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Motu Ome'e BP 506, Bora Bora, 98730, French Polynesia

Bora Bora has been in a glamour arms race since it started seducing the likes of Marlon Brando in the 1970s. But the St. Regis seriously upped the ante when it opened in 2006 with 79 thatched overwater villas, outdoor showers, a fleet of butlers, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, and a spa set on its own island. Thankfully, it also doesn’t take itself too seriously. The humorously named Lagoonarium is filled with native fish and is ideal for snorkeling. And for a flashback to the ’70s, there’s a swim-up bar in the pool.

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St. Regis, Bora Bora Resort

Bora Bora has been in a glamour arms race since it started seducing the likes of Marlon Brando in the 1970s. But the St. Regis seriously upped the ante when it opened in 2006 with 79 thatched overwater villas, outdoor showers, a fleet of butlers, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, and a spa set on its own island. Thankfully, it also doesn’t take itself too seriously. The humorously named Lagoonarium is filled with native fish and is ideal for snorkeling. And for a flashback to the ’70s, there’s a swim-up bar in the pool.