Superior Overwater Bungalow at the Sofitel Moorea for US$375 per night
One of the greatest things about planning a trip to the South Pacific is that the weather is pretty much perfect all year, and yet you get low-season promotions from November through March, which is just when many people want a warm-weather holiday. Right now the Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort is offering its Superior Overwater Bungalows at only US$375 per night for two people, and this is the lowest price we've ever seen for this resort.
It's true that during these months you get one or two more cloudbursts per week than during high season, but they usually leave behind wonderful sunsets if they happen in the late afternoon, or often they happen overnight. The bottom line is that it will be warm with tropical breezes the whole time you are there, and many people take advantage of the lower rates to go every year.
A Superior Overwater Bungalow at the Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort for US$375 per night for two people. This rate includes a 39% discount as well as free cancellation and a Price Match Guarantee, so there isn't much to risk by locking it in soon.
This rate is available on hotels.com – our booking partner in the South Pacific – and is only good on stays of at least 5 nights. A Luxury Overwater Bungalow, which is larger, is only US$408 per night, and is probably a worthwhile upgrade for many people.
4.5-star Luxury at a modest price
Even as one of the more affordable overwater resort options on Moorea, the Sofitel is a first-class resort with a 4.5-star rating and a devoted international following. Part of the French-owned Sofitel luxury resort chain, they have 39 overwater bungalows in two different classes, all filled with deluxe amenities.
Each bungalow has a sofabed and a glass-floor section from which to observe the sea life below. The larger class of bungalow has a much larger private terrace, but even the smaller ones are roomy enough for sunloungers and admiring the turquoise water below. Inside you'll find plasma TVs with satellite channels, as well as wi-fi internet available.
Moorea is a perfect money-saving choice
If money is no object you might instead prefer one of the ultra-luxury 5-star resorts on Bora Bora, but for most of us, money is an object so we want great value. Moorea, which is just off Tahiti and easy to reach by ferry or a very short flight, is just as beautiful as Bora Bora, but it doesn't have that mystic quality of the more remote island, so the resorts there are more affordable.
Many honeymooners or others on romantic trips like to combine islands on one trip, partly to see more, but also partly to keep costs down a bit. You might stay for a few nights at one of the best Bora Bora resorts and then spend 5 or 6 days on Moorea for the balance, allowing you to see much more for far less money. Fortunately, the Sofitel is a first-class choice so it's no sacrifice at all.