eat within walking distance of the Marara, as well as a small grocery store. Can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our most recent visit. There is some aging going on in the bungalows, but they were always clean and comfortable. So, overlook those few things and have an incredible time at the Sofitel Bora Bora PI (Private Island).

This is our 6th week away from Home, pre booked for us though our travel agent. A few days to catch up with ourselves relax before going home. An extraordinary fun experience a hotel room in the sea, private access to the sea for swimming and snorkling (snorkel provided in room). Lots of activities can be booked for you at reception. The rooms are large with patio doors opening to a deck and your steps into the sea. Sun lounges on deck, 2 chairs and table light for after dark. Air condioning and a mainly French channel TV. Shower room toilet and two hand basins with refreshed daily shower essentials. Two huge umbrellas free to use if raining season like it is now. Pick your time carefully if you want sunshine look at June to September but research first. There is a boat that will taken you to the main island complimentary and bring you back if course. On the main island there is other restaurants you can use. The boat picks you up from Tahiti airport and takes you back to Tahiti airport. When we arrived to the island we were greeted by a flower lei a coconut drink and was a lovely experience. I would definitely come again and recommend to others. All the staff here make your stay as easy and as nice as possible, nothing is to much trouble and with a welcome smile beautiful.

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

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island places you next to Coral Gardens and Motu Piti. 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 Moti Piti Aau 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 910 reviews