We just got back from staying at the Sofitel in Moorea. We stayed there for 4 days at the Luxury Over the water bungalow. Have not been to the French Polynesian islands before and not doing our own homeowork, we listened to our travel agent and stayed at the Sofitel in Moorea. We should of gone to the Four Seasons or St Regis in Bora Bora. We used to live in Paris and have stayed at the Sofitel hotel throughout Europe (Rome, etc.) We loved Sofitel hotel but for some reasons this particular Sofitel in Moorea did not live up to our expectations. The landscaping throughtout the resort are not kept up, it looks quite run down especially near the lobby where you are checking in. (First impression is very important). I am a fitness fanatic so when I travel I always use the fitness center at the hotel. This particular hotel have no fitness center, they have a perfect view of the ocean that they can create an awsome fitness center for guests to enjoy...(but this was overlooked and did not have this accommodation.)
The pool area is small and boring not much to brag about. Basic pool with some local kids swimming in it, not very serene. There is no one working at the pool area, you wait for ten minutes to have some staff from the bar area come out to give you 2 towels. Patio furniture cushion is quite worn down. There is no wow factor at the pool area in a nice resort like this.
Food at the restaurant is very average. We have stayed at so many hotels and enjoyed the daily breakfasts. At this hotel they serve EXACTLY the same food at breakfast EVERYDAY !!!! They have these young kids doing internship at the hotel, these kids are making eggs for you.
I asked for a basic ham & cheese omelet and they told me there is no ham, only cheese. Quite strange as I expected a chef to provide a lavish breakfast buffet. There are not much selections to choose from, they give you a basket of 1 croissant, 1 small pain au chocolat, 1 small pain au raisin .... you don't have a luxury of choosing your own pastries and not much variety of anything... This is the worst hotel for breakfast selections. As a guest of the hotel, not having your own transportation you are stuck and pretty much dine in at the hotel. For dinner, you dine in the same restaurant, the lunch/dinner menu is EXACLY the same each day. There are no specials of the day to choose from. It gets to be so boring eating there day after day.... Quite disappointing in the food as we have lived in Paris and tasted real French food.
Wish I did not listen to my travel agent and should of book at the Four Seasons or St Regis in Bora Bora. If you are going to spend your money, spend it in Bora Bora at a real five star hotel.