We are now in the last hours, on our last day here on the Sofitel Private Island. We came here for our honeymoon and stayed 5 nights. When you first arrive at Bora Bora airport, you are chartered on a boat straight to the private island and greeted as though you were a rock star. When you get off the boat there is someone playing a guitar and a member of the reception greets you with a cold towel and a coconut water (in an actual coconut) which tastes amazing.
You are given a tour of the island to familiarise yourself with the restaurant, bar, swim/kayak equipment and the accommodation. We were taken to our overwater bungalow and given a tour inside. Because we were on our honeymoon we had a cold bottle of French champagne and two glasses waiting for us to enjoy. It was explained also that everything in the minibar was free and restocked daily.
All facilities are amazing. The bathroom was good with no problems, the balcony had an outdoor setting, and then on a slightly lower second floor were two day beds overlooking the magnificent ocean. Each bungalow also has it's own little stairs into the ocean which we quite often snorkelled from and fed all the beautiful fish.
The island is so quiet with nothing motorised, all you literally hear when falling asleep is the ocean underneath you. The only thing the island doesn't have is a pool, but if you want to swim in a pool you can take the free 2 minute boat ride over to the main island of Bora Bora and the Sofitel resort.
The food was amazing, a little overpriced but that is to be expected at all remote resorts. We do suggest taking the boat over and experiencing different places for dinner as the restaurant can get a little repetitive - and the staff are happy to offer suggestions and recommendations, and will call and make reservations for you.
We had such a ball swimming with the fish, watching the baby reef shark we named Bruce swim around, ate at Bloody Mary's, kayaking, paddle boarding, glass bottom boat rides out to swim with stingrays and sharks. But what really made our experience all the better was the amazing staff that the Sofitel Private Island has. Wow. We truly felt like rock stars and nothing was ever too hard or too much, and they were always smiling. A special shout out to the Assistant Manager Francois and his team for making our stay so awesome. Marta who made such delicious cosmopolitans and Tita who was always singing, smiling, laughing and hugging - she was truly amazing. All of the staff spoke perfect English and were always up for a chat.
We would absolutely recommend this place for any couple looking for a relaxing time in paradise.
John and Kayla.
- 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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