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French Long-Haul Destinations

Atlantic Ocean/ French Caribbean

Discover the French territories of the Atlantic Ocean: the Islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, & Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

From magical landscapes to some incredible entertainments …

The French Caribbean islands of Martinique, Saint-Martin, the Islands of Guadeloupe and Saint-Barthélémy offer a thousand treasures to satisfy everyone: forest, black or white sand beaches, coves and islets, flavours and culture, water activities… etc.

Tips to improve your knowledge and become a Guadeloupe’s expert: guadeloupeislandsexpert.com

Did you know France has a territory on the South-American continent? French Guyana is the perfect place if you need a peaceful place to rest. With its diversity of landscapes and biodiversity, it will satisfy every single eco-tourist.

Accommodation…

… in Saint Martin

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La Playa Orient Hotel 3*: 56 spacious Junior suites and a Créole house; freshwater swimming pool; private beach with sun loungers.

For more information : http://www.laplayaorientbay.com/

Contact : Béatrice HERVÉ, Sales Director bherve@buildinvest.com

Le Beach 4*: overlooking the Baie de Marigot ; bar and swimming pool directly on the seafront; spacious and comfortable rooms; ideal for families; restaurant “le Corsaire” serving refined cuisine, both creole and international

For more information http://www.lebeachboutiquehotel.com/fr/

Contact : Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing cadam@deshotelsetdesiles.com

More accommodation on Saint-Martin: http://www.stmartinisland.org/accommodation-st-martin.html

… in the islands of Guadeloupe 

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L’Auberge de la Vieille Tour 4* : in the heart of the largest seaside resort in Guadeloupe, le Gosier ; unbeatable view of the ocean, the Basse-Terre, the Marie-Galante, the Saintes and Gosier islands; 1 suite and 104 rooms, with terrace or balcony, with refined decor in natural tones and high levels of comfort.

For more information : http://auberge-vieille-tour.fr/

Contact : Cécile CHEVALIER cc@hotelsandsun.com

La Créole Beach Hotel & Spa 4* :  by the sea in the heart of a magnificent tropical park; ideally situated between the Grande-Terre and the Basse-Terre; 250m² spa ; 1 restaurant, 1 beach snack bar, 1 bar ; kids club (4-12 years ; spacious rooms)

For more information : www.creolebeach.com

Contact : Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing cadam@deshotelsetdesiles.com

Le Mahogany Hotel Residence & Spa 4* : located by the sea, in the heart of a vast tropical garden in Gosier ; the rooms, duplexes and suites boast modern décor and benefit from a terrace and a kitchenette ; Mahogany also benefits from access to the facilities of the Créole Beach Hotel & Spa ; a sumptuous 250m² spa and fitness room; 2 restaurants.

For more information : www.hotel-mahogany.com

Contact : Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing cadam@deshotelsetdesiles.com

La Toubana Hôtel & Spa 4* : at the entrance to the charming village of Sainte-Anne ; charming hotel with an unrivalled panoramic view; 32 bungalows, 12 Suites and 3 independent villas; a high-end OCEAN SPA; 1 restaurant so that guests can sample the flavours of the islands.

For more information : www.toubana.com

Contact : Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing cadam@deshotelsetdesiles.co

Le Jardin Malanga 3* : former colonial home; 9 rooms divided between 3 cottages and the colonial house ; breath-taking views across the Saintes archipelago ; Le Panga, exclusive table d’hôtes dining with serving refined cuisine; just 15min from the beach, 5 min from the embarkation port for Saintes and 8 min from the tropical forest by car.

For more information : www.jardinmalanga.com

Contact : Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing cadam@deshotelsetdesiles.co

Le Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf 3* : in the very heart of the village and the St François marina, opposite the International 18-hole golf course and 250 m from the beach on foot; a charming hotel with an « Eco Chic » design.

For more information : www.bwachik.com

Contact : Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing cadam@deshotelsetdesiles.co

Langley Resort Fort Royal: situated beside the Caribbean sea in the Nord Basse-Terre with views of the Kawan and Tête à l’Anglais islands; made up of one main building with sea view rooms and bungalows that are either on the seafront or on the hillside providing views of the sea or gardens; the restaurant « le Royal » faces out to sea; an All Inclusive option is available; a kids club is on hand to welcome your little ones

For more information : www.fortroyal.eu

Contact : Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing cadam@deshotelsetdesiles.co

Le Cap Reva 3* on Marie-Galante Island: situated beside one of the most beautiful beaches, La Feuillère ; this creole inspired hotel is set within a tropical garden; 32 rooms, including studios and duplexes that offer total comfort and are divided between two buildings.

For more information : www.capreva.fr

Contact : Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing cadam@deshotelsetdesiles.co

Hotel Residence Golf Village: situated on a hill overlooking the International 18-hole golf course and the sea; creole style hotel; 87 villas, studios and apartments.

For more information : http://www.primeahotels.com/sejour-guadeloupe/hotel-golf-village.html

Contact : Yves BROSSARD, CEO yvesbrossard@orange.fr

Residence Le Vallon: in the heights of Saint-François and a short hop from the International 18-hole golf course; residence set within a tropical park ; 40 apartments divided across 4 small buildings with 40m² studios, 50m² apartments and 70m² duplexes; large pool.

For more information : http://www.residencelevallonguadeloupe.com/

Contact : Yves BROSSARD, CEO yvesbrossard@orange.fr

Residence Turquoise: 8 studios and apartments that all boast a balcony providing views over Gosier Island; ideal accommodation for independent travellers.

For more information : http://www.primeahotels.com/sejour-guadeloupe/residence-turquoise.html

Contact : Yves BROSSARD, CEO yvesbrossard@orange.fr

More accommodation on the Islands of Guadeloupe, click here (web page in French as an English version is not available at the time of publishing)

… in Martinique

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Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa 5*: situated on the east coast of Martinique; charming hotel; member of the Relais & Châteaux group ; set in a 4 hectare tropical garden on the banks of a lagoon of crystal clear water and opposite the coral reef; 50 spacious suites divided across 18 villas ; 2 restaurants, a bar and a Spa.

For more information : www.capest.com

Contact : Valérie DEGUITRE, Marketing & Sales Manager vdeguitre@capest.com

Hôtel Bakoua 4*: situated in Pointe du Bout on the 3 Ilets peninsula, facing the sea; a former family home with colonial architecture; 132 rooms and 6 suites spread out and boasting a well-appointed terrace or balcony each; infinity pool, beach of white sand.

For more information : http://www.hotel-bakoua.fr/

Contact : Cécile CHEVALIER cc@hotelsandsun.com

More accommodation on Martinique, click here.

… in Guyana

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French Guyana has a dynamic accommodation offer, with over 3000 establishments of all types.

Contact : Sonia CIPPE,  responsable du Comité du tourisme de la Guyane à Paris
E-mail: soniacippe.ctgparis@wanadoo.fr

More accommodation in Guyana here.

How to get there?

Air France (0871 663 3777; airfrance.co.uk), Corsair (corsairfly.com) and Air Caraibes (00 33 147 833 818; aircaraibes.com) fly frequently from Paris to the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and St-Martin; KLM (08705 074 074; klm.com) also flies from Amsterdam to Saint-Martin.

For French Guyana, Air France operates flights to Cayenne from Paris. Other airlines serving the country include Air Canada and Surinam Airways.

Contacts:

Saint-Martin French Tourist Board
Olivier LOUIS, Europe Promotion Responsible
E-mail : o.louis@iledesaintmartin.org
Tel : +33 (0) 153 299 999

Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board
Yves NOEL, Promotion Assistant
E-mail : y.noel@lesilesdeguadeloupe.com
Tel: +33 (0) 140 629 907

Martinique tourist board
Pascal REINE-ADELAIDE, Europe Director
E-mail : preineadelaide@martiniquetourisme.com
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 77 86 02

Guyane tourist board
Sonia CIPPE, responsable du Comité du tourisme de la Guyane à Paris
E-mail : soniacippe.ctgparis@wanadoo.fr
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 94 88 02

Air France KLM UK
Trade support: +44 (0871) 222 2200 / +44 (0871) 222 5757

More information about French Caribbean and French Guyana http://uk.france.fr/en/overseas-territories/list/atlantic


Indian Ocean

France has two long-haul destinations located in the Indian Ocean: Mayotte, and La Réunion. Both islands have many secrets that can’t wait to be discovered.

So much to do, so much to see …

From classified UNESCO World Heritage sites, to lagoons, sandy beaches and gardens full of tropical flowers, both islands will take the walker’s breath away.

Green, blue or multi-coloured, the thousand landscapes of La Reunion Island will enchant you!

Sales manuals available at static.reunion.fr/editions/MDV-2014anglais

Located between Africa and Madagascar, Mayotte has an abundance of endemic fauna and flora.

Accommodation:

Reunion Island proposes a diverse range of accommodation with luxury or charming hotels equipped with spa, eco-lodges or guest houses, seasonal rentals or gites for walkers…

Saint-Alexis Hôtel and Spa 4*: situated across from the very beautiful beach of Boucan Canot, in Saint-Gilles-les Bains ; in the heart of a lakeside town, with 700m² and 1000m³ swimming pools and relaxation pools; tropical garden ; 58 very spacious and elegant rooms, fitted out with marble, teak and iroko; bathrooms equipped with whirlpool bath ; three seminar rooms;  a fitness room with steam room and sauna.

For more information : http://www.hotelsaintalexis.com/

Contact:  Juliette MOUSSA, Sales Director Tel: +262 (0) 262 24 42 04

More accommodation on Reunion Island here.

How to get there?

La Réunion has two international airports. The vast majority of flights come into Roland Garros International Airport about 10km east of St-Denis. The main international carriers are Air France, Air Austral and Corsair, which offer direct daily flights from France.

Regarding Mayotte, three airlines are now serving the island from Paris: Air Austral (the first to open a link on Mayotte and that provides the greatest frequency of flights), Kenya Airways (via Nairobi), and Corsairfly.

More information about Reunion and Mayotte islands on http://uk.france.fr/en/overseas-territories/list/indian-ocean

  • Contacts:

AIR AUSTRAL
Contact: Malcolm ALDCROFT, Sales & Marketing Executive
E-mail: sales.airaustral@aviacircle.com
Tel: +44 (0) 870 774 7340

REUNION ISLAND TOURIST BOARD
Contact: Anne ETHEVE, Promotion Manager
E-mail: a.etheve@reunion.fr
Tel: +33 (0) 642 210 641

Pacific Ocean

In the middle of the South Pacific, Tahiti and its islands make up the largest marine territory in the world. Each archipelago has a unique landscape, from the green volcanic islands, to the turquoise blue coral atolls.

Located in the heart of the South Pacific, the archipelago of New Caledonia is truly a pearl of the Pacific. The extreme originality of its flora and fauna is the result of its special geological history, the antiquity of its geographical isolation.

Two territories full of magical landscapes and activities to enjoy all year round

The authorities have, in the last few years, started encouraging “green” tourist activities to discover a lesser-known Polynesia. Green tourism is on the rise, with marked footpaths, guided hiking tours and guide associations, and adventurous tourists keen on exploring nature in Polynesia have access to a wide range of activities: hiking, treks in a bivouac, surfing, diving amongst spectacular coral formations, canyoning, and even eco-tours organised by marine biology specialists.

New Caledonia has a wide variety of unique activities for travel lovers: white sandy beaches, hiking in the primary forests or in the channel, discovery of endemic marine and land biodiversity, diving, golf, kite surfing, surfing, windsurfing, paragliding, parachuting, fishing, hunting, boating, sport or cowboy horseback riding…

Accommodation:

Accommodation in French Polynesia can be divided into three main categories: international hotels, small family-run hotels, and furnished properties. International hotels, which total around 50 properties offering over 3,000 rooms, are located on the most popular tourist islands: the Society Islands, Tuamotu and the Marquesas islands. They are either situated on mountain slopes or over water, and respect the strictest quality standards.

The range of options available is extensive, ranging from luxury hotels to bungalows on stilts, accessible via a wooden pontoon and standing above turquoise lagoons teeming with multi-coloured fish.   The star product of Tahiti andher islands is without doubt the overwater bungalow, the symbol of the islands’ romanticism which offers the full exoticism of a journey to what appears to be the end of the world.

Hotels from French Polynesia: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Hilton French Polynesia, Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa, Le Meridien Tahiti, Le Meridien Bora Bora, The Brando Tetiaroa Private Island.

In New Caledonia, a very diverse range of accommodation is also at your disposal: hotels and hotel residences from 1 to 5 stars, international brands (Hilton, Le Méridien, Sheraton), Melanesian hotel accommodation, stays with tribes, guest houses and holiday rentals.

Accommodation in French Polynesia here
 Accommodation in New Caledonia here

How to get there?

TAHITI AND ITS ISLANDS

There are flights from Europe to Tahiti-Faa International Airport several times a week. Both Air France and Air Tahiti Nui fly from Paris and connect through Los Angeles. It is also possible to fly to Tahiti from other major European airports, via Los Angeles.

Air New Zealand operates flights from London and Frankfurt to Los Angeles, with connecting Air Tahiti Nui flights to Tahiti. The entire trip takes 22 hours with the possibility of a stop-over in Los Angeles (see details with each airline). It is also possible to get to Tahiti from Sydney, Australia (Air Tahiti Nui, Air New Zealand, and QANTAS), and Tokyo/Osaka, Japan (Air Tahiti Nui).

NEW CALEDONIA

From London to Nouméa is 26 hours, including stopovers, but this may increase to 30 hours, depending on the day of travel; from Los Angeles is 14 hours (with stopover). Many airline companies serve New Caledonia via Europe, Asia, the United States, Australia or New Zealand: Air France / KLM (+33 (0)892 702 654), Aircalin, Finnair, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Emirates, or Air New Zealand.

  • Contacts:

TAHITI TOURISME
Contact: Sarah JUNKER, Senior Sales & Marketing Executive
E-mail: sarah@tahiti-tourisme.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 207 367 0981

AIRCALIN
Contact: Bruno COLOGNON, Sales Representative Europe
E-mail: Bruno.colognon@aircalin.fr
Tel: +33 (0)6 33 61 67 85

AIR TAHITI NUI
Contact: Gordon MACFARLAND, Product Manager
E-mail: gordon.macfarland@airtahitinui.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 844 482 1675

TAHITI NUI TRAVEL / TAHITI TOURS
Contact: Jean-Noël EPELY, Europe Representative
E-mail : jnetahiti@aol.com
Tel : +33 (0) 6 07 16 83 35

More information about French Polynesia and New Caledonia:

http://uk.france.fr/en/overseas-territories/list/pacific-ocean

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