Best Luxury Hotels In Mo’orea

This South Pacific island is found in French Polynesia. Part of the Windward Islands (themselves within the Society Islands), this is a volcanic archipelago, rich in rainforest with a calm lagoon. This geology makes Mo’orea good for hiking, as well as coastal activities that take advantage of the colourful marine life beneath the picture-perfect azure waters — swimming with humpback whales and tiger sharks is one for the bucket list . To get here you’ll need to take the ferry from Tahiti, a beautiful journey which takes between 30 minutes and an hour, or a ten-minute flight.

SOFITEL Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort

(5 stars)

Get the full paradise experience by staying in a thatched overwater bungalow on the lagoon. Fans of the Real Housewives Of Orange County may recognise the resort from an episode aired in 2015, set on what is arguably the best beach on the island, close to Tootea Lookout. Sofitel Kia Ora accommodates 113 luxurious bungalows (some over the protected lagoon, others on the beach or immersed in tropical gardens). There are two restaurants — K by Marc Lintanf and Pure, with an outdoor terrace and dance shows — a bar, an outdoor swimming pool and a day spa.

SOFITEL Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort

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