[Ctd] Peter Martinez - A Heavenly Refuge for a Romantic Honeymoon
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Mon Aug 6 03:50:15 PDT 2007
A Heavenly Refuge for a Romantic Honeymoon
There are some heavenly places where a picture is worth a thousand words.
Manihi, where palm trees languish and white-sand beaches abound, bathed in
the South Seas emerald water, is the perfect of all such places.
The islands that make up the Tuamotus are low lying, dry and very different
from the mountainous islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. The coral
rings surround a lagoon and offer beautiful colors and clear waters. Manihi
is a small remote hideaway located 330 miles from Tahiti. Most of the 450
inhabitants live in the village of Turipaoa, so privacy is easily attained.
My favorite, if not the only, resort on the island is the Manihi Pearl Beach
Resort. It is a refuge for those seeking to "truly get away from it all."
The hotel offers a choice of beachfront and overwater bungalows and is a
member of the Select Hotels and Resorts International. There is a PADI
certified dive shop on property that will take you to the world renowned
dive sites famous for manta ray. Guests can enjoy unique activities such as
hand line fishing, picnic motus, black pearl farm visits, and drift
snorkeling or relaxing treatments at Manea Spa. It is the only place I know
of where you can ride your bike on the airport tarmac to view amazing
sunsets. Newly added to the activities is a night time walk to the this
tarmac for a view of the stars in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Manihi Pearl Beach Resort is an example of tasteful, traditional
Polynesian architecture using a mixture of the noblest materials: local
precious wood, bamboo, shells, pandanus and palm tree fronds. Bungalows come
in 4 categories. The Beach Bungalow and Premium Beach Bungalow are all
located on the beach. The Premium offers a view unobstructed by overwater
bungalows. The garden bungalows have an open air garden in the bathroom and
showers without walls. Each is free standing with a porch and hammock out in
front of it. Overwater bungalows are located at the edge of a reef. You can
jump right off your sundeck into the myriad blue and green water and snorkel
an area filled with exotic fish.
Snorkel equipment is complimentary along with outrigger canoes to explore
the bountiful water life. Tahitian TV (glass bottom coffee tables) makes
this the best spot for discovering the multi-colored underwater world of the
lagoon. The infinity pool will give you hours of relaxation watching the
ocean view in front of you.
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