Bora Bora and Moorea, French Polynesia
French Polynesia is a whole ocean away but the nirvana that awaits you is well worth the journey. All international flights arrive through Tahiti Island—the main access point to all other adjoining islands like Bora Bora and Moorea. If it’s serious R & R you’re after, a few nights at the gorgeous Bora Bora Pearl Beach & Resort Spa are a must. Situated in a lagoon, the property has overwater bungalows—this secluded location is ideal for lazing on the beach or in the water (you can jump in at any time of day from the comfort of your own suite!). Before departure, try the hotel’s traditional Polynesian massage at the Manea Spa, where their monoi oils will leave your skin soft and smooth. If you crave more adventure, escape to the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa. Also located on a lagoon, this boutique resort offers a long list of cool activities including scuba diving, a sunset cruise on a catamaran, dolphin watching, and a private lagoon cruise to nearby isles. For a Tahitian treat, dine at one of two on-property restaurants: The Manaha’i and Matiehani, both offering menus with French-Polynesian dishes. For a sweet sleep, stay in a garden pool bungalow—heavenly!