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    News bites – 14 November 2021

    Exclusive luxury itineraries launched for Paul Gaugin Cruises in 2023

    Snorkelling in Bora Bora. Image courtesy Paul Gaugin Cruises

    Paul Gauguin Cruises, the South Pacific specialists, has devised six idyllic itineraries, from 7 to 16 nights, to explore Tahiti, the Society Islands, and the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Fiji Islands.

    Swimming, diving, kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkelling are just some of the activities on offer to enjoy to the full amidst these picture postcard landscapes. Aboard, impeccable service and fine cuisine take inspiration from the Polynesian lifestyle. Combining this with privileged moments such as a traditional Polynesian barbecue on private islet, Motu Mahana, off the protected Taha’s Island, completes a voyage to this far-flung paradise.

    With 166 staterooms and suites, Le Paul Gauguin was designed to sail in Polynesian waters, her shallow draught allows her to get in close to shallow lagoons. In the heart of paradisical islands and the atolls of French Polynesia and its neighbouring archipelagos, the vessel invites guests to discover the traditional way of life and customs of Polynesia and the South Pacific.

    Between land and sea, exceptional itineraries to paradise islands in the Pacific

    The beach of Aitutaki. Image courtesy Paul Gaugin Cruises

    NEW ITINERARY: From Fiji to Bali

    Departing from Lautoka in Fiji, this exceptional voyage takes you on a journey of discovery to seven countries in the South Seas including Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia, East Timor and Indonesia in the quest for idyllic surroundings.

    “From Fiji to Bali” cruise – from Lautoka to Bali (or vice versa) – 17 days, 16 nights
    2 sailings in 2023 from $8,050 per person.
    Savings of up to 30% when you book early.*

    Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands

    The Marquesas Tahiti. Image courtesy Paul Gaugin Cruises

    White sandy beaches, coral atolls and turquoise lagoons line the route of this stunning itinerary to explore four beautiful archipelagos of the South Pacific. Discover nature and culture among dreamy French Polynesian atolls, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji.

    “Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands” cruise – from Papeete to Lautoka (or vice versa) – 15 days, 14 nights or 13 days, 12 nights
    2 sailings in 2023 from $8,400 per person.
    Savings of up to 30% when you book early.*

    Tahiti & the Society Islands

    Bora Bora’s famous lagoon. Image courtesy Paul Gaugin Cruises

    Embark on Le Paul Gauguin for an unforgettable tour of the beautiful Society Islands which inspired so many artists like Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. From Papeete, guests will sail to isolated coves on Huahine, the turquoise waters of Motu Mahana, fabulous lagoons in Bora Bora and the lush vegetation on Moorea – an itinerary planned to offer the very essence of French Polynesia.

    “Tahiti & the Society Islands” cruise – from Papeete to Papeete – 8 days, 7 nights
    14 sailings in 2023, from $3,530 per person.
    Savings of up to 30% when you book early.*

    Marquesas, The Tuamotus & Society Islands

    Blue meets green in Rangiroa. Image courtesy Paul Gaugin Cruises

    Dive into Polynesian history and culture on this cruise into the heart of idyllic atolls surrounded by coral reefs. This itinerary takes guests on a voyage to discover French Polynesia’s natural treasures: Tahiti, Fakarava’s coral ellipse, the Tuamotus, Fatu Hiva and its sacred “tohua” sites, Hiva Oa, “Garden of the Marquesas”, Bora Bora and many other South Pacific pearls.

    “Marquesas, The Tuamotus & Society Islands” cruise – from Papeete to Papeete – 15 days, 14 nights
    6 sailings in 2023 from $9,050 per person.
    Savings of up to 30% when you book early.*

    *Price is per person in the best available category, based on double occupancy, and my change at any time without notice. Savings advertised are based on the PONANT bonus. The PONANT bonus is yield managed and may change at any time without notice. For full terms and conditions ask your personal travel manager.


    Swimming with rays and sharks in Bora Bora. Image courtesy Paul Gaugin Cruises

    • Internationally recognised multi-award winning Le Paul Gauguin is a small ship with just 166 cabins and suites, all with sea views, designed to offer guests incredible panoramic views across the translucent waters of the South Pacific.
    • Major refurbishments of Le Paul Gauguin were carried out in recent months, enhancing Paul Gauguin Cruises’ elegant Polynesian signature with a chic and fresh style designed to enrich guests’ experience. All staterooms, suites and public spaces were refurbished with a fresh new colour and texture palette. Designed by Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel, the new renovations evoke South Seas elegance reflective of the narrative of the islands and seas.
    • The ship’s open and tranquil layout is matched by elegant decoration that pays tribute to Polynesian culture. A chic, laid-back atmosphere is great for friendly get-togethers in the vessel’s shared spaces or plenty of peace and quiet – the option is yours.
    • The calm ambience of the ship is maintained through impeccable, unobtrusive service provided by the ship’s onboard Polynesian hosts, who will share their knowledge and traditions throughout your voyage.

    With three onboard restaurants available as part of the Paul Gauguin Cruises all-inclusive experience, guests will delight in the blend of French cuisine and Polynesian flavours through a unique menu carefully created by Michelin-starred Chef, Jean-Pierre Vigato. A culinary experience to remember!

    Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Announces Luxurious, Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences

    Crystal clear waters at the Fairmont Maldives. Image courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

    Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has launched The Grandest of Escapes Exclusively by Fairmont, a collection of luxurious experiences in leading cities and resort locations around the globe. These indulgent adventures follow Fairmont’s recently launched global brand campaign, “Experience the Grandest of Feelings”, meant to evoke the magnificent feelings associated with the storied brand, which was established more than 100 years ago.

    The Grandest of Escapes Exclusively by Fairmont” features one-of-a-kind, customized experiences that range from foraging escapades in the forests of Ireland and private, guided hikes in the Canadian wilderness to watching dolphins play at sunset in the Maldives.

    Highlighted below is a selection of “Grandest Escapes” at Fairmont’s hotels and resorts in Southeast and Northeast Asia: an island getaway at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi; an opulent city adventure at Fairmont Jakarta; and a dramatic escape full of epicurean delights at Fairmont Ambassador Seoul, the home of Penthouse, the Korean drama series.

    “The Grandest Island Escape at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi”

    Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives

    Luxury in paradise at Fairmont Maldives. Image courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

    Tucked away in the tranquil Shaviyani Atoll, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the ultimate destination for an indulgent Maldivian escape. The resort’s Grandest Escape offers the chance to reconnect with both nature and oneself and to discover the very best of this unique paradise, with experiences on land and sea. Adventures include a one-on-one Turtle Ranger Program orientation, a special guided diving experience with mantas and guitar sharks (seasonally available), a private sunset dolphin cruise with canapés and wines on a 43-foot luxury Azimuth yacht, a private house-reef snorkel with a Marine Biologist and a bespoke souvenir-making class in the resort’s Sustainability Lab. Guests will indulge in rejuvenating wellness therapies and sensational private-chef dining experiences, all while residing in the Grand Water Sunset Villa for two people or a three-bedroom Water Sunset Villa, complete with a private swimming pool and direct access to a lagoon with 200 shades of turquoise blue. Rates start at USD $1,850 per room per night in a Grand Water Sunset Villa or USD $6,500 per night in a three-bedroom Water Sunset Villa.

    “Grandest of City Living at Fairmont Jakarta”

    Fairmont Jakarta – Jakarta, Indonesia

    Romantic dinner at the Fairmont Jakarta. Image courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

    Fairmont Jakarta’s Grandest Escape invites guests to celebrate city life in the most luxurious way. The stay begins when a Maserati picks you up from the airport and whisks you across the city to enjoy one-night in the hotel’s elegant Presidential Suite complete with dedicated butler service. Taking the experience to new heights, guests will see the capital from above with a helicopter tour launching from the hotel’s helipad. A nine-course fine dining experience for two will be served in the Fairmont Pod, a romantic private venue under the stars. Avid shoppers will enjoy a private styling and shopping session at the nearby BVLGARI store, which will be open exclusively to guests who book this package. Rates start at USD $6,400 per room per night in the Presidential Suite.

    “The Grandest Experience in The Penthouse”

    The inviting pool at the Fairmont Jakarta. Image courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

    Fairmont Ambassador Seoul – Seoul, South Korea

    The funky interiors of Fairmont Ambassador Seoul. Image courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

    Experience life on a new level in the penthouse of Fairmont Ambassador Seoul, a storied celebrity favourite and filming location of Penthouse, the hit Korean TV show. Guests can take part in the renowned drama series by recreating three scenes with a professional photographer. With an ambience of elegant interiors and unmatched comfort, guests will relish in-room breakfast with champagne, an artful afternoon tea set to delight the senses, an evening honour bar, and access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge. As sunset approaches, guests will savour a private gala dinner menu and curated wine pairings heighted by awe-inspiring views of the city from the 29th-floor restaurant Mariposa. Rates start at USD $8,500 per room per night in the Penthouse.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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