Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: June 8, 2006

THE ST. REGIS RESORT, BORA BORA, is scheduled to open on June 20, marking St. Regis’ first resort in French Polynesia. The resort will feature 91 over-water and beachside villas estimated at a cost of $1 million each to build. Many of the one-, two- and three-bedroom villas will have private pools and terrace whirlpools. Signature St. Regis amenities and services such as personal butlers for every room and 24-hour concierge service will be available. A main selling point, according to Starwood, will be the resort’s 13,000-square-foot spa, Spa Miri Miri, which will be situated on its own island accessible from the main resort by a footbridge. Spa Miri Miri will be a member of the Starwood Spa Collection. St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora, will be Starwood’s fourth managed property in French Polynesia in association with a private owner; the others are the Sheraton Hotel Tahiti; Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa; and Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, a Luxury Collection Hotel. For information on the hotel, visit www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/index.html or e-mail [email protected].

HONG KONG’S AQUA RESTAURANT GROUP, operators of a number of Hong Kong’s top restaurants -- including Aqua and WasabiSabi -- launched a traditional Chinese junk for dinner cruises and private charters along Hong Kong’s harbor. Hand-built over an 18-month period using traditional Chinese boat building methods, the three-sail junk offers 1,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space split across two wooden decks. It can accommodate up to 80 guests and is available for private charters at a cost of about $4,125. In addition, daily 45-minute sailings board and disembark at Queen’s Pier, Central, and at Pier 4, Tsim Sha Tsui. The sailings start at 1:35 p.m. and disembark passengers at two of the restaurant group’s eateries, Aqua and Hutong. Eight daily sailings are offered daily, priced at around $20 per person during the day and about $25 at night. For information or reservations, e-mail [email protected].

ASIA TRANSPACIFIC JOURNEYS has made festivals a big focus of its small group trips and private custom itineraries this summer and fall. The 15-night Small Group trip dubbed Mongolia: In the Path of the Nomad, for example, departs July 1 and takes in the Naadam Festival, July 11 to 13. The festival celebrates Mongolia’s independence with an itinerary of sports, horse racing and parades in Ulaanbaatar. The package costs $5,995 per person, double. Small Group trips include accommodations, most meals, transfers, visa fees, and medical and emergency insurance. This year, Asia Transpacific Journeys is offering 18 Small Group trips and Custom Journeys itineraries to 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. For information or reservations, call (800) 642-2742 or visit www.asiatranspacific.com.

ATS TOURS launched a number of packages to Australia and New Zealand that mix adventure with traditional sightseeing. In New Zealand, for example, ATS is offering a package that includes an eight-night motorhome rental. The package costs $1,350 per person, including the motorhome rental and roundtrip air fare from Los Angeles to Auckland on Air New Zealand. For information on this and other packages, call (888) 781-5170 or visit www.atstours.com.

Asia-Pacific Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

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