Moorea

Sofitel Morea Ia Ora Beach Resort

Moorea is so very dramatic…

with it’s steep, volcanic hills. People either love it, or don’t care much for it. I, personally, LOVE IT. And those dramatic green peaks plunging down to the lush gardens and perfect beaches is exactly what I love about Moorea. It is just a 30 minute ferry ride from Papeete, so you can get to it without having to get on another plane. Picking my favorite for this island was not nearly that easy. Hilton Moorea came in as my second choice, even though I have my own photo at Hilton Moorea as the back of my business card. I still went with Sofitel. It was a toss up. I think it went to Sofitel mostly because the chef wowed me with his menu, ingredients, and by creating dishes that are just a bit different from all the other resorts, but still pay homage to Tahiti and local ingredients.

The spa is also a factor at this resort…

with it’s indoor and outdoor massage options. The over the water bungalows are the star at this resort, as the coral and the fish below them make their own mini coral garden, perfect for snorkeling off your deck. Definitely bring your own mask, because you won’t be able to stay away from it. The bathrooms have a regular rain shower, with the glass door enclosure that you can open and continue your private shower outdoors. There is one small square in the room on the floor where you can look under your bungalow, but the deck outside has 2 levels, one with 2 club chairs, and another one, lower, with the lounge chairs. In my book Moorea is a must-see. Activities like shark feeding, swimming with sting rays and coral gardens, are a staple to both Moorea and Bora Bora, but they are vastly different experiences. If you can do both – YOU SHOULD! And I have a secret place in Moorea where I buy the most amazing black pearl gifts for my friends, and couple of must-do’s. For exclusive Moorea packages and specials e-mail me.