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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

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Aerial View of the Resort

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Aerial View of the Resort - Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort. Copyright Sofitel Luxury Hotels.

The interior of the island offers magnificent views: the pineapple fields in Opunohu, the breathtaking view from the Belvedere overlooking Cook's Bay and Opunohu's Bay, the white sand beaches all around the island, the view of the island of Tahiti from the sumptuous beach of the resort. An authentic and magical island full of charm.

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Known as the Magical Island Moorea is one of French Polynesias most inspiring destinations. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort sits on a crystal clear lagoon with white sand beach and at its back jagged green mountain reaching into the clouds.

Polynesian bungalows float in the lagoon and tucked away in gardens or on sandy beach. Choose from our Villa, Over Water Bungalows Beach Bungalows Garden Bungalows and Lagoon View Bungalows.

Each bungalow at this South Pacific resort embodies the beauty of the destination featuring natural materials stone-tiled rainfall showers luxurious deluxe bath amenities modern technology luxurious beds and relaxing day beds.

Dine in one of our 2 restaurants, a Beach Bar (right on the beach) or at our Vue bar, poolside. Embark on healing journeys in SoSpa. Float the day away in the fabulous pool or explore the island with a wide variety of activities.

Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is an ideal honeymoon resort or destination for a magnifique island wedding. Celebrate your love in one of the worlds most unforgettable settings.

Set on a turquoise lagoon, the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort invites you to discover its mixed heritage. The decorator was inspired by the different Polynesian cultures, subtly blending ultra-modern decoration with traditional architecture.

Situated on the most beautiful white sand beach in Moorea, with a total of 113 bungalows and one 2 bedroom Villa Suite, we offer all the modern amenities you expect from a 5 star resort. Enjoy al fresco dining at the contemporary 'Pure' restaurant or luxuriate at the traditionally Polynesian and gourmet 'K' restaurant in a unique outdoor setting. The bar 'Vue' offers a beautiful view over the lagoon and the island of Tahiti.

You can enjoy numerous activities: snorkeling, windsurfing, wakeboard, diving, biking, hiking, French bowling, volleyball, badminton. As well, there is a magnificent Spa which offers a large range of treatments, massages, and Jacuzzi.

Travel Agent Reviews

Review date:   May 19, 2013 2:43PM
Review:   Recommended for: Couples

Pros: Probably the most impressive resort on Moorea, with a recent high-dollar total renovation. Beautiful grounds; dramatic pool. Gorgeous bungalows. Has a very high-end feel, like a touch of Paris in Tahiti.

Cons: None.

Travel Agent:  
Michael Cottam, Bright Yonder   Michael Cottam
Bright Yonder
Bend, OR US

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Review date:   March 31, 2018 12:08AM
Review:   Beach and lagoon are absolutely fantastic. Not crowded at all, sunbeds available, water gets deep fairly quickly, so good for swimming. We had lunch at the beach bar: food and cocktails were super delicious! Didn't like the barman though who was trying to be funny in a cheap way by making all the jokes and winking all the time, although he could be mine son's age.. . More respect at such a luxury place would have been more appropriate. Chairs at the the bar are fading with paint that sticks to your arms, back etc. Unpleasant.
Author:   Irina Jansen
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   April 23, 2018 3:08AM
Review:   Best honeymoon destination ever. Very scenic views from our bungalow, great food, outdoor showers in your room, excellent cultural shows, and more. Definitely worth renting some scooters and drive around the island. Do not forget to stop by the distillery and juice place. I liked the banana juice the best and the pineapple is to die for.
Author:   Brian Johnston
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Review date:   April 17, 2018 2:11AM
Review:   It's the most amazing Lagoon area very safe for families and kids and swimming. Beach bungalow absolutely beautiful and the air conditioning works wonderfully. Room service staff are lovely and the place is immaculate. Restaurant staff are nice and friendly but never seems to be enough and you can wait for quite some time for them to come back and see if you want a drink or some more food.
Author:   Pauline Bascik
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Review date:   June 23, 2018 2:32AM
Review:   The beach and Lagoon were beautiful. The restaurants ok. The grounds always seemed a little tired. The Waterfront Villa we had was lovely and the stuff that maintained it excellent.
Author:   Pauline
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Review date:   March 21, 2018 5:22AM
Review:   best way to describe this is WOW! Absolutely beautiful, incredible rooms and very special grounds. Highly recommend it. The staff was unbelievably kind, friendly and made us feel like family! Super amazing!
Author:   shane falslev
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