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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The one caveat regarding this resort is that there is a neighbor above with an incredible sound system and this person has amazing sound dominance over most of the resort. The bass is heavy and flows right through the bungalows. Seriously, it sounded like a concert going on right outside. Friday and Saturday nights of our stay were dominated by music we didn't want to listen to, until the wee hours of the morning. At about $400 a night, this inconvenience was unacceptable.

We had 2 beach bungalows with a view to the sea, to the Tahiti, to an amazing dawn.... to whatever beauty you can imagine! Great beds, in front of a glass door with that view that I am saying, big bathroom, Nespresso machine and a frigobar always full. Staff could n't be more kindly and helpful. There's a very good pool next to the restaurant, but we just went there for a quick diving and a photo! Cause it's very hard to be off the sea water! It's the most clear water we have ever seen with the perfect temperature. They have snorkeling, stand up paddle, kayak, etc.... you just have to pass by the activity center and choose what to do (no extra costs). Breakfast if excellent. They have a little bit of everything. And everything delicious (french toast was wonderful) and are refilled very fast. We had a lunch just at the first day with sanduíches and local dish and everything quickly served and delicious. We could enjoy the hotel during the morning, visit the Island/did some boat activities during afternoon, and arrive back at the hotel around 5pm and still be at the private beach in front of the bungalow until it's dark. It's the definition of paradise.

My husband and I traveled to Moorea after 3 days in Tahaa this April and it was everything you might imagine for a picturesque Polynesian paradise. We stayed in a premium overwater bungalow and it was roomy, well-equipped and perfect for relaxing. We loved how cold the air conditioning got and the water pressure (a seemingly weird thing to rave about) is noticeably strong. We loved being able to jump right into the ocean from our room and the free snorkel gear offered by the resort was a nice bonus. Every morning I made coffee in our room and took it outside to watch the nearby sailboats and sunrise. Each nice, the sky was a beautiful shade of pink and once it was dark you could see the lights of Papeete across the channel. The breakfast buffet is an absolute highlight of the resort! There is something for everyone, but if you want to venture out, the resort offers a free shuttle to nearby restaurants. While on island, we visited Rudy's for the stuffed parrotfish (AMAZING!) and took a tour with Moorea Ocean Adventures. Sofitel Ia Ora is, without a doubt, paradise in every sense of the word. We will definitely be back!

This was our second stay at Sofitel and appreciated it more than the last. We had three bungalows for 6 in our group and it was perfect! One over water and two beach bungalows, each delivered different experience and all three were great! The two beach bungalows were roomy, close to activity center but a little buggy outside at night. The over water bungalow was perfect and private and absolutely no bugs ever! The staff/concierge were awesome and we were so excited to see the egg master every morning for breakfast! Our only suggestion would be to have a few more kayaks and paddle boards for guests, (even though they are free to use) it seems like it would be a small investment for all the use they get. Thank you again for an amazing stay and we plan to be back and bring even more with us!

We visited Mo'orea Feb 5-10, 2018. It was off-season and it rained our entire stay. But, you know what, it didn't matter. Spending the little extra $ to stay in an over-water bungalow probably made the difference between a great experience and a miserable one. Our most relaxed time was spent on our deck, watching people learn how to stand-up-paddle-board, watching the rain and storms blow in, reading, chatting, and sipping cocktails. The temperature was ideal in the low 80's with soft breezes and a little sunshine, now and again. There was little variation in temperature stepping off our deck into the clear lagoon waters. No quick catch of your breath like most lake or pool water. Back to the cocktails. Someone on TripAdvisor suggested stopping at Duty Free before heading out to Mo'orea. Best advice we read. Our bungalow was directly across from the ice machine "hut" so mixing up afternoon refreshments was simple and saved us on what would otherwise have been a hefty bar bill. The resort was very quiet during our stay so it's hard to know how service would compare during high season. The staff was very attentive and always welcoming and courteous. We dined in the three onsite restaurants and found the food to be quite decent although very expensive compared to restaurants of similar caliber back in the US. The included breakfast was definitely a plus- a chocolate croissant along with the delicious French press coffee was my favorite way to wrap up my morning meal each day (only on vacation). Look for the bunch of fresh bananas hanging at the end of the juices buffet table - we just don't get bananas with that much flavor back home. Oh, and the K Restaurant, although good, wasn't worth the hype or the expense. My lobster was overcooked, dry and tough. That shouldn't occur in an upscale dining experience. We found our bungalow to be very comfortable (bed and pillows included), large, well-maintained, and clean. Loved the waterfall shower-head. A/C worked well. The golf carts passing on the walkway didn't disturb us in the least. Not sure why you would, but don't intend to watch TV - they are small and the only programming is in French (although there may have been a CNN channel). There was a Bose radio which we ended up using instead of our phones for music - fun to listen to something different - made it feel more like we really were in the middle of the South Pacific. We didn't venture off property too much, partly because of the weather, but we did take the 4x4 island tour (Mario's) and the boat trip out to swim with the sharks and rays (on a rainy. blustery day). Both were interesting but not "out of this world" interesting. Oh, don't forget to make yourself aware of what a Picasso fish looks like. We had a couple under our bungalow and were told to keep our distance when snorkeling. Even though small, they will bite, apparently. The fish were so colorful and beautiful - even saw a Lemon Shark one day swim past and a Ray. And, snorkel gear was complimentary during our stay. A few final notes: *We did not need converters for anything we plugged in at our bungalow. *If you fly through LAX, the gate for Air Tahiti Nui in the International terminal is shared with other carriers so doesn't appear on many of the monitors, at least not hours in advance. It's a beautiful terminal with lots of food and shopping options during layovers. *Two meals were served on the flight to and from Tahiti. We only had movies offered on the outbound trip but that may have been because the return flight was a less modern aircraft. *Don't delay using the restroom until after you exit the plane upon arrival in Tahiti. The terminal restrooms are outside of baggage claim and Duty Free (you can't re-enter). *We found the ground transportation hosts at the ferry terminal to be unnecessarily pushy about tours. We were happier using our hotel concierge even though we had been told at the ferry terminal it would be more costly. I don't know that it was. *It can be a long wait for your room/bungalow when you arrive, particularly if the weather isn't the greatest. There are areas to change and freshen up but it's not the same as getting settled in your own space, able to take a nap after the overnight flight. *We also wished we had arranged for a late check-out on departure day. I had a great massage at the spa to fill a little of the time but, again, it can be limiting once your luggage has been picked-up. *When you return to the airport in Tahiti, although there are a few shops and food options ($$), much of it is closed until later in the evening, closer to flight departure times. During that time prior to check-in, you have to wait "outside". Check-in is 2-3 hours prior to flight time. Although the travel was a bit grueling, Mo'orea really did feel like a paradise for us who were looking to disconnect from the day-to-day and simply relax.

My family and I spent Christmas and New Year in Sofitel Moorea. We had never been to Tahiti so did not know what to expect. We took the ferry from Papeeta to Moorea. Amazing view as we approched the island. The hotel is about a 5 min cab ride. Taxis’s are not cheap and it would be great if the Sofitel had a shuttle. The Sofitel location is the best in the island. We visited the other hotels to see if we had made the best choice and we had. The staff couldn’t have been nicer. What ever we needed. The bar staff ( Riva, the main girl in the bar) were so accommodating. They knew our drink order by day 2!! Food was expensive, but Hawaii is similar in prices. We had the breakfast buffet every morning. The selection was overwhelming! Our room was on the beach. Perfect location.... spotless. I couldn’t say enough good things about this hotel. I am planning to return again!!!

This visit was a ‘Bucket List’ item, so we decided to go big or stay home. The overwater bungalow was a must. It was so great to be able to snorkel right off our own deck. We went on and off all day long every day. The sunrises and sunsets were incredible. All of the staff members are very warm and welcoming. The Tahitian people are very proud of their heritage and it shows everything they do. It was pricey- but very worth it.

This was our 23rd stay at this hotel which is our favorite place in the world! The staff are the friendliest people, always offering a smile and willing to do anything to make your vacation perfect. The views from the overwater bungalows are unbelievable but the beach and garden views are spectacular too! We stay in a deluxe over water bungalow. The rooms are large, clean, air conditioned and beautiful. The beach bar is great for a quick lunch and the view is great! The hotel employees...I just can’t say enough about. Just go, you will fall in love with the resort and employees like we have!

We had such an amazing time. We took the ferry from Papeete and it was a 5-minute cab ride from the harbor to the hotel. We weren’t able to stay in an over water bungalow because we had our 1-year with us. We did book an ocean view bungalow and loved it!!!! We were on the shoreline and had the magic of the water views. If you are considering Tahiti on a budget it’s definitely a great option to keep cost reasonable. Don’t get me wrong the minute my daughter is old enough, we will splurge for the overwater bungalow. A huge shout out to Tarona (restaurant server) and Ush (In room dining) whom both were incredible to my daughter and made us feel so special. I’m begging Johnny to go back!!!!!

Stayed in an overwater bungalow!! Absolutely amazing place to stay. You can enter the crystal clear water right from your balacony. The resort itself is pretty good. But during the week its pretty quite. On the weekends the local come to stay and it can get a little loud. There was a larger local family staying for the weekend with lound and rowdy children. During the week it was mostly honeymooners. I went with a group of friends and we would gather in one bungalow every night and hangout. Beware of the cost of the food. It is very expensive on and off the resort. I had read reviews before I arrived and brought some snacks. Breakfast was included which meant I only had to purchase dinner, which made it more economical for me. I would recommend this resort anyone. This is the premier resort for Sofitel while all the other premier resort for other chains are on Bora Bora.

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Hotel highlights

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

Temae Beach is a short stroll from Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, and other popular attractions like Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course are within a couple of miles (3 km). This 113-room, 5-star resort has a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. It's on the boardwalk and also close to Temae 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 3082 reviews