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On the Waterfront For the quintessential far-flung escape, there’s nothing like this South Pacific idyll, where barrier reefs meet cobalt lagoons, and volcanic peaks rise above the tropical rain forest and powder-soft beaches. On an isolated islet, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora(overwater bungalows from $1,200) has 121 thatched-roof bungalows set on piers over the shallows, many with individual plunge pools and views of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu. The resort is all about bliss: a half-day sail to hidden snorkeling sites; a trip to a pearl farm; an afternoon lounging on the deck of a catamaran. For a more affordable stay, try the luxury bungalows at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort (doubles from $390), wooden and woven pandanu accomodations perched on white-sand beaches and perched on pilings over the lagoon. Nearby, you’ll find the five-table restaurant Villa Mahana (dinner for two $140), where Corsican-born chef Damian Rinaldi Dovio reinvents native ingredients (Tahitian vanilla oil, curry, coconut milk) with classic Mediterranean techniques.


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