Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

It is no wonder that Moorea is known as ‘The Magical Island’, with its forest covered mountains, white sand beaches and pristine lagoon waters. Close to the island of Tahiti, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora offers is an idyllic retreat and the perfect spot to while away hours marvelling at the blue hues of the lagoon.

Sofitel Moorea Resort makes the most of its versatile setting, with Garden, Beach and Lagoon bungalows, plus overwater lodges. Decorated using a palette of bright colours and precious woods, the bedroom interiors are influenced by the French painter Paul Gauguin. The warm colours and soft textures provide a stunning contrast with the turquoise lagoon. Illuminated at night, the glass floors in the overwater bungalows give dramatic views of the exotic marine life in the South Pacific Ocean. Other lodges face the impressive silhouette of Tahiti or look out over tropical gardens.

Food can be enjoyed outside on the terrace at Pure Restaurant, where Polynesian cuisine is cooked every Thursday in the traditional 'ahimaa' - an oven in the ground. For those who like to feel the sand between their toes, K Restaurant is built on the beach with a high ceiling crafted from Kahaia wood. Both restaurants host Polynesian dance shows, giving guests a taste of the island's culture. The Vue Bar and Beach Bar are perfect for a quick snack or for sipping tropical cocktails while admiring the view of Tahiti.

The facilities at Sofitel Moorea Resort include a spa and an infinity swimming pool for a peaceful day at the water's edge. There is an in-house diving centre so that guests can explore the island's unspoilt reefs and rich marine life. Lemon sharks, manta rays and turtles are often spotted and in season guests can even swim with whales and dolphins. Other water sports on offer include jet skiing, windsurfing and motor boats, providing a range of exciting activities for thrill seekers.

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