2013 Awards

Travel + Leisure

2013 World’s Best Awards
The islands of Moorea and Bora Bora nabbed two of the five spots for “Best Island” category in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” – the magazine’s prestigious annual readers’ survey. Moorea ranked at number two and Bora Bora rounded out the top five. The islands were honored in the Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region category.The Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey reveals readers’ favorite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, safari outfitters, and tour operators and are listed on
Top Islands – Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
# 2 – Moorea
# 5 – Bora Bora
Top Cruise Lines – Small-Ship Cruise Lines
# 7 – Paul Gauguin Cruises
Top Cruise Lines – Small-Ship Cruise Lines for Families
# 1 – Paul Gauguin Cruises
Top 100 Hotels
# 5 – Four Seasons Resort Bora BoraTop Hotel Spa – Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
# 1 – St. Regis Bora Bora ResortTop Resorts – Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
# 1 – Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
# 4 – St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
# 6 – Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
# 7 – Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
# 9 – InterContinental Tahiti Resort
# 10 – Le Méridien Tahiti


Conde Nast Traveler
2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

The Islands of Tahiti and resort partners continued to rank exceptionally well in 2013. In the Australia and the Pacific category, the Islands of Tahiti continued their reign capturing five out of the 10 coveted spots again this year including:

#1 Bora Bora
#2 Moorea (up from #3 in 2012)
#6 Huahine
#7 Raiatea
#9 Rangiroa and the Tuamotus

The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was ranked #22 in the “Top 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World” category.

Bora Bora was ranked the #5 and Moorea #6 in the “Top 25 Islands of the World” category.

Properties on the islands of Bora Bora, Taha’a, Huahine, and Moorea captured 11 out of the 15 spots Top 15 Resorts in Australia and the Pacific category; including:

#2 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#4 InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
#6 Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
#7 InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora
#8 Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
#9 Te Tiare Beach Resort (now called the Royal Huahine)
#10 St Regis Bora Bora Resort
#11 Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
#13 Le Taha’a Resort & Spa
#14 Le Meridien Bora Bora
#15 Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa


Recommend Magazine
17th annual Readers’ Choice Awards

The Islands of Tahiti were named “Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination – South Pacific” for the 14th consecutive year. Recommend Magazine is a monthly travel industry publication dedicated to helping travel agents sell travel by providing in-depth destination and travel product editorial.


Matira Beach on the Island of Bora Bora Named in Top 10 of CNN’s World’s Top 100 Beaches

Perched on Bora Bora’s famed lagoon of legendary blues and greens, Matira Beach was ranked number eight in CNN’s round top of “World’s 100 Top Beaches.

CNN staff noted in the online slideshow, “Bora Bora is like the Gwyneth Paltrow of beaches: a little too perfect to be believable. But the spell that this small island in French Polynesia has cast on probably every traveler ever to dip a toe into its soft sands or calm waters has yet to be broken.” CNN also notes that, Visitors can feed sharks, hunt for black pearls, look through World War II memorabilia or just laze on the sand.”

The Island of Bora Bora honored by Top Bridal Website The Knot

Top bridal website The Knot named Bora Bora, one of the 118 Islands of Tahiti, as a top destination in The Knot’s “50 Honeymoon Hot Spots” list.  A slideshow featuring Bora Bora as “Most Romantic” honeymoon spot went live today.

The Knot editors note, “We’re not sure even Crayola could pump out the brilliant blues and greens of Bora Bora’s stunning lagoons and coconut forests. One word that describes this destination: magical. It’s no wonder this is a honeymooner’s dream—and truly worth the ultra-long travel time.” The honeymoon hot spots were chosen by The Knot editors who thoroughly researched the destinations and received testimonials from both brides and travel experts.

Matira Beach on Bora Bora named the “Best of the Best Beaches” by Travel Channel Viewers

Matira Beach on Bora Bora, one of the 118 Islands of Tahiti,  took top honors in two of the 12 spots on Travel Channel’s “Best Beaches Awards  2013.” According to Travel Channel, “For the second year in a row, Bora Bora takes the honor thanks to the secluded stretch of white sand at Matira Point, romantic resorts and candle-lit ambiance,” for the “Most Romantic Beach” category.  Matira Beach was the winner of the “Best Overall Beach.” The winners were determined entirely by Travel Channel viewers, receiving 9,439 votes, Travel Channel viewers named these beaches the best of the best.

The Islands of Tahiti honors Regional 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Winners

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

The Islands of Tahiti Honored as “Best Island Vacation” by Leading Vacation Rental Website

The Islands of Tahiti and their vacation rental options were recognized by, the vacation rental company of leading travel website TripAdvisor, in their “Best Islands to Vacation” round-up.

Inclusion was determined by feedback and industry research and based on a variety of factors, including beautiful scenery, pristine beaches and unique culture. Editors noted, “For many people, the best sort of travel will always be island travel. Island vacations offer chances to visit far-flung parts of the world, or places that are closer to home.”  FlipKey, a TripAdvisor company, is an online vacation rental marketplace that features more than 170,000 rental properties in more than 7,000 locations worldwide. Named a Top Vacation Rental Site by Travel + Leisure.

The Island of Bora Bora Named a Best Island by Global Traveler Magazine

Bora Bora is only 18 miles in circumference, yet it is often considered the most beautiful place in the world and was named as the “Best Island in Australia and the South Pacific” by Global Traveler magazine in 2013. This is the first time this category has been included in reader surveys conducted by the magazine.  Voting for Global Travelers’ first-ever Leisure Travel Awards took place May 1–Dec. 31, 2012, online at Each category included a number of nominees as well as an option for voters to fill in and vote for their favorite. Global Traveler surveys receive thousands of responses yearly.  The survey seeked input for the best of the best in a number of leisure-related categories, naming Lifestyle, Cruise Line, Resort, Tour Operator and Island award winners. Global Traveler launched in February 2004 as the only U.S. magazine aimed at the American executive who travels internationally and domestically in first and business class.                                                                                                 ***

Bora Bora competed in’s quest to crown the “8th Wonder of the World.”, is a  leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group.  With numerous Tourism Boards, Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus sending in a nomination, the public was asked to vote for their favorite out of the more than 200 submissions. Bora Bora did not take top honors in 2013 but TTNA looks forward to working with Virtual Tourist again in 2014.

HotelsWorld First Awards Ceremony

Pacific Beachcomber’s Richard Bailey Recieves “Global First Award”

Richard Bailey received the “Global First Award” in the inaugural HotelsWorld First Awards, the leading event for industry CEOs and other senior executives in the Australia and New Zealand region, held in Sydney, Australia, on July 24, 2013.

The HotelsWorld First Awards were created to honor industry leaders with the qualities of first – those who have achieved something special and unique, something that has been an unprecedented success by being genuine first in the world of guest accommodation.

“I am honored to receive this special honor,” said Bailey. “At each of our properties and on our cruise ships, we strive to deliver the most luxurious, memorable, and enriching experience to our guests. Sustainable development and tourism is a cornerstone of our business model and we attach great importance to protecting the environment along with preserving local traditions and culture.”

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