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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

B.P. 28, Moorea, Maharepa 98728 French Polynesia
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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is located on the North-East Coast of the island, just 5 minutes away from Temae airport, Vaiare ferries docks, the 18 holes international golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus®. This landmark hotel is built on the longest and most beautiful white sand beach of the island, within a protected marine area maintained by the CRIOBE®.From this hotel, guests have a unique panoramic view on the lagoon and the island of Tahiti. The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation with a total of 113 Luxury Bungalows located in the gardens, directly on the beach or over the water. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora has the only Luxury Beach Bungalows on Moorea that have unobstructed views of the island of Tahiti, located directly on the beach. Historically, this hotel is the first of the island that built bungalows over the water. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora has now the largest Luxury Overwater Bungalows in Moorea (83 sq. meters).Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora also features 1 Luxury Villa with 2 bedrooms (150 sq.meters). It has 2 bathrooms, 1 lounge, 1 deck and 1 outdoor jacuzzi®, with a direct access into the lagoon and panoramic views of the island of Tahiti.Dine in Polynesian authenticity at the Pure restaurant with outdoor terrace dining offering complimentary and traditional dance shows every night or choose the barefoot elegance of K restaurant, gourmet dining, feet in the sand experience, with a unique dance show.For light snacks and exotic cocktails or premium alcohols while admiring the view, try the Vue bar overlooking the infinity pool, the lagoon and Tahiti with weekly live concerts. For light snacks and exotic cocktails during a farniente day on the beach, only steps away from the lagoon, try the Beach bar.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Infinity pool
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Poolside bar
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English, French
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Allie S wrote a review Sep 21
Cincinnati, Ohio188 contributions12 helpful votes
Walking onto the grounds of the Sofihotel Moorea was an almost other-wordly experience. I felt like a giddy little kid who couldn't wait to run around and explore everything here. This was my first trip to French Polynesia and the beauty of Moorea surpassed my already high expectations. The water is crystal-clear. You can see fishes from the dock and the beach. The snorkeling here was awesome. I have seen better coral elsewhere, but I've never seen such a variety of colorful fish in one place. Each of the 3 times we went out, we saw different things. We plotted our snorkeling routes to take different lines. There is a little bit of a current that pushes people right to left. So we would start off to the left of the bungalows and then get out along one of the sea-wall steps to the right of them. We got a Garden-View Bungalow and were very happy with it. We were close to the beach, and could actually see some of the ocean through our windows. Not all for the rooms in this category have an ocean-view. But traveling during this time with fewer visitors probably gives you a better chance of getting the best rooms in each category. The sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm each day. I would find myself waking up with the sunlight and tossing open the curtains to the see to palm trees, sand, and ocean beyond. It was a great sight to wake up to! I wish that they would let people order room service before 6pm. Since our bodies were sort of on an earlier schedule with the time difference, we were often hungry for dinner by 4:45 or 5pm. Also, it would be nice to get a steak-knife with the steak. It was hard to cut with the butter knife. When we first got to our room, the rainshower button was broken, but they promptly sent someone over to fix it, and everything worked fine after that. Traveling right now, meant fewer people on the property. We were the only ones snorkeling all 3 times we went out. There were not many people swimming at the beach - or even walking up and down it. The pool area usually had several people there, and the lounge chairs at the beachfront did attract people as well. But for the most part things were quite, calm, secluded feeling. It was a very refreshing. I would absolutely come back to this place if I go to Moorea again in the future!
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Date of stay: September 2020
Cilou wrote a review Sep 20
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My husband and I spent 10 days there. We decided for our honey moon to only visit Moore and do nothing! The agency picked the Sofitel for us and thanks for that! I believe the place is nearly the best in the island. We got the overwater bungalow, and we have seen soo many fishes just around it. The water was soo beautiful , and we have beautiful beaches by the hotel. The service was great, people are always willing to help you. A little plus, the restaurant which I believe could be the best in the island, everything was so tasty. Lastly we did the diner by the beach, on the many services offered, it was dreamy! Good amazing, the server was very nice, so romantic! I strongly recommend this hotel if you wish to stay in moorea
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Mariana C wrote a review Sep 16
Fairfax, California74 contributions5 helpful votes
I wrote to Stephen Kaufer, CEO of TA, a few days ago to let him know I would be posting a review of the Sofitel, and asked for protection. I am an avid traveler, single mom of 10-year old during Covid, and deeply involved with TA as a regular reviewer and recent stockholder. I have also written many books, and hope soon to support Lonely Planet's The Wheeler Foundation, in whatever way I can. I love TA. Please see my reviews elsewhere. My son and I immigrants, We left California in June and will not get to our final destination for another month or so. We live in French Polynesia. During our first stay at the Sofitel, just a few weeks ago, it was impeccable. The new manager had come 1-2 days before, and was very friendly and curious. They took care of us like family, as my son had a bad reaction to the powerful Covid "Travel Test" you must take to get here (the rest are easy), and we had to stay in the room much o the time - we were in a simple bungalow. I am an immigrant for the first time, so am leaning this by the day. I felt helped in every way, especially by the restaurant managers, who doted on my son and it was his favorite outing. Just 2 weeks or so later, very recently, we returned to the hotel. We were very sick again, now with parasites. I did not scrutinize prices, not imagining they could have doubled so quickly or even conceived of it. I asked for a special bungalow to film the Pearl Farmer to film for my documentary (look for him, he wasn't there, but is also independent from the hotel and discreet), but that one had no AC so they moved us after several hours. Then the next day I requested a special bungalow to give my son a birthday treat, so far from "home. " I worked most of the time, he was sick, but we had a decent time, no more or less than other days. I requested checkout at noon, and by 11:15 there was a team of people "pushing" me out. Helping, but it was dizzying and bad for my son. So I sent the laundry out without time to ask the costs. It was $175 for a load of laundry. I was appalled, but didn't realize til the end. Stay put, I know it is long. I will add that please stay at Sisi's place at The Legends in Moorea. One of the best houses on the island, and 100% goes to ending human slavery and sex trafficking with girls. She is understated and needs to get the word out, but you can actually save lives while staying there. But my son prefers hotels and I needed internet (bad all over Moorea, like the other reviews say, unless you have a special way to do this or your hotspot works.) So we were moved to a third room at the other end of the property - 4 rooms in 3 days - and we loved the privacy, except the last night when we went to the restaurant to spend time with my son's only little friends he had made in weeks, or months, there was a French couple there who although the little boy was a bit wild - anyone have a 15 month old? - the girl slayed on my lap, and my son supervised the boy. So this couple calls me over and starts yelling at me in French because of my unruly kids. I tell them in English they are not my kids, except the bigger one who had not had a playdate in some 6 months, and there were only a handful of people left . He makes a huge scene. Of course restaurant management and staff quickly managed it, but we all left practically crying, and proceed for hours. We only saw them for a moment the next day. The management knew nothing of this by 11 am the next morning. When we left I asked to talk with the manager. It was the most disappointing part of my stay. I understood that my laundry was outsources, but why they choose to "reduce" my bill from the night before with the whole scene, which was $40 of food I could not eat - rather than credit a $175 charge to the restaurant or room, was really bothering. We went over it at length. I could do nothing. I told him that as immigrants we would bring family to come. The response was very "French" at its worst, dismissive. When I mentioned Trip Advisor he cringed, even my son noted that, and then shook it off. I did not. So, I paid $24,000 - yes $24,000 - for that experience, and I want credit from the Accor Team to go to another Moorea hotel the next time, or to one the many places around the world they host, I travel for work, immigration, relaxation, and when lucky, with my son for fun. Looking to Maupiti for that very soon! And an acknowledgment from the new manager, that I have and am requesting that all hotels here be co-managed, and ideally led, by Polynesian Administration. It is necessary, and I felt deeply taken advantage of as an immigrant and single mother. To end on the positive, Carlos and his spa are a dream, and worth every investment you place in Carlos's care. He is from Peru, runs the Spa independently, and really made sure I was cared for, especially when sick. And the women at the Pearl Shop, and the fine people at the desk. Just the manager and new management. I suggest replacement, or a less senior role. Even though we "appear" to be able to afford it, we are still migrating, sometimes running for our lives, and there are many others. For comparison, for the $6,000 care I spent at the Sofitel per night, I pay regularly $300 for at the Intercontinental in Tahiti, and we have every service disposable to us - Day, Teva, and Tevi (sp?) from the Marquez Islands, Satish on IT, and EVERYONE, is amazing for work or play. Tons of space, super cheap upgrades, the works! If the Sofitel wants to strictly cater to French vacationers without kids, and honeymooners, they can. Otherwise they need local Administration. Everyone else is great. I will edit this only briefly. TA is meant to be raw. I use it every trip. Watch the recent CNN clip. It is up to all of us to keep this planet safe, and I cherish your help along the way. Thanks for bearing with this one! Until soon, Mariana
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Date of stay: September 2020
Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Bungalows on the peer to the furthest right, before or just after the Coral Garden peer.
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Julianna K wrote a review Aug 2020
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois17 contributions2 helpful votes
We booked through Tahiti Legends. Originally we were supposed to go in May but that got postponed due to COVID. Lisa Corso at Tahiti Legends was wonderful! She got everything rearranged with no stress on us with the changes. We were originally supposed to stay someplace else, but because the other place was temporarily closed, we had to get switched the week before our trip. Again, Lisa was a life saver. Me and my husband were blown away by the resort, the staff, our overwater bungalow, the snorkeling, and the food. Words cannot describe how much we loved our experience there. The staff was so attentive and pleasant. We snorkeled every day right from our overwater bungalow. It was such an amazing experience. When we go to Moorea next time, we're definitely staying there! I recommend this to everyone!
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Date of stay: August 2020
Room Tip: Get an overwater bungalow if you can afford it!
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Response from Stéphane SOGLIUZZO, General Manager at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear 496juliannak, What a magnifique share of experience ! Ia Orana and mauruuru as we say in Tahitian, for taking the time of such nice comments. All the team is very touched by your comment. We hope to welcome you back soon ! Warm regards, Mr Stéphane SOGLIUZZO General manager Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
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Jessicacarlin wrote a review Aug 2020
San Francisco, California241 contributions25 helpful votes
I will forever be grateful to the Sofitel for taking such great care of me after I was in a terrible boating accident (not recommended or booked by them). On my first day in Moorea, I went on a private whale swim tour and when I was getting back in the boat, the motor sliced open my leg very badly and I had to be rushed to the hospital and transferred to Tahiti. After a scary night in the hospital, I called Sofitel to let them know that I wouldn’t be able to walk and would need assistance when I checked in. They couldn’t have been any more kind or reassuring. They arranged the greatest nurse to come see me daily, got me a shower chair, offered a wheelchair, and transported me around the resort the whole time. They also always greeted me kindly, asked how I was, and made me feel so safe and comfortable at a very scary and traumatic time. I had previously booked the Hilton, so left to go there and was a whole different experience. They weren’t as equipped or willing to deal with my injury. So, I canceled my reservation at Hilton and went back to the Sofitel for another week. It was the ideal place to recover. I could see as many fish, rays, and sharks right below my bungalow deck, so I felt like I was snorkeling even though I wasn’t allowed to get my leg wet (very sadly). It looked like the most amazing place to swim and snorkel- felt the water with my hand and it was perfect. It also had a gorgeous long white sand beach, a fun beach bar, great restaurant, views of the lagoon, ocean (saw whales), and Tahiti. I saw the Milky Way every night. Wish I remembered more names, but manager Eva was very helpful, as was Jeanne at breakfast (who happily brought me food from the buffet since couldn’t use my hands while on crutches). Truly everyone there was warm, welcoming, and kind. I can’t wait to return when I can swim in the gorgeous lagoon, walk on the beach, and hike on the surrounding mountains.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Stéphane SOGLIUZZO, General Manager at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Jessica, Thank you very much for your feedback. It was a pleasure to have you at the resort and experience your good spirit despite the terrible accident you had. We hope you fully recovered and we look forward to welcoming you again in Moorea! Best regards
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Ron Hall Pearls (3.6 miles), Eva Perles Pearl Buying (3.2 miles), and Have a Nice Pearl (2.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fare La Canadienne, Allo Pizza, and Rudy's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tiki Village Cultural Center (9.5 miles).
Does Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.