I am surprised at how some rooms have roaches and others have none per some of the reviewers. Ours had no bugs whatsoever. I am not surprised that the air conditioning could not keep up. Though, to assist with this problem, keep the doors to the bathroom closed-the toilet closet and the shower. Go in and out of the room as little as possible. I was fully prepared for it to be very hot and it was and HUMID! It only rained for a few minutes for two or three days we were there. The feather bed was wonderful!
Meals-I was disappointed that only breakfast was available at the Motu (low season) but I did enjoy every meal. How could you not when you could have eggs, French toast or whatever with a simple request? I am not used to eating fish or vegetables at breakfast but they were tasty all the same. We had a meal plan (breakfast and dinner) which I highly recommend during the off season because even off the resort restaurants were not all open. If it’s already paid for, you can enjoy yourself more. Dinner was mostly the same with a slight variety in the main courses. Only once was dinner served in the Japanese restaurant. There may have been a language barrier with the wait staff at times. It is hard to get tap water at the restaurants when requested. The tap water in the bungalow was fine and I am sure it would have been too at the restaurants if I could get them understand what I was asking for. Everywhere we went to eat it was very warm so be forewarned. It is nice though to be able to cool off in the room or in the ocean though.
It was a little of a wait sometimes for the shuttle but it was beautiful going back and forth in the boat each time.
I can see why everything is expensive since a lot has to be imported. Did you know that electricity is provided to Bora Bora via diesel generators? They have the highest electricity rates of anywhere and the second to highest cost of living in the world if I recall correctly. If you want to get a bigger bang for your buck, you need to go elsewhere.
Flight-The Air Tahiti flight had comfortable amenities such as movies and games on the seat back in front of you and good meals; however, the seats I found to be uncomfortable, narrow, not much knee room and hard to sleep in.
The best part of the Sofitel Motu is PEACE and QUIET. Sitting out on the balcony all you could hear was the hum of our air conditioner besides an occasional bark or rooster crowing from across the water at the Sofitel Morara.
I had read about Monoi in a travel book and didn’t realize there were so many varieties of it but it is basically coconut oil used for skin softening, hair care, etc. It was only about $5 at the Tiara Market. Makes a nice souvenir but it does harden at room temperature (68 degrees) as the bottle warns (like fatty oils).
- 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