We stayed in an overwater bungalow (room 129) for four days during our honeymoon. The hotel is situated in an absolutely beautiful location with excellent opportunities for snorkeling. The bungalows were well appointed and very romantic. I wanted to give the hotel five stars simply because it was the best vacation we have ever had, and because the location is so awe inspiringly beautiful. Since there are many resorts with overwater bungalows competing for your hard earned (honeymoon) dollars, I have to be honest. The service at this resort is slow and lackadaisical. Perhaps we were spoiled on the Paul Gauguin, upon which we spent eleven glorious nights cruising the French Society and Austral Islands, but the service at the Private Island portion of this hotel was far more “laid back” and “island relaxed” than we are used to from our travels in the Caribbean. Dinner at Manu Tuki on the Private Island took a very long time and the wait staff wasn’t very attentive. The food was good, but the portions were small, and it was overpriced. During our stay at this hotel we ate mostly at La Bounty (amazing) or Matira Pizza (with the Pizza Crepes sign) which are a short walk to the left out of the main land resort. La Bounty picks you up for free for dinner. There really isn’t anyone at the bar of the Private Island, so if you want beverages while you sunbathe, I recommend stopping at the store, which is a 3 minute walk to the left out the front entrance of the mainland resort. We experienced a few issues (all of which have easy fixes). We were delivered a bottle of wine to our room with a cork, but there are no bottle openers in the room and only one to share between all of the rooms on the Private Island so we had to wait our turn. There were discarded beer cans and other garbage on the beach (only a few pieces, but still) that remained during all four days of our stay. There was no water in the gym during the four days of our stay. One morning we awoke to an employee scrubbing the stairs leading to the water from our balcony at about 7 am. Despite the above, we had an amazing time. The snorkeling was great. There were baby reef sharks everywhere. The snorkeling trip we took when we were in Bora Bora on the Paul Gauguin took us to a spot on the other side of the Private Island (just past room 114), so you should venture over there if you are into snorkeling. The view from the lookout point is breathtaking. The best room in terms of a view and privacy is room 129 at the end. We had the best view of Mount Otemanu, and saw the sunrise and sunset. The balconies of rooms 128 to 114 are exposed to the constant breeze and only see the sunrise. They face out and are very private. Rooms 130 and 131 face in towards the resort and have a view of the sunset. They are less private because the balconies face the resort’s beach area. Lori Evans at Heavenly Destinations was the travel agent that hooked us up with the best room in the place, and we recommend that you contact her to help you book. Overall we had an amazing time and can’t wait to return on our anniversary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is located in the heart of the exceptional Matira Bay, nestled on a private islet facing the main island of Bora Bora. A secret hideaway where you can enjoy a peaceful and romantic retreat, regenerate yourself and savour the exquisite feeling of being at home on your own private island. This boutique hotel is emphasizing privacy and intimacy to create a unique experience in the heart of native vegetation surrounded by turquoise water and beautiful coral gardens. ... more less
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