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Mice Net : August 2008
tahiti LEFT: Tahiti offers a range of unique spa treatments. RIGHT: A villa at the impressive Legends Resort Moorea. Making of a Legend A new kid on the Tahiti block is the Legends Resort Moorea which opened on July 1. Described as the archipelago’s first hillside resort, it is set on seven hectares on the north western edge of the island, and offers amazing sunsets across its own lagoon and private motu (island). Forty-six luxury two and three-bedroom villas will be aimed primarily at groups and families. Each stylish stone and timber villa offers spacious rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and laundry, flat-screen TV, amazing views and expansive deck with jacuzzi spa. Special resort features include free shuttle transfers to the private white-sand motu, a well-equipped delicatessen, private catering service with French chef, in-villa massage service, tennis court, gymnasium, scenic walking track, centrally located fare poté’e (traditional Tahitian meeting house) with an infinity swimming pool and bar, and from September a fine dining restaurant. General manager Jeannine Bishop said the resort’s hillside location and self-contained villas made it different to anything else in Tahiti. “Tahiti does overwater bungalows better than any other destination,” she said. “But overwater bungalows are aimed almost exclusively at the romance set while we wanted something affordable and suitable for families and even small meetings and incentive groups. “Our rates are extremely competitive, children under the age of 14 stay free, and we offer and a wide range of activities to introduce our guests and their children to Tahiti’s rich culture, or what we like to term the ‘Tahitian Experience’. “Activities include lei making using Tahiti’s beautiful and fragrant Tiare national flower, pandanus weaving, Tahitian dance lessons, jewellery making and beach activities on our own white-sand motu a short drive away. Nothing is too far on Moorea, and guests can take advantage of everything from 4WD tours to in-season whale watching, swimming with dolphins, stylish French-inspired restaurants, art galleries, stunning panoramas and 18 holes on our new international-standard golf course.” For more information on Legends Resort Moorea go to www.legendsresort.fr. 128 mice.net The great outdoors If getting into the great outdoors is on the agenda then you can’t go wrong in Tahiti. While the mountains provide a dramatic setting for eco walks, four-wheel drive safaris and waterfall swims, the protected beaches, with their inviting lagoons, play host to relaxed barbecues, snorkelling tours and sunset cruises. Delegates want- ing a bit more adventure can get right out of their comfort zone by swimming with reef sharks and stingrays. Golf enthusiasts are in for a treat now, with Tahiti recently opening its first resort golf course on the island of Moorea. Designed by golfing great Jack Nicklaus’s design company, the Moorea Green Pearl Golf Resort runs along a white sandy beach in the north-east of the island within easy reach of the airport, ferry port and several over-water resorts. On offer are slender fairways, challenging water features and sand traps, lushly-grassed islands and magnificent views of Moorea’s legendary mountains on one side and azure waters on the other. Work is already underway on an integrated luxury resort to be managed by US-based Warwick International Hotels, which operates 40 prestigious hotels and resorts in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa and is expanding into the Pacific. To be known as the Warwick Moorea Golf and Spa Resort when completed, it will feature 154 stylish villas and rooms as well as a pool, fine dining restaurant, horse riding facilities, spa and fitness centre in a picturesque hillside setting behind the golf course. The island of Moorea itself, thought to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai in the hit musical South Pacific, is only an eight- minute flight or 30-minute ferry ride from Tahiti, the stunning main island. The 18-hole, par-70 championship Moorea Green Pearl Golf Resort is only the second course to be built in Tahiti. It joins the par-72 Olivier Breaud International Golf Course, built on the neighbouring main island in 1968 and home to the annual Tahiti Open on the South Pacific circuit. For more information on Tahiti and her islands contact Tahiti Tourisme on 1300 655 563 or visit www.tahitinow.com.au.