has signed an agreement with Hongkong-based Veritas Limited to manage a 65-villa luxury
resort in French Polynesia.
Named Raffles Taimana Resort Tahaa, French Polynesia, the resort will be managed under Raffles International’s
luxury Raffles brand and will be part of its exclusive collection of luxury hotels, which includes Raffles Hotel,
Singapore; Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap; Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh; Raffles L’Ermitage
Beverly Hills; Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg; Raffles Le Montreux Palace; and Raffles Resort Canouan
This contract, the sixth in the past 16 months, marks Raffles International’s maiden hospitality presence in the
South Pacific. With
the addition of Raffles Taimana Resort Tahaa, French Polynesia, the Raffles Hotels & Resorts portfolio expands to
13 hotels worldwide. The Group now has a global portfolio of 38 hotels in 33 destinations under its two brands.
Mr Hugh Holmes, Managing Director of Hotel Investment Partners Limited, managing partner of Veritas Limited,
said, “We are developing one of the best resorts in French Polynesia and are delighted to be part of the growing
portfolio of outstanding Raffles Resorts around the world. Raffles’ reputation for providing exceptional service in
luxury accommodation targeting a discriminating and affluent clientele is well suited to the Raffles Taimana Resort
Tahaa, and we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship.”
Ms Jennie Chua, Chairman and CEO of Raffles International, said, “Raffles residents will be able to enjoy the
amazing beauty of an unspoiled French Polynesia in true Raffles Resort style. This contract gives us an excellent
first opportunity to be in the vibrant resort market of the South Pacific. It is also in line with our asset-light strategy
of expanding our geographical footprint.”
Raffles Taimana Resort Tahaa, French Polynesia, will be located over an area of approximately 25 hectares including
three small islands called “motu” and its surrounding waters which are part of a vast lagoon enclosing the three
motus as well as the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea. Nicknamed “Vanilla Island” because of its traditional cultivation
and consequent rich aroma of vanilla, Tahaa is one of French Polynesia’s most pristine islands, yet easily
accessible from Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, via regular commercial air flights. The resort will comprise
65 king, one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas, three food and beverage outlets, a meeting room, a library and a
Raffles Amrita Spa, tennis court and a diving centre. Over 80% of the resort will be built over water providing
stunning views of the nearby islands of Tahaa, Raiatea and Bora Bora as well as enhanced privacy for each guest
and direct access from each villa into the brilliant azure-coloured waters of the lagoon.
French Polynesia is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to
Australia. Comprising 118 islands and atolls, French Polynesia has been an overseas territory of France since 1946.
It has a total population of more than 266,000 people.
Tourism accounts for about one-fourth of the territory’s GDP and is a primary source of hard currency earnings,
and direct flights are available from Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Auckland, Noumea and Santiago. Visitors
to French Polynesia often live in stylish resorts, scuba dive in lagoons teeming with tropical fish, enjoy the unique
mix of French and Polynesian cuisine and experience a little French chic mixed with South Pacific charm.