Pacific Beachcomber

Our Story

Pacific Beachcomber SC (PBSC) boasts three decades of experience in extending quality hospitality to visitors to the islands of French Polynesia. Here is a brief look at our history:

1970  Pacific Beachcomber’s predecessor entity is created with the opening of the Tahiti Beachcomber Hotel in the township of Faa’a, near the international airport and approximately five miles outside Papeete. At the time of construction, the hotel features a capacity of 211 lodging units (179 rooms and 32 overwater bungalows).

1987  Moana Beachcomber Hotel, one of the most famous hotels in Polynesia, opens on Bora Bora. Built at the edge of the exceptional lagoon off Matira point, it offers 51 bungalows, 41 of which are overwater.

1989 PBSC is sold to the Japanese group EIE. Under this new ownership, the company acquires the Moana Beachcomber Hotel on Bora Bora, as well as the Moorea Beachcomber Hotel, located on Tahiti’s idyllic “sister” island of Moorea. The Moorea hotel has a capacity of 142 units, including 44 garden bungalows and 50 overwater bungalows.

1993  The Tahiti Beachcomber Hotel is expanded, with the construction of a new bar restaurant at the edge of the lagoon, called The Lotus, and a sand bottom swimming pool.

1998  Richard Bailey purchases PBSC.

1998  The Maitai Polynesia Hotel in Bora Bora opens under the management of Hotel Management Services (HMS), a subsidiary of PBSC.

1999  The Tahiti Beachcomber Hotel is further expanded with the construction of two buildings, including 61 rooms and an additional bar.

2000 The Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora is expanded with the addition of 20 oceanview rooms, a beachfront restaurant, and a boutique.

2001  Bailey rebrands PBSC’s hotels under the InterContinental name.

2000-2004  An extensive refurbishment and expansion program is undertaken at PBSC’s three hotels in order to meet the 5-star standard of InterContinental hotels. These include:

  • InterContinental Tahiti Resort
    • Renovation of 174 rooms (out of 179) whose construction dates to the early 1970s
    • Renovation of the hallways
  • InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa
    • Renovation of all bungalows
    • Renovation of buildingscomprising 51 rooms
  • InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
    • Renovation of the 51 existing rooms (41 overwater bungalows and 10 beach bungalows)
    • Construction of an extension, including 9 overwater bungalows, 3 beach bungalows, a pool, 3 dayrooms, a spa, a barge for sea access, and a parking lot

2004  PBSC begins construction of a fourth hotel, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

2006  The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa opens, with 96 overwater bungalows and 12 dayrooms. It is the first hotel in the world to use a pioneering system of deep-sea water air-conditioning (SWAC), which is also used in the Thalasso, Deep Ocean Spa, installed within the hotel.

2009  PBSC assumes operation of the m/s Paul Gauguin, the highest rated and longest continually-sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific. PBSC also creates Pacific Maritime Agency (PMA), a division of Hotel & Management Services (HMS), to provide maritime services to the Paul Gauguin and other ships in French Polynesia.

2009 PBSC begins construction of The Brando on Tetiaroa

2010  PBSC acquires the 38-bungalow Maitai Rangiroa, located on one of the largest lagoons in the Southern Hemisphere.

2011 The Maitai Lapita Village in Huahine opens under the management of Hotel Management Services (HMS), a subsidiary of PBSC.

2011 PBSC sucessfully implements the 2nd SWAC installation on Tetiaroa. The pipe is the deepest in the world at 950 meters.

2014 PSBC opens The Brando on July 1, 2014.

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