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“It's Bora Bora!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

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Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   BP 6, Nunue, 98730, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #16 of 18 Hotels in Bora Bora
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“It's Bora Bora!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stayed at the Sofitel. It is a good hotel, even if you stay at the "garden view" rooms; they are well appointed, clean and nice. Watch your bill at departure. I don't think a lot of people pay attention to their final bill when you expect to pay a lot of money, but for example they charged me 4 airport-hotel transfers on the first day instead of one. Food is ok, the best being lunch from the bar menu. The buffet at night is expensive and not a lot of options, and there is a show every night in front of the pool where the restaurant tables are set at night, which is also in front of the ocean. There are several small places to eat within walking distance. They do not have as many amenities as the more expensive intercontinental next door, but you can still get a free kayak and snorkeling equipment to go to the private island, where there is a reef that is very much alive. It's worth it! I have never seen so many fish and so many colors in one place.
People are nice, all the managers want to try to help you and there is always someone to talk to if you need a taxi or book events around the island. The gym is not well equipped if you are into that type of exercise, but you can certainly get your workout done by running to the village (about 5 miles), biking around the island (there are 3 bike rental places within walking distance), or going swimming or kayaking to the private island. Definitely a romantic destination.

Room Tip: We were not on the water bungalows, but I saw one inside and they are very nice, especially the ones...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Didier L, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Thank you for your comments and for staying with us at Bora Bora. I check all your point you mentionned and even if it is quite exceptional i will make sure this will not happen again. It was great to have you with us in our Magnifique island!
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  • Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This hotel was great, we were made to feel special by Anita Roihau who met us off the boat. We have to say that Anita went out of her way to help us. We upgraded to the overwater bungalow for the first 2 nights, and it was definitely worth it. All of the bar staff were very friendly as well, and even the manager, Didier stopped to say hello every time he saw us. The rooms were clean as expected, and the pool was good, if not the biggest pool, but there are lots of good snorkelling opportunities off the jetty. The location is good, with a couple of supermarkets close by. The only gripe we had was that the restaurant menu didn't change in all 7 days we were there. The food was good, but it would have been nice to vary the menu a little. The excursions offered are also very good, I recommend kite surfing and the Eco tour, which offers great opportunities to swim in the open sea with lemon sharks. Take a trip to Bloody Mary's restaurant, who pick up and drop off for free, and the meal is excellent. Overall we loved this hotel, and would definitely return. We even got a free bottle of expensive champagne....twice!! When we asked about it, we were just told not to ask any questions...we wouldn't be charged for it!! How's that for service. I've said it before, but the best hotel service we've ever seen was from Anita, she really excelled herself for us. Other thanks are for Fran, who tended to all our needs in the restaurant, Pipi at the bar, who makes great cocktails, and Tarou who is the most laid back guy you will ever meet. Thanks for making our holiday a great one, hope to see you again. Maruru.
Jamie & Fifi.....June 2014

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Didier L, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience at Sofitel Marara Beach resort and for your great comments. Just to remind all our followers, Our diner plan provide many options ,
1- choice of dishes from our a la carte menu at the restaurant Latitude 16
2- special menu of the day and 3 times a week a show cooking with speciality on the terrace
3- Buffets 2 to 3 times a week
4- second card available at the Hurricane bar
5- Diner romantique at the private island onmonday, wednesday and friday (under conditions)
6- Diner a the private island at the Manu tuk restaurant (under conditions)

Anita is extremely happy with your review and she join me to thank you from the deapest of our heart for you So kind words!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

When we were there, there were many kids (from the way they were treated they seemed family of the staff) shouting and splashing water all around in the pool area. No one in the hotel told them anything so it lasted for hours

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Didier L, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you for your comments, on Mother day or on special sunday brunch entertained with local band to retrace the old time ambiance in Bora Bora, mainly on sunday we are happy to welcome our local people with their familly and kids. Sofitel Marara Beach is the place to enjoy the share of he local culture with life, entertaintment and singers with a lot of activities. That is the reason why to satisfy all our guest we also propose Sofitel Private island which is extremely exclusive. this Sofitel hotel is 3 mn away from the Marara Beach Resort, more family oriented and both options are available at Sofitel Bora Bora.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stayed the last week of June 2014. Fantastic welcome by Anita when we arrived, followed by a lovely introduction to the resort and check in. We were given another room to use until our room was ready as we had arrived early. Really unexpected and a nice touch. Our over the water bungalow was fantastic and I would recommend everyone to book one if you can (the garden room we saw was nice and tidy also but nothing could beat being able to swim immediately off your deck). Nice private deck area on the bungalow to lie in the sun or just relax.
We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Definitely want to go back again!
Only slight negative was the air conditioner in the room was very loud - either turn it off at night (and open all the rooms shutters - don't forget insect repellent) or bring ear plugs if you want to sleep with it on.

Room Tip: Choose an overwater bungalow. Its worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Didier L, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
This is a great comment and Anita is really happy to have your feed back regarding her welcoming! I got your information regarding the noice from the A/C and we take care of it!
We hope to welcome you back soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed here for about 5 days in May 2014. We booked the half overwater bungalow.
Looking at the price difference between full overwater and half overwater I would advice to go for the half overwater; most of the full overwater did not have a better view than our bungalow.
Service of staff is great, and location of the resort is good (there is small supermarket close and also some restaurants (restaurants do free pcikup).

They do charge for wifi (how annoying is that in 2014) but if you become a member of the accorr club it is for free.

We booked a lagun tour through the hotel, and that was fantasic. This included swimming with rays and sharks, and we had a great time. Our tour guide was called Ray and he was fantastic. Would advice going with him.

I did get the feeling in the hotel that they charge for everything and not at a cheap rate. The picking up from the airport is a perfect example; you need it and that is how they priced it. I know this is what all hotel do, but don't like that.

Still had a great time there.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Didier L, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Thank you for your great comment regarding our "ambassador's service " and for your appreciation on our great location. Our boat shuttle from the airport is a service which is offered by Sofitel to come from up north of the island where is located the airport down to the south where is located the Sofitel, it is a half circle island tour of 20 mn trip. The choice is to take the air Tahiti transfert to Vaitape and then a taxi to come over to the hotel, so there is a alternative but the direct trabnsfert is such a great and convenient start to start your experience at Bora Bora! Thank you for your stay at Sofitel!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stayed at the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach May 2014. The bungalows are wonderful and had everything we needed and were very clean. Ask for rooms 49 and 50. The mini frig is just a small college type frig with no freezer. The water outside your bungalow is not the 100% aqua but still a beautiful blue. Anita is the main person we dealt with and she was wonderful. She got us on all our excursions and was a big help. The Ecotour (with yummy lunch) was so much fun we went twice- ask for Alex. The 4x4 sunset tour- Ask for Daniel, paddle boarding and scuba diving are also highly recommended by us. The food in the restaurant and bar was ok, but they do need to hire more staff. The property and pool were beautiful. The fitness center is really old and only has a few old machines. You do not need a car, but there really are not that many places to eat and anywhere you go is about $55-80USD per person just for a basic meal. Good places to eat- The Lucky House, Pizza & Crepes(cheap and good) - both walking distance and Bloody Mary's- free shuttle. Also, there is almost no shopping on the whole island. It was almost impossible to find anything our kids would want for a souvenir. We never saw inside any other properties, but would totally stay at the Sofitel again if it was the best price. Don't forget a good underwater camera!

Room Tip: Ask for overwater bungalows #49 and 50.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Didier L, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thank you for sharing your comments and for choosing Sofitel for your holidays at Bora Bora!
As you said there is a lot of magnifiques activities and Sofitel Marara is your perfect base to enjoy easily all of them!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I have now stayed at the Sofitel Bora Bora twice the first time was in 2007 for hour honeymoon, where we stayed in a overwater Bungalow for 14 nights, and again this past May for 14 nights.
Now let me explain why I say that overall the Sofitel Bora Bora is the finest hotel and resort in Bora Bora by a sizable margin.
1. Sofitel Bora Bora Over water Bungalow price range is $400 to $600 dollars depending on season. The Four Seasons and St, Regis range is $1250 to $4000 plus depending on view. Both the Four Seasons and St. Regis resorts have larger bungalows no question, but the Sofitel bungalows all have direct ocean views (not lagoons) and are more then big enough for a couple.
2. Sofitel Bora Bora is on the main Island of Bora Bora, which gives you access to shopping, grocery stores, and bike rental for going around the island, or to town, and many local restaurants. Both the Four Seasons and St. Regis are off island on Motu's and you need to wait 20 to 30 min's to catch a boat to the main island.
3. Sofitel food and beverage prices are far less then both the Four Seasons, and St. Regis test the Sofitel has a world-class restaurant and chief on its private island, which is easy to get to.
4. Overall better staff at Sofitel. The Sofitel has almost all locals working at the hotel whereas the Four Seasons and St. Regis have almost expats French expats. My wife and I Find the locals of Bora Bora give you a feel of family, make your stay special, and are expertly knowledgeable of the island and what it has to offer
5. Management staff. I have stayed in 5 star hotels all over the world, not including every island worth staying at. The Sofitel Management is by far, the best. They treat you like you are their family. They planned all our events. Our wedding, tattoos dinner reservations, they bought us champagne 3 times, the manager a kind and wonderful man bought us dinner at their best restaurant. They gave us shirts, and even dress for my wife. As a example at the St. Regis where we had dinner at the famous Jean George (the Sofitel got us the reservation even though we did not stay at the hotel) the staff was kind friendly but treated us as any standard restaurant customer, even kicking us out of our table being we were their over a hour.
6. The Sofitel bungalows are large, and best of all, are 100% private!!!! No one can see you if your outside of your Bungalow topless or hanging out with little clothes. This was the most impressive part for us being at the Four seasons or St. Regis all the bungalows were right next to each other and you could see right in the next bungalows windows or deck, giving you no privacy! So if your honeymooners and want REAL privacy stay at the Bora Bora.
Summary: Look Bora Bora is expensive no question. So if you want a dream vacation and a 5 star resort without going broke, stay at the Bora Bora! By staying there you will save 70% on the room cost alone! Of course if you are a multimillionaire and like spending 30K on a 10-day vacation and you only stay at the four Seasons, or St. Regis, spend away! I am not a poor man, But I see the three hotels as being very similar yet the Sofitel is a 1/3 the cost!!!!
Please also note when in Tahiti ONLY stay at the intercontinental! It is by far the nicest hotel in Tahiti.

Room Tip: Ask for Bungalow 48 to 52 they are the best!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Didier L, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Thank you for being so much detail in your comment regarding your last stay at Sofitel Marara Beach resort!
Our hapiness is share our passion for excellence and to provide our "cousu main" service to make you feel part of Sofitel family.
We really hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again soon in your paradise !
you have your second home at Sofitel Bora Bora!
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Address: BP 6, Nunue, 98730, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#10 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort is located on the island of Bora Bora in the heart of the exceptional Matira Bay. The island of Bora Bora is encircled by a protective necklace of coral. Breathtaking lush mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for the luminous turquoise, lapis and aquamarine of the sheltered lagoon. There is something truly unique about Bora Bora, with its sugary sands, rugged mountains, vivid blues, lush greens and soothing lagoon waters that make it the most romantic destination in the world. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach And Private Island Hotel Bora Bora
Sofitel Bora Motu Private Island
Accor Bora Motu Private Island
Bora Bora Sofitel
Sofitel Motu Bora Bora

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