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VISITORS TO Tahiti will have two new properties in which to lay their weary heads with new hotels opening this year.

Cook’s Bay Hotel on the island of Moorea is a steeped in history yet was closed and unloved for more than two decades.

Some 25 years after the hotel was forced into bankruptcy, it has now been revitalised and will reopen its doors in June.

After a two-year renovation, the hotel is opening with 38 suites, including two family suites, each equipped with a kitchenette and a balcony to enjoy views of the island and the crystal-blue lagoon.

The suites have been designed with sleek interiors and the hotel has a large outdoor relaxation area and mirror pool as well as a private beach.

The Moorea Island Beach Hotel is located on the west coast of the island facing the lagoon in the Hauru-Haapiti neighbourhood.

The property will have 12 bungalows (ideally for two guests), which can be separated into three categories: three with a sea view, three with a partial view to the sea and six with garden views.

Each of our bungalows is equipped with a double bed, a bathroom (with a shower), air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi access.

There’s also a family bungalow in the garden area, which contains two air-conditioned bedrooms, each with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom, both separated by a common living room area.

The hotel will also have a bar and the Lounge House, which faces the lagoon and the beach, making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

Construction work began in August 2022, with an opening scheduled for mid-December 2023.

Sports Star Helping You Broaden Your Horizons

A FORMER sports star is leading the way in running low-impact, responsible travel in Papua New Guinea.

Alan Manning is the co-founder of South Sea Horizons and founder of the Firedance Festival and Lark Force Wilderness Track. Educated in Australia, Alan played rugby union for the NSW Waratahs.

“Papua New Guinea is renowned for its diverse cultures and subcultures. Each one of these cultures comes with its very own cultural boundaries, intricacies and unique stories,” said Alan.

“This is what makes PNG so authentic and appealing to visit. It truly is one of the last cultural frontiers of the world.”

South Sea Horizons (SSH) places a strong emphasis on conducting low-impact tours that are mindful of the environment they travel through.

The main aim is to assist the local communities visited to develop tourism products of their own that are sustainable and easily managed by that community.

This in turn builds on a commitment to provide jobs as an equal opportunity employer including management, guides, porters, historians and cooks.

“It is essential as a tourism guide and tour operator to respect these cultural environments as ultimately, we are responsible for your safety,” continued Alan.

“Still, more importantly, we are responsible for the preservation of the tribes, clans and cultures we visit.”

Travellers with SSH will experience anything from the Kokoda Track to unique Papua New Guinea Cultural Tours in Goroka and Rabaul.