Let me start by saying I couldn't possibly say enough WONDERFUL things about this place!!! My husband and I were a little nervous about staying here due to the simple fact that this hotel was more reasonably priced than others in Bora Bora. (Naturally you assume if you pay less, then you will receive less - not true with this place) We planned this trip for our honeymoon and wanted THE BEST EXPERIENCE possible. Our travel agent (who we trust and adore) assured us that we would love Sofitel, and he was so right! We were looking for a honeymoon that was romantic, private, beautiful, relaxing, but also social so that we could have fun! Don't get me wrong I love my husband and could spend forever only seeing him....if I had to. This was the perfect mix of a romantic, private setting and a fun, social interaction with other guest. Let me take you through our stay at the perfect Sofitel....
We arrived in Tahiti late and checked into the Sofitel Tahiti (just to spend one night). We were greeted with a warm welcome and drinks. It was late so we went to bed, woke up and headed to Bora Bora early the next morning! We were greeted with flowers, drinks and a friendly face by our water taxi service which took us to the hotel. At the dock of the hotel we were greeted with traditional music, another drink and super service! We were showed around the hotel and told about the activities available, etc. When we got to our room, our luggage was waiting on us and we had been upgraded to a better overwater suite. The room simple but was perfect for what we were looking for. A bed (which was cozy), a small fridge, a little desk and the bathroom. We loved our little deck and the fact that we could watch all the beautiful fish! The only "complaint" I have about the room is that the water never really got hot in the shower. We did travel to Le Taha'a also and experienced the same issue. I figure its pretty hard to get hot water out to the overwater huts. I love my hot water, but honestly it wasn't a big deal at all. It was warm enough that you could shower and not freeze.
Now onto our stay at Sofitel. We did A LOT of activities. We took the Eco tour where we swam with sharks, sting rays and fish at the beautiful coral gardens. They offer a full and half day in this. We did a half and loved the experience. They record the whole thing and offer the DVD to you (at a price of course) at the end. The boat staff that the hotel works with were great. They make you feel comfortable, safe and teach you a lot. They speak English, French, and Japanese (maybe more but these were the passengers we had on the boat). We rented jet skis, which was also a lot of fun! They take you all the way around the island and make stops at different places so you can see other beaches and take pictures. They provide snacks at one of the stops. We did the land 4x4 tour which was my husbands favorite. We learned so much about the island, the culture and their way of life. I HIGHLY recommend this one. We stopped at a pearl farm where we learned all about the Black Pearl. We did the luau that the hotel offers 2 times a week, which was fun. There were tons of food options with the luau and the music was fun. They made baskets, hats, etc. from palm leaves and gave them to the girls. We also did the private romantic dinner on the beach. This was around $300 total. Honestly it was my least favorite of all of our activities. Our food was good and they gave you different options and worked around what you like, but it was LONG! We started at 5 to get there and watch the sunset where they gave you champagne. We then went down for dinner. They had multiple courses and it was good but we didn't get back to our room until 9:30. We were exhausted at that point lol. They did take our picture though and give us a little gift at the end. It was a nice surprise to have an email waiting for me when I got home with the picture from the dinner (we didn't know they were doing that). We ate breakfast at the hotel each morning which was delicious. By the end of our stay we had made great friends (who we still talk to) with two couples and we all had breakfast together which was so much fun. We also all went to Bloody Mary's together (which you have to do & the hotel can set up your reservation) and had a few lunches together. The bar had delicious drinks, happy hour, and great food. We honestly loved every moment of our stay here and were dreading leaving to go to Taha'a.
(Side note - we stayed at Le Taha'a in Taha'a later in our trip which is sooooooooo much more expensive then Sofitel and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as. Of course Taha'a was BEAUTIFUL but the other couples were stuck up and it was so much more uptight. The staff wasn't as friendly either)
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Thank you for sharing your experience at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara beach Resort with all activities that you enjoyed from our resort.
There is place you leave and place who never leave you, we hope to be one of those!
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