Hi. We are heading to Moorea in a few weeks, just booked a Garden Bungalow at the Sofitel. We were here once b4 in 98 and stayed at the Club Bali Hai. I was just reading through some reviews and realized the Sofitel is kind of out of the way. As I recall there was not much with in walking distance where as it sounds like the Pearl is closer to the area we used to walk to when we stayed at Club Bali Hai. Just wondering if we are going to have an issue with paying for taxis every time we want to eat out lunch or dinner if we stay at Sofitel or will some of those amazing French restaurants on the island I remember eating at have us picked up and dropped off.
Also wondering what the main differences might be between a Garden Bungalow at Sofitel and Pearl. As I recall we were out all day when were win Moorea and spent no time at the property itself so I'm not really concerned about the resort but I am wondering about the room, if one is any better than the other. Also wondering if a garden bungalow might be more noisy at one over the other.
And one final question. Is there still a day trip to Tetiaroa from Moorea? I read the resort over there closed once Marlon Brando died. I have great memories of taking a catamaran to his islands for the day.
Thanks for your help!!!!