Novotel Drops French Polynesia

The French tour operator Nouvelles Frontieres has sold its two Novotel resorts in French Polynesia. Beginning in 2010, Accor will no longer manage the Novotel Rangiroa Lagoon Resort and the Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort. The 38-bungalow Novotel Rangiroa Lagoon Resort on Rangiroa Atoll has been acquired by the Tahiti Beachcomber group which owns the four InterContinental resorts in the Society Islands. Last year Beachcomber also purchased the Papeete-based cruise ship Paul Gauguin and Beachcomber’s CEO, Richard Bailey, is currently constructing a 47-bungalow ecotourism resort on Tetiaroa Atoll, once owned by actor Marlon Brando. The Novotel Rangiroa will become the Maitai Rangiroa, a sister to Beachcomber’s Maitai Resort on Bora Bora.

The three-star Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort next to the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island on Bora Bora was bought by the Antipodes Group and will trade under the name Antipodes Club Resort Bora Bora. The plans of the new French owners are still not clear but the 80 air-conditioned rooms in 10 thatched buildings may be sold as timeshares. At last report, rooms here are still renting for CFP 20,500 single or double, plus 14 percent tax, a bargain for Bora Bora!