Known as the Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort until 2005, when it was shuttered for a complete overhaul, this sprawling resort sits beside Moorea's best lagoon and beach (it's known as Temae Public Beach north of the resort). The Sofitel is the only resort with a view of Tahiti, whose green, cloud-topped mountains seem to climb out of the horizon beyond the reef. Given its already superb location, the renovations have made it the best all-around resort on Moorea. All its original, 1960s-vintage bungalows were replaced with modern, luxurious units, and 19 overwater units were added to the 20 already here. Most overwater units face the lagoon rather than Tahiti, however, so try to get bungalow no. 117, 119, 120, 122, or 215 through 218. Ashore, the best views are from three deluxe bungalows on the south end of the property; these are the most private units here, although the beach is much better on the north side. Least expensive are the garden bungalows whose views are squeezed through the beachfront units. The thatched-roof, sand-floor gourmet restaurant here is both extremely romantic and reasonably priced (reservations are required).
- © Frommer's 2013
Ask a local about Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Ask Moorea Locals about Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
- Very Highly Recommended 2010