Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

Updated: September 11, 2018

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – Luxurious bungalows, renovations underway, but a little inconvenient.

On the main island, and less remote than its atoll-based sister resort, this still feels a tad isolated. 1 set of overwater bungalows are undergoing renovations through 2018, but others accessible along curved walkways are luxurious, offering sweeping views across the turquoise lagoon, which is accessible from steps on the sundeck. Bungalows facing the beach don’t offer views as spectacular, and are surprisingly undersized, but the setting is still flawless. Those in gardens are delightfully Polynesian and more spacious, but most overlook the back of others that boast envied ocean frontage. And the beach is perfect: curved, with views across to alluring atolls, and lined with angled palms. Additional features include tropical gardens of lily ponds, and a smallish pool with infinity edges that seem to merge into the horizon.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – The Basics

  • Location: At the northern edge of Matira, along the east coast of the southern part of the main island. About 1.2km northeast of the village centre; 6km from the only town, Vaitape; and 40 minutes by boat and taxi from the airport.
  • Guests: Most guests seem to be older couples and honeymooners, but a few families are happy to be staying there.
  • Beach: Idyllic, with calm blue-green waters, white sand and plenty of shade.
  • Views: Views from the overwater bungalows are broad. Only a few on the land directly front the beach, while most face the back of these and other bungalows.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Available throughout the resort for free.
  • Parking: Some limited free and secure parking at the main entrance.
  • Phone: (689) 40 60 55 00
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://sofitel-marara.com/
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: Lovely infinity-edged pool, which does seem undersized, and could get easily crowded. Fabulous views from the lounge chairs on the wooden deck.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Surprisingly, neither is provided, but both are available at the sister resort (Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island) for an extra transfer fee.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: These sorts of bungalows would not feature a private pool or Jacuzzi.
  • Activities: Water-sports, such as kayaking and parasailing, can be arranged for hefty prices.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Latitude 16° – wonderful setting facing the beach, with al fresco seating, and under a traditional roof. Intimate, yet relaxed. Menu is mostly French and Polynesian, with themed buffet nights. Open only for breakfast and dinner • Hurricane – ocean-facing bar for imported beers and signature cocktails. Happy hours at sunset, and live music some nights. Also, snooker table and library.
  • Breakfast: Not usually included, depending on the type of booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Bungalows • Overwater Bungalows • Superior Beach Bungalows • Garden View Bungalows • Lagoon View Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms and public areas, but allowed elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Although the Superior Beach Bungalows are larger, there isn’t much point being at a resort on Bora Bora without staying in a bungalow above the sea. The Overwater Bungalows are luxurious and feature steps from the sundeck to the lagoon below.
  • For families: All bungalows easily accommodate 1 extra child sleeping on the sofa bed; ask management about including another single bed.
  • Note: Many bungalows are being closed in stages for renovations throughout 2018 and 2019.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Hôtel Maitai – offers Haere Mai Restaurant for French and Polynesian meals, with themed buffets and a children’s menu (but dinner only); and Tama’a Maitai, open all day for salads, pizzas and fish. About 600m towards the village centre. 7-minute walk.
  • The Lucky House (40 67 68 08) – bistro-style meals, including wood-fired pizzas, and a children’s menu. Next to the InterContinental. Free transfers. 13-minute walk.
  • InterContinental Resort – has Noa Noa, an intimate beachside setting for Polynesian décor and haute cuisine (breakfast and dinner only); and Vini Vini, shady and beachside for light meals and drinks all day. At the village centre, 1.3km away. 16-minute walk.
  • Roulotte Matira – quaint setting with a few tables for burgers, crêpes, fish and steaks. Mostly for takeaway, with fairly random opening hours. Virtually opposite the InterContinental.
  • Market or Grocery: A reasonably well-stocked shop is about 200m towards the village center.

Local Transport

    There is no public transport anywhere on Bora Bora. Taxis (unmetered) can be organized through the resort, but rates are extortionate, which is why many visitors hire a car, scooter or bicycle.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – The Hotel

Sofitel has an excellent tropical island vibe.

The Sofitel provides an adorable tropical island setting.

The resort offers various water sports options.

All sorts of water sports can be arranged at the resort, including kayaking and parasailing.

The excellent beach has white sands and blue waters.

The beach is idyllic: with clean white sand and calm blue water.

The infinity-edged pool is smallish.

The pool features Infinity edges but seems surprisingly undersized.

The pool features a wooden deck and fantastic sea views.

Facing the sea, the pool is surrounded by wooden decking, and lined with lounge chairs.

The tropical gardens at the resort feature ponds.

The resort features lovely tropical gardens.

The Hurricane bar also features a library and a snooker table.

The Hurricane bar contains a library and snooker table.

The bar features sea-facing seats.

Many seats in the bar also face the sea.

The breezy bar features a huge, circular roof.

The bar is airy, breezy, and under a huge circular roof.

Latitude 16° sports a traditional design.

The hotel restaurant – Latitude 16° – offers seating in a traditional-style building.

The restaurant serves mostly French and Polynesian cuisine.

The menu at the restaurant is predominantly French and Polynesian.

The resort has a lot of traditional decor.

There are many traditional-style decorations around the resort.

Many overwater bungalows are currently being renovated.

Many of the overwater bungalows are undergoing renovations during 2018.

Bungalows are traditionally-designed.

Bungalows feature a traditional design, such as a thatched roof and wooden walls.

Overwater Bungalows are connected by wooden walkways.

Overwater Bungalows are accessible along curved wooden walkways.

Some bungalows offer good privacy.

Some of these bungalows are more secluded than others.

Lagoon View Bungalows offer great sea views.

The Lagoon View Bungalows also offer delightful sea views.

Lagoon View Bungalows are currently being renovated.

Lagoon View Bungalows will undergo renovations in late 2019.

The calm lagoon is shallow and blue.

The lagoon under the bungalows is calm, shallow and bright blue.

Garden View Bungalows have a decent setting and layout.

Obviously, the Garden View Bungalows don’t offer the same sort of views as those above the water, but are still agreeable.

Garden View Bungalows offer decent privacy.

Garden View Bungalows are separate and reasonably secluded.

The bungalows have a mix of modern and traditional decor.

All bungalows feature a modern décor with traditional touches.

The resort is located only a km from Matira beach.

The resort is about 1.2km from the center of the Matira beach region.

The Lucky House specializes in pizzas.

One of the best places to eat in Matira is The Lucky House, which specializes in pizza.

The Lucky House offers free transfers for guests.

The Lucky House offers free transfers for guests who have made a reservation.

The InterContinental close by has 2 classy restobars.

The InterContinental, in the village center about 1.3km from the Sofitel, offers 2 classy but pricey places to eat and drink.

Haere Mai Restaurant is located within walking distance.

Only 600m from the Sofitel, Hôtel Maitai offers the lovely Haere Mai Restaurant.

Tama’a Maitai is popular for its beachside setting and light meals.

Tama’a Maitai café at the Hôtel Maitai provides a wonderful beachside setting.

Vaitape features eateries, shops and a police station.

Vaitape, the only town in Bora Bora, about 6km from the resort, provides some modest facilities for tourists, and amenities for locals, such as the Police Station.

Vaitape has free boat transfers to/from the airport.

The airport is on an atoll, linked to the main island by a free boat transfer.

Flights to Pape'ete take 45 minutes.

Bora Bora is about 45 minutes by air from Tahiti’s capital, Pape’ete.

The island is about 260km north of Tahiti.

The island is located about 260km northwest of the main island in Tahiti.

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