Bora Bora, Tahiti
Covering more than 2 million square miles and with 118 islands to choose from, planning a trip to The French Society Islands of Tahiti can be a bit overwhelming. French Polynesia has a seductive blend of South Pacific beauty and carefree remoteness that has lured everyone throughout the ages from legendary explorers and European royalty to the late Marlon Brando — who bought his own private island and turned his back on Hollywood. Incidentally, the late actor’s property was ultimately made into a resort hotel — The Brando. So much for seclusion.
Bora Bora has the perfect combination of Robinson Crusoe adventure mixed with top-notch, exotic luxury a mere one-hour plane ride from Papeete, the main island. As you approach the resorts by boat, you’ll sail near a shore surrounded by towering mossy green mountains and dormant volcanoes shrouded in clouds. Pyramid-shaped thatched-roof huts on stilts dot the turquoise blue-green water. A pale pink sunset melts into the picture-postcard landscape, and the smell of sweet, potent white hibiscus flowers lingers in the air. One can see why this island has been dubbed “the romantic center of the universe” by the well traveled and has trumped Hawaii (for the first time in history) as the most desired honeymoon destination in the world by Brides magazine.
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