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Diverse Enhancements Bring the Jean-Michel Cousteau
Fiji Islands Resort to a New Level of Luxury 


Vanua Levu, Fiji, Sept. 1, 2004 - Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort announces a series of major enhancements to the property designed to further attract its upscale clientele.  First on a long list of changes is the introduction of the Point Reef Villa.  Created for discriminating couples, the Villa is perhaps the most luxurious accommodation in Fiji.  Other recent enhancements at the resort include an expanded adult pool, revamped Spa offerings, three Oceanfront Suite bures, a celebrated Australian chef as the new food consultant, a new family pool with water slide and more.

According to Michael Freed, managing partner of Passport Resorts, the yearlong changes have been made to enhance the property and reflect the level of excellence of the company's other renowned resorts, Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, and Hotel Hana-Maui.  "Over the past few years, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort has received a number of major awards for food, service, diving, cultural programs and the overall resort experience," said Freed.  "We're building on that recognition and making the resort even better, particularly for couples who seek to combine luxury and pampering with an unparalleled number of activities, many unique to Fiji and our resort.  We think these changes, coupled with further enhancements to come, will delight both new and past guests who expect exceptional standards from Passport Resorts."

Here are some key enhancements to the resort in the past 12 months:

Point Reef Villa.  Built in the traditional Fijian style, the new Point Reef Villa is the resort's first grand-scale bure, offering every modern convenience and luxury, including air-conditioning, phone and Internet access: another first at the resort.  The Villa is a harmonious blend of indoor and outdoor living.  With  over 2,000 square feet of living area, the luxurious Villa is made up of a number of bures linked with expansive, multi-leveled decks and gardens.  The Master Bedroom features a Fijian hardwood four-poster bed overlooking a one-of-a-kind bathing suite with spa tub, outdoor shower, 11-foot stone waterfall and tropical gardens, creating a peaceful retreat.  There is also a private swimming pool and covered daybed, another outdoor shower area, outdoor sitting and dining area.  The living area features a kitchen off to one side where resort staff can serve meals so guests do not have to leave their Fijian paradise.  The exceptional Villa combines contemporary style and natural elegance with traditional Fijian architecture and ambience - perfect for discriminating couples who desire a truly romantic experience. The minimum stay is five nights. The Villa is priced at $2,000 per night. 

Point Reef Villa
Enhanced Adult Pool.  The adult pool is now larger, with an infinity edge, spacious swimming area, and shallow-water conversation space with seating and umbrellas -- ideal for relaxing with a drink.  The extended poolside deck now offers a shady pergola with daybeds and more dining space.

Oceanfront Suite Bures.  These three new bures are ideal for honeymoon couples, two adults traveling together, or families of four or five.  Each features an extra king bed in a separate room that can be closed off for privacy.

Enhanced Spa Offerings.  Monika Jalovec, Post Ranch Inn's spa director, recently revamped the Fiji resort's spa program with new treatments and massages.  The resort also now works with Pure Fiji, a Fijian spa products supplier using traditional blends of coconut oil and flower extracts in its natural bath and body care. 
Dine-Out Bures.  Because sunset dinners at the pier's end are so popular, two private dine-out bures along the beach were added.  Now guests have more choices to enjoy intimate al fresco dining experiences. 

Renowned Food Consultant.  Alla Wolf-Tasker, celebrated Chef at Lake House in Daylesford, Australia, is now working as the resort's food consultant.  Guests can expect savory new twists to Executive Chef Vijendra Kumar's award-winning cuisine (ranked '#4 Best Food' in the entire Pacific region, Travel + Leisure Reader's Poll, 2001).

New Family Pool.  The resort added another pool to the Bula Camp Area.  Perfect for kids of all ages, this larger, deeper pool has a 20-foot long water slide for family fun and games. 

New Activities.  Adding to a long list of activities, the resort now offers deep-sea fishing -- but only in the deep and plentiful sea, never within the delicate reef.  Another popular new activity is visiting the nearby black pearl farm to witness the painstaking techniques that create these cultured beauties.

About Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
Managed by Passport Resorts, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is recognized as one of the top resorts in the region.  Travel + Leisure Readers' Poll has ranked it the #1 'Resort in Fiji', #2 for 'World's Best Food' in Fiji, #3 for 'World's Best Service' in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, and '#4 Best Food' in the entire Pacific region. The Passport Resorts U.S. marketing and sales office is located at 921 Front Street, San Francisco. 

Also See: Hotel Hana-Maui Acquired by the Owners of Post Ranch Inn, Michael Freed and Peter Heinemann / Aug 2001
Air Pacific & Colonial Funding F$73.5 million Novotel Resort on Denarau Island in Fiji / February 2004

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