Travel + Leisure
May 12, 2009
Surviving . . . in Style
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As "Survivor: Marquesas" draws to a close, one question is on everyone's mind: Just where are the Marquesas, anyway?And why would anyone go there?

As it happens, there are many good reasons to go there—every rugged "Survivor" locale has been near a destination of sublime loveliness (and luxury). You didn't expect visiting CBS executives to camp out near packs of wild dingos, did you?You won't need to eat rats or practice your spear-fishing once you've read up on our guides to the Marquesas, the South China Sea, Australia, and Africa.

Fast Talk: Jeff Probst

Who could pay attention to the setting, with so many exciting—and, frankly, startling (think Kathy, John, and the sea urchin)—things going on?Yet the Marquesas and the rest of French Polynesia are home to some of the most beautiful and romantic sites on the planet.

Tahiti: The Perfect Pearl
Ask Mark: Cruising Polynesia
50 Romantic Hotels
The 50 Most Romantic Places on Earth 2001

Africa, Australia, and the South China Sea have even more hotels, destinations, and cruises to send you into a fire-walking frenzy—or at least relax you until you forget how to cook rice.

Africa's Best Safari Guides
African Lodges: Wild at Hearth
Malaria Shots and More
Ask Mark: Safari Honeymoon
Cape Verde: An Island Sing-Along
The Road Down Under
Australia's Rustic-Chic Lodges
Tasmania: Heating Up Down Under
Jungle Survival in the Philippines
Manila Heats Up
Bali: Lush Life, Cut-Rate

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