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ARANUI 5 INCREASES DEPARTURES FOR 2017 FOLLOWING LAUNCH OF NEW SHIP

SAN MATEO, CA (April 19, 2016) – The recently launched Aranui 5 deluxe passenger-freighter ship is increasing its scheduled departures for 2017 with two additional voyages to accommodate traveler demand. The 254-passenger Aranui 5 sails from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands in French Polynesia on a 14-day all-inclusive itinerary.

“We have increased the number of voyages for the Aranui 5 in 2017 due to incremental interest since its launch in December 2015. Guests can now choose from 19 expeditions to some of the most remote islands in the world,” said Eric Wong, Executive Vice President for Aranui.

The Aranui 5 serves as a lifeline to the inhabitants of the Marquesas Islands, bringing supplies to each principal village and several remote valleys each voyage. The 2017 schedule includes the following travel dates:

Jan. 10 – Jan. 23                                May 20 – June 2                    Sept. 12 – Sept. 25

Jan. 28 – Feb. 10                               June 8 – June 21                    Sept. 30 – Oct. 13

Feb. 16 – March 1                             June 27 – July 10                   Oct. 19 – Nov. 1

March 7 – March 20                         July 18 – July 31                    Nov. 7 – Nov. 20

March 25 – April 7                            Aug. 5 – Aug. 18                    Nov. 25 – Dec. 8

April 13 – April 26                            Aug. 24 – Sept. 6                   Dec. 14 – Dec. 27

May 2 – May 15 

Guests traveling on the December 14, 2017 voyage (#19) will have the opportunity to experience the Marquesan Mini Arts Festival, where they will learn about the colorful history and rich culture of the Marquesas Islands.

On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, passengers board the ship in Papeete, Tahiti for a 14-day complete vacation experience sailing 800 miles north to some of most spectacular islands in the world, where they will be fully immersed in the Polynesian culture. The Aranui 5 visits Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Bora Bora in the Society Islands, as well as Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata and Ua Huka in the Marquesas Islands.

The voyage includes shore experiences such as awe-inspiring hikes past waterfalls and sacred ritual sites, encounters with local artisans, a visit to French artist Paul Gauguin’s grave, snorkeling in the translucent waters of the atolls, on-island picnics and restaurant lunches featuring local food, a visit to a pearl farm and more.

The ship features 103 cabins specially designed with added space for passengers’ comfort and pleasure, featuring additional common places to unwind with an interior decor reflecting the Polynesian heritage and more balconies in the suites and superior deluxe staterooms.

Travelers booking a stay aboard the Aranui 5 will be able to choose from eight different cabin categories with accommodations ranging from Premium exterior staterooms (more than 90 percent with a private balcony) and Standard exterior staterooms with a picture window or porthole to Class C shared dormitory style cabins with occupancy for four to eight people. Room categories are Presidential Suite, Royal Suite, Premium Suite, Junior Suite (without balcony), Superior Deluxe, Deluxe, Stateroom and Class C – each providing diverse room configurations.

Public areas on the Aranui 5 include a reception area, casual restaurant, four bars, including the Sky Bar with sweeping panoramic views, two conference rooms, two lounges, library, video and computer room, boutique, outdoor swimming pool with a whirlpool, fitness room and massage room. The ship also features air conditioning in all passenger areas and indoor public spaces as well as two elevators onboard.

The cruise includes three meals daily with complimentary wine for onboard lunches and dinners, guided excursions as outlined in the itinerary, picnics and meals on shore. Optional excursions such as scuba diving, horseback riding and fishing are available for an additional charge. Prices for a 2017 Aranui 5 vacation start at $2,920 per person for a Class C dormitory style room and do not include port tax, cruise tax and tourism tax, which may total up to $248. Rates for a stateroom start at $4,678 per person, based on double occupancy, and taxes may cost up to $300 per person.

Aranui offers a pre-summer special 10% discount for the June 8 – June 21, 2017 voyage. Seniors will also receive a 10% discount for the September 30 – October 13, 2017 cruise.

Featuring a primarily Polynesian crew composed of sailors from the Marquesas and Tahitian Islands, and with expert lecturers and guides, the Aranui 5 provides a unique spin on hospitality which combines with mesmerizing scenery to create an unforgettable soft-adventure and cultural experience.

For more information or to book an Aranui vacation, call 800-972-7268 or visit www.aranui.com.

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Restaurant Le Coco’s Moorea Updates Its Opening Hours & Shuttle Service Policy

Le Coco’s Moorea is open 7 days a week, with hours of operation from 5:30pm to 9:30pm (last order) Monday through Thursday, and 11:30am to 9:30pm (last order) Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Restaurant is now serving dinner 7 nights / week, while the Wine Bar features its all-day lunch menu that guests can enjoy in the Wine Bar patio on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Complimentary shuttle service is now offered to resorts/hotels’ residents all around the island and no longer limited in distance to the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa and Hôtel Hibiscus, with several trips every night. This means that clients of Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa and Sofitel Ia Ora Beach Resort, along with other accommodation places on the way can now take advantage of the free service.

Free WiFi is available at Le Coco’s Moorea to all clients upon request.

Reservations can be placed by phone +689 40 55 15 14 or by email lecocosmoorea@mail.pf

“We are very pleased with the enthusiastic and warm welcome our second restaurant received in Moorea,” commented Thierry & Bénédicte Sauvage, Owners. “We very much look forward to welcoming and indulging clients from all horizons with our flavors, value and sincere service in Moorea, which all define our pursuit of amazing for one and all.”

Rangiroa Vineyard Excursion

Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa

The One-and-Only Coral Wine in the World

Rangiroa Vineyard Excursion

The Island of Rangiroa is just an hour flight northeast from Papeete, the capital of Tahiti. The Island’s huge lagoon is one of the world’s prominent gold mines of fish.
The color of the ocean created by this unique geography is called Rangiroa Blue, fascinating people throughout the world.

◆Very Unique Coral Wine in Rangiroa

Rangiroa produces the world’s only wine made from grapes grown on a coral atoll. A winery with a backdrop of coconut trees – a truly unique site perhaps only seen in Rangiroa.
Two types of grapes, the Carignan and Muscat Hamburg, are grown using the coral atoll sand and the abundant sunlight in Rangiroa. Grapes are harvested twice a year in summer and winter, producing only 40,000 bottles annually, making this a rare wine.

The Rangiroa wine won the Silver Prize (two years in a row, in 2008 and 2009) at the Vinery International, an international tasting event. Its flavor has a hint of coral and is rich and fruity in taste.

◆Rangiroa Vineyard Excursion

You will depart from the hotel dock at 9:00am on a 30 minute boat ride to discover the Rangiroa Vineyard on a private islet.
The guide will take you on an educational tour of the vineyard explaining the different types of grapes grown in the coral sand to produce these wines. At the end of the tour you will taste two different white wines: a dry one and a sweet one.

■Time : 9:00 a.m 〜 12:00 p.m
■Price : 8,500 CFP (per person, tax included) ■Minimum number : 4 people

◆Hotel Information ◆

Name : Address: URL: Price: Access:

Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa
B.P.198, 98775 AVATORU, RANGIROA, POLYNESIE FRANCAISE http://rangiroalagoon.com/en/
Starting at 59,000 CFP (Beach bungalow, per room with breakfast for 2 persons)

Just an hour flight from Tahiti to Rangiroa. The hotel offer complimentary shuttle from / to Rangiroa Airport.

Please contact : Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa, Tad Ehara (Sales and Marketing) Email:info@rangiroalagoon.com /info@hotelkiaora.pf,

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PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES HONORED IN TRAVEL + LEISURE’S WORLD’S BEST AWARDS 2015

PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES HONORED IN TRAVEL + LEISURE’S WORLD’S BEST AWARDS 2015

IN THE CATEGORY OF WORLD’S BEST SMALL-SHIP OCEAN CRUISE LINES

 

    

BELLEVUE, WASH. – July 9, 2015Paul Gauguin Cruises (www.pgcruises.com), operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, which sails Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America, is pleased to announce that the line was honored in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2015, ranking #2 in the category of “World’s Best Small- Ship Ocean Cruise Lines.” Paul Gauguin Cruises had the second-highest score in all categories of ocean cruising lines.

“We are thrilled to be on this esteemed list of ‘World’s Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines,’” said Diane Moore, President of Paul Gauguin Cruises. “Thank you to the readers of Travel + Leisure. It’s a testament to our dedicated staff, who deliver extraordinary service aboard our voyages every day.”

 

The magazine’s prestigious annual readers’ survey reveals favorite cities, hotels, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, airports, and more. Cruise ships were rated in categories of cabins/facilities, restaurants/food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities, and value. The full list of World’s Best Awards winners is available at www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best and in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.

 

Paul Gauguin Cruises was awarded “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line” and “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line for Families” in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Awards. The line has also been honored by other notable names in travel by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler with The Gauguin named one of the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships” in 2013 (her 15th year in row), by Travel Weekly with a Gold Magellan and two Silver Magellan awards in the small-ship category, by Porthole Cruise Magazine for “Best South Pacific Itinerary,” by Women’s Choice Award in 2015 and 2014 in the categories of “America’s Most Recommended Brand for Small Ship Cruising” and “America’s Most Recommended Brand for South Pacific Destinations,” and by Cruise Critic for dining, fitness, entertainment, value, and shore excursions.

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About Paul Gauguin Cruises

Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. The m/v Tere Moana offers voyages in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe, accommodating 88 guests with a staff of 62.

 

For additional information on Paul Gauguin Cruises, please visit http://www.pgcruises.com.

Media Contact:

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Vanessa Bloy, Director of Public Relations

(425) 440-6255

vbloy@pgcruises.com

 

Windstar Cruises Announces Year-Round Voyages in Tahiti

Windstar Cruises Announces Year-Round Voyages in TahitiContinuous sailings begin May of 2015, including new Tuamotu Islands itinerariesSeattle, November 17, 2014 – Windstar Cruises is thrilled to announce plans to sail year-round in the South Pacific, allowing guests to explore the Society and Tuamotu Islands of Tahiti. Continuous voyages begin May 26, 2015 aboard the beautifully renovated, 148-passenger Wind Spirit sailing yacht.

Itineraries will include the seven day “Dreams of Tahiti” voyage, which was launched in May of 2014 after Windstar’s 10 year hiatus from the region, as well as a new extended 10 or 11-day journey including stops in the Tuamotu Islands. The Tuamotus are widely known as a diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise.

“When we returned to Tahiti this year, we knew it would be a popular choice for our guests,” says Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “Now with the addition of our Star Breeze and Star Legend power yachts, which debut in May of 2015, we’re able to extend our sailings in Tahiti year-round to accommodate the demand from our customers. We can’t wait to sail throughout the year in paradise.”

In addition to the new itinerary, Windstar also is expanding its shore excursion offerings to include bespoke adventures such as private snorkeling at a Tahitian black pearl farm in Raiatea. Guests can find and keep their own pearls while learning about the art of pearl production,

followed by a champagne sunset cruise along the coral reef where blacktip sharks are known to make an appearance.

The “Dreams of Tahiti” voyage begins in Papeete aboard the Wind Sprit and sails to Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea, Huahine, and Bora Bora.

The “Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands” itinerary offers a 10 or 11 day voyage, which will occur four times in 2015 and seven in 2016, includes the above itinerary plus stops in Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus, as well as two days at sea on the South Pacific. The 11-day voyage features a visit in Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for the preservation of rare species.

With six sails, the French-built Wind Spirit sailing yacht is ideal for cruising in the French Polynesian islands under the power of warm breezes and billowing sails. Just before setting sail in Tahiti in May of 2015, the yacht’s 73 staterooms will undergo a renovation. The new staterooms will include a transformed seating area for relaxing on a sofa, as well as new, chic dressers and a more open layout. The upgrades quickly follow up Windstar’s $18 million fleet- wide renovation project from 2012, which enhanced staterooms and corridors.

Guests can enjoy the aqua blue water of the South Pacific at the back of the Wind Spirit on the unique Water Sports Platform, which offers stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, water skiing, wind surfing, and more. Windstar’s signature dive program offers guests an excellent way to discover the sport, and for certified divers, Windstar’s one- and two-tank dives offer the best in deep-sea sightseeing. Upon boarding the yacht, each guest receives complimentary snorkel equipment for their personal use throughout the journey.

A true highlight of the journey includes Windstar’s new complimentary Private Event in Bora Bora, where guests are transported by catamaran to a private island (or motu) for a traditional Tahitian dinner cooked largely in an ahima’a – a Tahitian earth oven. Prepared by locals and Windstar chefs, traditional dishes like Poisson Cru (Tahitian ceviche); Uru (breadfruit); Fe’i (bananas); Fafa (local water spinach); Cochon (roasted pig), and Po’e (fruit pudding) give guests a better insight into life on the islands. The meal is followed by traditional dancing and a fire show. Beginning in 2015, each Windstar voyage around the globe includes a complimentary Private Event, which offers unique insight into the region.

For a better look at Windstar’s adventures in Tahiti, click here to view the new video: http://tinyurl.com/WindstarTahiti.

About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for its intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. In May of 2014, Windstar launched Star Pride, the first of three newly acquired power yachts. In May of 2015 the company will launch Star Breeze and Star Legend. The power yachts, with a capacity of 212 guests each, will double the size of Windstar’s fleet, making the company the market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths. The

additional capacity will open up new itineraries such as voyages to Southeast Asia, Arabia, Iceland, and beyond. Windstar was recently named Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 small ship cruise line in the world.

For more information including rates and itineraries, contact a travel professional or call Windstar at 800-258-7245, or visit http://www.windstarcruises.com.

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For More Information:

Windstar Cruises Public Relations Amanda Graham Amanda.Graham@WindstarCruises.com 206.733.2970

Wagstaff Worldwide Public Relations Sally Spaulding sally@wagstaffworldwide.com 970.429.4182

Restaurant Le Coco’s Tahiti Announces Its Newest Opening In Moorea

Synopsis: Thierry & Bénédicte Sauvage, owners of renowned restaurant Le Coco’s Tahiti in Punaauia – Tahiti, are thrilled to announce the opening of their newest location in Haapiti – Moorea. Le Coco’s Moorea kicked off on Thursday, March 26, 2015 with its unique, contemporary décor providing the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Le Coco’s Tahiti brings its matchless quality, flavors, value and sincere service to Moorea, which all define its pursuit of amazing for one and all. The newest Restaurant is complemented with an elegant Wine Bar boasting the finest wines to be found in the islands of Tahiti.

City : Haapiti Date: 30 March, 2015

Le Coco’s Moorea is now open 7 days a week, with hours of operation from 5:30pm to 9:30pm (last order) Monday through Thursday, and 11:30am to 9:30pm (last order) Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the Restaurant serving dinner Monday through Saturday, the Wine Bar features an all-day special menu that guests can enjoy in the Wine Bar patio on weekends.

Restaurant’s menu will be changing every month, just the same way it operates in Tahiti, so that regulars keep discovering new dishes every time they visit. Menus will also be featuring in season products, a core value at Le Coco’s.

A complimentary shuttle service will be offered to resorts/hotels’ residents as far as Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa on the S.E. and Hôtel Hibiscus on the N.E., with several trips every night.

Reservations can be placed by phone +689 40 55 15 14 or by email lecocosmoorea@mail.pf

“We are very pleased to open our second restaurant in Moorea,” commented Thierry & Bénédicte Sauvage, Owners. “We always loved this place and have been visiting regularly for the past few years. Having our own restaurant there now means a lot to us.”

About Le Coco’s Tahiti : http://www.lecocostahiti.com (soon featuring both restaurants)

State : Moorea

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Contact Name : Thierry & Bénédicte Sauvage Company Name : Le Coco’s Moorea Address: PK 25,4 – 98729 Papetoai – Moorea Cell : +689 87769511

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Email: lecocosdirection@mail.pf
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THE BRANDO HONORED ON CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2015 HOT LIST RECOGNIZING THE WORLD’S BEST NEW HOTELS

THE BRANDO HONORED ON CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2015 HOT LIST RECOGNIZING THE WORLD’S BEST NEW HOTELS

TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA – April 21, 2015 – The Brando, an exquisite, luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, composed of a dozen idyllic islets surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti, has been honored on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Hot List—the definitive guide to the best new hotels and resorts in the world.

The Brando was among 60 properties recognized on the 2015 Hot List. Selected by Condé Nast Traveler editors and contributors who visited hundreds of recently opened properties around the world, this esteemed annual list of hotels and resorts is available at http://www.cntraveler.com and is featured in the May issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands April 28, 2015.

“Thank you to the editors and contributors of Condé Nast Traveler for selecting The Brando for this prestigious list,” remarked Silvio Bion, General Manager, The Brando. “Every day we look forward to providing our guests at The Brando an extraordinary experience that they will cherish for a lifetime.”

In addition to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Hot List accolades, The Brando was recently honored on Travel + Leisure’s IT List 2015 and also received two 2015 Gold List Awards for “Best Overseas Resort” and “Best Eco Tourism Property” from Luxury Travel magazine.

For additional information on The Brando, please visit http://www.thebrando.com.

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About The Brando
The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa—an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti. The Brando was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a venture of sustainable development that resonates with visitors and fosters opportunities to get to know both the place and people of French Polynesia.  With access by Air Tetiaroa, the resort is a pioneering model of sustainable technology with sea water air-conditioning and renewable energies and offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, pearl shop, boutique, water sports, and an Ecostation. The Brando is a Virtuoso Preferred Resort and founding member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

About Pacific Beachcomber
With more than 25 years experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, 678 hotel rooms and 210 cabins, Pacific Beachcomber, S.C. is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator.  In addition to The Brando, Pacific Beachcomber operates seven award-winning resorts: InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, the Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora, the Maitai Rangiroa, and the Maitai Lapita Huahine (www.tahitiresorts.intercontinental.com and http://www.hotelmaitai.com). Pacific Beachcomber also operates the luxury small-ship cruise line, Paul Gauguin Cruises, which includes the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana.

Press Kit and Images: http://media.thebrando.com/
Vanessa Bloy
Director of Public Relations, North America
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THE BRANDO WINS TWO 2015 GOLD LIST AWARDS FROM LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE FOR “BEST OVERSEAS RESORT” AND “BEST ECO TOURISM PROPERTY”

THE BRANDO WINS TWO 2015 GOLD LIST AWARDS FROM LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE
FOR “BEST OVERSEAS RESORT” AND “BEST ECO TOURISM PROPERTY”

TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA – April 7, 2015 – The Brando, an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, composed of a dozen idyllic islets surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti, has won “Best Overseas Resort” and “Best Eco Tourism Property” in the 2015 Gold List Awards by Luxury Travel magazine.

Luxury Travel magazine is Australia’s only stand alone travel and lifestyle magazine devoted entirely to luxury leisure travel.  Each quarter, the publication brings stories from around the globe on the ultimate luxury resorts, fashionable city hotels and exclusive hideaways.

The Brando is among selected properties that were named to magazine’s acclaimed list which was selected by Luxury Travel readers.  The annual Gold List is available at http://www.luxurytravelmag.com.au/2015GoldListWinners and in the autumn issue of the magazine on newsstands in April 2015.

“We are honored to receive these two prestigious awards which recognize our commitment to providing a luxurious, authentic and enriching experience in an environmentally sustainable manner,” said Silvio Bion, General Manager, and The Brando. “The awards are a testament to our talented staff that provide exemplary service to our guests and deliver extraordinary experiences at The Brando every day.”

For additional information on The Brando, please visit http://www.thebrando.com.
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About The Brando
The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa—an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti. The Brando was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a venture of sustainable development that resonates with visitors and fosters opportunities to get to know both the place and people of French Polynesia.  With access by Air Tetiaroa, the resort is a pioneering model of sustainable technology with sea water air-conditioning and renewable energies and offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, pearl shop, boutique, water sports, and an Ecostation. The Brando is a Virtuoso Preferred Resort and founding member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

About Pacific Beachcomber
With more than 25 years experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, 678 hotel rooms and 210 cabins, Pacific Beachcomber, S.C. is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator.  In addition to The Brando, Pacific Beachcomber operates seven award-winning resorts: InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, the Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora, the Maitai Rangiroa, and the Maitai Lapita Huahine (www.tahitiresorts.intercontinental.com and http://www.hotelmaitai.com).  Pacific Beachcomber also operates the luxury small-ship cruise line, Paul Gauguin Cruises, which includes the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana.
Press Kit and Images: http://thebrando.com/media/

Vanessa Bloy
Director of Public Relations, North America

ARANUI TARGETS U.S. MARKET WITH ABBREVIATED 11-DAY VOYAGE THROUGH MARQUESAS ISLANDS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA

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ARANUI TARGETS U.S. MARKET WITH ABBREVIATED 11-DAY VOYAGE THROUGH MARQUESAS ISLANDS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA
Priced from $3,910 per person including excursions, meals and wine
SAN MATEO, CA (April 23, 2015) – Aranui Cruises (http://www.aranui.com/) is now offering a shortened 11-day itinerary to accommodate North American travelers who prefer to spend fewer days away, yet will still be able to take in one of the world’s most remote natural paradises.
Rates for the 11-day cruise start at $3,910 per person, based on double occupancy accommodations in a standard cabin.  Onboard meals including wine and regular planned excursions are included. Rates do not include port tax, cruise tax and tourism tax, which may range from $276 to $338 depending on stateroom category.
Instead of the typical departure from Tahiti, passengers can join the journey in Nuka Hiva (photo credit: Alain Marcouli), the island where a 23-year old Herman Melville jumped a whaling ship in 1842 and found inspiration for some of his greatest literary works. Flights from Papeete to Nuka Hiva (not included in cruise rates) are available on smaller aircraft, and guests can overnight at the Keikahanui Pearl Lodge (not included in cruise fare) in Nuka Hiva prior to boarding the well-appointed vessel.
From Nuka Hiva, the cruise continues on to Ua Pou, where cloud-covered mountain spires hover over what Treasure Island-author Robert Louis Stevenson described as “volcanic needles like the pinnacles of some ornate church.” Subsequent ports of call include Tahuata, a leaf-shaped island where Spanish explorers first landed in 1595; the island of Hiva Oa, known by art enthusiasts as Paul Gauguin’s old stomping grounds; Fatu Hiva, the most lush and remote island in the Marquesas archipelago; and Ua Huka, where wild horses vastly outnumber the island’s 500 residents.

Fatu Hiva features the Marquesas Island’s most lush natural landscape (photo credit: Alain Marcouli)
On the return voyage, the cruise will stop in the Tuamotu Archipelago to allow passengers the opportunity to explore Rangiroa – the second largest atoll in the world – followed by a visit to the legendary Bora Bora in the Society Islands.
The itinerary concludes with disembarkation in Papeete, where guests can extend their stay or depart for their international flights back home. Optionally, vacationers can also choose to disembark in Bora Bora with special rates available on two-night post-cruise stays at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.
The following U.S. wholesalers are offering complete vacation packages featuring international and intra-French Polynesia airfare, the abbreviated 11-night Aranui experience and two nights at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa:
Islands in the Sun – 888-828-6877; http://www.islandsinthesun.com
Pacific Holidays – 800-355-8025; http://www.pacificholidaysinc.com
Pleasant Holidays – 800-448-3333; http://www.pleasantholidays.com
Tahiti Legends – 800-200-1213; http://www.tahitilegends.com
TravlTips – 800-872-8584; http://www.travltips.com

For more info on Aranui cruises to the Marquesas Islands, call 800-972-7268 or visit http://www.aranui.com.
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The Most Extravagant Vacation Experience – The Royal Regis at the St. Regis Bora Bora

Visit a place where your biggest fantasies can come true. The St. Regis Bora Bora has launched the ultimate luxury vacation experience…The Royal Regis Package.

The over the top package includes the following:
·         A private plane ride from Tahiti to Bora Bora (One way, two passengers)
·         A private round trip helicopter ride from Bora Bora airport to The St. Regis Bora Bora helipad
·         Candlelight dinner “A La Folie” on the Spa Beach
·         Pétrus, Grand Vin de Pomerol,  one of the most expensive wines in the world
·         Flower bath with red roses
·         Tupai picnic complete with round trip helicopter ride and 1 bottle of Cheval Blanc
·         Ateliers with dedicated Chef in villa – complete with Caviar, Lobster, Sushi, desserts from Lagoon by Jean-Georges and more
·         Private full day jet ski and yacht experiences
·         All day private motu experience – hop on a 30 minute private boat ride to enjoy a secluded corner of paradise will let you experience complete intimacy
·         Private water lunch
·         Outdoor couples massage on a private motu
·         Private Jean-George dinner in villa
·         Fireworks with allegory “I love you”
·         Daily dedicated spa therapists from Miri Miri Spa by Clarins
·         Nightly butler greeting with Moet and Chandon Rose
·         4 nights in the Resort’s premiere Royal Estate villa

Pricing starts at 19,000,000 XPF.

For more information on how to make this dream a reality, please visit: http://www.stregis.com/borabora. Images available upon request.