Monthly Archives: February 2013

Le Méridien Bora Bora New Updates

Le WATSU – Manahau Wellness Center
The Manahau Wellness Center located at Le Méridien Bora Bora is pleased to introduce a new activity to its guests, the Watsu.

Watsu is a special relaxation technique that combines shiatsu and the benefits of warm water – hence, its name, which is actually a contraction of water and shiatsu.

Generally practiced in warm water at a temperature of about 95°F, the Watsu Aqua Relaxation Treatment combines gentleness, pressure, stretching, rocking and movement.

Carlos Del Pino, manager of the Manahau Wellness Center at Le Méridien Bora Bora, began offering this new treatment in the interior lagoon starting in January and will continue through March 31st, 2013.

Accommodation changes at Le Méridien Bora Bora – the hotel will reconfigure and rename a number of room categories starting April 1st, 2013. One of these new categories is a lead-in overwater bungalow category that will allow travel partners to create very competitive packages without compromising the overwater experience.

Le Méridien Bora Bora welcomes David Ankaoua as their new F&B Director – Born and raised in Tahiti, Mr. Ankaoua comes to Le Méridien Bora Bora from the five-star Sheraton Club des Pins Resort in Staoueli, Algeria, where he served as F&B manager. Previous experience includes: Maitre D’hotel at Le Méridien Tahiti, F&B Manager at the Novotel Le Havre in Bassin Vauban, France, and Restaurant Manager at Lemuria Resort, a Relais & Châteaux address in Praslin, Seychelles.

Le Méridien introduces a new Travel Agent Section on its website – The team at Le Méridien is pleased to announce that a new section has been created on Le Méridien Tahiti & Le Méridien Bora Bora’s websites for travel agents. This section will provide travel agents with the promotional tools such as access to brochures, fact sheets, rates and images.

Shuttle Service

Le Meridien Bora Bora is located on a motu(small islet) and offers 2 shuttle services to / from the main island of Bora Bora.

Vaitape Transfer Servcie (Resort to Vaitape and Vaitape to Resort)

Vaitape is the capital city of Bora Bora and the boat ride is approximately 30mn. One way 1250 XPF per person / round trip 2500XPF per person (approx. USD $28 RT, $14 O/W)

Depart Le Meridien        8.50 am, 1.30 pm, 6.30 pm

Depart Vaitape             11.30 am, 4.45 pm, and 9.30 pm

Anau Transfer Service (Resort to Anau Base and Anau Base to Resort)

Anau Base is located on the main island, facing the resort. it is a 10 minute boat ride.


Depart Le Meridien        8.30 am, 1.00 pm, 9.30 pm

Depart Anau Base         8.40 am, 11. 00 am, 4.00 pm, 6.15 pm.

Please note all guests will have to make reservations for all services at our activities desk. From February 12, 2013 – Schedule may vary and shall be checked at activities desk.

Le Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora Receives Green Globe Certification

The entire team at Le Matai Polynesia – Bora Bora is extremely proud to announce the successful achievement of the silver Green Globe Certification.
This certification puts the hotel in the leading worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators, certified to the internationally recognized Green Globe company standard.

The hotel’s General Manager, Ms. Catherine Savatier initiated the certification process with a first achievement last April by obtaining the bronze level.

She pursued the next steps to silver level and the implementation of best practices to improve the compliance with the benchmarking and certification program. Many criteria are considered for the certification such as the level of water and energy consumption, environment preservation, staff commitment, and communication inside the hotel and with third parties, and participation in the cultural and local community life.

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Launches New Facbook Page

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa has launched a new Facebook page—Bora Bora Wedding Romance Experiences—showcasing weddings, vow renewals, blessing ceremonies, romantic dinners, and activities at the resort.

Through stunning photography and video, Bora Bora Wedding Romance Experiences documents a variety of weddings, vow renewals, blessing ceremonies, and romantic escapades that were held at the renowned resort, which is a favorite of couples and honeymooners.

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa lies on a virgin beach on Motu Piti Aau (meaning “two hearts” in Tahitian) with breathtaking views of Bora Bora’s majestic Mount Otemanu. Not only does the resort provide exemplary service to its guests, it features a number of unique attributes, including: 80 luxurious overwater villas each with a split-level terrace and sundeck for easy access to the turquoise waters of the lagoon; one of the finest culinary experiences in French Polynesia at its restaurant Reef; and the first overwater wedding chapel with glass bottom floor in French Polynesia.

Institut du Monoi Cancels Monoï Week

The Monoï Institute announced the cancellation of this year’s Monoï week event, originally scheduled for the week of November 14th 2013, due a budget restriction.

La Route du Monoï® (Monoï® Road) of Tahiti will however remain open, and plans of developing La Route de Monoï® on Moorea are still moving forward.

The producers of Monoï de Tahiti and the Monoï Institute would like to thank all of its partners and co-organizers, including La Maison de la Culture, for all of their support during the 2012 Monoï Week.

Hilton French Polynesia New Appointments

Karine Peyras named General Manager of Hilton Bora Bora Nui & Spa.

A native of France, Ms. Peyras was recently named General Manager for the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.

She joined the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa’s team in 2009 as Assistant General Manager after working as Hotel Manager on board the M/S Paul Gauguin, previously managed by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

She can be reached by email at or by phone at (689) 60.32.02.

The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa welcomes Gaëlle Larme as the new Front Office Manager.

Gaelle has worked in French Polynesia since 2001 in various hotels on several islands such as Taha’a and Bora Bora. Her experience and enthusiasm in hospitality makes her an excellent addition to the property.

She can be reached by email at

The Polynesian themed dinner on Saturdays at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa has been postponed and will resume again in April 2013.

Air Tahiti Nui Launches New Cabin Reconfiguration

We are pleased to announce that Air Tahiti Nui will launch its new $17 million cabin reconfiguration and entertainment system on board its fleet of Airbus A340-300 aircraft in April 2013. Three aircraft will be updated by June for the Los Angeles and Paris routes. The colors of the new seats and interiors will continue to reflect the stunning beauty and charm of Polynesia.

Replacing Air Tahiti Nui’s traditional three-class layout, the new configuration will feature two classes of service – an expanded and enhanced Poerava Business Class and an upgraded Economy Class Moana. The Poerava Business Class will increase its seat capacity from 24 to 32. Based on the popular Sogerma “angled-lie-flat cocoon seat,” the new Business Class seats will provide more personal space, with a 60-inch seat pitch, while continuing a two-by-two-by-two configuration, offering passengers a choice of window and aisle seating.

Economy Class Moana will feature new comfort-focused lightweight seats while retaining the popular two-four-two seating configuration. Designed and built in Italy, the new seats will have a wider-than-normal 18-inch seat with an average 32-inch pitch. Air Tahiti Nui expects to achieve a fuel savings through the installation of the new lightweight seats, reducing 3,700 kilos of weight per flight.

The highlight of Air Tahiti Nui’s new cabins is the Inflight Entertainment System featuring on-demand touch-screen access to nearly 50 movies and television programs, as well as magazines, games and music. The system also features a Tahiti focused TV channel, “Tiare TV,” inviting passengers to enjoy a taste of their upcoming vacation in Tahiti the moment they step on board.


Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Introduces New Romance Menu

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora introduces the Romance Menu, offering guests additional opportunities to further enhance their romantic holiday.

The menu is designed to provide a playful selection of romantic amenities, some of which can be quickly and discreetly delivered to a guest’s overwater bungalow or beachfront villa. Others are available on the island and around Bora Bora. The offerings include:

  • Floating Love Seat – Guests will enjoy weightlessness on an inflatable love seat, which is anchored to their bungalow or delivered to their villa for the day.
  • Luxurious Bath Kit – A sensual bath for two can be fashioned with this basket of romantic additions, including bubble bath, monoi oil and flower petals and cocktails.
  • Chocolate Fantasy – For the ultimate in romantic dessert experiences, guests dip house-made marshmallows, fruits and pastry into warm, melted chocolate.
  • Floral Dream – Guests will enter their room to a spectacular offering of indigenous tropical flowers, scattered on their bed, bath and floor.
  • Romance Paparazzo – A professional photographer or videographer will capture guests’ memories made in paradise.
  • Ultimate Romantic Dinner – A private beachfront table, enhanced by local flowers, candlelight, a dedicated server and the setting of the sun over the turquoise lagoon.
  • Sushi & Champagne Sunset Cruise – Sushi and Champagne are served aboard a private yacht, providing the most romantic sunset on the lagoon.
  • Love in the Air – Guests take in a helicopter tour of Bora Bora, marveling at the tropical island landscape, while enjoying a tropical cocktail and fresh fruit.
  • Polynesian Romance Ceremony – Whether a wedding, vow renewal or simply a celebration of love, couples enjoy this most special experience, which includes officiant, decor, florals, singers and dancers, drinks, certificate, cake, Champagne and photography – all arranged by the Resort’s romance planner.

“As the overwhelming majority of our guests are here on romantic holiday, we thought it appropriate to offer up some particularly special experiences they can enjoy here”, said Rajiv Malhotra, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.  “Whether an on-the-spot playful experience delivered to their overwater bungalow, or a more grand romance experience – these offerings are designed to help our guests create special memories and further enjoy the magic of the world’s most romantic resort.”

The Resort is currently offering the Stay Longer – 4th Night Free package, which includes accommodations in an overwater bungalow or two-bedroom beachfront villa and daily buffet breakfast for two.

Tahiti Arrivals – December 2012

Ia ora na Tahiti Travel Partners!

We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Statistics of French Polynesia (ISPF) has released the statistics for December 2012.

North Americans accounted for 35.4% of all Tahiti visitors for 2012. Total North American arrivals ended the year with a + 5.4% increase over 2011.

Total North American arrivals for the month of December 2012 alone were 5,964, a + 13% increase or + 687 visitors more than December 2011. North America accounted for 39.1% of all Tahiti arrivals for the same month.

Land arrivals excluding VFR (family & friends visiting the islands) for the same month were 3,868 passengers total, a + 17.6 % increase or + 579 passengers over December 2011.

Total North American “paid room nights” for December 2012 increased to 36,721, a + 15.4% increase or + 4,908 “paid room nights” over December 2011.

We are pleased to share that the total room nights from North America for 2012 have surpassed the total room nights from 2007 as illustrated below:

The United States delivered 52,858 visitors, while Canada delivered 7,034 visitors, and Mexico delivered 1,067 visitors, for a total of 60,959 visitors from January to December 2012.

Tahiti Tourisme North America would like to thank and congratulate all of our partners for these wonderful results. The continued increase of arrivals in 2012, particularly with total room nights exceeding 2007 numbers, illustrates synergy among our Tahiti partners and the overall interest in the Islands of Tahiti from North America.

To all of our partners, who continue to work so hard to promote the Islands of Tahiti, we would like to extend our gratitude. Your partnership and efforts are invaluable.

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

Mauruuru roa,
Tahiti Tourisme North America

Moorea Featured on HGTV’s House Hunters International

Ia ora na Partners,HHI_

We’re very pleased to announce that the beautiful island of Moorea will be featured in one episode of HGTV’s hit show House Hunters International.

The Moorea episode airs on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 7:30 pm PST on HGTV! – Be sure to tune in!

WHAT: House Hunters International: Leaving Los Angeles for Tahiti
WHEN: Premieres on February 6th, 2013 at 7:30 pm PST and reruns on March 29th, 2013 at 8 pm PST – Please check your local listings as showtimes may vary.

Click here to find more details on the episode.

House Hunters International is a property and travel documentary that follows people’s property search as they relocate to new parts of the world. The show is broadcast in the USA, Canada and South America and each episode has an average viewership of 1.7 million (North American figures).

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Suzanne and Paul Sloan as well as Emily Colas from Tahiti In Style, without whom this project would not have been possible.

Mauruuru roa!
Tahiti Tourisme North America