The gorgeous, Sofitel Marara Beach and garden bungalows enable us to escape to Tahiti for an amazing Bora Bora resort style vacation, without the higher prices of newer resorts.
Almost everyone dreams of the novelty of staying in an over water bungalow. But some wannabe vacationers can't afford the prices.
Or perhaps over water is all booked out. So we want to share that we've had spectacular Bora Bora vacations staying in beach and garden bungalows too!
It took us 2 Tahiti vacations to realize why the beaches at the Bora Bora resorts are so deserted. Many hotel rooms are over water and guests swim and snorkel straight from their bungalows, or sun bake on their private decks, leaving the beaches quiet and sometimes deserted. We're Aussies, so wriggling our toes in the sand is like breathing! Bora Bora beach bungalows are just as much fun as over water bungalows.
There is a mystical air (suggesting glories long past) lingering in the original Sofitel Marara bungalows. And here's why!
The earthy, traditional design and décor of Marara beach and garden bungalows blends rich woods and the Polynesian talent for palm leaf weaving, with an artful, uncluttered simplicity, that is very restful.
We found the Sofitel Marara beach and garden bungalows have been meticulously maintained and are immaculately clean.
You can stay for days in one of these quaint, Polynesian bungalows and not even see the neighbors. When I'm at one of the spacious Bora Bora resorts I wonder where all the other guests are!
Once you experience the pleasure of strolling through lush, tropical gardens, you realize that it's fine if your bungalow is further from the lagoon.
In paradise all paths lead, through fragrant floral gardens, to the beach! In our experience there's plenty of inviting, empty deck chairs, at the water's edge, most of the year. (Though you may have to be quick in July and August!) You don't have to pay extra for the privilege, either, like we did on a beach vacation in Europe.
The beach and lagoon are outside your front door, and there's beeline access to the restaurant and bar, from these perfect, Polynesian beach houses.
The sitting area is small and it's all you need because most of your fun will be outdoors (unless it's your honeymoon). Even after sunset the temperatures are pleasant.
Kingly beds are very comfortable.
Spotless, shiny bathrooms have a vanity, shower and separate toilet. Plus complimentary robes.
There's a (privacy) lace curtain and a zapper for evening mosquito protection.
If you're on a budget, planning an affordable Bora Bora vacation, you don't need to pay the higher prices charged at newer resorts. The Marara beach and garden bungalows give a dreamy, tropical island experience.