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St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora Opens in French Polynesia; 
Milton Sgarbi, the Opening GM
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BORA BORA, French Polynesia (June 20, 2006) -- St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora has officially opened, marking the legendary brand’s first resort in French Polynesia and introducing an unrivaled dimension of luxury and hospitality to the South Pacific.  The magnificent 44-acre property offers the most luxurious accommodations in the region -- with construction costs exceeding $1 million per villa -- combined with St. Regis’ personalized services and amenities, including 24-hour concierge, room service and the legendary St. Regis Butler Service.

“The pristine islands of French Polynesia have become one of the most sought-after destinations in the world,” said Milton Sgarbi, general manager of St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora.  “With the opening of the St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora, travelers will be enchanted by the most luxurious, secluded and breathtaking resort in the region.  I am confident that the St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora will stand among the finest resorts in the world.”

St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora is Starwood’s fourth managed property in French Polynesia in association with owner Louis Wane, who also owns Sheraton Hotel Tahiti, Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa and Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, a Luxury Collection Hotel. 

Featuring 100 exquisitely designed over-water and beach villas, many with terrace whirlpools or private swimming pools, the one-, two- and three-bedroom villas range in size from 1,550 square feet to the resort’s ultra-luxurious 13,000-square-foot Royal Estate, fittingly set apart in a secluded cove.  St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora’s magnificent accommodations showcase exotic woods and regional art and pamper guests with private outdoor showers, Pratesi linens and Acqua di Parma amenities.  Guests also enjoy 42-inch plasma televisions, Bose DVD/CD players and high-speed Internet throughout their villas.

St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora features a number of firsts for French Polynesia, including five over-water villas with private swimming pools suspended over the lagoon, two secluded beach villas with access to a private helicopter pad and the unmatched Royal Estate, the largest and most luxurious villa in the South Seas.  
 
Guests of the resort will enjoy three world-class restaurants, including Lagoon, the resort’s signature over-water restaurant, as well as Sushi Take, Bora Bora’s first sushi restaurant.  Spa Miri Miri, the 13,000-square-foot world-class spa is located on its own island in the lagoon, accessible by a foot-bridge, and features Tahitian and Pacific Rim treatments in seven treatment rooms.  The use of natural herbs and extracts from the island will create an unforgettably sensual experience.

The resort features a Focal pool with swim-up bar and a romantic adult pool offering private day-bed cabanas.  Other water activities include snorkeling, unparalleled reef fishing, deep-sea fishing, and the island’s only catch and release fly-fishing at the resort’s private lagoonarium.  St. Regis’ Butlers are available to assist with off-site excursions and reservations, and families can take advantage of St. Regis’ Creativity Club, which provides supervised activities for children.  

Set amidst lush unspoiled surroundings and pristine waters, guests enjoy spectacular views of the main island of Bora Bora as well as the mystical Mount Otemanu, towering over the Pacific Ocean, with the remote islands of Tahaa and Raiatea on the horizon.  St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora is protected by self-contained saltwater lagoons and designed to complement the surrounding landscape.  The resort features a manmade “hoa” -- a Tahitian inlet that utilizes the ocean tides and currents -- that provides deep ocean water to the lagoon, replenishing fresh nutrients to sustain the abundant variety of native fish and stingrays.  

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts includes the most celebrated properties in the world.  Founded by John Jacob Astor with the landmark St. Regis Hotel, New York over a century ago, the company will unveil highly anticipated St. Regis properties in Bora Bora, French Polynesia (2006), Fort Lauderdale (2006), Anguilla (2007), Mexico City (2007), Singapore (2007), Atlanta (2008), Bal Harbour, Florida (2008) and Deer Valley, Utah (2008) that will further enhance the brand's legacy.  Personalized service and amenities, enviable locations and luxuriously localized design are recognized worldwide as hallmarks of the St. Regis experience.  

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Contact:

 Amie Rubenstein
415.394.6500
www.stregis.com

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Also See: Developer Louis Wane Appoints Starwood's St. Regis Brand to Manage Luxury Bora Bora Resort with 101 Overwater and Beach Villas / October 2005
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Breaks Ground on Luxury Property in Punta Mita; St. Regis Resort, Punta Mita Will Have 120 guest rooms and 65 villas for Fractional and Whole Ownership / May 2006


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