Sofitel: French Sophistication in the Polynesian Islands

Fine dining at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora

Posted by on 01 Nov 2019 , in Islands

Originally founded in 1964 in France, Sofitel has become a testament of French excellence in the hospitality industry. Expertly combining the art of French luxury with the local culture and energy, Sofitel has refined its vision of incorporating its heritage while preserving the authenticity of the destination’s experience.

With over 120 luxury hotels worldwide, four are spread across the gorgeous islands of French Polynesia – Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island, and Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort – each one committed to immersing their guests in the beauty of the South Pacific while maintaining the French touch.

Once guests step on the properties, they are transported to the world of Sofitel – where local tradition is celebrated through French innovation. Drawing inspiration from the Polynesian culture, the entire experience that Sofitel curates allows their guests the best of both worlds: the tropical life coupled with the art of French living.

Situated in some of the most pristine locations in French Polynesia, the Sofitel resorts offer guests fantastic views of blue, sparkling waters juxtaposed with the evergreens of the islands’ luscious landscape – all while providing the most elegant of accommodations and hospitality. More than a luxurious stay, Sofitel aims to help their guests create memories that will last a lifetime.

Bringing the French Art De Vivre to Tropical Paradise

A common theme among all the Sofitel properties is their drive to incorporate the French Art De Vivre with the tropical lifestyle as an homage to their own roots and history. Simply put, art de vivre is about savouring every moment and finding moments of joy in every experience.

The French passion for living has influenced every aspect of the Polynesian resorts – from interiors to cuisine, music, wellness, and service. From easy reservations, customized recommendations, and convenient check-ins, Sofitel maximizes leisure by cultivating an almost effortless experience for their guests. This, in turn, allows guests to focus more on their period of relaxation and restoration.

With superb amenities and high-class restaurants, Sofitel guests are spoilt with pleasures to indulge in. Facilities for water activities likes kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkelling are readily available for those seeking for an adventure on the island’s turquoise waters. There are spa and wellness centres with treatments influenced by the traditional healing practices of the French Polynesian for those in need of rejuvenation. Apart from the resort structure itself, Sofitel encourages guests to connect with their local guides to get acquainted well with the island. Cultural events are also held weekly and annually for a deeper understanding of the Polynesian culture, history, and tradition

Beyond the appreciation for the finer things in life, Sofitel’s art de vivre is about immersing in the culture of the destination, soaking in the unparalleled beauty of the islands, allowing one’s self to be truly in the moment, and find pleasure in every corner.

Commitment to Excellence

This year, Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel is reopening after a multimillion-dollar renovation project. Each bungalow underwent a makeover, integrating the signature French aesthetic and decadence. Situated on the stunning island of Tahiti, the resort boasts of fine sand and tropical gardens with views of the Pacific waters and the island of Moorea on the horizon.

Located at the heart of Matira Bay on the island of Bora Bora, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort endeavours to provide a unique island experience through simple and modest luxury. Cinematic views of the lagoon and the landscapes of Raiatea and Taha'a welcome you to the resort, as well as a backdrop of luscious peaks. Saturated with the island’s natural beauty, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara is the perfect setting for an island getaway.

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island guarantees an intimate and exclusive island getaway with panoramic view of Bora Bora’s sparkling lagoons and Mount Otemanu. The resort is nestled on its own private island surrounded by forestry. The island restaurant offers an extensive selection of wine and liquor on French Polynesia, partnered with an exquisite cuisine that infuses flavours of France with the local taste.

Boasting more than 110 overwater bungalows, distinguished restaurants, and top-notch spa facilities, Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort is Sofitel’s flagship resort in the South Pacific. One of its pride is its culinary scene. Out of the two excellent restaurants, the K Restaurant boasts of a world-class cuisine set on the longest stretch of beach in Moorea – making for a spectacular view while guests get a taste of the local flavours paired with the finest wine the island can offer. Signature events that features the island’s traditions and culture and musical performances from international artists are held throughout the year.

Each resort displays excellence in their own way – tailoring experiences to their respective islands to give their guests the most authentic encounter with their destination.

All in the Details

Beginning with the Welcome Drink, guests at the Sofitel are introduced to the flavours of the South Pacific. It continues on to the complimentary snacks, even as far as the toiletries – each aspect of the Sofitel Resort commemorates and supports the local scene of the island. Interiors are designed with influences of both the French and Polynesian architecture.

Sofitel’s specific attention to details is all in part of curating the perfect tropical ambience. As simple as the music that plays within the villas is included in the thought process. The playlists differ depending on the time of the day, inspiring the moods and mindsets of guests and staff. Sofitel also uses a signature scent, Essence de Sofitel, with hints of the French Riviera’s flowers and coast – bringing a little of home to the tropics. Each room and bungalow feature their personally-crafted beds, Sofitel Mybed™. It’s designed exclusively for Sofitel. It’s a unique bed that offers maximum comfort and luxurious sleep.

Making sure every guest feels special and cared for with every little thing that they do, Sofitel is more than simply accommodation – it’s an experience.


Crystal clear waters, fine white sand, and an extraordinary landscape make up for French Polynesia’s heavenly sceneries – it’s a dream destination. Sofitel is the dream accommodation – elevating the island getaway with their unique French touch. With its one-of-a-kind approach to hospitality, Sofitel beckons everyone to be passionate about life and find joy in every moment.

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