SOUTH PACIFIC MANAGEMENT NEWS: Celebrate the Holidays on a Haumana Cruise; Special Rates on Moorea & Tikehau Mark 50th Anniversary of Overwater Bungalow; New Five-Star Chef and Shorefront Redo at Manava Tahiti Resort

Papeete, Tahiti (Oct 12, 2017) – From celebrating the season yachting between islands to celebrating an icon of Tahitian hospitality, South Pacific Management has lots to talk about in the weeks ahead.




Long before Europeans ever set eyes on Polynesia, tattooed Maohi warriors raced canoes and rode the rolling surf, while villagers celebrated their arrival with native dance and music. Now you can follow the routes of the ancient islanders on small luxury yacht cruises over the holidays and make this Yuletide season one you will never forget.

Embark on the Haumana – a 12-cabin luxury yacht – for an intimate cruise to enhance your Polynesian holiday with a three-day, island-to-island sailing adventure. Choose from a Christmas Cruise – between Raiatea and Bora Bora from December 23 to December 26 – or a special New Year’s Cruise – from Bora Bora to Raiatea from December 30 to January 2 and swap freezing snow, evergreen trees and mittens for sunshine, swaying palms and a parfait of blue striped lagoons.   The friendly crew members will share with you their love of their islands while the chef and his culinary team prepare sophisticated cuisine to complete this feast for the senses.

Explore Taha’a, a flower shaped, sister island to Raiatea, lined with soft mountains and white sand beaches with the magical scent of vanilla wafting through the air. Visit a working orchid farm to see why it’s known as the “Vanilla Island” and bring home some of this exotic crop, considered to be among the world’s finest.  Next, sail to Bora Bora—a coral reef fringed set of islets that author James Michener said was home to “the most beautiful lagoon in the world.” You’ll soon see why this special place is a bucket list luxury destination for travelers the world over.

The $2,029 U.S. per person trip on the Haumana luxury yacht includes: three nights; all meals and a selection of complementary wines; a half-day excursion to Taha’a, the Vanilla Island; and activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, a barbeque on a motu and other aquatic & cultural experiences.

“Bookend” your cruise with stays at the Manava Resort Tahiti – with convenient flights available from FAA International Airport to Raiatea or Bora Bora to meet the yacht for embarkment – and then unwind after the cruise at SPM’s lovely Manava Beach Resort on Moorea.

There is simply no better way to celebrate the season, island style!



2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic symbol of Tahitian hospitality – the overwater bungalow – which was first created by three American hoteliers on Raiatea who wanted to give their guests direct access to the beautiful blue lagoon surrounding their property.  Five decades later, there are nearly 900 overwater bungalows – literally thatched roof huts turned into luxury island-style hotel rooms on stilts – spread across 22 hotels throughout seven of The Islands of Tahiti.

South Pacific Management celebrates this milestone with special rates at each of their properties with overwater bungalows.

  • Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, Tikehau – This gem of a resort is nestled in a wild coconut grove and framed by a pink sand beach on a coral atoll an hour’s flight from Bora Bora. The Tikehau Pearl Beach has 24 truly authentic overwater bungalows made of precious indigenous materials like bamboo, woven niau, teak kohu and coconut.  Each is about 600 square feet in size and each features “Tahitian TV” – a window in the floor to watch the ballet of tropical fish below.   Rates begin at XPF 39,900 or $395 US plus tax except for the city tax (advance purchase offer)


  • Manava Beach Resort & Spa, Moorea – With 28 Overwater bungalows, the island style resort is in an ideal location, near the majestic Cook’s Bay and the Gulf of Moorea. The Manava also offers beachfront and garden bungalows as well as one restaurant, two friendly bars, an infinity edge pool, an on-site spa, a meeting room, a boutique and an on-site diving center. Guests are invited to snorkel among the tropical wonders of its own coral nursery.  Rates begin at XPF 47,880 or $475 US incl of tax except the city tax (advance purchase offer)



formerly of 5-star Hotel Christopher St. Barth and Intercontinental Tahiti;

Named “Best Cook of French Polynesia 2013” 

Food-loving residents on Tahiti as well as visitors to the economic, cultural and political center of French Polynesia will welcome the news that Jean Baptiste Piard  was named the new Executive Chef at the 120-room, lagoon front Manava Suite Resort Tahiti.  Piard spent the last two years as Executive Chef at the five-star Hotel Christopher in St. Barth.  Locals will remember him first as the Executive Sous Chef at the four-star Hotel Intercontinental Tahiti where he was named “Best Cook of French Polynesia” in 2013.


In his new position, Piard will oversee cuisine at Manava Suite Resort Tahiti’s signature restaurant, Vaitohi, its two bars and its special event space. Chef Piard will also create menus for the newly redone Punavai Lounge Bar off the hotel lobby as well as the casual and welcoming Taapuna Pool Bar adjacent to the resort’s waterfront infinity pool.


Jean Baptiste Piard was born in Touraine, France. He started his career in French gastronomic restaurants such as the one-star Michelin restaurant, L’auberge du Bon Laboureur in Chenonceaux. In 2009, he moved to Montreal to become Sous Chef for the Bar & Boeuf restaurant. From 2013-2015 Piard was  Assistant Executive Chef  supervising two restaurants for Le Ponant  Luxury Yachting Cruise & Expeditions – a five-star, French luxury cruise line offering trips in 14 different regions, from Africa to the Antarctica.


Using his exposure to the cuisines of the world and his five-star experience, Piard says his menus at Maneva will have Polynesian, Asian and Caribbean influences.  Fresh, quality ingredients will be the core of his delicate and sophisticated cuisine.



The four-star, waterfront Manava Suite Resort – ideally positioned on the western coast of Tahiti Island just ten minutes from the capital city of Papeete – announces a ten-month renovation project for its shorefront.

The work will take place Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and will pause for the holidays from  December 22nd , 2017 till January 7th, 2018  and will be done in the following three phases:

  • August 2017 and ending March 2018: Reinforcement and re-development of the two “motu” (small islets in front of the resort) in order to create a pristine area suitable for relaxation, cocktails and any special


  • October 26, 2017 through March 27, 2018:  Development of a new pool-side restaurant with an “open” kitchen concept, a covered terrace and a beautiful


  • November 10th, 2017 through May 18th, 2018:  Renovation of the existing Taapuna Bar (pool-side bar) and enhancement of the access to the redesigned “motu” area).

The swimming pool will continue to operate as usual throughout the renovation – complete with helpful pool attendants for towel service and drink orders – and the hotel will do its best to limit any disruption to its guests.  The end result will be a truly enhanced guest experience in one of the most popular and beautiful areas of the resort.



BELLEVUE, WASH. – April 25, 2016Paul Gauguin Cruises (, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, has expanded its land-and-sea packages so that guests have a choice of combining two nights at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa or the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa with a 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage. The package also includes roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles, Calif., and Papeete, Tahiti.

After arriving in Papeete, guests check into their lagoon-view room at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa or take a short ferry ride to the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, where a lanai room awaits. Then, they enjoy two nights with daily breakfast at the property. Upgrades to an overwater lagoon bungalow are also available for an additional cost. 

Following the luxury hotel stay, guests are transferred to The Gauguin for a 7-night roundtrip Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage. From Papeete, the ship sails to the scenic islands of Huahine, Bora Bora, and Moorea. A highlight of the cruise is a day spent at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet off the coast of Taha’a, which features a barbecue feast, watersports, Polynesian activities, and cocktails from full-service and floating bars. Guests also enjoy exclusive access to a private white-sand beach in Bora Bora with stunning views of Mt. Otemanu. 

The hotel-and-cruise package is perfect for anyone who is looking for a longer stay in French Polynesia at a great value.  To book a land-and-sea package with Paul Gauguin Cruises, please contact a Travel Professional, call 800-848-6172, or visit


Rates are per person, double occupancy and include roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete; 2 nights’ accommodations, a day room, and daily breakfast (Fridays and Saturdays only) at an InterContinental hotel; transfers; and a 7-night cruise aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa package also includes roundtrip inter-island ferry transportation and air/ferry/ship transfers. Port, security, and handling charges are additional.

About Paul Gauguin Cruises

Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. Paul Gauguin Cruises accolades include being voted #2 in the category of “Top Small Cruise Lines” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards and recognition on the publication’s 2016 “Gold List.” In addition, the line was voted by Travel + Leisure readers “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line” and “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line for Families” in the Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards.  Recently, readers voted Paul Gauguin Cruises “#2 Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” in the Travel + Leisure 2015 World’s Best Awards.†

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Windstar Air, Hotel & Cruise Package

Windstar Cruises has recently announced an air, hotel and cruise package for $3,999pp. This includes air from LAX, hotel stays and a seven night cruise! 
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Tahiti Pearl Beach Spring 2016

New Bay Bar 
Since its rebranding, the Tahiti Pearl Beach continues to offer improvements to its services and amenities including the makeover of the Bay Bar and new drinks menu guests can enjoy daily happy hour while enjoying the sunset over the bay of Matavai!

New Executive Chef
Tahiti Pearl Beach is pleased to announce that Allan Dupros has joined the team as the new executive Chef. Dupros is a professional caterer who began his career in the luxury hotel industry.  After working for international hotel chains in South America, French Antilles, France, England and China, Allan decided to continue his career in French Polynesia to offer guests a chance to enjoy his cusine inspired by his travels.  

Tahiti Homes- Summer 2016 Availability

Tahiti Homes vacation rentals in Tahiti and Moorea still have availability for this summer, at affordable prices. Travel agents are welcome to suggest the properties to their clients and there is a travel agent commission. The newest property in the Tahiti Homes Collection is Villa Paradisio in Moorea. 

Tahiti Homes

The Islands of Tahiti differently…

Luxury resorts, overwater bungalows, family pensions, of course all those accommodation facilities exist… and every tourist expectation can be met. But today, more and more tourists are eager to discover our magical islands and atolls in a different way … in complete freedom, privacy and comfort.

Tahiti Homes offers a new way of lodging and has become the reference in the vacation rentals industry in launching the first holiday home management company thanks to its team strong skills in hospitality.

Tahiti Homes offers a wide array of villas, houses and apartments in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and other islands of French Polynesia. Carefully selected, vacation rentals are located in special places, offering real comfort, space and privacy with nice equipment, and high-quality service for a pleasant stay. With so many different styles to suit your mood: from traditional to contemporary, right on the beach or incredible views…


Relaxation & Leisure


Most properties have a private pool and/or a semi-private beach. Some of them are fully staffed. A true service to meet all customer needs. Tahiti Homes specialists coordinate rental car, activities and all other services upon client’s requests and wishes.
To enjoy your holiday without worrying about the schedule of the restaurant, or the bar or whether there will be a chaise longue by the pool… Waking up whatever the time and have cooking facilities like at home…


From the studio to the 12-room villa, couple vacation, with family, friends or even for special occasions such as a honeymoon trip or a wedding celebration, vacation rentals are suitable for all travelers alike. Some properties are close to each other and therefore can be perfect for groups. Private islands are also available.


Vacation rentals are more affordable when sharing than booking several rooms in a regular resort. Travelers will also save in cooking their own meals by taking advantage of the fully equipped kitchen rather than going to the restaurant. Internet is free, as well as home linens, parking and sometimes nautical equipments.

Saving on accommodation will allow our clients to spend more on activities and shopping !

Tahiti Homes is run by a professional team who perfectly knows and loves the Islands of Tahiti, and also wants to share the passion of their “fenua” (islands). They will propose valuable advice and useful addresses. Customers will be assisted and advised as thoroughly as possible according to their needs and expectations, before, during and after their stay. Ranging from organizing their trip, their excursions and activities: cultural visits, in home

special dinners, scuba diving, spa treatment, parachute jump, whale excursion and much more… Guest satisfaction is Tahiti Homes’ top priority in order to make its guests stay more enjoyable and unforgettable.

Perfectly suited for families, friends or couples, Tahiti Homes will provide to each and every customer a true “local experience” and allow a total immersion in the daily life of Polynesians.

Travelling with Tahiti Homes it’s making the choice of your own adventure …

The assets of Tahiti Homes

  •  Owners and clients satisfaction is their top priorities.
  •  Being established in Tahiti, the destination has no secrets for them, they have a realdesire to share their passion and to give advice and tips to enjoy a polynesian trip.
  •  Favouring a local and not global vision.
  •  Careful selection of each property and a perfect knowledge of each property.
  •  Tahiti Homes’ professional team has a huge tourism background and experience.
  •  Assistance before, during and after the stay.
  •  Services that go far beyond simple key handover at the clients’ arrival.
  •  Tahiti Homes proposes Quintessential Tahiti , a real concierge service offered toeach customer.

    Tahiti Homes offers property on the following islands: Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa and Tikehau.

Emily Biotteau-Colas
Managing Director
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SPM Hotels- Spring 2016

Wi-Fi is complimentary in the guest room & public areas at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa and Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa.  It is also free-of-charge at the Tikehau Pearl Beach however, the area of coverage is limited to the restaurant and bar.  The resort fee at the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti covers the Wi-Fi access in the public areas and internet access in the guest room via DSL.

The main swimming pool at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa has been fully renovated.  With the view of the lagoon, this infinity-edge pool is the center of activity at the resort. 

South Pacific Management we are pleased to announce that Carole Decarpentrie has joined SPM Hotels as the new reservation manager based in Papeete.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. 
Telephone Number:  (689) 40 50 84 52


Paul Gauguin Cruises-Spring 2016

Paul Gauguin Cruises (, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, has expanded its land-and-sea packages so that guests have a choice of combining two nights at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa or the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa with a 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage. The package also includes roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles, Calif., and Papeete, Tahiti.
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Paul Gauguin Cruises is also pleased to announce a new global collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Throughout 2017, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will offer educational programming aboard the Paul Gauguin. For our Wildlife Discovery Series for adults, WCS will present lectures about marine science and wildlife conservation in the South Pacific and beyond.
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Recent Awards include-

travAlliancemedia Travvy Award: Diane Moore, Most Innovative Executive for Small Ship Cruises (2016)

Gayot Top 10 Cruise Lines for Specialty Dining (2016)

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2016: Favorite Cruise Lines (2016)

Cruise Critic Top 5 Winner in 6 Categories, Top 10 Winner in 3 Categories & Small Ships, Cruiser’s Choice Awards (2016)


Paul Gauguin Cruises Collaborates with Wildlife Conservation Society

Paul Gauguin Cruises is also pleased to announce a new global collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Throughout 2017, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will offer educational programming aboard The Gauguin. For our Wildlife Discovery Series for adults, WCS will present lectures about marine science and wildlife conservation in the South Pacific and beyond. For our Stewards of Nature program during the summer and holiday seasons, WCS will inspire families and children to value nature through experiential learning. WCS applies science to discover and protect the coral reefs and coastal forests of the South Pacific, which are home to thousands of precious fish, sharks, sea turtles, sea birds, plants, and other species. Paul Gauguin Cruises is proud to support the WCS mission to save wildlife and wild places worldwide.

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa- Spring 2016

The Taha’a Premium Overwater Suites :

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, the only Relais & Châteaux property in French Polynesia, is proud to present a new room category. As of April 1st 2016, travelers can now enjoy the Taha’a Premium Overwater Suites. These four Overwater Suites, feature large decks and direct access to the lagoon and clear views of the lagoon and the main island of Taha’a. They are positioned near the end of the pontoons, providing superior privacy for guests.