The boat ride from the Airport to the hotel was a very unusual experience. After arriving at the Bora Bora Airport the hotel employees greet you where you get your luggage from the plane. You walk out the back of the baggage claim area on to a dock where your boat is waiting to take you to your island hotel. The boat ride is about 30 min. ride. The island is very small sometimes called a Motu. The island is about 1 mile long by about 1/2 mile wide. No, other business are on the motu. When you arrive at the dock of the island the hotel employees are there to greet you and take you to your room. We had a room on the island the room was on stilts. It had a view of the ocean and the main island of Bora Bora. We where in room #104 the closes room to the lobby. The rooms are all separate bungalows the rooms are large with decks. They do have rooms over the water for more money but the rooms are the same size. If you get a room on the motu then get room 105 or 106 which should have a better view of the ocean than we had. Our view was thru the trees on to the ocean. The food was a good buffet for breakfast. The hotel is really geared for Honeymooners and people who want privacy. It had 2 small beach areas but the hotel only had about 35 rooms so the beaches where not crowded. The water was crystal clear and warm temp. was probably in the 80's. The snorkeling was excellent they have a reef on the other side of the island where the fish hang around. The transportation is a small boat that takes people on the motu every 15 mins. to the main island. The views from the top of the motu where beautiful. You climb up a small trail about 1/4 mile to the top and at the top every night they have the waitresses serve drinks so you can watch the sunset. The island has some history I discovered a wooded sign that tells a story about the owners of the island and how the hotel came about. The movie director Dino de Laurentus back in the 80's filmed the movie "Hurricane" on the island and after filming the movie decided to buy the island. So, if you want to see the island "motu" before the hotel was built rent the movie ahead of time. And you will see scenes that show the island in its raw state before development. Read about the movie director and his history and how he was in the movie business for about 70ys. and how he made about 20 movies. And the famous actors and actress he worked with. The lobby and bar are very small but the bar does have a man made waterfall in the bar area. The hotel is spreed out all over the motu an is built on the side of the motu so plan on walking a lot and on uneven grown. You get a very cozy feeling about the place and a very private feeling almost a Swiss Family Robinson kind of like feeling as if you where ship wrecked on a uninhabited island. The beach has a igloo that you can relax in and you feel totally at peace as you lay there overlooking the ocean. You could just lay there for hours reading a book the atmosphere is quite and peaceful. The hotel is not fancy and is very rustic and could use a remodeling. But, the price is right compared to the other hotels on the island of Bora Bora. The island is a very expensive place to vacation. To rent a car was $100 for 2 hrs. of use. Bora Bora is a small island you can see in a 1hr. drive around the island. And other that a couple of small towns that are only a couple of blocks long really there is not much to see and do on Bora Bora. So, if you like to snorkel and send time in the water this is the place to be. But, other than water sports the place is very quite and that is why people visit the place. Also come in any month other than Jan.-March because that is the rainy season and a shop keeper told me that it is not usual for it to rain a week at a time with no let up. In fact a couple of years ago he said it rain none stop for a whole month. We went in November during Thanksgiving and lucked out it didn't rain the whole week we where there. The weather is in the 80's pretty much all year round and very humid. To the point that you get pretty sweaty and tired after a long walk. So, going out for a long run is not a lot of fun except the views of the island. I have been all over the world and nothing compares to Bora Bora. It is the most beautiful island you can imagine.a volcano created the island a long time ago and because of that the waves of the ocean break about 2 miles off shore. So from the waves to the shore it is a lagoon and from up above from a airplane you see this beautiful shade of blue first dark then light blue. If you try to compare it to Hawaii you can say it was Hawaii maybe 100yrs. ago. The population on the island is very small because the island is very small. You will not see any high rise hotels or any busy downtown areas. We where there 10yrs. ago and it looks just like it looked like 10yrs. ago. But, with a lot more Hotels. You must have dinner at Bloody Mary's restaurant. Each night they will come and pick you up at your hotel and take you there for dinner and then bring you back to your hotel. The ride is about 20 minutes and they do not charge for the ride in the van. So if you are looking for R&R and the best snorkeling this is the place to be. It is a 8hr. non-flight from Los Angeles but a world apart from what you are use to.
- 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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