Tahiti & Her Islands, Part I
Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist of Magical Escapes
many, the word “honeymoon” conjures up idyllic images
of pristine white sand beaches overlooking an ocean of blues which
could never be captured in a painter’s palette. A hammock
swings lazily among the palm trees on the edge of the beach, and
the honeymooner’s hideaway sits over the water. The island
may not be deserted, but it feels that way – a hidden paradise
to enjoy the start of one’s married life.
But in this day of crowded tourist
locations and beaches, can such a romantic honeymoon hideaway truly
be found? The answer is yes – and Magical Escapes Vacations
and the Western New England Bridal Show can take you there.
The Grand Prize Honeymoon Giveaway
at the Western New England Bridal Show on November 20, 2005 will
consist of an unforgettable honeymoon escape to Tahiti & Her
Islands for 7 Nights, including international and inter-island airfare.
While some restrictions apply, this prize will give one lucky couple
the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Tahiti makes a honeymoon experience
unlike any other. The islands that make up French Polynesia and
the Marquesas – commonly referred to as Tahiti & Her Islands
– lay in an ideal location in the heart of the South Pacific,
where warm winds and blue lagoons create a tropical paradise. These
South Sea islands have been seducing honeymooners to its shores
for generations, yet the “secluded island” feeling remains,
with intimate luxurious resorts on the edges of pristine beaches
and turquoise blue lagoons. Tahiti receives in an entire year the
number of visitors that Hawaii does in a typical day, allowing you
to escape the crowds and enjoy a special honeymoon retreat.
far south of the equator as Hawaii is north, Tahiti is halfway between
California and Australia, on the same side of the International
Date Line as North America, and in the same time zone as Hawaii.
As of July 4th, non-stop service to Tahiti is available out of JFK
Airport in New York City on Air Tahiti Nui, a pleasant flight just
under 12 hours (or eight hours out of Los Angeles). For those who
would like to visit Australia and New Zealand, you can now combine
a stay in Tahiti with a vacation in either destination.
Your magical Tahitian escape begins
with your flight to Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui. The international
airline of Tahiti operates one of the youngest fleets of Airbus
A340-300 aircraft in the world. Even their coach class has spacious
seating, with personal video systems for each passenger on most
of their aircrafts. Once you take off from New York, the crew changes
into their native Tahitian garb, and the smells and sounds of the
Islands fill the cabin. You will quickly see why flying Air Tahiti
Nui is one of the most unique flight experiences in the world.
Once you arrive on the island of
Tahiti, you are greeted as you disembark, given floral leis while
a band performs as you walk into the airport to claim your luggage,
or connect with an inter-island flight.
turtle-shaped island of Tahiti is the largest of the 118 islands
of French Polynesia, and home to the only city on the islands: Papeete,
the country’s capital (pronounced “Pah-pay-ay-tay”).
Polynesia’s two highest peaks crown the islands, while black
velvet beaches and pink coral reefs surround it. Papeete boasts
a famous, and recently renovated, waterfront, where entertainment,
great food, and hand-made crafts can all be found. A stay in Tahiti
would not be complete without a visit to Le Marche, Tahiti’s
open air market. Away from the bustle of the city, the scenery turns
to the lush tropical valleys and foothills with swaying palms and
cascading waterfalls. Many tours are offered into the interior of
the island, offering a glimpse at a beauty so at odds with the upbeat
modernism of the city of Papeete.
While there are many great resorts
on the main island of Tahiti, winners of the Grand Prize Honeymoon
will spend one night on this great island at the new four-star Radisson
Resort Plaza Tahiti. This resort is set in acres of lush tropical
gardens on the exotic black sand Lafayette Beach, and features breathtaking
views of the reef and the island of Moorea. Many rooms offer whirlpools
and balconies, and the hotel also boasts a restaurant and bar, full
service Spa, and many activities and entertainment, all within a
few minutes of the heart of Papeete.
located ten minutes by plane from the island of Tahiti, is what
one dreams of when they think of the South Pacific. The beauty of
this island is at once both rugged and captivating: from emerald
mountains that rise majestically from the sea, to ivory beaches,
blue lagoons, and pineapple plantations. Moorea has captivated the
imagination of countless writers and artists with its magnificent
reefs, mountains, bays, and waterfalls, coupled with an easygoing
lifestyle. Villages, as well as boutique shops and restaurants,
dot the waterfront road, while safari-style tours of the islands
interior offers breathtaking views of Cook’s and Opunohu Bays.
The magnificent four-star Moorea
Pearl Resort & Spa is where our lucky honeymoon winners will
find themselves for three magical nights. Located on 7.5 acres of
white sand beach within 2 miles of Cook’s Bay, this resort
boasts 65 Bungalows (overwater, beach, and garden locations) and
30 garden rooms, as well as two restaurants, a bar, a vast array
of entertainment and activities, onsite dive center, and a full-service
Manea Spa to pamper you as you deserve.
there, our lucky honeymoon winners will be whisked away to the remote
island of Manihi, deep in the Tuamoto Atolls. This archipelago is
the largest collection of coral atolls in the world. Far from the
bustle of any city, the three nights on Manihi will fulfill your
dreams of a secluded, yet romantic, tropical island escape.
Manihi is a string of islets where
palm trees sway on stretches of white sand beaches, encircling a
perfect emerald lagoon – an almost fairytale-like setting.
This island is home to the first Black Pearl Farm, as well as amazing
coral and sea-life.
Here, our lucky winners will spend
three nights at the four-star Manihi Pearl Resort, an intimate resort
with only 41 Overwater and Beach Bungaows. Its 19 overwater bungalows
(with glass lagoon-viewing coffee tables) invites you to snorkel
its emerald waters among colorful coral, while its 22 beach bungalows
invite you to relax on its sugar-white sands. Boasting one of the
best restaurants in Tahiti, the Manihi Pearl Resort offers a lagoon
view terrace for dining and a bar overlooking a beautiful pool.
Many activities are offered here, ranging from an onsite dive club
to visiting the Black Pearl farms to the ultimate in romance: motu
Tahiti truly is a romantic destination
unlike any other, and the perfect honeymoon to start any marriage.
In its idyllic palm trees, pristine beaches, and crystalline lagoons,
you will create an experience that will provide memories to treasure
for the rest of your life.
About Michelle Mangio
Michelle Mangio is the owner of Magical Escapes Vacations, based
in Attleboro, MA. She is a certified Honeymoons & Destination
Weddings Specialist, with expertise in many popular honeymoon locations,
including Tahiti & the South Pacific, Australia, Aruba, Hawaii,
Cancun, and more.
About Magical Escapes Vacations
Magical Escapes Vacation is a full-service travel agency specializing
in complete destination planning for any occasion. “Don’t
just make reservations. Make experiences. Create memories. Live
your dreams.” Let Magical Escapes Vacations take the stress
and uncertainty out of vacation planning by assisting you in creating
a vacation to remember for a lifetime. Our unique personalized approach
will exceed your expectations. We treat each vacation like it was
our own, and will work with you to find the perfect getaway. So
escape away today… because everyone deserves a vacation.
For more information, contact Michelle at Magical Escapes Vacations
toll-free at 866-698-7849 or locally at 508-717-2535, by email at
michelle @ magicalescapes.com,
or online at http://www.magicalescapes.com
The Grand Prize Honeymoon Giveaway at the Western New England
Bridal Show will consist of Roundtrip International Airfare for
2 out of New York City on Air Tahiti Nui, Inter-Island Air from
Tahiti to Moorea on Air Moorea, Inter-Island Air from Tahiti to
Manihi on Air Tahiti, 1 Night on Tahiti at the Radisson Resort Plaza
Tahiti, 3 Nights on Moorea at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa,
and 3 Nights on Manihi at the Manihi Pearl Resort & Spa. Some
restrictions apply. Must be redeemed by December 12, 2006. This
prize is brought to you by Magical Escapes Vacations, in partnership
with Air Tahiti Nui and Pearl Resorts, and with Air Tahiti, Air
Moorea, and Radisson Resorts.
Magical Escapes Vacations – http://www.magicalescapes.com
Air Tahiti Nui – www.airtahitinui-usa.com
Pearl Resorts – www.pearlresorts.com
Air Tahiti – www.airtahiti.pf
Air Moorea – www.airmoorea.com
Radisson Resorts - http://www.radisson.com/aruefrp
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(This article originally appeared in the October
2005 Edition of the Wedding