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Le Méridien Bora Bora Reopens Following $12 Million
February 22, 2011 (Bora Bora) - It's a new day for Le Méridien in French Polynesia, with the reopening of Le Méridien Bora Bora following completion of the final stage of its $12 million resort-wide renovation. The final phase of the transformation includes new interiors for all beach bungalows, overwater bungalows and public spaces, as well as a new Turtle Observatory. The re-opening follows sister resort Le Méridien Tahiti's redesign, which debuted earlier this month, signaling the re-launch of the Le Méridien brand in French Polynesia.
"We are thrilled to re-introduce our guests to the 'new' Le Méridien in French Polynesia with the unveiling of fresh, modern looks this month for both Le Méridien Tahiti and Le Méridien Bora Bora," said Vincent Guerin, Director of Sales & Marketing for both resorts. "The completed redesigns elevate the Le Méridien experience in the South Pacific with island touches and a refined ambiance."
The renovations of both Le Méridien Bora Bora and Le Méridien Tahiti were led by award-winning French interior designer Didier Lefort, bringing a modern look while maintaining the Polynesian flavor both resorts are known for. The projects updated both resorts to meet new standards for the Le Méridien brand, creating a contemporary, culturally-refined and sophisticated atmosphere for guests to enjoy.
The latest phase of the renovation at Le Méridien Bora Bora comes on the heels of the 2009 addition of four new Pool Beach Villas, each featuring its own private plunge pool; a new glass-bottomed overwater wedding chapel; a new swimming pool on the main beach; and a new fitness center.
Phase II of the Le Méridien Bora Bora renovation includes:
For more information or to make reservations at Le Méridien Bora Bora or Le Méridien Tahiti, please call 1-800-543-4300 or visit www.lemeridien-borabora.com or www.lemeridientahiti.com.
About Le Méridien Bora Bora
Set on the "Pearl of the Pacific," Le Méridien Bora Bora is located on a six-mile-long "motu" islet, facing Otemanu Mountain, within one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. The resort's 99 bungalows include: three lagoon bungalows, 10 beach bungalows, four Pool Beach Villas and 82 over-water bungalows, including 22 Premium over-water bungalows. All over-water bungalows feature glass flooring for stunning views of marine life frolicking in the clear blue sea below. Le Tiaré restaurant is among the best gourmet dining venues in Bora Bora; Te Ava is a lovely setting for romantic lunches on the beach; and the Miki Miki bar resembles the prow of a ship headed for Mount Otemanu. Le Méridien Bora Bora's turtle sanctuary is a private lagoon that is home to more than 100 species; the resort is active in environmental efforts to protect marine turtles, which guests can experience on-site in their natural habitat. Watersports equipment is available, along with the Kaïnalu Canoë Club.
About Le Méridien Tahiti
Located along a lagoon on one of the most beautiful - and unique - white-sand beaches of Tahiti, Le Méridien Tahiti is perfectly integrated into the luxuriant vegetation on the island. The thoroughly modern resort offers 138 garden- and lagoon-view rooms and suites, as well as 12 Polynesian-style, over-water bungalows. The gourmet Le Carré restaurant offers refined and creative cuisine before an exceptional panorama of the sister island Moorea; surrounded by exotic gardens, the 300-seat La Plantation restaurant presents a mix of Polynesian and international specialties; and L'Astrolabe bar is a splendid setting for sipping exotic cocktails. The hotel offers watersports equipment and family-style activities. There is also a wide array of meeting spaces, including the largest ballroom in Tahiti.
About Le Méridien
Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by 104 properties in 50 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included appointing a full-time Cultural Curator - French arts-provocateur Jérôme Sans - and transforming numerous guest touch points, thus brining unique and interactive experiences to its guests. With close to 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provides an international complement to Starwood's strong North American portfolio. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien hotels and resorts within the next five years, concentrating in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia-Pacific, including destinations such as India, Thailand and China. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Dallas, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Shimei Bay (China), Xiamen (China), Chongqing Nan'an (China), Qingdao (China) and Taipei and recently signed a new deal in Coimbatore, India. For more information, please visit www.lemeridien.com .
About Starwood Hotels & Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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