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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great place to stay about 25mins from the main ferry wharf. 5 star resort in our oppinion! Resort staff very friendly and knowledgeable. We stayed in a luxury beach view bungalow which was no more then 20 steps to the water with an uninterupted view of the overwater bungalows to the right and of main island straight ahead. Room was clean and had everything we needed - king bed, tv, fridge (fully stocked), shower, toilet, and outdoor deck with furniture. WIFI in room a bit hit and miss but worked fine in restaraunt/main areas. 1 main restaraunt open for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Ala Carte restaraunt (K) open a few nights a week for dinner only. Beach bar open all day (pending weather) for drinks only. Main bar open for lunch & dinner. All great places to eat with many different options. 1 large pool. Beach is also very good to swim or snorkel. Concierge available through the day and very knowledgeable. Meals are quite expensive (for what we are used to) so ask for a half board meals inclusive package (breakfast & dinner included). Will def come back!

We spent the 4 last days of our tour in polinesia after bora bora and rangiroa. The hotel is in the best beach of the island. It is the standard luxury place with everything overpriced and nothing around. You need a car to escape for a dinner or asking other overpriced restaurants nearby to send a pick up. They gave us a room equipped for disabled people without asking. If i ll be back to polinesia I will skip Moorea and thia hotel.

Absolutely amazing experience in the overwater bungalows. Should be on everyone's bucket list. Highly recommend this resort in Moorea. From the resort staff(Caroline was amazing), the service, the snorkeling,to the room itself....... every single thing was perfect!!!!! This was our 2nd trip to Moorea and 2nd time to the Sofitel........ worth every penny! Can't wait to return

We stayed on the otw bungalow and it didn't disappoint. The room is outstanding and views are incredible. We sit out on our porch and watch the starts and ocean each night. The reef is awesome. I saw sting rays, conch, a small reef shark and tons of fish all 100m off our bungalow. Highly recommend.

This resort has been our first stay in Polinesia and we have been absolutely satisfied for the experience; professional and nice staff, fully equipped garden bungalow,fruits and Champagne as welcome gift in the room. Breakfast and buffet dinner are of good quality; we enjoied the possibility to have a 3 courses menu in top quality K Restaurant (See related review) instead of buffet. The beach is beautiful and water cristal clear. Only one point to mention: this is not the best place for "easy snorkeling" due to a relatively strong stream in the lagoon in front of the beach and a relatively limited number of coral rocks but we have been able to see and picture some coloured fishes anyway.

Pros: -Nicest Resort on Moorea. -Sofitels offer a complimentary mini bar (bottled water, soft drinks, beer, juice) -The Beach here is a great mix of snorkeling and swimming, there is a decent current though -Live entertainment was good -Sometimes there is a standout person that makes your stay at a resort memorable/special and for us it was an outspoken gentleman who made the omelettes in the morning. Looked forward to breakfast everyday here. -Staff in general were friendly and very helpful. -We stayed at a Garden view bungalow here and it was quite private. Cons: -It was hard to get to other locations on the island from this location. If you are staying for a longtime it might be worth it to rent a car for your stay. Note that taxis are expensive as well. -Dinners were extremely expensive here (and without warning). So I strongly advise eating at another restaurant on Moorea. -Unfortunately not all restaurants have a free taxi service like on Bora Bora, but there is 2 or 3 that do. Also make sure the restaurant you are travelling to is open before you leave. -Our room had issues with having hot water, and the rain head didn't work. Also the safe didn't work either even after a repair by the staff. -The bed had questionable cleanliness. Found dead bugs/ unknown hairs in the sheets.

When we first arrived, we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff. I have to admit my heart sank a bit when we were ushered into the concierge area because the furniture there was a bit dirty and shabby, and I thought "oh no -- is THIS what we spent all our vacation budget on?!" But the actual accommodations were ship-shape and beautiful. The overwater bungalow we stayed in was glorious. The bathroom was clean and mildew-free. The bed was large, firm, and comfortable. The deck was spacious and inviting. We snorkeled right from our bungalow multiple times every day in the most beautiful protected reef I have ever seen. When we were ready to get out, we swam right home, took a rinse-off with the outdoor shower, and went upstairs -- as easy as that! The food offerings were very good, too. We kind of giggled at the "daily specials" menu which as far as we could tell was the same every day. However, it didn't matter. Everything we ordered was delicious, fresh, prepared very well. The dinner buffet was surprisingly expensive but given what all was offered (and the location), we decided the price was actually pretty fair. We had one dinner (my birthday) at the K restaurant, and were very pleased with the service and the foods. Lots of exotic things to choose from -- all delicious. The only true disappointment in the gastronomic department was that we each tried a cocktail on our first night and they were awful (I ordered a dry martini and what I got was the sweetest, most watered-down version of a martini I have ever encountered; hubby was equally disappointed in his drink) -- so we never ordered any more cocktails. Ah well. With delicious food and fun lively entertainment at every dinner, we didn't really need drinks anyway. The staff were all very, very friendly and helpful and kind. Every person we encountered gave the impression of being just a lovely human being. Everyone spoke Tahitian, French, and plenty of English as well, so communication was easy. I only took advantage of the cheapest, shortest massage at the spa, but I can say the staff there were as nice as everywhere else, and the ambiance was so beautiful and peaceful it was almost hard to believe. It's conveniently located in the middle of the resort, yet it feels like a secluded, serene paradise all its own. We were inclined to spend as much time as possible snorkeling in the beautiful reef, but there are plenty of other amenities available for people so inclined: you could rent a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, pedal-boat, or bike. Lots of excursions were available as well. We only booked one (VIP Tours waterfall hike) - but it was lovely, and it seemed other guests were happy with their various excursions, too. I can't imagine what a vacation here during the rainy season would be like, but if you're into snorkeling/diving and other water activities, come during their "winter" and have the trip of a lifetime. (Except...I already want to go back!)

Being Accor member has its advantages. Especially at this hotel. Many new staff who are enthusiastic and keen to learn. And speak better English to serve international clientele.reception desk and concierge are attentive . breakfast time is quiet busy though. Bungalow 401 is the best it's the closest to the restaurant ,the bar and the pool.would be great if the clown can come on both saturdays and Sundays , as it is a great entertainment for kids while the parents enjoy the food and the scenery.

My husband I visited both Bora Bora and Moorea for our 15 wedding anniversary a month ago. The Sofitel Moorea Resort was the BEST resort that I have stayed at in a long time. We were greeted with a champagne toast for our anniversary upon check in. Then we had another bottle of champagne in our room, plus a bottle of wine and a few more gifts (t-shirt and a wrap). This resort truly knows how to make you feel special. I also appreciated the free mini bar that was stocked with water, soda, and beer. We stayed at another resort in Bora Bora and they also boasted about a free mini-bar but it only had 2 bottles of water a day. We stayed in a garden bungalow on Moorea since we had done the over-the-water bungalow in Bora. The room was spacious and I enjoyed the outdoor shower. Plus we were only a few steps from the beach. The staff were extremely friendly and the nightly turn down service was another wonderful touch. This resort was a wonderful find and I can't wait to return. Truly 5 stars.

Coming to Moorea after being in the Tuamotus was a bit of a shock. The spacious Sofitel offered decent wi-fi, even in the rooms. We were in a premium overwater bungalow which offered a covered deck in addition to the open one, air conditioning and probably a larger room. The bungalows are rather closely spaced so privacy can be somewhat of an issue. That being said, I never actually felt overlooked particularly. Snorkeling doesn't get any easier, just steps down a ladder to plenty of coral beds. The room was comfortable, well laid out and had everything you needed. Again, the bathroom towels are limited. I'm not sure how I feel about the card system for getting beach towels but that system seems to be in place in the bigger resorts. Our stay was so short that we were fine reusing the original towels we had. We didn't eat at the restaurant much, mostly breakfast. Our dinner experience was a bit odd as there was a buffet going on in another area. We wanted ala carte so we were in a rather empty area where there was a musician. If the volume on the amplifier had been turned down, it would have been perfect, but it was too loud and made for rather noisy experience. Also, it took a long time get our food at both the lunch and dinner we had, despite the fact that they didn't appear to be busy. I hadn't notified them about my gluten-free status, though they did have bread out in the morning (just don't toast it if you are very sensitive). It just became a little too much work to pursue this option so I had salads, which were quite good. The concierge was quite helpful helping us arrange a car. Unless you are going to a restaurant outside the hotel that does pickup, renting a car is the way to go; we hired one for about $110 a day, whereas the taxi to the Hilton was going to be about $80. I can't say anything about the spa as I didn't use it. We loved snorkeling there as well. There are only sunrise views, no sunsets. The beach is lovely, one of the nicest on Moorea. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the large resorts on Moorea but the Sofitel is definitely one of the best.

Bp 28 Maharepa Moorea Windward Islands

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Temae Beach
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Maharepa within a short walk of Temae Beach, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course. This 113-room, 5-star resort has a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. It's on the boardwalk and also within a 30-minute drive of Moorea Tropical Garden and Tiahura Beach.


Dining

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.


Rooms

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.

Room options

Luxury Bungalow, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Luxury Bungalow, 1 King Bed, Overwater

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Bungalow, 1 King Bed, Overwater

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Bungalow, 1 King Bed, Lagoon View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2877 reviews