5. Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
Bora Bora is synonymous with French Polynesia, but there are islands of equal tropical paradise status. Take this private islet close enough to see Mount Otemanu and the vanilla island (Taha’a) but refreshingly remote feeling with only 58 overwater bungalows, suites, and beach villas. It’s one of only three Relais & Chateaux property in the country, which is like a stamp of approval indicating the cuisine is incomparable. Indeed, from Polynesian-themed buffets and live grill that come with a side of traditional Tahitian music and dance to quieter French-Polynesian fusion dinners at Ohiri and seaside lunches of poisson cru, it’s mouthwatering.
The design throughout is special, incorporating elements signature to the islands—think a lobby that echoes an outrigger canoe, coconut handicrafts, and a verdant treehouse-like restaurant. Deep-sea fishing, sailing, diving and waterfall hiking are on offer, but a morning snorkeling through the coral garden—which feels like floating through the best aquarium in the world—is the most awe-inspiring use of your time.