Maeve O’Meara hits the safari road with girls and Paspaley pearls

Cinderella Safari returns to The Kimberley for Broome Cup day…

Gourmet Safaris and Pinctada Cable Beach have announced a second ‘Gorgeous Girls & Pearls Safari’ to coincide with the biggest day on Broome’s racing calendar, the Broome Cup on August 14.

The second Gorgeous Girls & Pearls Safari will be held from August 12-17 2010 at Pinctada Cable Beach, Broome’s new award-winning five star spa resort.
Maeve O’Meara, Founder and Director of Gourmet Safaris, says The Gorgeous Girls & Pearls Safari, a travel experience created for women by women, reflects a worldwide trend in the growth of exclusive women’s travel experiences.

“Women’s exclusive travel is a phenomenon in other parts of the world, it’s growing in Australia and our first Broome safari ticked all the boxes,” she said. “Last month’s Gorgeous Girls & Pearls Safari was a sell-out and met all expectations. We hosted women of varying ages from a mix of rural and city backgrounds and something very special happens when women come together to share and enjoy experiences.”

The Gorgeous Girls & Pearls Safari includes several customised and ‘money can’t buy’ experiences including the opportunity to be dressed by Paspaley in their finest pearls for the safari’s final night gala dinner at Pinctada’s award-winning SELENE Brasserie. Maeve regards this experience as a highlight of the inaugural Broome safari and also an example of the fun and special moments that exclusive women’s travel offers.

“It was a Cinderella ending to our fairytale Broome safari,” Maeve said. “We truly were ‘gorgeous’ girls that night – between us we were wearing $1 million worth of Paspaley Pearls. We all really enjoyed preparing for the evening – it was like an adult version of playing ‘dress ups’ – and I think the experience brought out the young girl in all of us.”

Marilynne Paspaley AM, Founder and Managing Director of Pinctada Hotels & Resorts, believes such experiences reflect Pinctada’s tagline – personal moments, endless horizons.

“Maeve shares my belief that travel is not just about the destination, but also the shared experiences as you come to know that destination and develop a connection with it,” she said.

“Our horizons truly are endless as we look to introduce our guests to Broome with experiences that create special personal moments. I am delighted that the guests from our first safari talk about memories of their childhood because I believe that is the greatest ‘money can’t buy’ experience. To me, this is the essence of a meaningful travel experience – being in an environment where you can truly relax, reconnect and feel again the sense of wonder and surprise that we all experienced as kids. These are the memories that will last a lifetime”

The customised and ‘money can’t buy’ experiences that Marilynne and Maeve have created for the 5-night August safari include:
• a day at the Broome Cup watching the thoroughbreds race on the Kimberley’s red pindan earth – Pinctada-style with butler service, lunch and champagne
• a private pearl appreciation function at the Paspaley Boutique in Broome with champagne and sautéed Paspaley pearl meat prepared by Pinctada’s award-winning SELENE Brasserie
• the opportunity to be dressed by Paspaley in their finest pearls for the safari’s final night gala dinner at Selene Brasserie
• canapés and champagne on Cable Beach after a sunset camel ride
• a special screening of Bran Nue Dae at Sun Pictures, the world’s oldest picture garden
• a bush-tucker and discovery walk through the surrounding natural landscape with award-winning indigenous guide, Neville Poelina
• a banquet dinner in the lush tropical gardens of Pinctada McAlpine House, a century-old former Master Pearler’s home and award-winning boutique lodge
• optional tours of Broome including art galleries and the Broome markets

Two treatments at award-winning Pinctada Spa are also included.

The full itinerary and booking details for the Broome Gorgeous Girls & Pearls Safari can be found at http://www.gourmetsafaris.com.au/ or by phoning +61 (0)2 9960 5675.

Prices start from $3762.00 plus airfares.