Bora Bora Sofitel
Per Room Per Night: $435
|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
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.
Free activities: snorkeling equipment, windsurfing, kayaks.
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
- 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
|Bora Bora Sofitel Motu: Unsurpassed
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.
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
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
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
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
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