Beaucoup motus … rent your own island in paradise for E145 a night
Having your own private island is perhaps the ultimate indulgence. However for corporate incentive and conference groups – or those simply planning a huge group escape – it’s not beyond reach.
To help create a once in a lifetime ‘extreme indulgence’, Sofitel Luxury Hotels is offering the ultimate tropical island incentive for a chance to take over an entire motu in French Polynesia for three glorious nights.
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island is one of the South Pacific’s most spectacular retreats, and best of all features its own private island or ‘motu’, just 150 metres long and 70 metres wide. Boasting rare 360 degree panoramic views, the private island is situated just five minutes by boat from the main island and looks back over Sofitel’s larger beach resort and the famous outline of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu.
While generally the domain of happy honeymooners and couples on holiday, Sofitel offers exclusive use of its smaller motu for private functions and events making it the most indulgent incentive destination in the Pacific.
Bespoke or pre-packaged hire options for corporate guests are available, depending on your budget and requirements.
Prices start from just 154 Euro per person per night which includes breakfast and local taxes with a minimum three-night stay required. Additional activities and inclusions are available on request.
Alternatively, Sofitel offers a convenient pre-packaged experience, based on a group of 40 people (twin share) staying in French Polynesia for five-nights.
The Maeva package offer features two- nights at the Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort and three-nights on the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island. The package is priced from 830 Euro per person, including taxes.
Other inclusions include breakfast daily, VIP welcome gifts, a welcome cocktail reception, two themed dinner events on Bora Bora, and a beverage package with entertainment.
Both offers are valid for bookings until the 31st of May 2013, and prices do not include transfers or airfares. Sofitel allows the motu to be privatised from the 1st of November to the 31st of May each year.
‘Privatisation’ of the island is available for small groups requiring a minimum of just 20 bungalows up to a maximum of 30 motu bungalows. An additional 64 bungalows are also available at Sofitel’s main island resort to accommodate larger groups who don’t mind stretching across both the beach resort and motu.
Luxurious and expansive, the motu and beach resort together feature a total of 95 bungalows in a variety of styles, including overwater and hillside. The beach resort also offers an exquisite restaurant, bar, cigar cave, wine cellar, day spa, infinity swimming pool and endless recreational facilities – most associated with sailing across, swimming in or stretching out beside the amazing azure blue lagoon.
To help bring to life the unique experience of privatising an island for a company’s incentive event, Sofitel offers exclusive use of its motu along with a variety of luxurious activities ranging from spa treatments, to lagoon excursions such as shark and ray feeding, 4×4 drive safaris, scuba diving, water sports and incredible themed dinner events.
Sofitel’s International Sales Manager for French Polynesia Lisa Coakley says, “The idea is to create unforgettable moments, and what better place than Bora Bora – one of the most beautiful and inspirational places on earth.”
Bora Bora is often called the most beautiful island in the world, encircled by a protective necklace of coral. Breathtaking lush mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for the luminous turquoise, lapis and aquamarine of the sheltered lagoon
Lisa says several themed events have been created to take advantage of the resort’s exclusive beach location and lagoon as a backdrop. “The opportunities to impress are limitless. It can be as simple as watching the sunset with chilled champagne served from the lookout point or a cinema night beneath the stars. As decadent as a Polynesian dinner illuminated with tiki torches and coloured candles in the frangipani trees, complete with costumes, dancing, Tahitian warriors and beautiful vahines.
“The motu’s 180° panoramic restaurant Manu Tiki is also ideal for gala dinners indoors, showcasing Sofitel’s gourmet French touch with fine wines, champagnes, and cheeses incorporating local flavours such as vanilla and coconut milk.”
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