NEW LOOK FOR CLUB MED BINTAN ISLAND

Club Med Bintan Island has a new look and feel. Located just off the coast of Singapore, the all-inclusive resort now offers refreshed facilities and new activities for an invigorating and rejuvenating getaway with pampering and wellness at heart.


Club Med Bintan overlooks a private white sand beach bordered by lush green forests and hidden coves surrounded by rugged rocks and cliffs. The resort offers fresh, healthy cuisine served with a slice of authentic Indonesian culture.


New wellness experiences include yoga by the sea at sunset and sunrise, stand-up paddleboarding and twilight trapeze. Other activities include Pilates, sailing, kayaking, tennis, water polo and beach volleyball.


The nearby Ria Bintan golf course boasts a world-class 18 hole course with wide ocean views, plus a nine-hole forest course. Pampering for body, mind and soul is taken care of at the luxurious Hilltop Asmara spa using natural ingredients carefully selected to relax, soothe and revive.


The wellness theme of the revitalised Club Med Bintan Island, which welcomes families, extends to the Kids Club that caters for two- to 17-year-olds. Activities include circus school, a petit chef programme and sand painting, plus new cultural experiences such as the creation of colourful tie-dye patterns.


The fresh new food and beverage offering at Bintan Island caters for every taste. The à la carte restaurant, La Terrasse, specialises in fresh local seafood, while The Waterfall main restaurant features a wide selection of international cuisine. Bintan Island also of course offers guests Club Med’s famous all-inclusive packages, with gourmet meals, all-day snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and entertainment included in the price.


VANUATU’S NEW 4-STAR RAMADA RESORT PORT VILA ABOUT TO OPEN

Vanuatu’s first Ramada-branded property is about to open. The 80-room Ramada Resort Port Vila is nestled on the cliffs of Erakor Lagoon and offers guests sweeping views of the sandy white beaches and turquoise waters of Erakor Island.


Located just five minutes from the heart of Port Vila and ten minutes from Bauerfield International Airport, the new resort is due to open in March 2017, offering studio rooms as well as one- and two-bedroom suites.


The hotel has state-of-the-art facilities including an on-site restaurant and three bars showcasing the finest local produce and cuisine; a swimming pool; a gym, and four conference rooms.


George Dechaineux, Managing Director of Ramada Resort Port Vila, says: “We expect that the exceptional personalised service we will offer, coupled with our excellent location and in-built technology, will be a big drawcard for travellers. We very much look forward to welcoming our first guests.”


Globally, the Ramada brand includes more than 840 hotels in more than 40 countries, including 22 hotels currently open and operating in the South Pacific.


SEABREEZE RESORT TAKES HOME ULTIMATE PRIZE AT SAMOAN TOURISM AWARDS

The luxurious, adults-only Seabreeze Resort in Samoa proved the ultimate winner at the inaugural Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards recently, taking home the top and most sought-after awards of National Tourism Excellence Award, and Best Accommodation.


Nominated in five categories, Seabreeze Resort was a star of the evening which celebrated the outstanding performances of those who have made exceptional contributions to Samoa’s tourism industry in the past 12 months.


Wendy Booth, owner of Seabreeze Resort, says, “To win the most prestigious award at the first-ever Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards is a privilege and we are honoured to be recognised as the best in Samoa, especially considering the tough competition we were up against in both categories.


“This award means so much to us and our staff are overjoyed. With a philosophy of ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’, my husband Chris and I dedicate these awards to our committed and skilled staff who make this all possible.”


The Seabreeze Resort is the ultimate in boutique luxury, gently nestled into a private secluded bay on Samoa’s famous southeast coast of Upolu. The first “Genuine Adults-Only” resort in Samoa for guests 18 years and over, Seabreeze provides the ideal romantic getaway for honeymooners and couples or those seeking luxury and intimacy.


With quality, innovative cuisine and outstanding customer service paramount, Seabreeze Resort offers a range of dining options including the à la carte Waterfront Bar & Restaurant situated right on the water with unsurpassed lagoon and reef views, the Cbreeza Pizzeria, and Paulini’s Pool Bar.


FIJI’S TAVEUNI PALMS RESORT WINS TWO AWARDS

The luxurious Taveuni Palms Resort in Fiji’s northern islands has won two travel awards recognising the luxury and hospitality the resort is renowned for.


Tavenui Palms scooped the Best Resort and Hotel in Fiji award at the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards held in Marbella, Spain, and the award for Australasia’s Leading Luxury Boutique Island Resort at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards in Da Nang, Vietnam.


The 5-star Taveuni Palms Resort on Taveuni Island is the ultimate in boutique luxury. Set amongst swaying coconut palms on the edge of a golden sandy beach and surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters, the resort is a private hideaway perfect for honeymooners, weddings or the holiday of a lifetime.


Dining at the resort is an experience in itself, with each of its villas featuring five special private dining locations. Each villa comes with a personal chef who designs guests’ breakfast, lunches and four-course dinner menus based on their preferences. Whatever the menu, guests will be taken on a mouth-watering culinary journey through the South Pacific.


From the time guests wake there is always something magical to experience, from hiking to waterfalls, coastal walks, horseback riding, pearl farm tours, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, island beach picnics, dolphin-watching, paddleboarding, kayaking and diving trips to famous world-class sites. Be part of traditional Fijian cultural ceremonies or try a cooking lesson with each villa’s personal chef.


In the privacy of each magnificent villa, Taveuni Palms offers a variety of relaxing spa treatments, using only the finest Pure Fiji products, designed to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.


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