Working in Paradise

Carl in Rangiroa
Working in Rangiroa

Two or three times a year, I travel to a place I call, “paradise.” Where’s Paradise? Well, it’s the Islands of Tahiti, of course! There is so much to see and so many places to explore, and it’s a stay I never have a problem enjoying.

Every December, Tahiti Tourisme North America has a conference for both current and prospective Tahiti Experts. This one-day event gives me a chance to network with the destination’s top travel suppliers, including resort managers, sales representatives, excursion operators, pearl vendors, Tahitian vanilla farmers, and more.

It is unbelievable how such a small destination continuously goes through so many changes. My work trip is a chance to catch-up on staffing changes, new tours, room renovations, category additions and even complete resort closures and renovations.   No one can be a true Tahiti expert agent without visiting regularly to stay on top of all these changes and updates, and I can’t imagine trying to do that from afar.

This year, in addition to the one day conference mentioned above, I stayed at six different properties in

snorkelling tiputa pass
Snorkelling Tiputa Pass

my 7-night visit, tried out many new tours, and explored independently as well. Throughout the week, I was also able to sample many of Tahiti’s wonderful restaurants.

In Rangiroa, I stayed at the Kia Ora, Le Sauvage and Motu Teta while snorkeling Tiputa pass with the sharks, eels, turtles, and thousands upon thousands of fish. I also had the chance to visit the beautiful Pink Sands beach, along with a brief stop to bird island.

On the main island of Tahiti, I spent 2-nights at the Tahiti Pearl Resort and received a sneak peak of one of their newly renovated rooms.  Later, I thoroughly enjoyed touring the quiet and remote area of Tahiti Iti, staying at the tree house Vanira Lodge, and spending some time on the water at the famous Teahupao’o wave where the annual Billabong surf tournament takes place.

Carl and Michel Sauvage
Meeting Resort staff

On Bora Bora, I had the chance to see the new Conrad Bora Bora Nui Hotel and stay at the lovely St. Regis Bora Bora in their incredible Royal Estate (over 10,000 square feet!).  I also stopped by to see Motu Tapu and was privileged to take a new private lagoon tour. It included snorkeling the coral gardens, swimming with the sharks, sting rays, manta rays, all capped off by an amazing Tahitian feast on a stunning little motu in the lagoon.

You may ask why I take this trip every year. Is it because it’s fun? Absolutely! Because I love it? For sure! But, more importantly, I do it for you. You see, if I can hone my skills and knowledge on this destination, it’s a sure bet that I can create the perfect trip for you, your family, and your friends. It’s the little details that make a big difference in building your dream Tahitian experience.

Life is too precious and short. Don’t wait any longer to contact me, the Tahiti Expert, when planning your Tahitian Holiday!  Don’t let a special trip like this get planned by someone who doesn’t truly know the islands.

Call me – Carl – 1.877.972.2275

Excitement in a Construction Zone – A visit to the new Conrad Bora Bora

Conrad Bora Bora NuiI write this blog post as I sit on the plane returning from my annual business trip to Tahiti and her Islands. I am reminded how important it is that I continue to visit at least once a year. Although a small and quiet destination, it is unbelievable how many updates continually take place. Changes in resort ownership, property management companies, managers, tours, renovations, and more!

For this post, I just wanted to share all the exciting news about the new Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa. The resort was previously the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa and has been closed for some time to completely renovate and redo the whole property before they relaunched as a new and upgraded Conrad resort.

Upon arrival, we were dropped off in what looked like a very chaotic shipping or warehouse dock. At first, I was completely shocked by the state of the resort, expecting it to be much more complete. However, we were assured things are moving forward as planned. There are currently about 300 crew working 24-hours a day to get it complete and ready to accept guests in early 2018.

As we toured the resort, the initial shock of the construction zone slowly disappeared, and excitement and an image of the finished property were coming together in my mind. Conrad’s goal is a more modern design with unique and entertaining features coupled with events around the resort and excursions to draw in the Polynesian history and culture.

The updated bungalows were gorgeous. A wall has been removed from the original structConrad Bora Boraures giving them an open concept; very bright and airy. In front of the bed are sliding glass doors that grant a magnificent view of the beautiful lagoon. Décor is a bit more modern with black furniture, a luxurious round bathtub, and an abundant use of beautiful wood that keeps more of a Polynesian feel.

For the technology lover, the rooms are state-of-the-art. I loved the built-in Bluetooth speaker system that allows you to control three different sound zones, including the built-in speakers outside on your deck. Televisions have input plugs that allow you to hook up your electronic devices. This is great for viewing and editing pictures from your trip. There’s also a handy switch at your bedside to control all lights and the ceiling fan from one spot (I hate searching all over a 1,000-square foot bungalow for light switches!).

Conrad is also building two new beach bungalows with private plunge pools and adding similar pools to many of the existing overwater cottages. In the end, every bungalow will have been completely renovated from top to bottom.

Around the resort, there are some fun new features being added too. Look forward to:Motu Tapu

  • A fun 18-hole mini golf course
  • An exciting kids club (specially divided into two age categories)
  • In-water dining at the pool
  • A mixologist on site for creative cocktails
  • Access to beautiful Motu Tapu
  • Million dollar dinner – A dinner service at the top of the Motu with a million dollar view!
  • Rumours of an ice cream trolley strolling the property, and much more!

Overall, on the surface, it appears there is still much work to be done before they begin accepting guests, but once completed, I think the resort is going to be an incredible hit! I look forward to returning to experience the food and service as well as all the great amenities and features I learned of on this tour.

Promotions as of the time of this post

Currently, I have a soft opening launch promotion of 40% off the regular rates for a stays from January 25, 2017 until May 31 2017 . I also have some combination promotions available as well, for when you stay at both the Hilton Moorea and the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Contact me  or fill in the planning form to get your visit to the newest resort in Bora Bora in the works!