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THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI NAMED “WORLD’S MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATION” BY BRIDES

LOS ANGELES – May 5, 2015 – The 118 islands and atolls that make up the Islands of Tahiti were named the “World’s Most Romantic Destination” in the 2015 Brides Best Honeymoons, which appears in Brides’ June/July issue.

This is the second year in a row, the Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, has taken the #1 spot in this annual listing.

“The Islands of Tahiti offer the perfect combination of exclusivity and privacy for honeymoons. Luxurious overwater bungalows, perched over stunning lagoons, with romance, relaxation and a true Polynesian experience, make the Islands of Tahiti unique to anywhere in the world, ” says Jonathan Reap, Managing Director, Tahiti Tourism North America. “On behalf of Tahiti Tourisme North America and all of our partners, we are honored to be recognized by Brides as the world’s most romantic destination.”

The 2015 Brides Best Honeymoons “World’s Most Romantic Destinations” were determined by a Brides –TripAdvisor survey of 400 travelers. Published by Condé Nast, Brides is the country’s leading bridal brand and most trusted resource for brides.

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About the Islands of Tahiti:

Located in the South Pacific, the Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from Los Angeles. Surrounded by pristine, crystal clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture, and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for their white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Each island offers a variety of accommodation experiences from luxurious resorts with overwater villas, to family pensions to sailing via private character or scheduled cruise. Privacy comes naturally in the Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect. Tahiti is halfway between California and Australia, on the same side of the international date line as North America and in the same time zone as Hawaii. For further information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com or call (310) 414-8484.

2014 Awards

2014 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
Top 30 Islands in the World
#18 Moorea
#25 Bora Bora

Top 100 Hotels in the World
#83 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
#89 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Top 40 Best Beach Resorts in the World
#11 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
#12 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#35 Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
#36 Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
#37 Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

Top 10 Best Resorts in the South Pacific
#1 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
#2 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#3 Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort
#4 Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
#5 Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
#6 Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
#7 Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
#8 InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
#9 Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa
#10 Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

Top 7 Small Ship Cruise Lines
#1 Windstar CruisesTop 30 Islands in the World
#18 Moorea
#25 Bora Bora

Recommend Magazine – 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards
Winner of the Sexiest Romance & Honeymoon Destination in the South Pacific
Bora Bora

2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
Top 5 Islands in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
#3 Moorea
#4 Bora Bora
#5 Raiatea

Top 100 Hotels Overall
#59 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Top 5 Lodges and Resorts in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
#2 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#3 InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
#4 InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

Top Hotel Spa in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
#1 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Top 5 Small Ship Cruise Lines
#1 Paul Gauguin Cruises
#2 (tie) Windstar Cruises

Top 5 Family Hotels in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
#1 InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa
#3 Le Méridien Tahiti

Top 5 Family Small Ship Cruise Lines
#1 Paul Gauguin Cruises
#2 Windstar Cruises

2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
Top 10 Islands in the World
#3 Bora Bora

Top 10 Islands in the South Pacific
#1 Bora Bora
#3 Moorea

Top 10 Beaches in the South Pacific
#9 Matira Beach, Bora Bora

Top 25 Hotels in the World
#24 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Top 23 Hotels in the South Pacific
#1 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#7 InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
#9 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
#21 InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World
#18 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the South Pacific
#1 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#25 InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the World
#23 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the South Pacific
#2 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#5 Vahine Island Resort, Taha’a
#9 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
#15 InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the South Pacific
#15 Tevahine Dream, Rangiroa

The Islands of Tahiti Named #1 Honeymoon Destination in the 2014 BRIDES Best Honeymoons

We are proud to announce that the 118 islands and atolls that make up the Islands of Tahiti were just named the top pick in the 2014 BRIDES Best Honeymoons.

This year marks the first time the Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, has taken the number one spot in this yearly listing.

“On behalf of Tahiti Tourism and the Islands of Tahiti, we are honored to be recognized as the best honeymoon destination in the world,” stated Jonathan Reap, Managing Director, Tahiti Tourism North America. “The islands truly offer the ultimate in romance from the stunning backdrop of lush mountains and turquoise, lapis and aquamarine lagoons, iconic overwater bungalows, world-class resorts and quaint French-inspired restaurants, all add up for the ultimate private honeymoon. Also, we are closer than many think, just an 8-hour flight from Los Angeles.”

BRIDES conducted a survey in conjunction with Virtuoso, a network of thousands of luxury travel agents, to determine the most romantic honeymoon escapes in the world for 2014. Published by Condé Nast, BRIDES is the country’s leading bridal brand and most trusted resource for brides.

 

Awards

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 www.TravelandLeisure.com.
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 FlipKey.com, 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 globaltravelerusa.com/leisureawardsballot. 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 VirtualTourist.com’s quest to crown the “8th Wonder of the World.” VirtualTourist.com, 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.”

Awards

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 www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.