Category: Pacific Islands

Tripadvisor's top 10 beach escapes for winter

Tripadvisor’s top 10 beach escapes for winter

In a newsletter I’ve just received from Tripadvisor, they’re recommending the following beach destinations if you’d sooner be shovelling sand rather than snow this winter: Tulum, Mexico Maui, Hawaii Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Destin, Florida Bora Bora, French Polynesia Mykonos, Greece St. John, USVI Shoal Bay, Anguilla Laguna Beach, California I […]

10 incredible hotel swimming pools

10 incredible hotel swimming pools

Courtesy of Forbes: Intercontinental Hong Kong La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, CA St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora Paradisus Riviera Cancún, Mexico Blue Lagoon, Iceland Club Dauphin Pool at the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, French […]

New members of The Starwood Spa Collection

New members of The Starwood Spa Collection

The Starwood Spa Collection – an amalgam of some of the best spas in the world – has welcomed eight new members. They are: Convento do Espinheiro Heritage Hotel & Spa, Portugal Sheraton Colonia Golf & Spa Resort, Uruguay Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Spain Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, Vietnam St. Regis Resort, […]

Snorkelers Cove at Iririki Island Resort & Spa

Vanuatu’s Snorkelers Cove at Iririki Island Resort & Spa  opened to its  first official paying-guests yesterday.  It is equipped with 54 Deluxe Rooms and seven extra-luxury tri-level Penthouses that each has two bedrooms and a separate living/dining level, a  restaurant, two tennis courts and  a gym, and a 1300sq metre pool that will be one […]

Guam Palace Hotel renovations

Guam Palace Hotel will undergo renovations and be re-flagged as Sheraton Laguna Guam as of April 2007 in an agreement struck between Premier Hotels & Resorts Guam and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The hotel will  be the first international resort to be located on the sunset strip of the island.   Included in the […]

Generous Silver Sailing savings from Silversea Cruises

Generous Silver Sailing savings from Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises has begun offering its Silver Sailing savings incentives  giving  the opportunity  for passengers to save up to 50% on a special selection of South Pacific and Southeast Asia voyages in 2007.  The best savings are to be found on the Vista, Veranda and Midship Veranda Suites – the line’s most popular categories. For […]

Opportunity to cruise Tahiti for less aboard Radisson's Paul Gaughin

Opportunity to cruise Tahiti for less aboard Radisson’s Paul Gaughin

SmartCruiser.com is offering a unique luxury cruise deal to Tahiti & French Polynesia, giving you the opportunity  to discover some of the most scenic wonders of the world aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises (formerly Radisson Seven Seas Cruises) six-star cruise ship, the Paul Gauguin. From only $1795 per person, you can enjoy seven balmy days […]

Christmas Island Bird Week

Christmas Island Bird Week

On the tip of a partly-submerged extinct volcanic peak in the Indian Ocean, there will soon be an exciting new addition to Australia’s annual eco-tourism calendar. From 1st-7th September 2006, one of Australia’s most spectacular tropical islands will host its first-ever Bird Week. Participants in the inaugural Christmas Island Bird Week will join a team […]

Te Tiare Beach Outrigger Resort renovation completed

Te Tiare Beach Outrigger Resort renovation completed

Te Tiare Beach Outrigger Resort in Tahiti has completed a renovation programme which has seen new coverlets on beds, new draperies and island-décor coverings and cushions for lounges and chairs. The resort consists of  41 overwater, beachside and garden air-conditioned bungalows, and is a member of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts.

A year of island hopping: October

A year of island hopping: October

This is post  tem of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For October, the following are recommended: Bali: Uma Bali and Maya Ubud Cristalino Island, Brazil: Cristalino Jungle Lodge Hvar, Croatia: Hotel Adriana and […]

A year of island hopping: September

A year of island hopping: September

This is post  nine of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For September, the following are recommended: Cook Islands: Rarotonga Beach Bungalows and Pacific Resort Aitutaki Corsica, France: Hôtel Corniche (website unknown) Cumberland Island, […]

A year of island hopping: February

A year of island hopping: February

This is post  two of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For February, the following are recommended: Canary Islands, Spain:  Hotel San Roque and Parador de la Gomera Langkawi, Malaysia: Bon Ton Mallorca, Spain: […]

Bora Bora re-openings

Bora Bora re-openings

The re-opening of  the new 100-village St. Regis Resort on Bora Bora has been well publicised of late, thanks largely to Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban honeymooning there, but also in part to  ‘Desparate Housewives’  star Eva Longoria and her boyfriend, Tony Parker, also holidaying there at the same time. However, two other hotels on […]

Nicole Kidman's honeymoon not quite so exclusive afterall

Nicole Kidman’s honeymoon not quite so exclusive afterall

Moments after touching down in Tahiti, it emerged that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s honeymoon reported here earlier isn’t quite so exclusive afterall. For 31-year-old Eva Longoria of Desparate Housewives fame, and her French boyfriend, are staying just metres away at the same St. Regis resort in Bora Bora. Staff are said to be regularly […]

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban honeymoon in Tahiti

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban honeymoon in Tahiti

Newlyweds Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are honeymooning at the luxurious and brand new  St. Regis resort in Tahiti after arriving by private jet. The resort offers 24-hour butler service, private beach overlooking a stunning Bora Bora lagoon and round-the-clock security to keep away the prying lenses of the paparazzi.

InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora re-opens

InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora re-opens

Today sees the re-opening of the InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora following closure for refurbishment. However, it is only  a partial re-opening and it will take most of June to finish laying the last overwater bungalows. This beautiful resort is anchored between two white sand beaches that border the shores of Point Matira, unanimously […]