Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – First-rate pool and tropical gardens, but a tad isolated.
Serenely set way back from the main road, this resort is instantly likable. All the over-water bungalows have been completely renovated or rebuilt recently. Rooms are located in the blocks with curved tipped roofs and a crimson hue. All face the sea, but those without balconies would only catch possible glimpses of the ocean because of the distance and lofty palms. The beach is small, but the lagoon-style pool with rocky ‘islands’ and sandy ‘shores’ is divine, and the gardens and ponds are extensive. Other attractions include a seaside café, water sports center, and a few outdoor ping-pong tables.
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – The Basics
- Location: In an area called Tamanu, midway along the west coast of Tahiti Nui. About 10 km from the airport, 15 km from downtown Pape’ete, and a little further from the ferry terminal for services to Moorea.
- Guests: The key focus seems to be couples on packaged deals. Tries to cater to families, but there are no kids club or family-focused activities.
- Beach: Long shoreline, but only a small beach. With limited access for swimmers, the sand is commandeered by kayaks and jet skis and extends for barely 40m.
- Views: All rooms face the sea, but most views are distant and/or blocked by trees. Some rooms on lower levels directly overlook lily ponds, which is unusual and rather pleasant.
- Wi-Fi: Not provided for free, except to guests who sign up as a hotel member (which is free to do).
- Parking: Plenty of free and secure places at the lobby area.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 47 07 27
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: sofitel.accorhotels.com
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – Amenities
- Pool: Massive and inviting pale-blue pool. Claims to be the ‘largest sand-bottom pool in the South Pacific’.
- Spa: The Wellness Center offers the usual array of treatments and massages in an intimate setting.
- Fitness Center: None. A resort of this standard would be expected to have a gym.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided in this sort of high-rise resort.
- Activities: Kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, and classes in yoga and aqua aerobics – but nothing is offered for free. Also, beach volleyball and ping pong. Onsite art gallery, L’Atelier, provides displays and workshops.
- For families: No kids club, but babysitting available.
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Le Carré Restaurant – Fine-dining alongside the water. Intimate, with an extensive wine list and impressive menu offering French and Polynesian flavors • La Plantation Restaurant – Open-air and casual. In tropical gardens and alongside a fish pond. International cuisine and themed buffet nights. For breakfast and dinner only.
- Lounge/Bars: L’Astrolabe Bar – Recently renovated lounge bar with a fetching Polynesian décor. Popular with local workers for signature cocktails. Open from 4 pm to midnight • Le Puna Bar – Poolside, for snacks and all sorts of cocktails, wines, and beers.
- Breakfast: Not normally included in the rates, but this depends on the type of booking.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Garden Room • Deluxe Lagoon Room • Panoramic Room • Junior Suite • Senior Suite • Presidential Suite
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but okay elsewhere around the grounds.
- Best Room: Befitting the name, the Presidential Suites are exceptional. On the top floor and featuring maximum views, they’re very spacious and opulent, with all the latest gadgets and extended balconies loaded with outdoor furniture.
- For Families: Most rooms easily fit in an extra single bed, while the spacious suites can accommodate families of 4.
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – What’s Nearby?
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Along the road and adjacent to the main entrance to the resort is a largish shopping center, Centre Commercial Tamanu, with several eateries:
- Restaurant Chez Rémy – Classy bistro with Arabic influences. Indoors and courtyard setting in the carpark.
- Le Fournil Hautbois – Bakery offering all sorts of tasty goodies. Eat in or takeaway.
- La Pâte à Crêpes – For French-style light meals: e.g. crêpes, waffles, and salads.
- Beach Snack – Adjacent to the public beach, about 500m south down the road. All-day, casual, and inexpensive meals right on the sand.
- The large Super U supermarket is in the shopping center alongside the resort entrance.
Buses hurtle along the main road to Pape’ete around every hour – more in the morning, far fewer in the afternoon, and none on Sunday. Otherwise, to reach the capital, hitch a ride or organize a taxi (unmetered) from the reception.
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