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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This place really exists! We absolutely loved every aspect of this hotel. The location is perfect, staff is unbelievably kind and helpful, and we loved our huge room (#300) - although I don't think you can have a bad room here. Snorkeling in the reef right in front of the hotel, white sandy beach, excellent breakfast and drinks by the pool. Full view of Tahiti is spectacular. If you leave the property, make sure to stop at the viewpoint right above it - spectacular view!!

First of all, the location is great and bungalows are nice... but... there are some negative points: 1) the restaurant service is quite slow... yesterday we were waiting our dishes for more than 1 hour... and the day before we ordered some tacos at bar and we have to ask for three times what happened about it... 2) to clean the rooms... there aren't a fixed hour to clean the room... I was making a nap at 3 pm and she woken me up... I asked her if she can comes back around 5pm... and we didn't know anything more about her until the dinner... 3) Wifi is so bad... you can pay more to get a faster wifi, but the normal wifi is bad... 4) it's no normal that if you have booked your room with breakfast and dinner included that I have to pay for the water at dinner(water or any other drinks) On the other hand I can say that the excursion are nice and the meal are nice(but sometimes you have to wait for it a long time...). If they can change some things this hotel could be nice!!

A supreme place to stay inside paradise and outside more paradise. The food here is so good you might want a second entree. Nothing to worry about because of all the calories you will burn snorkeling.

We recently stayed at the sofitel moorea beach resort in the deluxe overwater bungalow and everything was perfect. The staff,property,service was beautiful. Everyone there from the receptionist to the breakfast chef to housekeeping where so friendly that i thought my wife would start crying when it was time for us too leave. I will definitely be back and cant express in words how grateful i was to be so welcomed at the sofitel la ora beach resort. Thank you so much too all the staff at sofitel beach resort......

My wife and I started here on our honeymoon and the hotel and location did not disappoint. Even better than the view was the staff, who were all lovely and accommodating. If you go, look for Tarona, the nicest waitress who made our entire trip with her hospitality and kindness. She went above and beyond to make us feel relaxed, enjoy ourselves and truly feel special. Thank you!!

We visited the Sofitel Moorea about eight years ago and had wonderful time. After a tough year I asked the family where should we go on vacation. It was a resounding vote for Sofitel Moorea. The staff were freindly and helpful from the minute we arrived Hinatea at the desk answered all questions and solved all problems with a smile and aplomb. Our rooms were overwater bungalows # 215 and # 217 great views and great snorkeling from our room. We saw Eagle rays right under our balcony. The Food was excellent from k restaurant to breakfast.The staff at breakfast took great care of my big eater sons.The Chef Heintz made every breakfast fun and entertaining . My kids are still talking about him.

Everything was awesome. The service every nice and accommodating, just the service was a little slow, but it's just not what we are used too. Also wasn't used to paying for my water because it took so long to be refilled. They gave us bottle we had to pay for. Other then that it's great

We stayed in an overwater bungalow at the Sofitel for two nights in May and it is nothing short of paradise. The grounds are lovely, the staff is friendly and courteous, the food options were excellent - the beach and pool are both great - and then there's the rooms - just wow! It's an absolute must to stay in the bungalows - once in a lifetime experience. We had number 117 "Te Moana" which was towards the end of the south pier facing inwards. It would be hard pressed to find a bad bungalow, but this position was particularly nice. The rooms are are wonderful, the indoor/outdoor shower is a wonderful touch. There's a glass floor where you can see down to the ocean below - and the snorkeling right off the foot of your bungalow is outstanding! (Especially towards the reef are just south of the bungalows). This is our second trip to French Polynesia - we had previously stayed in overwater bungalows at the Le Meridien in Bora Bora - and this blew that place out of the water (pun slightly intended). Our only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer!

My husband and I stayed at the Sofitel Moorea for 7 nights in an overwater bungalow. The Rooms were just beautiful and the view was amazing. There are no sunsets at the Sofitel but sunrise made up for It. We will never forget getting up each morning at 6 to watch the sunrise from our deck. The bathroom was nice and big. The rooms were cleaned thoroughly each day with a turn down service at night.All drinks in the fridge were free and replenished. There were only a few snacks and Nespresso capsules that you had to pay for. Some of the furniture could be replaced as it look tired but really it didn't matter. Theme nights in the hotel restaurants were great. Everything in the hotel was well organised. Gardens were well maintained beautifully. Ambience of the place during the day is very relaxed. Night time is very softiscated and great fun. Breakfast had everything you need. The service from the front desk to the restaurants to the room maids was always exceptional. Moorea is a beautiful place and I am glad we chose The Sofitel. It's not the biggest resort but I felt that it was the nicest. You could snorkel right off your own deck. We spent hours just looking through the clear sparkling water. The Sofitel was a natural beach and not a man made one like some other resorts. There were plenty of activities if you wanted to keep busy - paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, diving; etc Well done to all the staff and management. We came to Moorea to celebrate our 30th Anniversary and we will always remember what a wonderful trip we had. We have been home for a couple weeks and are already missing it.

Although this is one of the big 4 resorts on the island (Sofitel, Hilton, Intercontinental, Manava), it was the most peaceful and relaxing. They offer Garden view, Beach and over-water bungalows. There is no traditional multi-room hotel building, so no noisy room neighbors. FOOD: Breakfast buffet was on par for a major resort, great food and made to order eggs/pancakes/crepes. Lunch and Dinner options include the hotel bar, which is essentially a limited menu from the main restaurant, main restaurant, and then a fine dining restaurant (we did not eat there, not our style for a casual vacation). Prices are mid to high range (expect $20-40 USD entrees), but keep in mind all food on the island is pricey as it is either flown in or ferried. The largest grocery store on the island is located about 5 minutes south, we taxi'ed there twice to get food/drinks (wine) for our room, but refrigerator space is limited, and drinks in the fridge are complimentary anyways. There are no walking-distance restaurants near the resort, however most of the good ones will offer a free shuttle (about 10-15min ride), can arrange through the hotel concierge. BEACH/POOL: The pool area is nice, on par with the other resorts. We heard multiple times that Sofitel has the best beach, this is true in regards to water (area to swim and snorkel). However the sand quality on the beach was poor by our standards, not maintained by the resort, washed up coral and rocky in most parts. Many luxury resorts we have stayed at rake or sift the sand when this is the case, but not here. Hilton and Intercontinental have well maintained (and probably imported) white sand, but less favorable water conditions. Sofitel might be the best resort for snorkeling. SPA: Smaller, but worth a try. We had massages on two occasions, Polynesian style was great, experienced masseuses. Price was reasonable for the quality. STAFF: Great service and attitude. The mood of locals in Moorea is very laid back, and they are appreciative of their resort jobs, we did not have a single issue with resort staff during our stay. Recommendation for Moorea: RENT A CAR for at least 1 day, exploring the island yourself for a day is highly recommended, entire drive around the island takes 1.5 hours non-stop, 8-hour rental recommended so you can stop at all the spots, Avis is located next to the Ferry 5 minutes from the resort. Guided tours are heavily promoted on the island, but usually are only half-day and move quickly. Taxis on the island are expensive, keep that in mind. Overall, Sofitel is a great resort, larger but never felt crowded, well maintained and scenic (Only one with view of Tahiti island). Its location is the most convenient to get to, located about 3 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the Ferry. 10 minutes to grocery and restaurants, 15 minutes to local shops. Visited all other big 3 resorts on the island and was happy with our selection of Sofitel!

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.


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.

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 2814 reviews