Printed Media Coverage

Alaska Airlines Magazine – February 2013
Polynesian Paradise – Touring captivating islands in the South Pacific

Writer Barbara Beckley’s article in the February issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine highlights the beauty of the islands, and provides a history lesson that was given to her by Patrick Picard Robson during her stay at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.

Taha’a, Bora Bora and Rangiroa were featured in her article, and she describes how different these islands are from one another. In addition to Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa were also featured.

“I can hardly believe my eyes as I lounge on the edge of the immense lagoon surrounding the South Pacific island of Taha’a. No ocean can look like this, I say to myself as I admire the water’s green and azure shades from the deck of my overwater suite at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa on the islet of Motu Tautau, a five minute boat ride from the island of Taha’a,” notes Beckley in her article.

Circulation: 80,000

ISLANDS Magazine – March 2013
Stay Here – Pond View

Maitai Lapita Village on Huahine was featured in March 2013 ISLANDS Magazine by writer Zach Stovall. The name of his piece “Stay Here – Pond View”, describes how he was “ensconced” in greenery with a view overlooking the pond from his bungalow.

“There are few tourists and one supermarket on the island. On a deck overlooking the pond, I can hear the birds at dawn, and the fish at dusk. There’s no tide. No crashing waves. It’s a quiet Tahiti that has yet to change,” says Stovall.

Circulation: 204,989

US Weekly – March 18, 2013
Honeymoon in Tahiti!

Ashley Herbert, former star on ABC’s hit TV show The Bachelorette visited the Islands of Tahiti with her husband J.P. Rosenbaum to celebrate their honeymoon. They split their honeymoon between Rangiroa and Bora Bora and stayed at Le Méridien Bora Bora, and the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa.

Their honeymoon was featured in a two-page spread in a March issue of US Weekly Magazine, along with images showcasing the hotels, Air Tahiti Nui and activities in the islands. The newlywed couple enjoyed ray & shark feeding, and a 4×4 safari tour on Bora Bora.

Rosenbaum mentioned how he had always pictured his honeymoon somewhere in an overwater bungalow, “My vision of the ultimate honeymoon was always in a little hut on the water. It’s a fantasy land.”

“My favorite moments were just us sitting on our balcony. Everywhere you looked was picturesque. I want to go back,” says Herbert of her romantic getaway.

Circulation: 1,977,250

GUESS Magazine – Spring/Summer 2013
The Island Issue

Thanks to Mr. Paul Marciano and his wonderful team at GUESS, the island of Bora Bora was featured as the true star in a 28-page spread of the Spring/Summer catalog.

“On location in Bora Bora, we took the fun to a new level and I was so struck by how much each of us needs to just escape and let go. Don’t you find that a special, remote place – completely outside of your day-to-day life – can inspire you to be more spontaneous, more alive, bolder and truly free,” says Marciano.

“My son Ryan and daughter Gia are half Tahitian, which is why I have a deep love for Tahiti and all the islands. I fell in love with Tahiti at first sight, as I did with their mother, Mareva,” says Marciano of his family.

We would like to thank Air Tahiti Nui, Air Tahiti, and SPM Hotels, Resorts & Spa and its staff at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa for their partnership and all of their efforts.

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazines – May/June 2013
10 Sexy Suites – Where to go for the hottest honeymoon

Adam McCulloch’s article in the May/June 2013 Destination Weddings & Honeymoons rounds up the “Top 10 Sexy Suites in the World for a Hot Honeymoon” and features the one bedroom overwater villa at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort at #8.

He notes that the Islands of Tahiti were the first to invent the overwater bungalow, and that this room category is Tahiti’s ultimate signature accommodation.

“Bora Bora invented the overwater bungalow (2012 marked the 45th anniversary of this exotic room category) so of course hotels here have been upping the romance factor ever since,” says McCulloch.

Circulation: 100,000

ISLANDS Magazine – May 2013
Rise Right

The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa was featured in the May issue of ISLANDS Magazine. Photographer Justin Lewis was in Tahiti for two weeks shooting a surf film, and also visited the island of Moorea and captured amazing images of the rising peaks of this magical island.

“I was enthralled by the beauty of the scene developing in front of me. But to capture all of it was tricky. This image is actually 10 images shot as verticals and stitched together. I used a panorama tripod to ensure a seamless effect,” says Justin.

He notes that the quality of light in Moorea was unique, which made his job “unusually fun” and helped him capture this beautiful image of Moorea.

Circulation: 204,989

Roxy Catalog – Summer 2013

Roxy Catalog dedicated their entire summer 2013 catalog to the Islands of Tahiti.

The 38-page catalog featured all of Roxy’s new summer gear in photo shoots that took place in Tahiti and Moorea with four surfer/models.

The catalog featured the Moorea Fruit Juice Factory & Manutea Tahiti, the Belvedere Lookout, and shots from Teahupoo.

Los Angeles Times, Travel Section   – May 2013
Bora Bora’s beauty deserves a lasting look

In An Amelotte’s article, she notes that there is a Bora Bora for everyone. She started the first half of her honeymoon on the main island of Bora Bora in a studio at the Sunset Hill Lodge – a smaller lodge type accommodation which allows you to mingle a bit more with the locals. The other half was spent at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, where they were able to enjoy a full 90-minute spa treatment.

“I was sad when we left Gérard. But I was in tears when we had to leave the Thalasso. ‘Don’t cry, baby,’ Jeff said on the boat to the airport. “We’ll come back. I promise.”

Circulation: 641,369

ISLANDS Magazine – July 2013
Why We Can’t Get enough of Tahiti’s Bungalows

The July Issue of ISLANDS Magazine is dedicated to overwater bungalows throughout the Islands of Tahiti. In addition to a beautiful cover, the issue also features a 30-page spread on Tahiti’s overwater bungalows.

Photo editor Lori Barbeli and senior staff photographer Jon Whittle separately spent 25 days in 19 overwater bungalows on the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Rangiroa in March 2013.

They feature a brief history of the birth of bungalows and a profile on “the Bali Hai Boys” – Jay Carlisle, Hugh Kelley and Don “Muk” McCallum – who came up with the idea of building the first overwater bungalows in French Polynesia and later opened the Club Bali Hai Hotel in Moorea.

“Some bungalows are the size of dorm rooms (as if it matters in the South Pacific). So when I first saw a hallway, sitting room and huge bathroom in my bungalow at the St. Regis, I thought they’d mistakenly booked me into the owner’s suite. Nope, it was standard. ‘I need you here,’ I texted my wife. ‘All the pets too,’ said Whittle.

Calgary Herald – August 3, 2013

In this article writer, Mark Sissons shares his magical island hopping experience on a luxurious catamaran from Tahiti Dream Yacht charter.

“As we dock at our final destination, the ultra luxurious St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, my thoughts again drift back to those early European sailors like the crew of the Bounty who traded a harsh life in England for high adventure on oceans unknown. For them, as for me, navigating the world’s most beautiful collection of far-flung exotic islands must have felt like paradise found.”

Circulation: 502,380

Sport Diver Magazine – October 1, 2013
Wild Rides

In this article featured in Sport Diver Magazine writer, Tanya G. Burnett takes readers on a journey from the Island of Fakarava. Through the underwater excitement of the Tumakohua Pass and the rich and abundant marine life, and the island hospitality, she leaves readers with another island to be placed on the bucket list!

“The final approach of the flight from Papeete, Tahiti, to the northern reaches of the Tuamotu island group is simply too short. The view of floating turquoise discs adrift in indigo punctuated by splashes of jade and crescents of sun-bleached sand is sensory shiatsu – medicine – for those who leave Papeete’s bustle behind.”

Circulation: 615,216

Playboy – November 1, 2013
Polynesia Perfected

In this edition of Playboy writer Jeralyn Gerba highlights the unique and magical qualities that French Polynesia has to offer.

“Round up a group of friends and head to Ninamu, an all-inclusive six-bungalow resort on the remote Tikehau atoll. Some 200 miles from Tahiti, it operates entirely off the grid. It’s luxuriously rustic, epitomizing the minimalist Polynesian attitude that comes from having maximum natural resources.”

U-T San Diego – December 22, 2013
Idyllic isles

Writer Norma Meyer’s article featured in U-T San Diego showcases the beauty and captivation of some of the most magical and desired islands in French Polynesia.

“I was Bora Bora blown away. Not only was I snorkeling in the phenomenal famed lagoon – a prismatic palette of jade, turquoise and cobalt blue – but through my mask I peered down at skulling, 9-foot lemon sharks as a free-spirited dude rode one underwater by its dorsal fin.”

Circulation: 986,048

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