Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Island of Bora Bora Hosts CBS’ The Amazing Race

Ia ora na Partners!

We are pleased to announce that the dream destination of Tahiti played host to the first two episodes of the 22nd season of CBS’ The Amazing Race

Shot in November 2012 on the island of Bora Bora, Air Tahiti Nui, Tahiti Tourism and Hilton French Polynesia, with special assistance from the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa and Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora, were especially eager to participate in this project. This multi-Emmy winning show is known for creating contestant challenges that celebrate the culture and unique features of each country they visit.

The Amazing Race challenged the contestants to experience some of Tahiti’s top adventures.

The first episode airs this Sunday, February 17 and the second follows on Sunday February 24 at 8 PM PST on CBS – Be sure to tune in!

WHAT: The Amazing Race Goes to Bora Bora
WHEN: On February 17 and February 24, 2013 at 8PM PST

Click here to find more details on the episode.

For more news on the Islands of Tahiti, please click here.

Mauruuru roa!
Tahiti Tourisme North America


Two Bora Bora Properties Honored on Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013” List
Bora Bora is home to the two properties named in the French Polynesia category of Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013” list – one of the magazine’s prestigious annual readers’ surveys.  Both the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort made their debut on the list this year.  The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was also honored as “top-ranked for romance.”

Seven properties, located throughout the Islands of Tahiti, were named in the French Polynesia category of the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List – The World’s Best Places to Stay. The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora scored as the number one hotel in French Polynesia and the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa made its debut on the list this year.

Also honored on the list is the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, Huahine Te Tiare Beach Resort, Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa and Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.

We are also pleased to announce that the m/s Paul Gauguin was honored as one of the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships” in 2013.

The annual Gold List is based on the Readers’ Choice Awards, and reflects the combined opinions of 46,476 Condé Nast Traveler readers rating the cities, islands, and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they travelled with. The Gold List is featured in the January 2013 issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

The Islands of Tahiti recognizes this year’s local recipients of the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice® awards for their exceptional standards and the example they set for both the region as well as the broader hospitality industry.

Now in its eleventh year, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

Travelers’ Choice Hotel winners from the Islands of Tahiti include the following properties in noted categories:

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World
#8 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#19 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the South Pacific:
#1 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#3 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Top 25 Hotel in the South Pacific
#1 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
# 2 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#12 Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
#18 Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Top 25 Hotel for Service in the South Pacific
#4 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#21 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
#24 Vahine Island

Top 25 Small Hotels in the South Pacific
#17 Vahine Island

Top 25 Bargin Hotels in the South Pacific
#7 Tikehau Ninamu Resort
#18 Vahine Island Resort

Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the South Pacific
#19 Tevahine Dream

“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”

As TripAdvisor has continued its growth globally, featuring sites in 30 countries and in 21 languages, the Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards now highlight a broader range of spectacular properties across the globe than ever before.

To see the 2013 Travelers’ Choice Hotel winners, visit

Tahiti Tourisme North America Welcomes Rani Chaves

We are pleased to announce that travel professional Rani Chaves has recently joined Tahiti Tourisme North America.

Rani brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about the Islands of Tahiti. Her experience includes serving seven years working on cruise ships such as the M/S Paul Gauguin, where she served as Receptionist, Hostess, and Cruise Director while working with the entertainment team and activity desk. She also served as Director of Sales & Marketing at Haumana Cruises, a boutique cruise company that previously sailed to the atoll of Rangiroa. She was also the Sales Manager at Bora Bora Cruises where she covered the North and South American markets, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Some of Rani’s other experience includes serving as Cruise Department Manager at Tahiti Nui Travel, one of Tahiti’s inbound wholesalers and Director of Sales & Marketing at Tahiti Cruise & Vacation, where her main task was to develop merging markets.

Prior to joining the Tahiti Tourisme North America team, she was the Sales & Marketing Representative for Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, where she was responsible for the United States, Canada and South America.

Chaves was born and raised in Tahiti. At age 19, she moved to France, and then on to New York and Tokyo where she studied International Business and Management. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish and now resides in Southern California.

More information about the Islands of Tahiti can be found at:
Rani Chaves can be reached via email at:

Tahiti Nui Travel Develops New Online Tools

Tahiti Nui Travel recently developed new tools to help its tour operator partners better promote, sell and book trips to French Polynesia.

Tahiti Nui Travel launched an exclusive BtoB web portal powered by Tourplan IS, which provides travel professionals with the following services:

–           An exclusive and daily updated database including 8,000 different products: international hotels, boutique lodges, guesthouses, transfers, excursions, domestic air passes, VIP services, cruises…etc.

–          A comprehensive room inventory in the destination: allotments and online free sale rooms in most hotels

–          A complete quoting tool and booking engine providing net rates and specials with an immediate confirmation on accommodation service

Online access to a detailed rate manual including all special offers as well as a comprehensive media library

Beyond these tools and services, the new portal brings a unique platform to share an online forum with Tahiti Nui Travel Reservation agents to design, quote and book any tailor-made itinerary.

These new services are also available through XML interfaces to allow tour operators willing to connect their system to Tahiti Nui Travel booking system.

Feel free to contact Tahiti Nui Travel’s team for any question or suggestion.

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Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

The unveiling of the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island as a new, luxury boutique resort, has been well received by Tahiti enthusiasts.  The hotel offers a fresh look at refined and “cousu-main” (tailor-made) service, proudly offering its guests unique personalized experiences.

For those seeking an exclusive and intimate getaway, the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is the ultimate retreat.  Enjoy its beautiful newly extended white-sand beaches and its unique coral garden now accessible by the shore for endless snorkeling moments.  Guests will also savor incredible sunsets on newly built decks atop the Private Island’s Mt. Uuta, presenting stunning 360 degree views of the beautiful turquoise lagoon and grand Mount Otemanu.

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island invites you into the heart of untamed and preserved nature where time stops on this peaceful haven.  Beginning April 1st, all Private Island guests will enjoy complimentary WiFi and complimentary minibar (waters, sodas and beers refilled daily) during their stay.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort Offers New Wedding Packages

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort introduces several new offerings for couples looking to renew their vows, or just enjoy a romantic vacation in paradise. New options include:

St. Regis Bora Bora Bridal Boutique: Slated to open in February 2013, the boutique will offer wedding trimmings galore for couples looking to plan the perfect wedding – including an on-site dedicated wedding planner to advise and assist in all planning and preparation, specially designed bridal gowns, changing areas with a fitting specialist, an indoor and outdoor lounge area with signature food and beverage options, wedding albums, and much, much more. The boutique will be located by the signature restaurant, Lagoon by Jean-Georges.

*Partnership with Norwegian designer to the stars, Cecilie Melli: Melli has created a selection of innovative wedding gowns for hotel guests. Her extraordinary, original dresses will be available for rent – or purchase – through the resort’s new Bridal Boutique. Her classic silhouettes, elegant, whimsical details and lovely color palettes have captured the attention of the international world of fashion.

*St. Regis Bora Bora Romance Concierge: In conjunction with the new bridal boutique, the romance concierge will assist couples planning a special romantic occasion, proposal, or honeymoon vacation.

*Honeymoon Registry: Couples can now let their friends and families give them a wedding gift they really want and will use. Couples can simply design a custom wedding registry from the Resort’s suggestions or include their own honeymoon wishes.

*Wedding Package: Whether couples are having a symbolic or civil wedding ceremony, anything can be arranged by the Resort’s wedding staff.

Princess Cruises Adds New Sailings for 2014

Princess Cruises has added several new exotic cruise options in Spring 2014, giving passengers additional vacation choices in the popular destinations of South America and the South Pacific. Options include a new South America grand adventure aboard Crown Princess – the first such voyage for the vessel. In addition, Pacific Princess will add new departures of the line’s signature Tahiti & French Polynesia cruises plus additional Hawaii and South Pacific voyages.

“South America and the South Pacific have been among our most popular cruises recently, so these new voyages offer wonderful additional opportunities for passengers to explore the natural beauty and colorful cultures of these destinations,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises Executive Vice President. “Whether passengers want to meet a penguin or learn to hula, these cruises offers a great way to find the experience of a lifetime.”

Paul Gauguin Cruise Reveals Exciting 2013 Line up of Secial Guests

Paul Gauguin Cruises proudly presents an array of 2013 itineraries with special guests appealing to a variety of interests—from the culinary arts to astronomy and marine biology.

Kicking off the new year, Herbert Nitsch, Champion Freediver, will be on board The Gauguin’s January 12, 2013, Cook Islands & Society Islands voyage; the January 23, 2013, Society Islands & Tuamotus sailing; and the February 2, 2013, cruise to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands.  Hailed as the “Deepest Man on Earth,” Herbert Nitsch has set 32 world records in freediving and is the recognized master of the sport. During each voyage, Nitsch will provide lectures and demonstrations.

World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau joins several sailings aboard The Gauguin in 2013: February 2 to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands; June 26 to the Society Islands & Tuamotus; September 21 to the Australs & Society Islands; and November 2 to the Cook Islands & Society Islands. In addition to presenting lectures and videos of his work, he will accompany several dives from the ship.

Extreme artist Jean Francois Detaille will be aboard The Gauguin’s February 2, 2013, sailing to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands. Detaille is a classically trained fine artist with a flair for performance art combining stand-up comedy, speed painting, and audience participation. He will deliver original, one-of-a-kind, one-man shows during the voyage.

Diane Moore, President of Paul Gauguin Cruises, will host a special cocktail party and “town hall” meeting for guests on The Gauguin’s February 23, 2013, Tahiti & the Society Islands sailing. Richard Bailey, Chairman of Paul Gauguin Cruises, will host the May 11, 2013, Rome to Venice voyage aboard The Moana. Moore and Bailey will be available for informal conversations with guests throughout each cruise.

From the vineyards of California’s Sonoma County and Central Coast to the great estates of Bordeaux, France, Daniel Baron has learned the importance of the pursuit of excellence in winemaking. Today, he serves as winemaker for Napa Valley’s prestigious Silver Oak Cellars.  Baron will be aboard The Gauguins March 9, 2013, Tahiti & the Society Islands sailing for a lecture and wine tasting, cocktail party, and more.

Dr. Chris Roelfsema has traveled the world studying coral reefs and imparting his knowledge to students at The University of Queensland in Australia. Joining Dr. Roelfsema is Diana Kleine, a project manager for CoralWatch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and education about these vital yet delicate ecosystems. They will deliver on-site lectures at the islands’ beautiful coral reefs and will also accompany dives from the ship on The Gauguin’s March 16, 2013, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands.

Guy Buffet is famous for his whimsical portraits of chefs, waiters, and restaurant scenes. Several itineraries on The Gauguin will feature this renowned artist in 2013: May 18 and November 23 to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands; June 1 and 8 to Tahiti & the Society Islands; November 2 to the Cook Islands & Society Islands; and November 13 to the Society Islands & Tuamotus. Buffet will conduct lectures and art demonstrations, and offer the opportunity to purchase his signed artwork while onboard.

The sky above us, the seas that surround us, and the volcanoes that created the islands of French Polynesia: all are featured on a special thematic voyage to Tahiti & the Society Islands aboard The Gauguin. A series of special presentations of the complexities of our universe will be presented by astronaut Jean-François Clervoy, marine ecologist Cécile Gaspar, and marine geologist Yves Lancelot on the May 4, 2013, “Sky, Ocean & Volcanoes” voyage.

Chef Propriétaire of one of the finest restaurants in Paris, the two Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius, Jean-Pierre Vigato has inspired signature menus for Paul Gauguin Cruises for several years.  This celebrated chef will be aboard The Moana’s June 1, 2013, Roundtrip Istanbul voyage, and will provide culinary demonstrations featuring his gastronomic techniques.

James Beard award winner and critically acclaimed chef Alan Wong has made a highly successful career out of marrying elements of different ethnic cooking styles using the finest Island-grown ingredients. As his Asian roots combine with his French culinary background, east and west cuisines do not merely meet—they meld.  This master of Hawaii regional cuisine will be aboard The Gauguin’s July 27, 2013, Tahiti & the Society Islands sailing, for a lecture, question-and-answer session, and cooking demonstration.

From July to October, humpback whales teem in the waters off the Australs island of Rurutu, delighting divers with their graceful antics and haunting songs. This special sanctuary will be visited on The Gauguin’s September 21, 2013, sailing to the Australs & Society Islands. Paul Gauguin Cruises Chairman Richard Bailey and renowned whale and dolphin expert Michael Poole host this special voyage.

Legends Resort Moorea Goes Green

EarthCheck Certification, going green!

Legends Resort Moorea is proud to be part of the EarthCheck family of hotels for its green operational practices. Mindful of the challenges in preserving the precious island environment, Legends Resort Moorea guests may choose between an optional daily housekeeping service, or an eco-friendly plan with a service every 3 days, to help the property control the amount of detergent products introduced into the environment.

The property is also proud to offer yoga classes at Villa “Popoti” #11 every week, as well as seminars for its guests and visitors to Moorea wishing to rebalance each of their seven chakras with daily classes.For information on how to join yoga instructor Francesca Ascari, prices and reservations, please contact or (689) 55.15.05.

Legends Resort Moorea and Air Tahiti Nui have teamed up to offer flight search ability on

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa Welcome New Chef and Sales Representative

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa welcomes Antoine Lievaux as the property’s new Executive Chef.

With past experiences in restaurants launched by some of the major names in French gastronomy such as Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon, Chef Lievaux showcases his talents in an exotic and creative cuisine.

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa also welcomes Evelyne Gaudin as the new Sales Representative for the U.S. and Canada.

Gaudin has been working in the travel industry for 25 years. She started as a travel agent before joining Air France, Tahiti Legends and then Evelyne’s Collection, representing various hotels and cruises around the world, such as M/S Paul Gauguin and the Kia Ora in Rangiroa.

She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the property.

She can be reached by email at or by phone at (310) 487-1452.