Luxury Moorea overwater bungalow for US$407 per night in April
As wonderful as Bora Bora is, and as convenient as Tahiti is, the island of Moorea is probably the best value choice for most people looking to spend a holiday in an overwater bungalow. The island is just a short (and cheap) ferry ride from Tahiti, or a far shorter flight, and it's known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
This week I'm happy to share quite a stunning deal for overwater bungalows in the coming months at the Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort. They have two types of these water villas, and both are on sale at 40% off the normal rates. This is partly because April is part of the low season in the South Pacific, but the weather is almost the same throughout the year so it's perfect for those who can get a week off.
A Superior Overwater Bungalow at the Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort for only US$407 per night, or a Luxury Overwater Bungalow for only US$446 per night. The Luxury class is a larger room but also a much larger private deck.
This rate is now available for selected dates on Hotels.com, which usually offers the lowest online rates in the South Pacific. The rate includes free cancellation, their Price Match Guarantee, and there is no minimum stay required to qualify for this promotional rate. The rate was found for a week in early April, but it's available for many dates during this period. Check the Hotels.com page for the Sofitel Moorea for your own travel dates.
4.5-star luxury at very reasonable prices
The Sofitel Moorea gets some of the best guest reviews for any luxury resort in the South Pacific, so it's actually a bit shocking to see them pricing these bungalows so low during the off season. In fact, this is the lowest price we've seen for these rooms in the last two years, so it's a special worth paying attention to if you are able to take the time off.
The “Superior” overwater bungalows are quite large with a kingsize bed and a separate sitting area. The one negative is that the bathrooms are smaller than in many other overwater bungalows and they only have a shower rather than a bathtub, but everything else is luxurious including bathrobes and slippers for each guest, a minibar, and complimentary newspaper daily. The “Luxury” overwater bungalows are a bit larger inside, but they have a much larger private furnished deck, and for only US$55 more per night it's a worthwhile upgrade for many people.
Moorea is the best of all worlds
To be honest, the island of Tahiti is very nice, but it's overshadowed by Moorea and Bora Bora in natural beauty. And since Bora Bora requires and extra (expensive) flight to reach, and most of the resorts there are in the 5-star category, it's not well suited to those trying to keep costs reasonable. Moorea is lesser known, but still has 4 amazing overwater resorts (plus one more rustic overwater resort), and the entire trip can be done for far less money.
Moorea is also much less developed than Tahiti so it feels like visiting paradise with no high-rise hotels or big shopping centers. The Sofitel has an excellent location on Moorea, allowing guests to visit nearby restaurants and shops, but it's also very private and exclusive on the inside.