After our very warm welcome to Bora Bora, we were given a coconut drink for refreshments, and our bags were whisked away. We were given ample time to take in the unbelievable surroundings. Then the staff briefed us about the main features of the private island, the bungalows overwater, and how to request for the shuttle boat to the main island, where breakfast is, etc.
It wasn’t very long before our room was ready. I really have to commend the agent in Tahiti who booked our reservations, and the rooms reservation staff of Sofitel Bora Bora. Months before the trip, I requested for a very specific room
This is the room layout of the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island. I wanted to get the 2 Overwater Bungalow Rooms on either ends (the tip most) to get the best of both views (mountain and sea) and also so it feels more secluded.
Though I was told that it can’t be guaranteed because those rooms are high on demand, lo and behold, we did get that room! (the specific one because I told them my preference was the left side)
We were ushered into the room and I immediately knew I was going to enjoy our home for the next 4 days.
There’s air conditioning, but again like the rooms at the Intercontinental Moorea, we never turned them on. This is the point of staying in a room where you get the cleanest, freshest ocean breeze. We slept like a baby all those nights. Nil bug bites with the windows open!
his and hers sink is a real treat. Roomy dressing area too.
And to my delight, I was given a handmade wrap (a Pareo) as a gift. Zombie got a men’s Sofitel shirt.
I was shown the various ways you can use and wear it. Though I wasn’t able to use it in Bora Bora, I am taking it on my next island hopping trip , which is in 2 days time 🙂
And here you go, the balcony. An ideal venue to have breakfast in room (they deliver breakfast via a canoe). We always went to the buffet to have breakfast though.
And the best part: getting the best of views
The mountains to the left, and the sea to the right
The room also had a glass cut out on the floor beneath the coffee table.
There is a separate light for that and at night it’s just lovely to see garfish gathering underneath.
Well to us, it kind of looked like a giant peephole, so in true Holy Smithereens style, we were inspired to make this video as a unique way of showing the room:
The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island definitely lived up to our expectations. Exceeded it, in fact. As I’d done a lot of research before heading to Bora Bora, I knew what to expect of the property.
The expectation: That the Sofitel Bora Bora private island isn’t the highest 5-star property in Bora Bora. If you want top-notch sleek service, and rooms with ultra modern facilities with sprawling land, there’s the Four Seasons, the St. Regis, and even the Intercontinental Thalasso. Having said that, we also expected that the private island of Sofitel Bora Bora would have the best snorkelling grounds in Bora Bora. And the snorkelling didn’t disappoint at all. In fact, other hotels take a day trip to this island for snorkelling. When we just jumped in and out as we pleased. (A more detailed blog post on the snorkelling will come later)
What we didn’t expect: The exceptional service we got. Again proof that all reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt.
What we totally didn’t expect: a wonderful friendship to come between ourselves and a number of the staff, which resulted to one of the best experience we ever had travelling (definitely a huge blog post coming up on that!)
In case you missed the other posts on my Tahiti series:
Touchdown in Tahiti (where we ended up in the local Tahitian newspaper)!
Discovering the Fun a Beachfront Bungalow brings (Intercontinental Moorea)
Upgrading to an Overwater Bungalow (Intercontinental Moorea)
The Beauty of Moorea Underwater (swimming with sharks and sting-rays!)
Welcome to Bora Bora! (our first few minutes landing into magical Bora Bora)