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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A magical holiday destination with friendly staff to look after your every need.The food was excellent.The setting was beautiful.We will be back again next year.The resort can be reached by plane or by ferry;either route makes for a pleasant trip.

This is our second trip to Tahiti and we were afraid that we would be disappointed trying to recreate a perfect experience from 6 years ago at a different resort. Nothing could be further from reality. The Sofitel does not disappoint. We are checking out after 3 days of heaven in an overwater bungalow. Service impeccable. Food excellent with a varied menu. Good wine selection and wonderful attentive poolside service. Our smiling hostess who knew our name and chatted with us each morning at breakfast and every staff member who calls our to greet you as you pass make this a warm and welcoming place. Nothing to improve truly. Advice to choosing a room. We loved number 110. Perfect spot just private enough. From what we saw a garden bungalow would be preferred to a beach bungalow due to the privacy but the overwater choice clearly the best. Note there is no fitness equipment so this is possibly the only miss but there is a trail to run and bikes to rent. Highly recommend.

We stayed at this gorgeous resort for 3 nights after booking a package deal through Costco. I came prepared to ask for a bungalow on the Temae Beach side of the resort (after reading other reviews) and although a garden bungalow was booked initially, we amazingly ended up with a BEACH bungalow on the Temae side that had an unobstructed view of the lagoon. (The other side of the resort looked boring!!) Oh, how heartbreaking it was that we didn’t enjoy the beach the day we checked in and ignorantly thought we’d have beach days ahead of us. Our entire stay was, sadly, cloudy and windy. Had we had good weather, I can only imagine how glorious the stay would have been. (No, that’s not a painting! Those are untouched/unfiltered pictures!!) With that said, the resort grounds were well maintained and the property looked new. Every evening, the lounge chairs were neatly lined up and every morning, debris was cleared off the sand. Our bungalow was pretty clean considering a party of about 10 people had crammed into it and checked out just before we checked in! (Apparently, Tahiti locals come to Moorea for the weekend since it’s just a ferry trip away, so I imagine weekends must get rowdy.) There were no bugs, but it was a bit scary that the glass shower doors leading to the outside had spaces and the lock didn’t work. This led to concerns of creatures both big (humans?!) and small (geckos) possibly entering our bungalow, but fortunately, there were no issues. The bathroom knob was also broken, but in light of the accidental/free upgrade, we were in no position to complain! TIPS: If you’re going to do an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora (a must!), an overwater isn’t necessary in Moorea. The beach bungalow isn’t a must either, but it sure is a beautiful view (particularly if you don’t like laying out)! Be sure to book a half day tour to see Magic Mountain. Since the food at the resort seemed a bit pricy and wasn’t memorable, we had Rudy’s Restaurant pick us up one night (free shuttle) and had Allo Pizza deliver to us another night (you’ll have a bit of a trek to the resort gate at the road to get your pizza though—no room delivery). The mini fridge was stocked with drinks (including beer!) every day, so that was awesome. Finally, as stated in my Bora Bora review, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of taking advantage of good weather days and not being in denial when your weather app tells you the weather will be bad...

A beautiful resort full of beautiful people on a beautiful beach. We checked out the competitors during our stay on Moorea and the Sofitel stood out in so many ways. The beach is incomparable. Long with white sand underfoot, the water was amazing. The others didn’t come close. Just to either side of the resort is excellent snorkeling. I saw stingrays and a reef shark without having to leave my resort. Our deluxe garden bungalow was well set up (the best storage of any hotel room I’ve seen) with a view of the beach from our deck. The sunrises are beautiful. The rooms are set out in a far less regimented way than the competitors which gave it a relaxed, informal feel which appealed to me. We loved the little beach bar. Friendly and yummy. We had an amazing time and can’t wait to come back. Māuruuru Sofitel!

Over water bungalow was amazing and it was nice to have direct access to the lagoon with corals and plenty of fish. Resort's private beach with cristal clear water was a positive surprise. Some small details left missing perhaps taking into account the high price.

It seems most people that visit Moorea stay for about 3 days then go off to other islands. I stayed for 8 days and this gave me a good understanding of the island and the resort. The bungalows are nice with good size bedrooms and nice bathrooms. The A/C in our room kept stopping but the weather was nice so no major problem. The staff was friendly and they easily switched from English to French and some even spoke Spanish. I think their training was lacking. The room cleaning staff seemed overworked and inconsistent. They missed basic things in the room such as cups and restocking the minibar. The waitstaff at breakfast also seemed very overworked. They had a big problem just getting coffee on the tables in under 10 minutes of a guests arrival. This is not due to their indifference, they were friendly and attentive, just too busy. This also goes to the pool staff. They seemed to have extra duties in the bar that often kept them away from the pool. I think management must be a problem at this hotel.

Lobby: Very basic no frills lobby. There are three restrooms with showers if you need to get ready after check out time. Got there at 8am and gave our bags and went to beach. At 2pm the room was ready and the bags were already in our room. Front desk employees were always very nice. Pool: Infiniti pool overlooking the ocean and the OTW bungalows. They had two showers there. Pool guy speaks 5 languages and was very nice and very attentive to all guests. Room: I was in the 400's front row near the Beach Bar. Room was big, not much storage space. Bed was so firm and uncomfortable I never did get a good nights sleep. The AC does not cool room very well. It will only go down to 25C or 77F. You can set it to go lower but it never will. I woke up many times per night sweating. Room has a safe and an indoor AND outdoor shower that is enclosed for privacy. Patio overlooked the ocean and was beautiful to sit on. Soda, 2 waters and 2 local beers are complimentary each day in the room. Housekeeping: They came everyday timely. Most of them don't speak any English so communicating was tough but they were nice. It was weird though, each day something was odd about the way they cleaned the room. There were random things not cleaned or not replaced. Nothing major but odd, they probably cleaned very quickly. Beach: Beach is long and pretty. It butts up to one of the only two public beaches on the island and offers a great coastline view. You are given two towel cards upon arrival and have to return your towels at the end for your cards back or will be charged. There are enough beach loungers to accomodate the guests, barely. Beach Bar attendants were working hard and friendly. The water is very clear and calm. There is a reef break about 1/2 mile out that cuts down the waves and it's almost like a lake. It is very clear with many different blue/green colors. There is some coral about 100-200 yards off shore where you can snorkel and see some fish. Mostly small fish. Every now and then one the size of a basketball will appear. There were two rays that swam along the shore periodically. The best part of the beach is the view of Tahiti. Its 14 miles away and great to look at. I prefer this side of the island. You get the sunrise and not the sunset but you get the view of Tahiti which is preferable to me over the view of open water. Restaurants: There are 3. The expensive "K" restaurant (we never ate there. They open at 630 and we wanted to eat before then). Pure restaurant which is the main restaurant and then the Vue bar. They are all right next to each other. We had the daily breakfast buffet. The omelete chef was great and the food was good, but it was the same everyday. After six days I was tired of eggs, bacon and sausage. The Vue bar surprisingly had great food and I ended up getting the yellow fin sashimi 3 days in a row. The service here was spotty. They had some great experienced servers and some new ones who acted like they've never been in a restaurant before. Activities: They have paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment for free and misc boats to rent. They tell you to stay away from the OTW bungalows and make it known in no uncertain terms that the guests in the OTW bungalows are better than those in other rooms. Overall: I give it 5 stars. There were some issues but that's expected anywhere.

The Sofitel is an amazing hotel that has one of the best beaches in Moorea. There are two areas right in front of the water sports shake and to the left where the property ends that are great spots to snorkel. I say stingray’s lots of fish and even a small black tip shark. The staff was very friendly and the beach front walk out room was outstanding. If your looking for shade and a nice beach try and get rooms 415, 417, and 419. Room 421 and 423 are at the end of the property line a little more quite and get more sun. I was in room 415 and really enjoyed it. The beach bar was right next to me and very convenient. I suggest stopping at the store before you get to the hotel and stocking up on supplies (beer) especially if you like some drinks while you hang out on the beach. It was $9.50 U.S. for a Corona and like $6 for the local beers. In all we decided to do a beach front room here and a over water in Bora Bora and were extremely happy with our choices. Just remember nothing is cheap in this part of the world so expect to pay if you go out to eat etc. I really enjoyed the staff and hotel. Your next to the mountain so bring bug spray. I did see some cats walk around but it wasn’t anything annoying or over the top. Great Place to stay in Moorea and a great beach. We brought water shoes because there are some rocks when you enter but nothing you couldn’t stumble through if you didn’t have them.

My fiancé and I stayed at the Sofitel in Moorea. To start, Moorea is an incredible island and is overshadowed by its more commercialized little brother, Bora Bora. There are a few hotels with overwater huts on the island, the Sofitel, Hilton, Intercontinental, and Manava. The Sofitel is the total winner. We stayed in an overwater hut (room 115). The eastern facing rooms were most ideal to us for beautiful sunrises (the sun sets on the other side of the island). The rooms were beautifully appropriated and the water underneath the huts was perfectly clear. The restaurants attached to the restaurant were truly superb, namely the K Restaurant. Snorkeling under the huts is also totally prime, we saw a shark and stingrays. Facilities around the hotel were very good. The pool was quite nice and the beach was long and walkable. We spent most of our time in the sun outside of the hut. The hotel feels like the most authentic parts of Hawaii. There were only 19(?) overwater huts, which added to the privacy. We paddleboarded around the lagoon every day. We went to the Hilton for an excursion: we were immediately happy with our hotel choice. The Hilton’s facilities were not well maintained and it was much more crowded. The huts did not seem to have uncovered decks (we like to get sun). We sailed by the Intercontinental - the huts were located near a great snorkel spot where there are many sharks and stingrays, however we didn’t like how they were only partially overwater. It seemed like there was a lot of boat traffic nearby. We did not tour Manava so we can’t comment. Things to know: Some overwater suites have sun decks, some are fully covered. This is clearly spelled out in the room selection, but we would have been disappointed had we not had a sun deck. We personally enjoyed the eastern facing rooms. We would recommend coming here before going to Bora Bora if you are doing both. We debated between the Hilton and Sofitel for months. We are so glad we went with Sofitel and we advise you to do the same.

During our stay in french polynesia we spend 4 days in Moorea in a Luxury Beach Bungalow in the Sofitel. To the positive things: The Beach bungalows are fantastic, just a couple of meters from the water, very nice equipped and with a shower that gives you the feeling, you would have your shower in the garden. Very comfortable! The location in the lagoon is perfect with the most beautiful colours you can think of. The snorkeling right in the hotel lagoon is very nice too. If you are crazy for sunbathing you have to consider that from 4 4.30 pm appr. You do not have sun on the beach anymore due to it´s location with the mountain behind - which was not a problem at all for us. Now to the things that are not so great: The main part of the big restaurant has been built very nicely with teak wood and and palm roofing - but obviously a recent extension (which is now the main eating area) has been made with the cheapest possible tent construction which clearly does not fit the level (and certainly not the price level) of the hotel. Whenever you need something in the hotel it is “a bit difficult”, you first look into a slightly desperate face and they try to send you to somebody else to fix the problem. E.g. it took us 3 attempts to even get the menu for the “K” restaurant, similar with organizing a lunch pack for a hiking tour. The restaurant generally is good, but we had booked half board, and in all other hotels where we stayed in french polynesia this worked out simply that you choose 3 courses from the a la carte menue; only for exceptional dishes (e.g. lobster) they would ask for an upcharge to the half board. Here at the Sofitel this was done for many of the dishes (it is not really about the money in such a location but this “5 Euro more here, 7 Euro there just does not feel right) The staff is friendly but a good portion of them is completely clueless - to an extent that you have the feeling they had never worked in a restaurant and did not receive any training at all. So all in all a fantastic location with very nice bungalows but obviously a strange management that clearly seems to try to cut corners and safe money in the wrong way.

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Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Temae Beach
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort places you next to Temae Beach and within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular attractions like Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course. This 113-room, 5-star resort has a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. Temae Beach is also 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from the resort, which is on the boardwalk.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy the ocean views at PURE, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


All of Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort's 113 air-conditioned rooms provide furnished patios, minibars, and ceiling fans. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Safes, phones, and ironing boards are other standard amenities. Private bathrooms are not ensuite.

Property features

Guests of Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort have access to a private beach, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. A stay here includes free parking. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a spa tub, free WiFi in public areas, and a computer station.

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 3156 reviews