PAPEETE, Tahiti, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/-- Pacific Beachcomber's InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa was voted "French Polynesia's Leading Resort" and its InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was voted "Australasia's Leading Spa Resort" and "French Polynesia's Leading Spa Resort" during a red-carpet ceremony for leading travel brands in Asia & Australasia at the 2013 World Travel Awards (WTA) which took place at the Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on October 1, 2013.
Established in 1993 and celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the WTA serves to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Today, WTA's annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry with votes cast by travel professionals and consumers in 171 countries. Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies that recognize and celebrate winners and are attended by the industry's key decision makers, chief figure heads, and the leading trade and consumer media. The Wall Street Journal is among the many publications that have heralded WTA as "the Oscars of the travel industry."
The ceremony that took place in Dubai for Asia & Australasia travel brands was a regional leg of the WTA Grand Tour. During 2013, other ceremonies were held in the Maldives; Antalya, Turkey; Kenya; Peru; and Antigua. The winners of these regional heats progress to the Grand Final on November 30, 2013, in Doha, Qatar. For more information about WTA, please visit www.worldtravelawards.com.
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is situated on one of the most spectacular tropical islands of French Polynesia and provides a magnificent setting for a memorable South Seas vacation. The resort's 17 acres of lush gardens feature beautiful trees and flowers, more than 200 different plant species, and 144 lanai rooms and garden, beach, and overwater bungalows. The resort offers three restaurants and two bars, two infinity pools, a gym, and tennis courts.
The resort's renowned Helene Spa, which was named one of the "Top 25 Spas in the World" by Conde Nast Traveller in 2011, is unique in design and was created to blend into its lush, tropical surroundings and provide a truly comfortable and relaxing setting for spa guests. The spa is housed in traditional Polynesian fare, thatched with palm fronds, and uses natural materials such as precious woods, volcanic stone, and bamboo, for its indigenous treatments.
A highlight of the resort is its Moorea Dolphin Center which offers interactive programs with bottlenose dolphins, educating both tourists and locals, and is also home to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center. Sanctioned by the Ministry of the Environment, this facility serves as a hospital to ill and injured turtles from all the islands in French Polynesia. The resort also houses TOPDIVE Moorea dive center which caters to all levels of diving, from novices to experienced divers, and provides all necessary training and equipment.
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa was recently honored by Celebrated Living, American Airlines' luxury publication for first class passengers, achieving a top spot on its Platinum List of hotels, ranking third in the category of "Top 5 Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific Hotels."
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located along a virgin beach on the Motu Piti Aau (meaning "two hearts" in Tahitian) with breathtaking views of majestic Mount Otemanu. Not only does the resort provide exemplary service to its guests, it features a number of unique attributes, including: 80 luxurious overwater villas, each with a split-level terrace and sundeck for easy access to the turquoise waters of the lagoon; one of the finest culinary experiences in French Polynesia at its restaurant Reef; and the first overwater wedding chapel with glass bottom floor in French Polynesia.
The resort's acclaimed Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm is the first spa in the world to use mineral-rich deep seawater extracted from 3,000 feet below sea level in its signature treatments. The 13,200 square-foot spa complex houses 14 treatment facilities for deep-sea water hydrotherapy, beauty treatments and gentle energy therapy. The spa offers glass-floored overwater Spa Suites where guests can admire maritime flora and fauna during treatment sessions.
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was also the very first resort in the world to successfully implement a "Sea-Water Air-Conditioning System" (SWAC). The SWAC system draws on an inexhaustible supply of non-fossil and completely renewable clean energy. It has zero impact on the environment, is quiet, produces no carbon dioxide or other green house gasses, and saves 90 percent of the electricity consumed by a conventional cooling system of similar capacity. This translates to a reduction of CO2 emissions that is the equivalent of approximately 2.5 million liters of fuel oil imports per year to French Polynesia.
Earlier this year, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was honored on Conde Nast Traveler's 2013 Gold List and received the award for "Best Resort in Asia & the South Pacific" in Global Traveler's 2013 Leisure Travel Awards. The resort also received accolades from TripAdvisor including being one of the "Top 25 Hotels in Australia," and one of the "Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the South Pacific," along with being recognized on the esteemed "Travellers' Choice 2013" list.
For information and rates for the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa or the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, call 1-888 IC HOTELS (1-888-424-6835) or visit www.tahiti.intercontinental.com.
About InterContinental Resorts French Polynesia
Owned and operated by Richard H. Bailey and his company, Pacific Beachcomber S.C., there are four InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in French Polynesia: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Tahiti Resort, and InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Each of the resorts has completed multimillion dollar enhancements over the course of the last five years. All have achieved "EarthCheck Silver Certification" with InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa being the first resort in French Polynesia to achieve "EarthCheck Gold Certification," recognizing the resorts' significant commitment towards achieving environmental and social sustainability. For additional information, visit www.tahiti.intercontinental.com.
InterContinental Resorts French Polynesia
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