Moorea 4.5-star water bungalow at US$453 per night for two
The island of Moorea has several advantages over Bora Bora, at least for some people, so it's especially nice to see another of its hotel offering rates that are actually lower than we've seen in years. The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is one of the 4 luxurious overwater bungalow resorts on the island, and right now it is showing rates starting at US$453 per night for the overwater rooms.
July and August are the high season in the South Pacific, even though the weather is practically the same all year round, so if you can wait until September or October you can get wonderful deals like this that are hundreds less than in peak season.
A Superior Overwater Bungalow at the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort for US$453 per night for selected dates in the coming months.
This deal is available through Hotel.com, which is our booking partner, and it even includes free cancellation and a Price Match Guarantee, so there is virtually no risk in at least locking in the rate now. There is no minimum stay requirement, so this could be a great deal to combine with a stay at a Bora Bora resort or a stay at one of the Tahiti overwater hotels.
4.5-star luxury, with an upgrade for only a bit more
The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach hotel is a solid 4.5-star resort run by the famous international chain so you know it's run well to protect their reputation. The Superior Overwater Bungalows are larger than a typical city hotel room with a kingsize bed and a sofabed in each room, plus a large private sundeck with steps down into the lagoon from each one. But right now the better deal is probably the Luxury Overwater Bungalows, which are going for US$482 per night.
The Luxury bungalows are about 60% larger plus a private sundeck that is nearly 3 times the size of the decks in the Superior bungalows. Otherwise the rooms provide the same high-end features including a rain shower, plasma TV with satellite channels and a minibar. If the larger bungalows are available, it's hard to imagine who wouldn't book them.
Great activity and food choices
With 39 water bungalows and 75 rooms on the island, the Sofitel Moorea is small enough to feel like a boutique resort, but large enough to have 2 restaurants, a bar, and a wide range of activity choices. Of course there is a swimming pool, but also many beach and water sports, most of which are included in the room price. There's kayaking and windsurfing, plus motorized sports that cost a bit extra like water skiing.
Guests who go to Moorea also have many choices of restaurants and shopping nearby, which isn't so easy at most of the Bora Bora properties. If you want to experience something beyond the two fine restaurants at the Sofitel, you can call one of the many nearby beach restaurants and they will drive over to pick you up and drop you off for free. As wonderful as these resorts are, it's even better to be able to experience more, and at this hotel it's cheap and easy to do so.