Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort Tahiti – First-rate pool and tropical gardens, but inferior beach and a little isolated.
Serenely set way back from the main road, this resort is instantly underwhelming – probably because during mid-2018, all the above-water bungalows were being completely renovated or rebuilt. So, at the time, only rooms were available in the blocks with curved tipped roofs and an unappealing crimson hue. All face the sea, but those without a balcony would only catch possible glimpses of the ocean because of the distance and lofty palms. The beach is small and unremarkable, but the lagoon-style pool with rocky ‘islands’ and sandy ‘shores’ is divine, and the gardens and ponds are extensive. Other attractions are as expected – e.g. a seaside café and water sports centre – but the outdoor ping-pong tables seem a token effort at pleasing families.
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – The Basics
- Location: In an area called Tamanu, midway along the west coast of Tahiti Nui. About 10km from the airport; 14km 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 for families, but fails, e.g. 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 Internet: 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 (40 47 07 17) 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, snorkelling, tennis and classes in yoga and aqua aerobics – but nothing offered for free. Also, beach volleyball and ping pong. Onsite art gallery, L’Atelier, provides displays and workshops.
- For families: No kids’ club, but baby-sitting available.
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Le Carré Restaurant (40 47 07 23) – fine-dining alongside the water. Intimate, with extensive wine list and impressive menu offering French and Polynesian flavours • La Plantation Restaurant (40 47 07 73) – 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 fetching Polynesian décor. Popular with local workers for signature cocktails. Open from 4pm 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 Rooms • Deluxe Lagoon Rooms • Panoramic Rooms • Junior Suites • Senior Suites • Presidential Suites
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but OK elsewhere around the grounds.
- Best Room: Befitting the name, the Presidential Suites are exceptional. On the top floor for maximum views, they’re very spacious and opulent, with all the latest gadgets and an extended balcony loaded with outdoor furniture.
- For Families: Most rooms easily fit in 1 extra single bed, while the spacious suites can accommodate a family of 4.
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
Along the road and adjacent to the main entrance to the resort is a largish shopping centre, Centre Commercial Tamanu, with several eateries:
- Le Nemo (40 81 03 16) – Contemporary décor upstairs for casual meals, e.g. grills, baguettes, seafood and chicken. 4-minute walk.
- Restaurant Chez Rémy (40 58 21 61) – Classy bistro with Arabic influences. Indoors and courtyard setting in the carpark. 5-minute walk.
- Le Fournil Hautbois (40 82 29 00) – Bakery offering all sorts of tasty goodies. Eat in or takeaway. 8-minute walk.
- La Pâte à Crêpes (40 83 23 32) – For French-style light meals: e.g. crêpes, waffles, and salads. 9-minute walk.
- Beach Snack – Adjacent to the public beach, about 500m south down the road. All-day, casual, and inexpensive meals right on the sand.
- Market or Grocery: The large Super U supermarket is in the shopping centre alongside the resort entrance.
Buses hurtle along the main road to Pape’ete about every hour – but more in the morning; far fewer in the afternoon; none on Sunday. Otherwise to the capital, hitch a ride or organise a taxi (unmetered) from the reception.
Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort – The Hotel
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