Hotel Overview

Cruise into the intimate retreat of Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island. Loft in the trees over a crystal lagoon. Explore the colourful underwater gallery of the coral garden. Luxuriate in an oasis of privacy marrying natural chic and Polynesian tradition.

Please join us for a Magnifique voyage to a pristine islet in the shimmering South Pacific where the natural beauty of French Polynesia meets the French art de vivre.

Life is Magnifique in Bora Bora.


Bora Bora Airport : 9 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1998
Room: 21


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory A minimum mandatory hotel-imposed city tax of 200 XPF (approx. $2.00 USD) per person, per day, will be charge and collected by the hotel at check-out. This fee is subject to change without prior notice.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
Minimum Guest Age: 13
General Policies:

Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information:
Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 1115 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing snorkeling, food and sunsets!

    We had an amazing time at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island. One benefit that I didn't realize when I booked it was that the water shuttle to the main island is free as opposed to some other resorts that can charge $75 to $100 to leave the resort. My favorite feature was the the snorkeling - two days in a row I swam all the way around the Private Island and spent a lot of time in the Coral Gardens. I was able to go at my own pace - no tour guide needed. The food was wonderful and the service was excelllent! I highly recommend them!

    Jan 05, 2020
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    A 27th Wedding Anniversary and Christmas on a Private Island in French Pollnesia.

    A Sofitel property on Bora Bora, chosen because we haved previously stayed in numerous European Sofitel properties. Sofitel and Polynasia, a luxurious combination to celebrate a 27th wedding anniversary was the dream. The dream, sadly, was not matched by the reality. Sofitel has two properties on Bora Bora, the Sofitel Marara Beach Resort, which is closed for renovation and across the Lagoon, the Private Island Resort. serviced by private boat. The Private island property is at best "tired", in urgent need of renovation and lacking features and facilities associated with a 4/5 star Hotel. The restaurant, welcoming and service staffs were courteous and friendly and were the "highlights" of our visit. The restaurant, which also housed the Reception and Concierge areas, had an unimaginative and overpriced Dinner Menu, without any polynesian dishes, the buffet breakfast was limited at best, we declined to participate in lunch, at the property. The Island and overwater bungalows, although ideally situated, lacked any inside seating area (or seats) and needed to be upgraded, with a functional bathtub/shower and outlets with accesss to a mirror, important for wives !! Outside activities for guest were limited to canoes and snorkeling masks, but no swimming pool was available. The Private Island Resort. although in an idyllic position, is a satellite property of the now closed Sofitel Marara Beach Resort and needs that resorts features, facilities and management discipline to justify the 4 *ranking and it's associated costs. I understand that the Island Resort will be closed for renovation, when the Marara Resort open in 2020; the future renovation is needed now ! Sadly, an unexpected and disappointing experience.

    Dec 29, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    5 star service from start to finish!!! Every staff member ensured I was instantly cared for. The private boat from Sofitel Island to Airport was magical, and beyond convenient. The attention to detail is what I expect and they delivered!!

    Dec 08, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Best snorkling on the island

    I spent 1 week in each, Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Spa and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island hotels. Both in the over water (OW) bungalows. Price was almost exactly the same, so which one is better? It depends on what you want. The biggest differentiators in my opinion are the following: 1) If you enjoy laying on a large, white beach and endlessly blue turquoise colors of the sea, it's the Pearl Beach. The area is just so picturesque. 2) If, on the other hand, you enjoy snorkeling, it's Sofitel. Hands down. The Aquarium reef nearby (10 min swim) has an incredible amount of fish, eagle rays and sting rays. With some extra effort, you can find stone fish and scorpion fish tucked away (be careful not to disturb them). Go there early morning (7am), you’ll be alone. 3) Yet another way to look at it, is by resort size. Pearl Beach is by far larger of the two and has 3 onsite restaurants, pool, fitness center and diving center. Sofitel PI, on the other hand, has only one restaurant. The OW bungalows at both resorts are showing sign of age. Pearl did seem a bit older which is why it is just starting a huge renovation (been told to be completed in April 2020). I noticed simple things that could get fixed with just a little TLC – fixtures that need to be tightened, areas to be painted. Where is Sofitel better? Starting from the beginning, the welcoming »ceremony« is more thought out at Sofitel as you get a nice cold coconut welcome drink. At the departure, they produce a ship-bullhorn-like sound by blowing into the shell. You get 2 bottles of water per day at both, but Sofitel also leaves a few pieces of chocolate, macaroon or other sort of candy with the water. Sofitel’s mini fridge is stocked with 2 cans of beers, a can of mango and pineapple juice, 2 small mineral water bottles, can of Coke and Sprite – they get replenished every day for free. With Pearl, the fridge is empty. Transport from/to airport is a lot cheaper at Sofitel even though it takes 5x longer. Transport to the mainland is FREE of charge and it keeps to a schedule. There is a great, almost 360 view from the top of the Island. Where is Pearl Beach Resort better? The layout of the Pearly OW bungalows is better for 2 reasons: 1) bed is facing the sea so you can la yin the bed and enjoying looking out at the sea (at Sofitel, bed lays perpendicular to the sea so you can’t really see the ocean like you can at Pearl) 2) the bungalows are setup at an angle that gives you more privacy. At Sofitel, except for the end 4 OW units, everyone can see you as soon as you get outside. While Sofitel does have at least 3 resident baby nurse sharks patrolling the shallow waters, the Pearl’s bungalows have better lighting at night attracting various kinds of animals during the night (various fish, we had 4 sting rays underneath one night, with a small shark or two in between). My big issue with Pearl is that they charge you to go to the mainland but only in the evening. It’s 500xpf per person per round trip. It’s 4 EUR, so not a big deal when you are spending 600EUR/night per room. But what is the point of this? Are you a hotel or transportation company? Where are you making your profits? Seems you answer is everywhere you can. It seems the main reason is to discourage guests to go for dinner at the mainland. You should instead focus your restaurants to deliver better quality and value so guests would not want to go. Those that do want to leave, take them for free like at Sofitel – you are transporting workers and performers anyway. Food: Breakfast are pretty much at par. Pearl had a better fruit selection for breakfast. Sofitel kept serving melons (that weren’t quite ripe) and watermelons that were too ripe/soft. How about local fruits (mango, papaya)? At Sofitel, mango was served 2x in 1 week and it seems they only had 2 pieces of mango. Tevairoa restaurant at Pearl was quality and pricewise pretty similar to the restaurant at Sofitel. Miki Miki restaurant at Pearl is tiny less expensive and offers baking things at the table using hot stones. It looks cool, but it’s close to impossible to avoid the hot oil from searing fish/meat from hitting your clothes. Just a general observation. You know Bora Bora is going to be expensive. Being exclusive and expensive should avoid leaving guests with an impression of “nickel and diming” at every step. This is evident with resorts that charge you 600+EUR/night for a room and then sell you a bottle of water (3 EUR) with every dinner. Does this really improve your profit margin? You should you’re your guests 1 water with every dinner that you buy with them. But since everyone does this, why not do it. You are in hospitality business not transportation.

    Dec 01, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wonderful welcome from the general manager, coconut welcome drink.

    Very cozy, it's a small island that can be quickly walked around. The sunset is amazing from the top of the island. Fine breakfast, free boat ride to the main island. I got myself an airport boat shuttle service.

    Nov 24, 2019

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