Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

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4.5
#1 of 1 boutique hotel in Bora Bora
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4.8
Cleanliness
4.6
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4.6
Value
4.2
Temporarily Closed - 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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Beach
Free shuttle or taxi services
Spa
Baggage storage
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Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Couples massage
Full body massage
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Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
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Private balcony
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Minibar
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Ocean view
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Quaint
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French

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Bp 516, 98730 French Polynesia
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Somewhat walkable
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Amber Mattheus wrote a review Apr 2020
Amarillo, Texas41 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is moderately priced compared to other hotels in Bora Bora. We have also stayed at the Conrad here before, which is very expensive, and the Sofitel Private Island resort is our favorite now based on cost/reward. At the airport, the staff was welcoming with a lei, and carried our luggage to the shuttle boat. Upon arrival to the hotel property, we were greeted with someone playing a ukulele and coconut drinks. The concierge were knowledgeable and friendly and had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us in our bungalow. The bungalows seemed “authentic” compared to others we have seen (natural wood look, tiki hut feel, etc.). The bed is super soft and comfortable. Room service came daily to refill complimentary drinks, including juice, soda, and local beer. There was also Nespresso machine. The towels were soft and big, and room service replenished four of them daily (which they get kudos for because I like lots of towels). There are canoes and paddle boards you can take for free, and are not restricted to certain areas as is the case at other hotels. The Coral Gardens are within swimming distance from this property (see picture of map below) and we took the paddle boards and canoe over there. Drinks at the bar are reasonably well priced at this resort compared to other properties. We got the breakfast-included option when we booked, and it was a decent breakfast buffet with selection of local foods, along with your staples of eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. We ate dinner twice at the restaurant. There are many options on the menu, but we unfortunately picked a night where they were having only duck, and we do not like that at all! The other night we had risotto and white fish; it was decent. We decided to spend most dinners at the main island restaurants. There is only this one restaurant on this private island property and no pool, however, all guests have access to the Sofitel main island resort on Bora Bora with more restaurants, a pool, and bar. Unfortunately, the main island resort has been shut down for a year for remodeling... and the staff told us it’s going to be at least another year. Shuttle service to the main island resort is free, which is a great bonus if you wanted to go explore the town. We booked massages at the spa, and they were great. The spa is a bungalow halfway over the water, so you can hear the waves crashing and it was very relaxing. The other property is kept up nicely, with lots of tropical foliage and decor. There must be a black tip shark nursery close by, because daily we saw baby black tips!!! That was my favorite part :) All in all, we cannot WAIT to go back and will definitely book this property in the future.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from H0564GM, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Apr 16, 2020
Dear amberdiamonds, Thank you for your great review. We are so pleased to know that you enjoyed your holidays in our private island and that y your different experiences from room to activites and restaurant were authentic and wonderful. We hope to see you again in our beautiful paradise. Mauruuru !
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kctooo wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia149 contributions77 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me preface this review by saying that I have wanted to visit Bora Bora since I was a teenager, more than 30 years ago. So to say I had been anticipating this trip is somewhat of an understatement. To say that I had put some thought into planning this trip would also be somewhat of an understatement. Back when I first dreamed of visiting this paradise there wasn't a lot of choice of accommodation but in the the late 2000's that changed with the arrival of some big chains that opened some big resorts. If that is what you are after then book those but be aware of their shortcomings before you do.
Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island has only about 30 bungalows on it's own private motu a short free boat ride to the main island of Bora Bora. And here is where it shines. Your overwater bungalow is a short walk to the spa, to the restaurant or to the bar, and to the kayaks which are a short paddle to the reef where tropical fish and rays abound if you can't see enough under your bungalow, or swimming under the walkway as you head to the beach. Your bungalows are also a short walk to the pier where the tour companies come to pick you up to take you on a jet ski tour or across to the mainland for a quad bike tour. Everything is right there. With the smaller size resort also comes the personalised service you get like being at your local restaurant or bar where the staff get to know your name and your order even if you are there for only a short time. I read some reviews saying the resort was looking a little tired. To be frank, I read reviews like this about all of the resorts at Bora Bora. And while I can only comment on our bungalow I would describe it as rustic but perfectly clean. It's a bungalow for pity sake. Not a high rise floor to ceiling marble hotel room. If you've come for that kind of holiday go to Vegas. But if you've come to see the most breathtaking bluest of blue ocean views in the most relaxing atmosphere, surrounded by tropical fish and friendly people go to Bora Bora, and stay at the Sofitel Private Island.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from H0564GM, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Feb 7, 2020
Ia Orana Kerry C, We would like to thank you so much for your detailed and extraordinary comment following your holidays in our private island. We are so happy to read that you dream came true and we have been truly delighted by our typical and unique polynesian resort. What a pleasure to know that also our team was here for you and we took the time to enjoy the incredible setting from land to ocean. Thank you again and we hope to see you again in our little paradise. Mauruuru ! Kind regards
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Lucia A wrote a review Jun 2020
Bratislava, Slovakia578 contributions596 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here in november 2019. The welcome was great, with coconut, music and perceft view. Staff was really helpful and friendly, loved them all. Room in the "treehouse" was perfect. We had our private cabin. It was a bit outdated but really comfortable, clean and well equiped, water, coffee, tea, beer and soft drink included. Terrace was amazing with a stunning view. Bathroom was very good too. Housekeeping was everyday and perfect. This resort is on private island with an amazing viewpoint, with many possibilities to sit and enjoying the stunning view on the ocean, Bora Bora island, lagoons... Boat can bring you to the main island and back with no charge. The only thing we missed was a real beach :( Of course you have possibility to swim, but no breathtaking place with white sand and palmtrees. But you can visit Matira beach.. Wifi was free, but strong only in some places, in our room it was really weak and many times no signal. From airport is it about 40 mins with a boat. I definitely recommend this hotel for your holiday in paradise.
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from H2755OM, Responsable d’Exploitation at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Jun 28, 2020
Ia Orana Lucia A, A huge thank you for your wonderful comment. We are so happy to read that your holidays were paradise in paradise and that our team was truly here for you. We hope to see you again in our amazing place to give you again the best polynesian hospitality. Mauruuru !
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April Hooper wrote a review Jan 2020
Inglewood, California15 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing time at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island. One benefit that I didn't realize when I booked it was that the water shuttle to the main island is free as opposed to some other resorts that can charge $75 to $100 to leave the resort. My favorite feature was the the snorkeling - two days in a row I swam all the way around the Private Island and spent a lot of time in the Coral Gardens. I was able to go at my own pace - no tour guide needed. The food was wonderful and the service was excelllent!
I highly recommend them!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from H0564GM, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Jan 9, 2020
Dear AprilHooper, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and we are so happy to read that you totally enjoyed snorkelling around our private island as well as our fabulous sunset on the top of the hill and your culinary experiences. We hope to see you again in our little paradise for another relaxing holidays. Kind regards.
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HappyTraveler223 wrote a review Mar 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything exceeded our expectations at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island. We were met with coconut drinks and flowers. The room was spacious and clean. The unlimited drinks in the minibar and the many gifts and treats that were left really made it an unforgettable stay. The views were unmatched! You could stay the entire time on the island and use the included kayaks or paddle boards to go around to the
Coral Gardens easily. Just to be able to go to the Coral Gardens whenever we wanted made staying there worth it! We saw sharks, sting rays and even eels. The staff at the hotel is as amazing as everyone says. They were quick to help with any need. They sang to us for our anniversary and even brought us a delicious cake. You wouldn't need to go anywhere else because the food is delicious! Huge thanks to Haka and Kiana who went out of their way to make our stay extra special.
It is easy to access the main island with the free shuttle. They anticipate other Sofitel will not be opened until late 2020 (but you still get in and out at that hotel pier).
The water is crystal-clear and blue, the view of the mountain is amazing. The decks had plenty of room with comfortable chairs to sit in and relax and look at how beautiful everything was- probably the best part of the whole trip!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from H0564GM, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Mar 31, 2020
Ia Orana HappyTraveler223, A huge thank you for your wonderful comment. We are so happy to read that your holidays were paradise in paradise and that our team was truly here for you. We hope to see you again in our amazing place to give you again the best polynesian hospitality. Mauruuru !
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Doug A wrote a review Feb 2020
Newport, Tennessee4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to Bora Bora to celebrate out 25th anniversary. We had no idea that we be taken care of by the resort we stayed at. The service we received was 5 star. It was like the anticipated our every need. Our bungalows were wonderful and well appointed. The Concierge staff took care of dinner reservations while we were there. The staff at the restaurant was wonderful. Keep up the great work Sofitel Private Island Bora Bora! Also would like to thank Pee Pee for taking great care of us while we were at the resort. You guys will be forever in our Memory!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from H0564GM, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Feb 10, 2020
Dear 173douga, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. We are so happy to read that you totally enjoyed your 25th anniversary in our private island and that our team and specially Pipi was here for you. We are so proud to see that you lived the polynesian experience and tihs one will stay in your memory for ever. We hope to see you again in our little paradise. Mauruuru ! Kind regards
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The Gym Lad wrote a review Apr 2020
St. Catharines, Canada443 contributions308 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff was polite and responsive, the hotel breakfast was very bad. The the scenery was superb, especially from the rooms. Our rooms had unbelievable view from the balcony. Also, the wifi network signal was not always good. Overall it’s very satisfactory.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from H0564GM, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Apr 29, 2020
Ia Orana thegymlad Thank you for your review and your stay in our beautiful resort and private island. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your holidays and we take good note of your remark in order to improve our guest's experiences. We hope to see you again in our unique destination. Maururuu !
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jay_holla wrote a review Jul 2014
New York City10 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A lovely private island. Just breathtaking and beautiful. Like no other. So here are the highlights:

When you land, even before you get your bags, they will "lei" you, which is a lovely tradition. They point out which is your boat that'll take you to the island. Then you go the side to get your bags. You'll have a few minutes to take pictures on the water and scenery. Never seen an airport location like this. Then hop onto the boat for about a 25 minute ride.

As you approach the dock, you will see a local (dressed in local attire) blow a conch as you approach. Then he'll start playing the ukulele. You'll be helped off the boat by staff and given coconuts filled with coconut water inside. The staff will help you take pictures (trust me, you'll want the view in the background while holding coconut drinks while wearing a lei. Besides, the lei will wilt by the end of the first day.)

One thing i want to point out is that no matter what time of day you get there, the experience is the same. They still blow a conch, and they still give you a coconut drink even for nighttime arrivals. The only downside is that if you arrive after sunset, you might not be able to see the how beautiful the view truly is.

Anyways, the staff welcomes you and there is small chit-chat (where are you from, how long are staying, etc. etc.) Then while the staff takes care of your bags, you're given a brief tour. Eventually you're taken to your room. We had an over water bungalow and it's just amazing. My only complaint is that i thought the hole in the floor (to watch fish) was too small (maybe 18 inches in diameter?).

When we got in to the room, there were flowers on the bed, and my wife got a nice complimentary sari, and i got a t-shirt. There was also a complimentary bag of 3 lil treats. There's a fridge that is stocked with local beer, soda and water. Apparently, it's refilled at night by the turn-down service.

The closet has a safe and complimentary his & hers snorkel gear. There was an outside personal patio where there is a small coffee table, two chairs, (under a covered straw awning) and two chaise lunges (not under the awning) for you to lay down and enjoy the sun. You have your own personal lil ladder to climb into the water (which is about 4 feet deep?). There's also a shower there to rinse off the salt (not an actual shower since there are no curtains...unless you're into that kind of thing.) Depending on which side your bungalow faces, if it faces the ocean and AWAY from the resort, if you get up early enough, you can sit on the patio outside and watch the sunrise (usually at 6:30am).

At night time, sometimes you can hear the waves crashing against the poles/masts. It's very soothing. The bathroom shower has a rainshower head (hanging from the ceiling) and the type where it's like a hose.

The restaurant on the island is nice. The breakfast buffet is good, lots of fruit, and there is an omelet station (although i felt it was slim pickings in terms of toppings) Considering the French love their breads and baguettes, EVERY meal comes with complimentary bread. But this is no cheap bread. It's great and delicious. See a tip at the bottom of this review.

We ate basically all our meals there. Lunch and dinner are great. And they are surprisingly fast. But they do NOT sacrifice quality. It's very good and delicious. We liked the stuffed chicken as it was very tender.

As you might have read from reviews about the island, the prices are a bit steep (at least compared with the $USD.) Also, they charge for water, so if you can remember, take a bottle from your room before heading to eat.

Also in the restaurant is a billiards table, and local outfits on display. Apparently, you can ask to take pictures in them.

There is a free shuttle to take you to the Sofitel Marara in case you want to visit the other resort or the mainland. Also, the Marara is where they appear to hold events. From there, you can visit the gift shop, or take a local taxi to downtown Vaitape. Just remember to get a voucher from the front desk. The boat shuttle runs from 5:30am to 11:30 at night. They run on an as-needed basis. So if you don't see the shuttle, just go to the front desk and ask them to call it over. It's about a 3-4 minutes boat ride and the waters are always calm.

Sunrise is generally at 6:30 am. After you first arrive, the staff will point out the "View Point" where you can walk up some steps to, to go see the morning sunrise, and evening sunset (usually at about 5:30-5:45).

There are canoes, and 1 paddle boat you can take out to explore around, or even paddle to your own over water bungalow.

Lastly, the Private Island is KIDS-FREE-ZONE. No yelling, or screaming or crying. It was blissfully peaceful.

This is key: the CORAL GARDENS REEF, is extremely near by the private Island. You have to choices, you can walk along the rocky/sandy shore, or you can swim/canoe/paddle boat it to the area. It's hard to explain where it is as there is no sign that says "Coral Gardens here." But if you go in the morning, there are generally excursion boats that will take their customers to the area. Just go where they are. You'll know you're in the right spot if you see in the sand "i <3 BORA" spelled out in coral on the sandy bottom about 20 feet below water.

If you decide to walk it, you'll have to go PAST the View Point (do NOT go up the stairs), when you get to the last bungalow, go to the LEFT and around it. Walk the "path" avoiding branches etc. You'll pass some rock steps. It's a little past that, maybe another 90 seconds?). There is no definitive land marking, or sign. You just have to take your best guess, swim out there, and look for the dark patches or reef. You're going to look for the "I <3 BORA" sign that is about maybe 20 feet on the bottom, spelled out in coral.

TIPS:
(1) SAVE some BREAD. Take it to your room and feed the fish. Once you can get one or two, eventually one of the fish will leave and seemingly tell his buddies as eventually a nice school of fish arrives. Or, take it the dock and feed fish there. We have seen a small sting ray around the resort, and a baby shark (no more than 1 1/2 feet long). But this was early July. So depending on when you go, they might not be there anymore. Also, neither the shark, no sting ray like bread as they just pass over it.

(2) Bring WATER SHOES. These are very helpful. We bought extremely cheap ones from Target before we left and they safeguard your feet as you step over rocks and unfortunately, if you step on the coral, it'll guard against that.

(3) When possible, try to bring the WATER BOTTLES FROM YOUR ROOM. As EVERYWHERE charges for water (except if you do excursions where the crew generally supplies them complimentary).

(4) Invest in an UNDERWATER CAMERA, extra batteries, and extra memory cards.
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Date of stay: July 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: (1) SAVE some BREAD. Take it to your room and feed the fish. Once you can get one or two,...
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Response from Didier L, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Jul 24, 2014
Thank you for all details regarding your magnifique stay at Sofitel Private island. all the ambassadors of the hotel join me to tell you how enjoyable it was to host you for your holidays at Bora Bora!
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csbauermeister wrote a review Sep 2015
Seattle, Washington7 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am not joking when I say that I planned this trip for 20 years. I was the little girl who never planned her wedding; only her honeymoon. I think I have seen every photo of Bora Bora that the internet has to offer. When we arrived, it was so much more beautiful than I ever imagined. So, if you have any concerns about Bora Bora, lose them immediately.
But why this place, this one in particular? It's hard to do research for Bora Bora because everything is amazing. However, this place reminded me of a 5-star Gilligan's Island. I wanted a good value, without compromising experience or luxury. Here were some things about this place in particular that I found exceptional:
1. No kids. I work with kids, I love kids, but this private island is a kid-free zone and that's what I needed for relaxation. YES.
2. Free 2-minute shuttle to the main part of the island. Other resorts will charge quite a bit to cross the water into town (I think Four Seasons is $50?), but not this one, and the boat runs constantly. Once across, it's an easy 5-minute walk to the store, where you can buy all the relatively inexpensive water and snacks you like. Another 5 minutes past that was a fun local wood-fire pizza restaurant (Lucky House, aka Fare Manuia, I think) that we obsessed over as well.
3. Fantastic food. Sure, lots is imported because Bora Bora's circumference is 30km, but you know what isn't imported? Fish. You can eat fresh fish every day, and it never got boring for us.
4. Size. This resort is a fraction of the size of the other resorts, and set away from them (some others are quite close together). The quality of service, as a result, was amazing. The staff knew our names instantly, and in turn, we learned theirs, making it so much more personal.
5. Snorkeling. When people book snorkel tours in Bora Bora, the boats bring them to the back side of this island (an easy swim around the corner, and I'm not a strong swimmer). So, snorkel all you want, grab a roll from breakfast, and be the fishies' new best friend.
- Side note: sometimes it's hard to choose: do I want a resort with crystal blue water (and no reef, and therefore few fish), or do I want a resort with lots of fish? Because of the setup of this island, you somehow get both. It's amazing.
6. Location, pro: few resorts on Bora Bora allow you to really see the sunset (I think the Hilton Pearl is the only other with a true sunset view), and from the top of this island, you can see an amazing sunset.
7. Free things. Free mini bar restocking. Daily. Beer, locally made juices, soda, water, you name it. Plus, evening macaroon delivery! Free wifi, in the main lobby and in every room. Also, you can borrow snorkel gear, paddle boards, and kayaks any time you want. For free. I'm not a penny-pincher by any means, but I hate feeling nickle-and-dimed every step of the way, and I never felt that way here.
8. No problems with bugs. Bora Bora has vegetarian cockroaches that eat the roofs of the huts, so you might see one wherever you stay, but otherwise, our experience was bug-free. A couple mosquitos at happy hour, but nothing that Deet couldn't handle.
I'm a realist, so here are some... Drawbacks? Cautions? Things to consider:
1. Location, cons: Sunsets are great, but it also means that this island can be primely situated to get blasted by winds that come from the south - so I'd beware when booking in windy seasons.
2. This would be a difficult property to navigate if you were handicapped. The walkways are made of rocks, the hills and stairs are relatively steep, etc. If you can climb one flight of stairs, you'd be fine.
3. Some inconsistencies between the OWB rooms. Some had deck chair pads, DVD players, beautiful bathtubs, sweeping views, lots of privacy... And some didn't.
Things you might want to bring:
Reef shoes/aquasocks, liquor from Duty Free (you can carry it on to inter-island flights if it is sealed), chocolate gifts for the staff, water floaties, granola bars for snacks, Deet, basic medical supplies, Emergen-C (if the heat change will be a shock to your electrolytes like it was mine), your own chargers (rooms have USA outlets too), and as many bathing suits as you can fit in your suitcase!
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Date of stay: May 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from H0564GM, Responsable relations publiques at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Oct 17, 2015
Iaorana and thank you for your Magnifique share of experience ! Your description of the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is perfect, and all our team and Ambassadors are so proud and happy thanks to your feedback. We are very delighted that you had enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to see you soon ! Thank you, Mauruuru !
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Boyd T wrote a review Mar 2016
Gainesville, Virginia9 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just arrived home from a once in a lifetime trip to Bora Bora where we stayed on an enchanted "isolated" isle--- Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island resort. The resort was all that has been described by so many. A true paradise with incredible views, the bluest water, great food and a wonderful and caring staff. We booked this trip thru Costco and felt that they certainly did their homework before sending us into harms way. On our second nite in one of those incredible grass huts over the water---the ones with the stairs from your deck right into the crystal blue water-- our room as well as several others was broken into. All of the couples targeted were on the mainland for dinner when a man and woman (yes there were witnesses) SNORKLED up to our stairs and literally broke the frame from our sliding glass door. We had double locked it, closed the curtains, turned on the lights and TV so it clearly looked like we were in the unit. We later leaned from law enforcement that this is VERY common in Bora Bora with all the huts as locals use canoes and such to access them during the evening hours. While this did put a damper on the remainder of our stay---staff and management were sincerely apologetic and went out of their way to see that this did not totally spoil our stay. We just wanted others staying in like accomadations to be AWARE...We were fortunate that we used the safe.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Any room with water access should be aware of above note and USE THE SAFE.
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Response from H0564GM, Directeur général at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Responded Mar 21, 2016
Thank you for taking time to share your experience at the Sofitel Private island. We are all really glad you enjoyed your stay with us, a real corner of Paradise with authenticity and Polynesian atmosphere, preservation of the environment and views breathtaking ! Our Ambassadors are available to enhance your stay and make it "Magical" We sincerely apologize for the problems you encountered. Be assured that the necessary was immediately done in order that such problem doesn't happen anymore in our establishment : measures have been taken within the hotel and with local authorities. We hope to welcome you back soon, Mauruuru !
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debsjc asked a question Feb 2020
Reading, England103 contributions45 helpful votes
Is there any dress code in the onsite restaurant in the evening? Thanks
Answer from aqua2tan
10 contributions8 helpful votes
No not really very casual. Dress up for one nice dinner. We are sandals and shorts people.
Answer from Iaimiam
Ventura, California269 contributions71 helpful votes
I would suggest a day pass at another property as the private island is very small with practically no beach and I would be hard-pressed to find things to do for the day. There are a few lounge chairs in the small beach area and you can snorkel but that’s about it. I haven’t been to their main resort, as it was closed for renovations, but maybe it’s open now.
Answer from Amber Mattheus
Amarillo, Texas41 contributions3 helpful votes
Yes, but the main island resort will be closed for the foreseeable future for renovations. It was still closed last week when we were there.
Answer from Michelle
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
Sorry, just saw this. They give you 2 bottles in your room everyday, but there is a hydration station outside with orange infused water you can use. We filled up our bottles there. :)
piglady50 asked a question Aug 2019
26 contributions8 helpful votes
Is there a pool at this resort? Someone posted there was not?
Answer from Amber Mattheus
Amarillo, Texas41 contributions3 helpful votes
No pool on the private island, but there is at the main island resort and if you stay at either, you have access to both. Unfortunately, the main island resort is closed for the foreseeable future, so no pool at this time :(
Marko wrote a tip Dec 2019
Ljubljana, Slovenia68 contributions42 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look at the photos I've attached"
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iakos wrote a tip Nov 2019
Budapest, Hungary107 contributions61 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely I recommend the overwater villas."
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Jaze C wrote a tip Aug 2019
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best views are not on the water, best views are in the huts that are elevated...omg!"
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David R wrote a tip May 2019
Oregon8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Over the water bungalow!! You won't regret it."
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carolyn wrote a tip May 2019
7 contributions12 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Overwater bungalow is basically a 360 view."
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31
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Which popular attractions are close to Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island?
Nearby attractions include Matira Beach (0.6 miles), Leopard Rays Trench (0.5 miles), and Jena Jewelry Bora Bora (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bora Bora Beach Club and Restaurant, La Villa Mahana, and The Lucky House - Fare Manuia.
Does Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island have airport transportation?
Yes, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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