Sofitel Marara Beach Resort in Bora Bora

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Updated: November 26, 2020

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Review of Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – Opulent French-themed resort with luxurious bungalows.

On the main island, and less remote than its atoll-based sister resort. The recently refurbished overwater bungalows 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, but the setting is still flawless. Those in gardens are delightfully Polynesian and more spacious, though 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 with lily ponds and a beautiful infinity pool with 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 1.2 km northeast of the village center, 6 km from 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.
  • WiFi: Available throughout the resort for free.
  • Parking: Some limited free and secure parking at the main entrance.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (689) 4060 5500
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: sofitel-marara.com

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: Lovely infinity pool which gets busy quickly. Fabulous views from the lounge chairs on the wooden deck.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Both are available at the sister resort (Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island) for an extra transfer fee.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pool or jacuzzi.
  • Activities: Water-sports such as kayaking and parasailing can be arranged (chargeable).

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Latitude 16° – Wonderful setting under a traditional roof and facing the beach, with al fresco seating. 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, a 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 Bungalow • Overwater Bungalow • Superior Beach Bungalow • Garden View Bungalow • Lagoon View Bungalow
  • 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 sundecks to the lagoon below.
  • For Families: All bungalows easily accommodate 1 extra child on the sofa beds; ask the management about including another single bed.

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

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Hotel 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 center.
  • 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.
  • 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 center, 1.3 km away.
  • 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.

Nearby 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.

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 have been recently renovated.

Bungalows are traditionally-designed.

Bungalows feature a traditional design with thatched roofs 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 have also been recently renovated.

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.

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 1.2 km 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 reservations.

The InterContinental close by has 2 classy restobars.

The InterContinental, in the village center about 1.3 km 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, Hotel 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 Hotel Maitai provides a wonderful beachside setting.

Vaitape features eateries, shops and a police station.

Vaitape, the only town in Bora Bora, about 6 km 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 260 km northwest of the main island in Tahiti.

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