Moorea is said to be home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The one that borders the Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is magnificent. Here, the white sand, the turquoise lagoon and the indigo ocean seem straight out of Paul Gauguin’s palette. If the photos make you dream, you have to add this visit to your bucket-list.
The lagoon opposite the hotel is classified as a Marine Reserve
Since 2002, the lagoon, which is home to an exceptionally diverse fauna and flora, has been classified as a Marine Reserve where fishing and the collection of corals are prohibited as well as all motorized nautical activities. The stunning natural surroundings and the overall ambience of the hotel reflect its uniqueness. The Sofitel Kia Ora in Moorea, bought in 2020 by the Polynesian group Wane and reinvented by its new general manager Sabine G. Lamberts, is one of the flagships of the luxury brand of the Accor Group.
110 bungalows scattered in the gardens, along the beach or above the lagoon
The Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort is a true haven of peace for travelers seeking luxury and authenticity. The hotel offers an extraordinary vacation experience that will meet the expectations of the most demanding. Peaceful and refined, the elegant bungalows evoke the surrounding beauty and tropical serenity of the islands.
Each bungalow (or “fare” in Tahitian) has been influenced by Polynesian architecture
With a surface area ranging from 41 to 82 square meters, each “fare” has a roof covered with pandanus leaves. The walls are adorned with a romantic shades of exotic wood combining modernity and local tradition. All rooms have air conditioning and are equipped with a walk-in shower as well as incomparable bedding.
A luxury villa with 2 bedrooms, a living room and an outdoor terrace equipped with a jacuzzi, with a breathtaking view of the lagoon and the island of Tahiti will delight families or couples wishing to experience a stay in complete privacy. Symbols of exoticism and absolute dream for millions of travellers, overwater bungalows were born in 1967 in French Polynesia. Inspired by traditional Polynesian housing and fishing huts, they have become the signature of the destination.
38 overwater bungalows
The Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort offers 38 bungalows on stilts where you can let yourself be lulled by the sound of the waves, slide into the water in complete privacy from the terrace of your bungalow to swim or explore the exceptional seabed, or watch the sunset. From the glass floor of the bedroom, you can also observe the multitude of lagoon fish that have taken up residence under the bungalow.
You can also stay in one of the bungalows on the beach
For those who prefer a more earthly stay, the beach bungalows offer a breathtaking view of Temae beach, the largest in Moorea, while the garden bungalows offer an immersion in the tropical vegetation of the hotel, a few meters from the lagoon.
Each bungalow has a private terrace to enjoy the beauty of the site in complete privacy. In terms of design, the rooms offer a perfect blend of French elegance and Polynesian culture.
A unique culinary experience
The Sofitel Kia Ora in Moorea has always put the kitchen at the heart of its priorities in order to ensure a unique, even resolutely exceptional culinary experience. An art of living in which the quality of the catering holds a central place, which the four dedicated places of the establishment demonstrate daily. With a golden rule to further refine the experience: the enhancement of tailor-made in all the offers offered. Its brigade, where everyone can express their skills, responds to a new score led by a virtuoso hand by two newcomers to the establishment: Alexandre Darzi, head of catering since November 2021, and Frédéric Gigou, executive chef since March 2022. An inspired duo, who reign over the four choice places dedicated to catering within the establishment
We welcome you in a contemporary setting with a panoramic view overlooking the lagoon and the island of Tahiti. Spread over an area offering several resolutely varied spaces, including a large outdoor terrace and even a pontoon where romantic dinners are offered, it hosts local dance groups twice a week in addition to its famous Polynesian buffet.
The chefs at Pure Restaurant are experts in French and Polynesian cuisine, creating dishes that seamlessly blend the culinary influences of both cultures. The dishes served are prepared from the finest local ingredients, such as fresh fish, tropical fruits and vegetables grown on the island.
The Pure restaurant also offers a carefully selected wine list to perfectly accompany the dishes served.
An emblematic place, it welcomes guests with their feet in the sand under a majestic cathedral ceiling made of rare Kahaia wood from the Tuamotu. Le K reserves a taste experience of surprising quality for precious dinners offered only on Thursday and Friday evenings. Around twenty guests are invited to follow the “tasting trail”, designed essentially from exceptional products, which are available in five or seven dishes that pair deliciously with wines.
This concept also prevails in all areas dedicated to catering within the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea, including the authentic Beach Bar, which provides its daily service at the beach, not to mention the in-room dining, which also mobilizes the catering team every day, dedicated to meeting customer expectations as best as possible from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
We will seek well-being at the spa
Polynesians have always used the lush nature of their islands to showcase their beauty. Just as important for men as for women, body care is a daily ritual. In the past, after massaging themselves with coconut milk and rinsing in the sea, the Polynesians coated their bodies with scented monoi. As an exfoliant the women used coconut cream which they left to dry on the face.
Even today, women’s long hair is protected and massaged with monoi, a traditional beauty oil from Polynesia.
Philosophy of life or traditional medicine, Taurumi, the art of massage in Tahitian, is an ancestral custom and a way of life in the land of the tiare.
The Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort is inspired by this thousand-year-old tradition to offer the best in well-being and relaxation in its Le Jardin spa. Its offer enhances the natural environment of the island while embracing the Tahitian philosophy of holistic care. Nestled in the heart of a magnificent tropical garden, The Garden Spa offers an incomparable experience of rest and relaxation, in an idyllic setting. It offers a wide range of treatments and treatments, from traditional Polynesian massages to high-end facials and body treatments. The treatments are designed based on pure essential oils and natural exotic ingredients such as raw and organic coconut body oil, pungent orange, sweet vanilla, fruity mango or avocado. The Spa has several treatment rooms, each offering stunning views of the surrounding tropical garden
You won’t be bored
Scuba diving lovers will be amazed by the splendor of the seabed. The whole island smells of the “tiare”, this flower with which the Polynesians adorn themselves. Jagged peaks and ridges, Moorea offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Pacific. In this postcard universe, in addition to the swimming pool facing the lagoon, the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort offers many activities to explore this grandiose nature of the island.
A nautical activity center, with a diving club, allows you to discover the underwater richness of Moorea’s waters. A biologist is also available to present the coral preservation program implemented at the hotel. You can even take part in cutting the coral to maintain the establishment’s underwater garden.
An 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus Design just 5 minutes from the hotel allows players to enjoy a green facing the sea. Discovery of Polynesian culture.
Twice a week the hotel celebrates the culture of the island with a Polynesian show. This truly immersive experience highlights Polynesian culture and traditions through dance, music and song, but also gastronomy with the traditional buffet and dishes concocted in a traditional Polynesian oven.
To discover the island of Moorea and its lagoon, the hotel offers many activities and excursions: quad, 4×4 safari, jet-ski, hikes, zip line, eco-museum visit, street food tour and excursions to discovering the history and culture of the island.