The waters of French Polynesia beckon world travelers who seek a cruise experience like no other, from the pristine waters to the unique hospitality of the islands. A family-owned company, Nomade Yachting Bora Bora is owned by the Degage family, who are native to French Polynesia and have always been involved in the boating industry.
In 2001, Mehiti, a daughter of the family, made the decision to take on a new challenge: developing the concept of Nomade Yachting. This new travel experience would epitomize a floating voyage in utmost style, without fixed schedules or constraints, where travelers discover a new way of life onboard a spectacular yacht while discovering the beauty of Tahiti and its islands.
In Mehiti’s own words: “I dreamed of a stylish new voyage, completely different, intimate, nomadic, where the refined design and sleek lines of a yacht embrace the genuine warmth and welcome of our culture, where my guests voyage to the very heart of our island to share a unique experience that stimulates the senses in a rich, vital, and fragrant manner. The realization of my dreams is just the beginning of yours…”
With the advent of Nomade Yachting Bora Bora in June 2003, the company received two new ships: the Tia Moana and the Tu Moana, built by Austal Ships and Oceanfast Yachts in Australia. Both are pristine, elegant yachts with a sleek profile and cosmopolitan style. Each yacht has its own distinctive personality, and both feature a stunning combination of traditional Polynesian art with the modern style of Tillberg Design, a Swedish studio. One has dark woods, the other light – and both feature contemporary design tempered with Mehiti’s inspiration.
Interior design of the two yachts is lavish, featuring artwork and elements commissioned from Polynesian artists combined with that of designers Stark, Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Noguchi, and Yanagi. The ambiance is singularly breathtaking, reflecting both traditional and modern stylings in unique symbiosis. As one journeys through these two vessels, one will find many curious statues or exquisitely carved ‘Tikis’ hidden away in various alcoves – all in contrast to the array of black-and-white photograps that graces the hallways.
The accommodations are pristine and elegant; what one would expect from a luxury cruise. Each stateroom is artfully and tastefully furnished in opulent comfort and refined elegance, giving one a completely serene state of mind upon entering. High quality furnishings are stylish yet not overdone, preferring instead a minimalist approach. The bathroom is compact, yet perfectly suitable for a couple and is furnished with soft, fluffy towels and many deluxe amenities. Staterooms also feature such necessities as a safe, mini bar, fridge, writing desk, under bed suitcase storage area, and hairdryer. Electronic amenities are state-of-the-art, featuring a flat screen television and individual CD/DVD player.
The Bora Bora Suite offers a special experience in luxury. Located on the Vavau Bridge Deck, the spacious (320 square feet) suite includes three exterior windows, walls covered with Alcantara, two dressing closets, two bathrooms with L’Occitane bath products, a king-size bed with Ostrich leather bed head, and fine Egyptian cotton linen cashmere throws. Other luxury appointments include a retractable 37” LCD screen, CDs and DVDs, home theatre by Bose, leather couch, and satin cushions. Enjoy a private breakfast by served by your private butler either in the suite or on the bridge deck.
Nomade Yachting includes many exclusive travel experiences to their clients, including an open-air motu theatre (Cinematamua), tattoo demonstration in Taha’a, sunset champagne island circumnavigation around Taha’a, and performance of traditional Tahitian songs and hymns at Huahine. Other unique experiences may include a moonlight dinner at Hana Iti, Huanhine; a champagne breakfast on Nao Nao Motu, or folklore, music and dances of the islands on Raiatea. Life aboard these vessels is as active as you want it to be, with an evening, moonlight lounge bar on the ANAPA deck; Tai Chi and Yoga sessions every morning, or the opportunity to simply lie out in the sun.
Guests may wish to visit Tevairoa motu, explore Fare village on foot or by bicycle, or take a nature hike on Huahine and Raiatea. Snorkel or kayak around a motu, or see the magnificent Marae (stone temple) of Taputapuatea, or walk in the forest and river on Raiatea. Adventurous travelers will enjoy Nomade Yachting’s optional activities, including jet skis, quad, and helicopter flights. Take an island Jeep safari, board a submarine to explore underwater wildlife up close, or scuba dive. There are many shore excursions available, depending on the weather and other considerations, from tours to deep-sea fishing expeditions.
Aboard Nomade Yachts travelers may wish to pamper themselves at the Nomade Spa, which offers professional massage and beauty treatments. Experience the Nomade Spa onboard, on the deck, at the deck, or even in the water. Massage treatments include therapeutic, Swedish, and Shiatsu; Egyptian foot reflexology; Polynesian scalp and shoulder massage, and an aromatic anti-stress massage. Other treatments available to clients include Thalgo Criste Marine Pure Radiance Facials, cool aloe-cucumber body wrap, the Thalgo Descomask scrub, and the papaya and pineapple body scrub. Many packages are available, from simple manicures and pedicures to a spa wellness week. Call your Luxury Cruise Connections travel professional to learn more.
Life aboard Nomade Yachts is enhanced by fine gourmet cuisine, developed to please even the most sophisticated palate. Nomade’s array of carefully designed culinary creations is a delight to the eye as well as the taste buds, reflecting a careful blend of fine French cuisine infused with subtle Polynesian flavors. The distinctive cuisine offered aboard Nomade Yachts is further enhanced with Nomade’s extensive wine list, which is replete with familiar and adventurous vintages.
For many, the most important facet of a luxury cruise is the service. Luxury travelers are accustomed to a certain level of service, and Nomade’s crews are up to the task. The ships’ staffs are detail-focused and specially trained in the expectations of luxury travelers, who are accustomed to discreet and personal attention. Nomade offers a level of service in keeping with what one might find in a luxury private villa or yacht. Each ship’s crew of 43 is carefully selected and recruited by a renowned agency in Monaco, and is trained to be attentive to the smallest request. Nomade prides themselves on a reputation of service that is efficient, discreet, and warm without lapsing into inappropriate familiarity.
The Nomade experience offers still more to travelers seeking that indefinable extra touch in a luxury vacation. Consider their four private escapes, all arranged for guests on secluded beaches. Every amenity of the yacht can be organized for your use with a private butler, from tables set with silverware and stemware, to linens and a bed set in the sand. Your butler will be exclusively at your disposal for the duration of your escape, just a mere radio call away. Daytime escapes will be provided with snorkeling equipment and kayaks. Spend a day or evening alone on the beach while a skipper stands by for transportation from the yacht to the beach and return.
For guests desiring an evening escape, Nomade offers two private escapes specially designed and set up on one of four tenders, which becomes in essence your own private vessel. A butler will provide canapés, cocktails, and champagne; and you can choose between a sunset escape on the lagoon reef or a moonlight escape under the stars. Nomade has a limitless array of private experiences available, be it an evening a deux under the stars with champagne and strawberries in a Jacuzzi, or a daytime adventure/island safari.
Both the Ti’a Moana and the Tu Moana are available for private charters for any event, whether it be for a small party or something larger like a wedding. Give your next special occasion a backdrop in luxury and style, whether you want to celebrate with family or plan an executive retreat. Whatever the occasion, it will be immeasurably enhanced by sailing the pristine French Polynesian waters on your own private yacht with 20 staterooms and suites for just 40 passengers, while being attended to by a well-trained crew of 43. Nomade Yachting can provide local expertise and a world without fixed schedule or constraints amidst incomparable luxury and comfort, creative gourmet cuisine, and exquisite service. Call your Luxury Cruise Connections travel consultant today to help you discover this window into French Polynesia.
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