Three of AccorHotels’ luxurious Sofitel Resorts in French Polynesia have launched a tantalising array of new food and beverage offerings, in-room amenities and spa experiences for stays from 1 April 2017 (booking period open now), providing travellers to the Islands of Tahiti with even more value and luxury.
Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island and Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, now include in their room rates: free wifi, daily minibar, buffet breakfast and Nespresso pod refills across all room categories.
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island have further enhanced the in-room experience for guests staying in the highest luxury room categories (Horizon Overwater Bungalows and Luxury Villas) which now feature the following exclusive amenities:
Private in-room check in, one bottle of French Champagne on arrival, bottled water and ice at turndown, Nespresso pods and tea, VIP Lanvin amenities, one hour express ironing, shoe shining, fresh flowers in the bathroom, personalised letterhead paper, dedicated on-call concierge, and priority seating at resort restaurants.
Other Sofitel French Polynesia resort updates include:
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Food & Beverage
The breakfast experience at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora has been enhanced with gluten free pastries and breads, an Asian corner, Sofitel De-light section with low-calorie options and freshly squeezed juice bar.
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora celebrates its Polynesian history every Thursday night beginning at 5pm, with a unique Polynesian feast at the Pure Restaurant. Guests participate in a Tahitian cultural master class learning how to make the famous ‘poisson cru’ (like ceviche), the origin of the coconut and its purposes, how to weave baskets and hats, how to wear a pareo and dance the Ori’ Tahiti. As the sun sets, a mysterious ceremony begins with the fire dancers leading the guests to the ‘fare utu utu’ (open air kitchen) where they watch the opening of theahima’a (oven in the ground) and the blessing of the ma’a Tahiti (food). Later in the evening, guests can enjoy the ma’a at the Pure restaurant surrounded by the ancient rhythms and percussions from the grand Polynesian dance show.
Two Michelin star and 5-star Diamond Chef, Guillaume Burlion creates weekly seasonal menus according to his inspirations at the resort’s signature K Restaurant, showcasing the finest ingredients from around the world such as Ossetra caviar and d’Echiré French Butter.
Guests can indulge in a seven-course tasting menu (125.70€ per person) paired with wines or Champagnes chosen by Sofitel’s own sommelier (Sofitel Moorea is one of only four hotels in Tahiti to have a sommelier) from a selection of over 250 references.
Chef Guillaume Burlion has enjoyed a distinguished career; nominated Escoffier Chef in 2000, and has worked at prestigious addresses including Maxims, Hôtel Crillon and the French Presidential Palace Elysée. He was Personal Chef for President Bill Clinton in 2000 and has been Executive Chef in 5-Diamond restaurants in the US including The Wild Boar (Nashville, Tennessee), Tide Restaurant (Mystic, Connecticut) and W Hotel in Waikiki. He enjoyed a brief sojourn at Novares Luxury Hotel in Tokyo.
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort recently rebranded its spa to ‘Le Jardin’ (the garden), inviting guests to discover a plunge pool, seven treatment rooms, nestled in tropical gardens overlooking its own beach. The Signature treatment is an activating, detox and toning intensive 160 minute treatment that works on the lymphatic system, featuring a salt bath, foot reflexology, invigorating scrub followed by an 80 minute massage.
Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
Food & Beverage
Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island has launched exciting new luxury romantic services that can be booked in advance. Personalised amenities include the signature Ossetra Royal Caviar, Blinis and Bollinger Champagne package, which can be delivered direct to guests’ overwater bungalows, and a sumptuous seafood platter for two including a bottle of white wine L de la Louviere.
Sofitel guests can also order room service breakfast that arrives by canoe to an overwater bungalow, delight in a private lunch on the beach with the dramatic backdrop of Mount Otemanu, or indulge in an intimate dinner under the stars on top of Mount Chauve, complete with stunning sunset views looking back to the main island of Bora Bora.
The breakfast experience at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island has been enhanced with gluten free pastries and breads, an Asian corner and Sofitel De-light section with low-calorie options.
Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is the only hotel to introduce the “Soirée Romantique” beginning with sunset Champagne and hors d’oeuvres on top of Mount Chauve featuring stunning panoramic views, followed by a sumptuous beach dinner of spiny lobster, Black Angus beef, foie gras, gorgeous French cheeses and dessert is proposed with a thrilling Polynesian dance show. Ladies receive a Tahitian Black Pearl at the end of the soirée.
For those who want a guaranteed extraordinary experience to celebrate a special occasion, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is available for sole use buy out for events such as weddings, leisure and incentive groups. For a single per person daily rate, guests enjoy either overwater accommodation or lodges perched in trees, all meals and beverages including fine wines and premium alcohols throughout the day, event organisation, entertainment, spa treatments and a full day excursion of swimming with sting rays and sharks.
Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island and Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort
Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island and Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort are the only hotels to propose full holistic spa treatments including Watsu, Shiatsu, foot reflexology, Qi Jong, Polynesian massage and yoga. The Polynesian Massage is a signature treatment whereby guests are lulled by the calming fluidity of traditional massage techniques that resemble sea waves on the body. Clients can choose from a fragrant selection of Monoi oils, extracted by hand from local coconuts and perfumed with flowers. Or surrender to the Polynesian art of a rebalancing massage, in the local language Taurumi.