Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti Welcomes New Executive Chef

Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti is delighted to welcome Eric Lefaucheur as the new Executive Chef.  Eric has an exceptional list of experience from training at the famous Pavillon Dauphine (Paris XVI), American Crusie Ships and a resort and casino in Saint Martin for 3 years.

Also new to the resort, Couleur Cacao celebrated it’s official opening of their first outlet at the resort on October 8th. They offer a variety of chocolate products, marshmallows, macaroons, nougats, meringues and truffles.

Sofitel Luxury Hotels

Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort has announced the nomination of Mr. Didier Lamoot as General Manager of the resort and Area General Manager for Sofitel French Polynesia following the retirement of predecessor Mr. Olivier De Ronseray.  Mrs. Anne Roure was appointed Acting General Manager for Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island.  Mrs. Katherine Tribut will be assisting Mrs. Roure as Hotel Manager.   All other contacts will remain the same.

Pure Restaurant and the gourmet restaurant K, located at Sofitel Moorea updated their menus.  Vegetarian and gluten-free menus are now available to guests.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island are committed to preserving and protecting the island and lagoon and are introducing a Coral Garden to their guests that can be visited by snorkeling.

The Sofitel properties will be offering a “unique and magical menu” for guests on Christmas Eve (December 24). For New Year’s Eve guests will have a “Wonderful New Year Buffet” and the program of a perfect night including, Tahitian dance shows, a live DJ until dawn and the only fireworks in Moorea.

SPM Hotels, Resorts & Spa New Updates

SPM Hotel, Resorts & Spa received the following awards from Conde Nast Traveler:

Reader’s Choice Award – Top 15 Resorts in Australia & the Pacific
#6- Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

Reader’s Choice Award (online-) Best Resorts in the South Pacific region

#3- Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
#6- Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
#10- Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

The Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa is currently refurbishing Mahana’I Main Restaurant (during this time, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be moved to the bar lounge and outside terrace). And December 1st through December 20th, 2014 the hotel will be undergoing refurbishment of the Autera’a Main Bar (during this time, the bar will be moved to the Matiehani Gourmet Restaurant and terrace).

Please note that the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa will continue to operate the resort as usual and limit any potential disruption by adjusting its work schedules (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm).The hotel will also make bus shuttles available three times a day, to either Tamea or Mareto beach so that guests can enjoy a beautiful white sand beach along a pristine lagoon for an exquisite swimming and snorkeling experience, all free of charge.

The Brando Finalist at the National Geographic World Legacy Awards

The Brando, a unique environmentally-friendly luxury resort on French Polynesia’s beautiful atoll of Tetiaroa, 30 miles north of Tahiti, is a finalist in the Earth Changers category of the inaugural National Geographic World Legacy Awards that were announced at ITB Asia in Singapore on October 29, 2014.

The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations—ranging from historic monuments to ecolodges and from small islands to entire countries—that are driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s work of inspiring people to care about the planet.

The Brando is a finalist in the Earth Changers category which recognizes cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation to zero-waste systems and carbon-emission reduction.

“We are honored to be a finalist in the National Geographic World Legacy Awards,” said Richard Bailey, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Beachcomber, owner of The Brando. “Sustainable development and tourism is core to our mission and guides everything we do. The Brando provides a luxurious, authentic, and enriching travel experience, in an environmentally sensitive, sustainable and culturally rich manner.”

More than 150 World Legacy Awards entries were received, representing 56 countries and six continents. Finalists in five award categories were selected by an international team of 18 judges who are experts in sustainable travel and who are now conducting on-site inspections of the finalists. Winners will be announced at a gala at the World Legacy Awards Ceremony in March 2015 at ITB Berlin.

The Brando is a pioneering model of sustainable technology utilizing seawater air-conditioning, green technology and renewable energies, without any sacrifice to luxury or comfort. Designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture, the all-inclusive resort was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a venture of sustainable development that resonates with visitors and fosters opportunities to get to know both the place and people of French Polynesia. He was passionate about preserving Tetiaroa’s natural beauty, biodiversity and cultural richness and was determined to find a way in which it could be a center for research and education and a model of sustainability.

In 1999, Brando asked Bailey, a long-time resident of Tahiti who shared his passion for the environment and who had created some of the region’s finest resorts, to help him conceive a plan that would help him achieve his dream. Together, Brando and Bailey pursued a vision of creating the world’s first and foremost post-carbon resort—an island where innovative new technologies would enable a self-sustaining luxury environment for resort guests, residents and scientific research. The Brando is the legacy of that shared vision and the resort is committed to protecting the precious biodiversity of Tetiaroa.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Latest Announcements

Christian Langlade Joins the St. Regis Bora Bora as New General Manager

The St. Regis Bora Bora is thrilled to announce Christian Langlade as the new general manager of the hotel.

“It is with great excitement that I join the St. Regis Bora Bora team,” said Mr. Langlade. “After serving as general manager in various properties around the world, I am eager to be settled into paradise and work with this phenomenal team.”

Mr. Langlade will oversee all aspects of the property ranging from financial to operational duties. Mr. Langlade replaces Michael Schoonewagen, who served in this role since April 2010.

“As we bid farewell to Michael, we share equal excitement in welcoming Christian to the St. Regis Bora Bora team,” said Tracey Fentem, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Resort. “Christian’s extensive experience amassed at hotels and restaurants in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Asia will greatly contribute to managing this property and steer it in the direction of growth and success.”

Mr. Langlade brings over 20 years of expertise in the luxury hospitality industry spanning over a number of countries around the world. Most recently, he was the General Manager of Hotel Selman in Marrakesh, Morocco, where he managed the city’s latest luxury hotel property featuring Africa’s largest pool and three Food and Beverage establishments.

St. Regis Bora Bora Announces Partnership with MIKOH Swimwear

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is pleased to announce a partnership with MIKOH swimwear, a luxury swimwear line created by California based sisters Oleema and Kalani Miller.

The stunning landscapes of the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort were the backdrop and ideal location for the 2015 MIKOH campaign, a new collection titled South Pacific which was shot on property in June 2014.  The majority of the look book feature colors and designs inspired by the iconic Mt. Oteamau and Bora Bora landscape. The collection will be available in stores and online starting Spring 2015.

In addition to the South Pacific line, an exclusive MIKOH X ST. REGIS BORA BORA collection will be available for purchase at the Resort’s Bridal Boutique.  All of the designs in the select collection are familiar MIKOH silhouettes, coupled with the addition of delicate white lace, ideal for the tropical bride getting married on property, or the bride who wants to “wow” her partner on their honeymoon or romantic getaway to the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

“We specifically designed our swimsuits to be seamless and hardware free, perfect for a warm weather getaway to Bora Bora!” says co-founder Oleema Miller. “We are thrilled to work with such a well-known Resort like the St. Regis, and we know all the ladies (and men) will enjoy our swimwear.”

“Bora Bora is all about the water, so it just made sense to partner with a swimwear line like MIKOH,” says Tracey Fentem, Director of Sales & Marketing. “I look forward to seeing many more photoshoots around property with MIKOH swimwear!”

Prices start at $10 700 XPF. Share your pictures in a MIKOH suit with #MIKOHXSRBB.

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort Debuts Animal Accessory Line to Support Local Shelter

Committed to helping local dogs and cats in Bora Bora, The St. Regis Bora Bora, is launching the St. Regis Bora Bora Furry Friends Program. 

St. Regis Bora Bora Furry Friends is a collection of luxury stylish pet accessories available for purchase at the Resort. The entire collection was designed with Tahitian names in mind.

The St. Regis Bora Bora will donate a percentage of the sales from the accessories to the local shelter in Bora Bora, Animara, which was started by two local Polynesian’s Kiki and Fru. These donations will be used to educate and raise awareness of the stray dog population on the island and encourage local residents and visitors to adopt these homeless animals.  The Resort will also work with hotel guests who are interested in adopting an animal from the Bora Bora Shelter to take back home with them once they leave French Polynesia.

The Resort is committed to helping dogs and raising awareness of the homeless dog population in French Polynesia. The complete Furry Friends line will be available for purchase on property beginning Spring 2015.

Paul Gauguin Cruises Announces Their Membership in Tourism Cares

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, is pleased to announce their membership in Tourism Cares, the charitable arm of the travel and tourism industry.

Tourism Cares brings the entire travel and tourism industry together to make a greater impact on issues that matter to us all, such as investing in emerging tourism destinations or those in crisis, and supporting a strong workforce. Tourism Cares helps the industry make the most of its giving and volunteering, for the benefit of employees, destinations, and the traveling public.

“Through Tourism Cares, Paul Gauguin Cruises is proud to support the travel and tourism industry’s community for giving and volunteering,” said Diane Moore, President, Paul Gauguin Cruises. “We look forward to helping with initiatives to preserve and enrich travel experiences around the world.”

Tourism Cares membership complements any corporate giving effort, offering a range of services and benefits: powerful outcomes and the satisfaction that come from working together; employee engagement and volunteering; B2B recognition and visibility; storytelling and advocacy; peer sharing of best practices; disaster response programs, coordinating the industry when the needs are greatest; and even consulting and custom programs tailored for individual companies.

“We are thrilled to have Paul Gauguin Cruises as part of our community,” remarked Mike Rea, Tourism Cares CEO. “The stronger our membership, the greater our impact can be.  It’s an honor to work with companies and employees so dedicated to giving back.”

Aranui Cruises Celebrates 30 Years of Sailing

Aranui Cruises, operator of the Aranui 3 mixed passenger-freighter vessel, is celebrating 30 years as the world’s only soft adventure cruise provider to sail the virtuallyuntouched, lush Marquesas Islands and fully immerse travelers in the culture of French Polynesia. This month will mark the 30th anniversary of the company’s first historic passenger-freighter voyage, which departed from Papeete, Tahiti in 1984, bound for the northern Tahitian archipelagos, and sparked the beginning of its once-in-a-lifetime cruise operation.

To honor the occasion, Aranui Cruises has announced it will celebrate with a 30th anniversary sailing on April 25, 2015 which will include a special dinner show and firework-display, as well as commemorative giveaways.Owned and operated by The Wong Family through Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM), Aranui Cruises takes travelers on a unique adventure sailing 800 miles north of Tahiti to some of the most spectacular and remote islands in the world.

Aranui Cruises, operator of the Aranui 3 mixed passenger-freighter vessel, is celebrating 30 years as the world’s only soft adventure cruise provider to sail the virtually untouched, lush Marquesas Islands and fully immerse travelers in the culture of French Polynesia. This month will mark the 30th anniversary of the company’s first historic passenger-freighter voyage, which departed from Papeete, Tahiti in 1984, bound for the northern Tahitian archipelagos, and sparked the beginning of its once-in-a-lifetime cruise operation.

To honor the occasion, Aranui Cruises has announced it will celebrate with a 30th anniversary sailing on April 25, 2015 which will include a special dinner show and firework-display, as well as commemorative giveaways.

Owned and operated by The Wong Family through Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM), Aranui Cruises takes travelers on a unique adventure sailing 800 miles north of Tahiti to some of the most spectacular and remote islands in the world, where they are fully immersed in the French Polynesian culture.

“For 30 years, Aranui has been offering discerning travelers the adventure of a lifetime across three French Polynesian archipelagos – the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands – and with transport, meals, accommodation and tours all included, it’s still one of the best value ways to see Tahiti,” said Jules Wong, marketing director for Aranui Cruises.

In 1960, The Wong Family began offering a cargo service that ferried supplies to the Tuamotu-Gambier Islands and provided passage to Tahitians, becoming the first regular contact the inhabitants had ever had with the outside world. Sensing a market for a soft adventure cruise experience in the region the family spent several years in the early 1980’s modifying its freighter to a mixed cargo and passenger vessel with the introduction of 12 cabins, a new galley, dining room, dormitory and other basic amenities.

On Nov. 22, 1984, the Aranui 1 made its first historic passenger voyage, departing from Papeete, Tahiti with 24 international and local passengers, and cargo, bound for the northern Tahitian archipelagos.

Three ships and 30 years later, Aranui Cruises’ vessels have seen over 44,750 passengers, 534,511 tons of freight and sailed more than 917,800 nautical miles between Tahiti and the remote Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands.

Today, the Aranui 3’s 14-day voyage departs from Papeete, Tahiti visiting Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka in the Marquesas, Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus, and will add a stop at the famed Society Island of Bora Bora to its itinerary in 2015.

Each voyage includes on-shore experiences such as awe-inspiring hikes past waterfalls and sacred ritual sites, encounters with local artisans, a visit to French artist Paul Gauguin’s grave, snorkeling in translucent waters, on-island picnics featuring local food, a visit to a pearl farm and more. Featuring a crew primarily composed of local inhabitants from the Marquesas Islands and throughout French Polynesia, the Aranui provides a unique culture-oriented spin on hospitality which combines with mesmerizing scenery to create an unforgettable sailing experience.

 

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa Latest Announcements

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is proud to announce the new dining options created by French chef, Julien Roux. Roux has worked along side many leading chefs and has put together an exciting and unique French-Polynesian fusion menu.  The restaurant is featuring a surprise menu, allowing the chef to pick the perfect meal for you depending on how many courses you choose.

Also coming to Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa’s website is a new photo gallery recreating all of the services that the resort offers.  This will include romantic dinners, traditional weddings, lunch on a Motu, giving you a small glimpse of what to expect as a guest at the resort.

Le Méridien Tahiti / Le Méridien Bora Bora New Updates

Baptiste Rossard Front Office Manager 
After several years of traveling, Baptiste Rossard worked in Paris for 3 years in the Marriott group before joining Starwood and Le Méridien Bora Bora in March 2014. He is now fulfilling the role of Front Office Manager in this paradise destination. TTNA would like to welcome Baptiste Rossard!

Yannick Babled a.k.a Zim – A new artist at L’Atelier
Yannick Babled joined l’Atelier des artists on September 1. This French artist has always had a close relationship with colors. Since he has started plastic arts many years ago, he aims, above all, at creating emotions among spectators. Pleasure, wonder, curiosity, doubt or astonishment, for each of his creations, the goal is to leave no one indifferent.

New Steakhouse Menuat La Plantation Restaurant
Le Méridien Tahiti updated its menu at La Plantation Restaurant. Meat-lovers will enjoy ribs, lamb, black angus streak and more from their new menu.

InterContinental French Polynesia Announces New Awards

The InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Resort & Spa is proud to announce that it is now EarthCheck Gold certified, recognizing a significan tcommitment towards achieving environmental and social sustainability. EarthCheck has set a standard for the travel & tourism industry for its environmental certification program.   They use a science-based approach to help companies address risk, deliver bottom line efficiencies, maximize guest experience and minimize their environmental footprints.  This is the first resort in the Islands of Tahiti to receive this certification.

The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is pleased to receive the award for “Top Family Hotel in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific” from the readers of Travel + Leisure in its 2014 World’s Best Awards, featured in the November issue.