We started our 35th aniversary trip in Bora Bora at this hotel. It was the nicest hotel we had ever stayed in. We were in unit #63 which is one of those furthest out and most private. There is 20 to 30 feet of water under this unit making for great swimming. The unit has about 700 square feet plus the large deck area. We enjoyed spending a lot of our time on our deck. We had the breakfast included and it was very good. Lots of variety, good food and you can sit and watch the fish. There is a market just up the road going up the road to the left as you exit the hotel. We went there to buy wine, cheese and snacks for our lunches. This is much cheaper than buying meals at the hotel. The two dinners we had at the hotel were good and the portions were large enough to split. Further up the road from the market is the Maitai restaurant which is less expensive and you can sit at a table in the sand and watch the water. A little further, still within walking distance, is the best beach on the island. This hotel has a great location.
We talked with several other couples. Some were staying at the private island resort. The consensus was that the food was not as good there and more expensive. One couple kept taking the shuttle over to the main resort to eat. I recommend staying on the mainland rather than a resort on a motu. It seems the food is more expensive on these as there are fewer options. One guide book said the guests on the main resort at Sofitel could take the shuttle to the private island for free. That is no linger the case. A day pass from 11AM to 5PM is 7000 xpf per person. We felt this was rather expensive. There is a shuttle to Vaitape Monday through Saturday for 1600 xpf round trip. This is less than half of what a taxi costs.
We talked with one new groom who broke his arm and got scraped up in a bike accedent on the narrow island road. A dog ran out in front of him. I don't recommend bikes or scooters. One couple had a great time going around the island on a dune buggy. That looked to be safer.
If you walk up the road the other direction from the market you can see the native vegitation along the road. It looks like a dense jungle. You can also get a look at a large abandoned resort (Club Med).
- 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