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For the perfect nap, camp out beneath a towering palm canopy on a hammock. But picking a place for a full-night’s rest is a bit more difficult — there are plenty of ways to take Bora Bora’s innate luxury to the max as this island is home to some of the world’s finest resorts. Here are the top accommodations according to our Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. It doesn’t get any better than this. A personal butler greets you as you step off the boat from the airport, then escorts you to your over-water bungalow and offers to help unpack. Glass rectangles adorn the floor, providing views of the glittering turquoise water below and enveloping the bungalow in a warm glow. Sliding doors off the bedroom and living room create open access to a private deck. The resort sits on a thin slice of land, but makes the most of its limited real estate with blissful swimming pools and a variety of restaurants, including Sushi Take — arguably, Bora Bora’s best spot for sushi. Crushed seashell pathways lead to a must-see spa and private fish sanctuary, while aromatic flowers accompany you on your journey. And you definitely won’t want to miss the enormous breakfast spread each day.
2. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. For larger groups, the Four Seasons is lavishly accommodating and has private pools to match its three-bedroom villas. Located on the east side of Bora Bora, this sprawling resort offers in-bungalow dining along with two restaurants and a couple of perfectly situated bars.
3. Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa. For a truly palatial stay, book one of the presidential accommodations — French Polynesia’s only two-story overwater bungalows — and experience indulgence unlike any other. This 3,229-square-foot palace is decked out with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi, dressing rooms and plenty of community space for gatherings. It’s all the comforts of home, and then some.
4. InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. It’s all about magnificent views of the turquoise water at this Bora Bora hotel. Inside the 80 overwater villas, beds and tubs strategically face floor-to-ceiling windows. And in the onsite Deep Ocean Spa, watch fish swim by while you get a massage in a glass-floored treatment room.
5. Le Méridien Bora Bora. Just across the bay from The St. Regis is this refined getaway that is host to the Turtle Sanctuary — a conservancy program for the area’s slowest, but cutest swimmers. This multi-tiered resort offers views of Mount Otemanu from its signature Miki Miki bar, fashioned after the prow of a ship.