Silversea Unveils Grand Asia Pacific Voyage In Partnership With The Peninsula Hotels

Silversea Cruises has announced a partnership with The Peninsula Hotels that will enhance the programming for Silver Muse‘s 73-day Grand Asia Pacific Voyage, departing on February 2, 2019, as part of the First Quarter Itinerary for 2019 now open to reservations. The two renowned luxury brands will also collaborate on other Asia-focused itineraries.

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Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse at Sea. The ship will embark on a 73-day Grand Asia Pacific Voyage, departing on February 2, 2019, as part of the First Quarter Itinerary for 2019.

Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud joining the Expedition fleet in 2018, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and 1,000 fascinating destinations in between.

The Grand Asia Pacific Voyage will sail from Sydney to Tokyo, visiting 39 enchanting destinations in 12 countries. On this extraordinary journey, Silver Muse will trace a path through lands Down Under, revealing its unique cultures and breath-taking scenery — from Sydney’s iconic Opera House to the green-draped fjords of New Zealand‘s Milford Sound. The adventure then continues to the timeless treasures and futuristic vision of Asia, with a trio of segments encompassing Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and Japan.

The Peninsula Hotels will enrich the experience for Silversea guests with insider knowledge provided on the exotic Asian destination by an on board team of local specialists and chefs. Guests will also enjoy exclusive events in select Asian cities, arranged in collaboration with The Peninsula Hotels.

Providing the perfect finishing touch will be a three-night post-cruise stay at The Peninsula Tokyo, where guests will be treated to a Japanese-themed dinner event in the hotel’s elegant Grand Ballroom.

We are delighted and honoured to have this opportunity to partner with such a legendary brand,” said Mr Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s executive chairman. “The Peninsula Hotels shares our commitment to excellence and providing the highest level of personal attention, and we are certain this will be reflected in every detail of their contributions to our guests’ travel experience.”

Aboard Silver Muse guests enjoy spacious ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine at eight dining venues, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including a complimentary selection of wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining service; lecture and enrichment programs; roundtrip transportation into town (in most ports); on board gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments); and one hour of complimentary Wi-Fi per day for all guests.

We are delighted to announce this partnership with Silversea, which marks an exceptional and personalised travel opportunity. Silversea is globally recognised as an innovative leader in ultra-luxury cruising and The Peninsula is renowned as one of the world’s finest ultra-luxury hotel brands. By coming together, the two companies will offer a seamless and exquisite journey on sea and on land for our discerning guests,” said Mr Clement Kwok, CEO of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels. “We look forward to developing personalised programmes that will provide Silversea guests with truly memorable and authentic experiences of Asia’s culture, history and traditions.”

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Gaetano Pesce Art Exhibition at The Peninsula Chicago

Aligning With Expo Chicago, The Peninsula Chicago Announces An Exhibition Celebrating Artist, Architect And Designer Gaetano Pesce Curated by Salon 94 Design

The Peninsula Chicago presents an exclusive art exhibition with works created by impresario artist, architect, and designer Gaetano Pesce. Curated by Salon 94 Design, the exhibition entitled, What it is to be Human,” aligns with the sixth annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, taking place at Navy Pier, September 13 to 17, 2017, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial September 16 to January 7, 2018. The collection is open to the public and displayed in the hotel, September 11 to October 9, 2017.

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Gaetano Pesce, Palladio Cabinet, 2007. Photo by Jeff Elstone

With this exhibition, The Peninsula Hotels is continuing its support of innovative public art around the world, by partnering with museums, galleries, and private collectors so guests may enjoy pioneering works by established masters and emerging artists. Each hotel has committed to supporting the arts and art-related Peninsula Academy programs.The Peninsula Chicago Logo

The exhibit title explains how Gaetano’s art connects with humanity, showcasing joy in each piece: featuring 20 objects including: Ritratto dell’ Uomo Centento Cabinet, 2016; Palladio Cabinet, 2007; two versions of Rug Wall Lamp, 2017; Friend Lamp, 2014; What it is to be human chandelier, 2012; Lake Table, 2012; Ricordo della Gamba Sinistra (Skin), 2015; Ritratto di quello che non guarda…o almeno così sembra (Skin), 2015; a selection of Tree Vases, 2015-2017; and ‘Donna’ chair 1969, on loan from Luminaire—an armchair and pouf—a metaphor of the female figure and whimsically comes with a ball and chain. All objects are available for purchase.

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Gaetano Pesce, Rug Wall Lamps, 2017

Maria Razumich-Zec, Regional Vice President and General Manager of The Peninsula Chicago says, “Known for celebrating thoughtful art within the hotel, it is our honor to display Mr. Pesce’s works that provoke thought, emotion and dialogue.”

We are extremely grateful for our partnership with The Peninsula Chicago as both our Official Hotel Sponsor and their ongoing commitment to presenting international artworks to the Chicago community,” said EXPO CHICAGO President | Director Tony Karman. “Gaetano Pesce is an internationally respected artist and this is a not-to-be-missed exhibition.”

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Expo Chicago 2017 logo

“The work of iconic designer Gaetano Pesce, at The Peninsula Chicago, highlights Salon 94 Design’s focus on radical design. Gaetano’s 50-year career is centered around experimenting with materials and technologies. Featured are his papier-mâche and resin tree vases, recalling the Tuscan landscape of his youth, alongside his explosive sculptural sconces,” said Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, owner of Salon 94 Design. Continue reading

Now Open: The Spectacular New Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya

The New Property Marks A New Era Of Luxurious Hospitality And Personalized Service In The Capital Of Kuwait

Four Seasons Invites Guests To Experience Its Newest Hotel In The Gulf Region With Special Introductory Offer

Entering the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to the dramatic staircase, spiraling 13 meters (43 feet) up through the soaring lobby, appearing to defy gravity as it makes its way toward the sky. Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya is part of a growing collection of Four Seasons hotels and resorts in the Gulf region, including award-winning hotels in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, and three properties in the United Arab Emirates.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Grand Stairways in Lobby

Our own ‘stairway to heaven’ is quickly becoming the symbol of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait, and indeed it reflects the optimism one feels in this dynamic city,” notes General Manager Didier Jardin on the occasion of the Hotel’s opening day. “For our team of 415 staff, it’s a daily inspiration to take the hospitality experience to new heights, proudly introducing renowned Four Seasons service culture in a new country while being at the vanguard of the company’s continuing leadership around the world.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya in Kuwait City (Far Right)

Located within the new, two-tower Burj Alshaya development – the stylish new centerpiece of Kuwait City – Four Seasons is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers visiting the city, as well as local guests to dine, entertain and relax. Indeed, with 2,912 square meters (31,349 square feet) of beautifully-appointed event spaces hosting up to 1,200 guests, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait already has many important business meetings and social events on the calendar – including 21 weddings so far.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Royal Suite

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Guest Room

With 217 guest rooms plus 67 lavish suites, the property easily transforms for each individual guest, whether in the city to do business, enjoy an urban getaway for two, or with the whole family for a holiday filled with shopping, sightseeing and playing in the outdoor pool. Four dining venues – plus a fifth opening this month – showcase the creations of international culinary talent while celebrating local tastes and traditions. A two-level spa complex hosts innovative treatments as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and second swimming pool.

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya - Hotel Public Space

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Hotel Public Space

The Look of the New Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait

Conceived by Gensler architects and designed by Yabu Pushelberg, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait easily stands among the most striking hotels in the world, and yet it is distinctly Kuwaiti in style and ambiance. Continue reading

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous

  • The new five-star IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous is situated in one of Majorca’s most exclusive areas.
  • Designed by Marcel Wanders, facilities at the new hotel include Astir, a gourmet restaurant and the only one on the island to serve El Capricho meat, the finest in the world.
  • Guests at the hotel will enjoy a butler service endorsed by the prestigious British Butler Guild, as well as an extensive ‘menu’ of special services.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts opened its newest hotel, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous, boasting a prime beachfront location in one of Majorca’s most exclusive areas. This grand luxury five-star hotel is the first establishment in the Mediterranean to be included in The Grand Collection, the company’s premium category, combining impeccable designer architecture with the most innovative and personalized services.

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The hotel stands in a prime location set against a stunning backdrop, and meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the interior design. Five-star hotel standards are guaranteed thanks to the butler service endorsed by the prestigious British Butler Guild, including a fabulous ‘menu’ of special services.

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous(Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous(Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous(Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The 66 rooms include four double penthouses with a private terrace and Jacuzzi, and five unique themed suites, all designed by Marcel Wanders. The accommodation options include two Naughty Suites for those wishing to live out their most secret fantasies, and a Stargazer Suite, where guests will have the chance to travel far beyond the stars in a unique adventure into outer space. The fun-filled facilities in the Games Suite feature a pinball machine, table football, video game console and even a putting green on the terrace. In turn, the Heritage Suite has been designed with lovers of art and antiques in mind, whilst the Spa Suite is the ideal choice for those in search of total rest and relaxation. All in all, a fabulous range of one-of-a-kind rooms.

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous (Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The chain’s painstaking attention to even the smallest detail is also reflected in the hotel’s gastronomy options. The IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous has four spaces serving locally sourced organic products including the Astir Gourmet Restaurant, the Selini Lobby Bar, and the Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the Guest Experience offering unlimited personalized services such as getting a table at any of the island’s restaurants without having to give a thought to waiting lists, access to a personal shopper, or even making a last-minute booking for a helicopter or boat. Nothing is beyond the reach of guests staying at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous.

IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach

After IBEROSTAR 70 Park Avenue in New York, the IBEROSTAR Berkeley in Miami Beach, Fla. becomes the second hotel in the U.S. and the 36th in the Americas

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, known for its luxurious four and five-star properties located in the most spectacular destinations around the world, has opened the doors of its second U.S. hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The historic building, now renamed IBEROSTAR Berkeley, was fully renovated under a $43 million investment and is situated at 1610 Collins Avenue, right at the heart of South Beach.

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is a resort hotel chain based in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), founded by the Fluxà family in 1986. The company is an integral part of GRUPO IBEROSTAR, one of the main Spanish tourist companies with over 60 years of experience, which currently has 100 hotels with 4 and 5 stars in 17 countries around the world.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

We are thrilled to launch the IBEROSTAR Berkeley in South Beach, one of the hottest spots in the world. Its pristine beaches, vibrant culture and perfect weather, combined with our excellent customer service and amenities, make it the ideal dwelling option in the area,” said Enric Noguer, IBEROSTAR Managing Director for the Americas. “This second IBEROSTAR hotel in the United States is proof of our commitment to this market, where we strive to serve international, as well as national tourists, and to connect with the local community and its cultural heritage,” Noguer said.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The new IBEROSTAR Berkeley features 96 brand-new, luxuriously designed guestrooms, including 20 premier rooms with balconies, a lush Sun Deck with spectacular views of Collins Avenue, and signature restaurant BLT Steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This pet-friendly hotel also offers a fully-equipped fitness room; a beautiful heated pool and deck with a lounge area on the fourth floor; 24-hour room service; full housekeeping with turndown service; and beach club with towels, chairs, and umbrellas; among other amenities and services. The standard and deluxe rooms feature one king and two queen size beds, respectively, as well as a minibar with snacks and soft drinks, onyx designer rain showers, comfortable workspaces with outlets and USB ports, and much more.

IBEROSTAR Berkeley is one of the new properties the brand has been developing within the urban segment, with a plan to reach a total of 15 in the next three years in key cities like Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, New York, Havana, Santo Domingo and Lima, among others. Boasting the superior level of customer service and quality the brand is globally known for, these urban hotels are located at the heart of the city they are in, close to key points of interest. In this case, IBEROSTAR Berkeley is just steps away from the beach; Lincoln Road Mall (for dining, shopping, and art gallery visits); the New World Center, home to the New World Symphony; the Miami Beach Convention Center; the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater; and the cosmopolitan Ocean Drive; among other iconic South Beach locations.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

In honor of the opening, IBEROSTAR Berkeley is offering one night free when booking three or more nights Must be booked by August 31st with travel dates of August 1 – November 30, 2017. A 72-hour cancellation policy applies. To book, visit www.IBEROSTAR.com.

Historic Hotels of America Announces 2017 Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalists

Hotels and Recipients to be Honored at the 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on September 28 at The Omni Homestead Resort

Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® has announced the nominee finalists for the 2017 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. These Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation and around the world.

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. The organization has more than 298 historic hotels which have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. (See more information below.)HHA_Black

Historic Hotels Worldwide® is a prestigious collection of historic treasures, including historic hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning ten centuries. The organization represents the finest global collection of more than 260 historic hotels in more than 34 countries and is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures. (See more information below.)Historic Hotels Worldwide®

The 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner will take place at The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) in Hot Springs, Virginia on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6 pm. The final award winners will be announced to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels around the world.

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

From over 200 nominations, the awards committee evaluated, and after careful consideration selected the following 2017 award nominee finalists:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

Inn at Willow Grove (1778) Orange, Virginia

The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia

Penn Wells Hotel (1869) Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1924) Syracuse, New York

Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton (1927) Saranac Lake, New York

Silver Birches (1929) Hawley, Pennsylvania

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, California

Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Otesaga Hotel and the Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York

Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa

The Don CeSar (1928) St. Petersburg, Florida

Sustainability Champion

Hotel El Convento (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico

Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York

Ledges Hotel (1890) Hawley, Pennsylvania

The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts

Inn at the Presidio (1903) San Francisco, California

The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia

The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa (1799) Montchanin, Delaware

Napa River Inn (1884) Napa, California

OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York

The Lord Jeffery Inn (1926) Amherst, Massachusetts

The Dunhill Hotel (1929) Charlotte, North Carolina Continue reading

InterContinental® Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa And InterContinental® Bora Bora Le Moana Resort Honored On Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017 List Of “The Best Resorts In The South Pacific”

InterContinental Resorts French Polynesia is pleased to announce that the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa and the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort were both honored by readers in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017 on the top five list of “The Best Resorts in the South Pacific.”World's Best 2017

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located on a virgin beach on Motu Piti Aau with breathtaking views of Bora Bora’s majestic Mount Otemanu. Known for its exemplary service to its guests, the resort features a number of unique attributes, including: luxurious overwater villas each with a split-level terrace and sundeck for easy access to the turquoise waters of the lagoon; two of the finest culinary experiences in French Polynesia at its restaurants Reef and Le Corail; and the first overwater wedding chapel with glass bottom floor in French Polynesia. The resort just unveiled 10 overwater villas with private infinity pools and will debut four new overwater Brando Suites Bora Bora in December 2017 which each feature 3,400 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space and uninterrupted, 180-degree views of Mount Otemanu.

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

The resort’s Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm is the very first spa to utilize the benefits of deep-sea water and minerals extracted from the Pacific Ocean in its signature spa treatments. And, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa‘s romantic Secret Garden of Love offers couples the opportunity to symbolize their eternal devotion by sealing their love with a lock in Polynesian style in the resort’s botanical garden.

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Thank you to the readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious honor,” said Stephane Massarini, General Manager, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. “Every day we look forward to providing our guests with an extraordinary stay in Bora Bora.” Continue reading