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Bora Bora Sofitel Motu  Rating:
Average Price Per Room Per Night: $435


Welcome

On the south coast of the jewel in the crown of the Society Islands, this hotel is a haven of peace and beauty along a coral garden. Situated on its own private Motu, the hotel 30 bungalows have a breathtaking view of Bora Bora and its famous lagoon. Fine dining at the "Manu Tuki" restaurant. Terrace bar. Snorkeling, water sports, entertainment and excursions, and also all facilities at Sofitel Marara. Tennis courts nearby. On request free 4 minute shuttle to and from main island. 
( Rating - Intimate and exclusive resort on a small islet. Best view, 1st Class all around. )

The small motu Piti Uu'uta with palm trees and white sand beach welcomes the 30 luxurious bungalows of the hotel.

Accommodation:Capacity: 30 luxury Fare (56m2) with 20 overwater bungalows and 10 bungalows on the hill. The overwater bungalows have a pontoon with outdoor shower and direct access to the water, and indoor glass eye to enable fish observation from within the bungalow. 

Leisure activities:
Free activities: snorkeling equipment, windsurfing, kayaks.

WEDDING CEREMONIES

Sofitel Motu Bora Bora and Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort are excited to launch their new “Wedding Ceremonies.” Wedding Ceremonies are organized on request, and they include:

- Arrival of the bride in a traditional Polynesian canoe
- Flower crowns and leis for the couple
- Two white pareu (traditional attire)
- Tahitian musicians and dancers
- Wedding ceremony*
- Marriage certificate
- Video cassette or DVD of wedding ceremony
- Two fruit juice cocktails
- Two dinners with wedding cake
- Bottle of Champagne served either in the bungalow after the wedding ceremony or during dinner
- Honeymoon gift

*This wedding ceremony does not constitute a legal marriage; it can be considered a celebration of a wedding, an anniversary or a renewal of wedding vows.

  

 REVIEWS
Bora Bora Sofitel Motu: Unsurpassed beauty                 
                                                                                               
I definitely would recommend this hotel, one of the finest I have had the pleasure of staying at. The food, however, is outrageously expensive, so we recommend using your refrigerator in your room and go to the local market (quick boat ride away) and stock up on local bread (but get there early 'cause it goes fast), cheese, fruit and we used coconut ice cream for our coffee. If you are a coffee addict bring a travel pot and coffee because all you get there is Folger's crystals There is a restaurant and a bar on the Motu. Guests who stay here have privileges at the sister hotel, Sofitel Marara where there is a pool, water activities, tennis, shopping and beachfront restaurant with a bar. Some of the rooms are over the water bungalows; ours had a great view of Mount Otemanu. Others are up on the hillside or on the beach. They all have A/C, satellite TV and computer modems.

The hotels were orignially built by Dino de Laurentis for his movie "Hurricane". Although the movie flopped, the property did not. Over the water bungalow on small island. You can walk down your steps and into the ocean to go snorkeling. There is a hole in floorr covered by plexiglass, at night you can turn on a light and watch the fish swim by.
Bora Bora: Sofitel Motu Bora Bora: "Dream Honeymoon"Rating:
We loved this hotel. You arrive with the sound of a conch shell blown by a staffer, Max. Tepoe, one of the managers and Max greeted us with flower leis, coconut drinks out of genuine coconuts, and ukulele music and singing. Our baggage was whisked away to the room and we were shown around on our way to room 117, that had a direct view of Mt. Otemanu. This resort, in our opinion, has the best view of the main island.

Life is quiet around the Sofitel Motu and it's definitely not a wait-on-you-hand-and-foot resort but the staff is always around ready to help out. The beauty of the landscaping and the small romantic public areas in the garden / waterfall area and on the hill just can't be beat.

What's great about this resort is its small, intimate size and extreme privacy. The snorkeling can't be beat around the motu and the views of Taha'a and the main island of Bora Bora are breathtaking. The rooms themselves are very nice, all have a large shaded deck with a table and two patio chairs, and a separate sun deck with two reclining chaise lounge chairs. Some of the other resorts around the island do not have such a nice shaded deck to enjoy your lunch or a Hinano beer. The shower stall is large and roomy, and the double sinks provide space to get yourself ready in the morning. There's air conditioning that we never really used, but available if it's too warm or humid.

The beach hammock late at night was fun as was the private beach dinner. If you like, take the demand shuttle boat to the main island for other dining choices and shops to browse. Romantics will just love staying on the motu and relaxing among very peaceful and well-kept beach and garden areas.

We would return to this resort in a heart beat if we ever find ourselves back again in Bora Bora.

I stayed at the Sofitel Motu. It was outstanding!

We intended to take a 10-day cruise on the Tahitian Princess and then stay two days extra in Bora Bora afterwards. My father helped build the airfield on Bora Bora during 1942-3 - he never stopped talking about the beauty of the island. We decided to travel during the "rainy season" (January) when rates were reduced. Once we had booked the cruise we begin to research the various properties for what we desired (privacy, intimacy, over water bungalow, best view of the Bora Bora, and best cost.) We originally decided on the Bora Bora Lagoon resort (BBLR) but later found out it was scheduled to undergo renovations during January. (We saw this during our cruise stop in Bora Bora - BBLR is doing a lot of construction - possibly a new building or pool - and looked closed). We cancelled our reservation and were referred to the Hotel Bora Bora (HBB) for reservations. Reports of morning and evening scooter noise and high cost drove us to consider the Sofitel Motu - the recommendation of best deal for Bora Bora by the Tahiti Resort Guide web site. We cancelled the HBB and reserved a bungalow through our travel agent at the Sofitel Motu. 

Off to our cruise we went! The weather was great aside from one day at the beginning when we got rain - we brought home the tans to prove it! During our cruise stop on Bora Bora we took a 4X4 tour of the island and saw most of the hotels (exception was the Nui). To be honest, I was not all that impressed with HBB, the Intercontential, Le Meridian (they have a great view of the island's smoking garbage dump!) Club Med, and the Pearl Beach. The Sofitel Motu was unique in its location and setting as seen from the main island road.

We had seen earlier postings by a couple that did not get picked up at the airport by the Sofitel staff. Before we left for our cruise, I contacted our TA and made sure they knew or arrival time. This later paid dividends, as the hotel told us about our return flight had a time change. When we arrived at the airport, the boatman was there to meet us right on time and we were whisked away to the hotel in a matter of minutes. SMOOTH AS SILK! Planning pays off!

We were greeted at the dock of the hotel by a staff member blowing a conch horn, offered flowers, a drink, and cold towels. After a quick two-minute administration session with the staff (credit card imprint, fittings for swim fins and snorkel masks) we were taken to our bungalow. As we walked down the causeway the receptionist told us they had a surprise for us - bungalow #128 was ours for two days! Man what a view! If you go, ask for this bungalow or #129. Both have great views and privacy.

The room was spotless and well appointed. No bugs, clean, just perfect. We were greeted with a plate of fresh fruit, a gift sarong and T-shirt, and no other interruptions. The bathrooms are a thing to behold. Our first night we sipped wine out on the deck underneath a sky full of stars so clear we could see the Milky Way like a road map.

The grounds of the hotel are really nice. They have a beautiful water garden and sitting area next to the reception area. Most of all, I highly recommending a walk up to the hilltop behind the hotel to watch one of the vaunted Bora Bora sunsets. I have a picture of our first sunset on my computer desk top - WOW!

The hotel had only 7-8 couples staying at the property when we were there. It was almost deserted - perfect for a second honeymoon. The staff was very helpful. They had three ladies and one gentleman (the manager) working most of the time at the front desk. All of the ladies spoke English. One Japanese receptionist was particularly adept, being fluent in three languages, and was very personable.

Travel between the motu and the main island was quick and easy. The main hotel was nice and has a small but adequate pool. We ate most of our evening meals on the island. Bloody Mary's is a must stop for dinner. They will come to pick you up. I'm amazed that no one has franchised this concept here in the US. It was a unique dining experience - the full menu presented on a table upon your arrival, the sand floor, the white cat, and don't forget to see the rest rooms (guys - don't grab the flush handle on the urinal, just don't go there!). Our food service at the Sofitel Motu was likewise outstanding. The service was courteous, fast and the food was great.

Our return trip to the airport was very memorable (again, our departure was sounded by conch horn, shell necklaces were presented, flowers) and we arrived at the airport in a timely manner - no problems.

We hated to leave to say the least and would go back in a heartbeat!

Gregor 


 

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