Cruise line, resort team up to offer Great Barrier Reef package

Australia's Coral Princess Cruises teamed up with Orpheus Island Resort to craft a five-night Great Barrier Reef cruise-land package. With three nights on land and two at sea, the package departs every other Saturday through Oct. 7 and every other Tuesday through Oct. 10, from either Cairns or Townsville, in Queensland.

The cruise is aboard the expedition-style, 54-passenger Coral Princess.

The package is priced at about $2,971 per person, double, and includes stateroom accommodations aboard the Coral Princess; a beachfront room on Orpheus Island; seaplane transfer; all meals; snorkeling; presentations by marine biologists at sea; unlimited use of motorized and nonmotorized land- and water-sports equipment; and certain land activities on Orpheus Island.

For more information, call (800) 441-6880 or visit or

Firsts on Bora Bora

The InterContinental Resortand Thalasso Spa Bora Bora opened May 1. The resort boasts a number of firsts, including air conditioning that uses a pipe to pump ice-cold seawater from a depth of 3,000 feet.

The 80-unit property, the fourth in the portfolio of InterContinental French Polynesia resorts, is also the first in the region to feature all overwater bungalows; the first in the world to use deep-seawater in therapies at its on-site spa; and the first to feature an overwater wedding chapel with a glass-bottom floor (to open in September).

Visit or call (310) 215-1796 for more info.

Hyatt comes to Kyoto

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto has opened in Kyoto, Japan. Formerly the Kyoto Park Hotel, the property is in the Higashiyama Shichijo district, home to the Sanjusangendo Temple and the Kyoto National Museum.

Renovated in a style that blends contemporary aesthetics with traditional Japanese design, the hotel features a garden that dates to the 12th-century reign of Emperor Goshirakawa. Rack rates start at about $275 per night.

For more, visit

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