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May/June 2010

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INSIDER | OPENINGS sky’s the limit Albion Villa. Floating Fantasy Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa unveils two-story overwater villas. Viva la Villa! The two-, three-, and four-bedroom proper- ties at Albion Villa offer an exclusive retreat in the heart of the Indian Ocean on the island of Mauritius. The west coast of Mauritius is a unique setting, with its majestic mountains and a shore that is washed by crystal-clear waters and protected by a coral reef. The villas are situated on the edge of Club Med La Plantation d’Albion and are constructed entirely of noble materials. Each villa comes fully deco- rated and furnished by designer Marc Hertrich and has its own gar- den, private swimming pool, and personalized service from a dedicated butler. Villa owners have privileged access to the neighboring Club Med La Plantation d’Albion resort and its wide range of activities, as well as unlimited greens fees at the nearby Tamarina Golf Club. Opening is planned for June 2010. Prices range from $1.35 million to $2.17 million. clubmed.us. Nearly 50 years ago, the first overwater bungalow was unveiled in French Polynesia on the dream island of Bora Bora. In Janu- ary 2010, the first-ever two-story overwater villas debuted at the 122-room Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. Christened the “Presidential Overwater Villas,” the side-by-side fantasy retreats seem to float over the turquoise wa- ters of what author James Michener called “the most beautiful lagoon in the world.” Decorated with contemporary island flair, the two new villas offer over 3,200 square feet of living space, which includes a spa- cious living room, two bedrooms, and three bathrooms, as well as a plunge pool on the lanai. The second story features a wellness room and sauna, plus a rooftop deck with a gazebo, bar, and hot tub. With its picture-perfect hillside setting around a sacred lagoon, the Bora Bora Nui combines modern luxury with traditional Polynesian craftsmanship using materials like carved kahia wood, locally woven roof thatch- ing, tapa cloths pounded from breadfruit water world Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. trees, and handmade chandeliers of Tahitian black pearl shells. A stay at the Presidential villas comes with a range of VIP services, like one daily in-room massage per adult. This award-winning resort is known for a number of firsts, such as being French Poly- nesia’s first all-suite resort, having the first floating lobby and overwater check-in, boast- ing the first half-mile long white sand beach, offering the first full-service spa, building the first hilltop wedding chapel, and being the first resort to offer guests the use of a private islet. hilton.com/frenchpolynesia. body and soul Experience luxurious Mexican living in an oasis of palm groves, clear- water lagoons, infinity pools, and waterfalls at Tahéima Wellness Resort & Spa. Nuevo Vallarta’s newest wellness-focused condo-hotel, which opened in April 2010, is nestled among 3,000 feet of pristine landscape on the prestigious El Tigre Golf Course. Tahéima’s site hosts nine hacienda-style clusters with interior garden patios. The property provides for the ultimate retreat designed to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul at its exclusive Wellness Center and Spa Programs. The resort includes personalized fitness programs, yoga and tai chi lessons, Oriental steam bath, temazcal, and sauna. Full- ownership opportunities are available. All owners receive privileges to the onsite facilities at Paradise Village, including Paradise Village Sports & Racquet Club, Kid’s Club pool, extreme-sports facilities, and Paradise Village Beach Club. 800-400 2255, taheima.com. 14 oceanhomemag.com may + june 2010 a shore thing: Tahéima Wellness Resort & Spa.

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