World's Most Romantic Islands
Courtesy of St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
No. 1 Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
What could be more seductive than an overwater bungalow above a turquoise lagoon? That’s the essence of Bora-Bora, a geographically blessed sliver of French Polynesia. At its heart lies the jagged peak of Mount Otemanu; on its fringes, tiny motus (islets) and a coral reef with a swirl of colorful marine life.
Room to Book: Villas 103 to 110 at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort have private decks with whirlpools and outdoor showers.
Table for Two: Order the poisson cru (a local take on ceviche) at the sand-floored Bora Kaina Hut (Vaitape; borakainahut.com).
Don’t Miss: A private snorkeling trip with Diveasy Bora Bora (diveasyborabora.com), whose divemasters get you up close and personal with moray eels and giant manta rays. —Frances Hibbard