Bora Bora


If you could dream up your ideal beach destination, it still might pale in comparison to the crystal-clear waters and soft sand beaches of Bora Bora. Sitting on the edge of the map — the tiny French Polynesian island occupies less than 12 square miles in the heart of the South Pacific — this tropical retreat has been a hideaway of honeymooners and other couples for more than five decades.

And it’s easy to see why. Centered around dormant volcano Mount Otemanu, the lush green island and turquoise lagoon easily entice you to do nothing. Thanks to a handful of ultra-luxe resorts, however, active excursions are plentiful, from world-class scuba diving to hiking.

An undoubtedly romantic destination, Bora Bora’s sunsets are legendary, and nothing beats watching the sun-streaked sky from the comfort of your overwater villa — another luxurious island staple that’s even better than your wildest fantasy.