Moorea overwater bungalows at 40% off! Now US$403 per night
For the past few months it's been a huge struggle to find even available overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, much less deals to report. That streak seems to have ended because I've just discovered that at least one Moorea resort is offering its overwater bungalows at 40% off for stays in October or November.
The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is rated at 4.5 stars and it has 39 overwater bungalows in two different categories. The Superior class is offered at only US$403 per night per couple as part of this special, while the larger Luxury overwater bungalows are only US$443 per night. Both of these prices are the cheapest we've seen at this resort, so this is really one to consider if you are looking to get away in the coming months.
A Superior Overwater Bungalow at the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort for US$403 per night (including tax) for two people. A Luxury Overwater Bungalow is US$443 per night for two people.
This promotion is part of the Hotels.com sale running currently, so that's the place to find it. These rates include free cancellation and there is no minimum stay required to qualify, but availability is limited so it's best to check the Hotels.com page for the resort for your own dates.
French Polynesian luxury at an affordable rate
Moorea, Tahiti, and Bora Bora are all technically part of the country of French Polynesia, but many resorts are more American or international. The Sofitel Moorea takes pride in its French ownership, so many of the guests are French as are many of the staff. If you fear French people then this is one to avoid, but if you appreciate the culture and food, this one could be like a double vacation.
Each overwater bungalow is filled with luxury amenities starting with a premium kingsize bed and a 32″ satellite TV, but you also get a minibar, in-room safe, turndown service, and your own private terrace over the turquoise lagoon. The Luxury bungalows are almost twice as large so for only US$40 more, it seems like an obvious upgrade if they are available.
Moorea is the savvy traveler's option
If you've done your research you certainly know that Bora Bora is the most expensive island in the area, and it's the one favored for honeymoons and trips of a lifetime. But for the people who like to return to the islands every year or two, Moorea is the better choice. It's just as beautiful, it's easier to get around on, and it's faster and cheaper to reach.
Not only that, but the value of the resorts is better as well. This deal for the US$403 overwater bungalows cannot be matched in Bora Bora even at a similar resort. That island is so remote that everything costs more, even for simple household things. Tahiti is cheaper yet, but it's not nearly as spectacular, so Moorea is where you'll find those who come over and over again.