Bora Bora Named the Number One Honeymoon Destination on NBC's Today Show June 1 2008
Tahiti Tourisme North America is pleased to announce that the beautiful Tahitian island of Bora Bora was voted by viewers as the winning honeymoon destination on NBC's Today Show for the show’s “Today Throws a Wedding: Race to the Altar” segment. Following the “I do’s” the newly married LaDonna and Darnell Suggs learned much to their delight that they would be traveling to Bora Bora – the couple’s first choice to relax post-nuptials – for their customized, Virtuoso honeymoon, created by Anne Morgan Scully, CTC, president of McCabe World Travel in McLean, VA.
Valued at $62,000, the itinerary is pure luxury.The Suggs will fly Air Tahiti Nui’s Poerava Business Class roundtrip from New York.Upon arriving in Bora Bora’s airport, they will be greeted and taken to the new St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, where they’ll spend four nights in a deluxe overwater villa, complete with their own personal butler.The couple can customize their stay by selecting from any number of activities, including a jet ski island tour, private deep sea fishing excursion, a day at exclusive private island Motu Tapu for snorkeling, beach lazing and picnicking, which is followed up by an evening couple’s massage at the resort’s Spa Miri Miri. They will also receive a private cooking lesson in traditional Tahitian cuisine at the famed Te Pahu restaurant, a romantic, candlelit dinner on the beach that night, and dine at Jean-George’s signature restaurant Lagoon while at the resort.
The Suggs will then fly via helicopter to meet up withNomade Yachting Bora Bora’s Ti’a Moana, one of the world’s most magnificent 20-cabin super yachts.For the next five days, the couple will cruise through the French Polynesian islands of Huahine and Raiatea, before returning to Bora Bora. Along the way, they’ll have time to explore the islands by kayak, jeep safari or horseback.Or, they can opt for beachside spa treatments through the Nomad Spa.
The tantalizing islands of Tahiti are much closer than many travelers think, only an eight-hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles with daily departures on Air Tahiti Nui. Receiving as many tourists in an entire year as Hawaii gets in about 12 days, and only a few more hours in the air, Tahiti is truly a convenient, ideal escape. The friendly Polynesian people, cultural experiences, signature overwater bungalows, extraordinary cuisine and activities in a pristine environment are just a few of the many reasons to consider this South Seas paradise for a vacation.
Today’s Travel Editor, Peter Greenberg, revealed the honeymoon selections on June 20th, and then the voting began.“Virtuoso has planned the Today show honeymoons consecutively for the past eight years, and every year they find new ways to wow our audience,” says Today’s Greenberg. “Coming up with great travel ideas is often about having great information and longstanding relationships, and Virtuoso’s travel advisors continue to deliver unique experiences with some pretty incredible trips.”
This is the eighth year that Today has turned to leading luxury network Virtuoso, an organization renowned for the expertise of its travel advisors and the exceptional travel experiences they create, to design the honeymoons.And for the third time now, Mrs. Scully has won over Today’’s audience of millions of viewers by creating the winning itinerary.Her previous winning honeymoons included Vienna, Austria in 2004 and the Maldives islands in 2005, though she has had at least one if not two itineraries totaling 11 in the finals for the past sevenyears.
Scully, with more than 30 years' experience in the travel industry, was her own competition, as her “Romance in Italy with Orient-Express” trip also made it as a finalist.The audience selected Bora Bora from four choices, which also included the aforementioned visit to Italy’s Amalfi Coast and Venice, as well as Morocco, and Hong Kong combined with Thailand.In the end, though, Bora Bora’s endless white-sand beaches, crystal clear water and infinite luxury prompted America to declare it the ideal spot to celebrate recently wedded bliss.
Of the network’s approximate 6,000 elite travel advisors, three Virtuoso specialists presented the itineraries that made the finals from more than 50 entries.Tony Poe, head of marketing and public relations for Poe Travel in Little Rock, AR presented his Moroccan itinerary.While Adrienne Forst, vice president of leisure sales for Protravel International in Beverly Hills, CA presented her itinerary combining Hong Kong with Thailand. Anne Morgan Scully, CTC and president of McCabe World Travel in McLean, VA submitted finalists, Bora Bora and Italy.Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates handles Nomade Yachting Bora Bora (http://www.nomadeyachting.com/) and assisted with securing the package.
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