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    News bites – 1 April 2021

    Le Paul Gauguin unveiled – 39 South Pacific voyages in 2022

    Le Paul Gaugin Tahitian Cruises. Image courtesy Le Paul Gaugin/Nath Michel

    Paul Gauguin Cruises, South Pacific-based luxury small ship operator has released details of an extensive renovation of their ship Le Paul Gauguin. The renovation offers a fresh design to enrich guests’ sailing the South Pacific seascapes of Tahiti, the Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji.

    Renovations to the luxurious 332-guest Le Paul Gauguin were designed by Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel.

    No roughing it in paradise: To accompany Le Paul Gauguin’s renovation, amenities were enhanced to complete the onboard experience. Guests will enjoy inclusive unlimited Wi-Fi and a tribute art gallery of over 150 paintings by artist Paul Gauguin. The all-inclusive experience offers the choice of dining in all three of the ship’s restaurants and 24-hour room service; complimentary Open Bar including select wines, beer, and spirits; and onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff.

    Tahitian Culture. Image courtesy Le Paul Gaugin/Ponant

    Highlight Voyages of Paul Gaugin 2022
    39 South Pacific voyages available throughout 2022 with the option of 7, 10, 11 and 14-night itineraries including: 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus; 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands; 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands voyages and 11-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands voyage.

    • This 7-night Tahiti & The Society Islands voyage focusses on the iconic Polynesian highlights of Moorea and Bora Bora, as well as Huahine and Taha’a (Motu Mahana). 23 departures during 2022.
    • The 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus itinerary features visits to the private island Motu Mahana, where guests can enjoy a day of water sports, Polynesian activities, a traditional barbecue feast, and cocktails from full and floating bars. Six departures include Huahine, Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Bora Bora and Moorea, in the Society Islands, plus Fakarava and Rangiroa in Tuamotu before returning to Papeete.
    • The 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands itinerary is the most comprehensive Paul Gauguin cruise. Capturing all the highlights of the above two itineraries plus voyaging further afield and adding Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas – an enthralling adventure in paradise. Five departures between March and November 2022.
      Papeete Ile de Paques. Image courtesy of Philip Plisson/Ponant
    • While two 11-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands & Society Islands voyages in September and October 2022 showcase not only the key French Polynesian Islands but round out this South Pacific sojourn of desirable islands with the inclusion of the Cook Islands, Vava’u in Tonga and Savusavu in Fiji.

    Private butler service and exclusive use of 30 suite boutique hotel in Bangkok

    137 Pillars House Bangkok. Image courtesy 137 Pillars House

    When the skies open to a new-look post-pandemic world, why not book a family reunion and enjoy exclusive use of the 137 Pillars House. When you book a minimum of 15 suites for three or more nights, you receive additional 15 suites for the same price giving you free run on the hotel.

    The award-winning 137 Pillars House has a rich colonial past and built around the original colonial teak homestead which dates back to the late 1800’s. It is located in a leafy residential enclave a few minutes’ walk from the historical Watt Gate Temple, Ping River and boutique shopping area.

    Set on two acres the layout of the property lends itself to abundant personal space and privacy. You will have the entire property at your disposal – a world of your own in a private paradise and personal Butler service to top it all off. Suites range from 70-135 sqm and you will have a choice of categories in accordance with your preference, including the two highest category Louis Leonowens Suites which have private plunge pools and the newly created David Fleming McFie Suites which have an additional sleeping area and can accommodate a family of up to four. Each has separated his and hers hand basins, indoor and outdoor showers, and Victorian claw foot deep soak bathtubs.

    East Borneo Suite. Image courtesy 137 Pillars House

    Cocoon your loved ones in a spacious and luxurious world of your own in the sanctuary of the hotel’s lush landscape with wide open green spaces, including the majestic 15m high living wall comprising more than 20,000 plants beside the 25 metre emerald slate lined pool. Enjoy sumptuous Thai or western cuisine with a choice of Thai or Western, picnics, outdoor dining as a group or in the privacy of your individual suites as you prefer. The signature Jack Bain’s Bar awaits with irresistible cocktails and concoctions. If you would like to learn how to make your favourite Thai dishes, Chef will happily create a cooking class accordingly.

    PH Rajah Brooke Suite Balcony. Image courtesy 137 Pillars House

    For those wanting to keep up their fitness routines the gym is open 24 hours, and the pool is ideal for laps. Yoga, Thai Chi, Meditation and Muay Thai classes can be arranged for couples or as a group. Relax and unwind with sensational spa treatments at Nitra Spa & Wellness or in your suite.

    Rates are inclusive of breakfast for two. A minimum of 15 suites for 3 or more nights is required to quality for the exclusive use option which is subject to availability and seasonality and valid to 20 December 2021. (Let’s hope the borders open before then!)


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