The South Pacific often lands high on travelers’ bucket lists. The views of the ocean, the fresh cuisine, and the simple ease of accommodations are hard to beat. But finding the perfect place to stay isn’t so easy. Do you choose something small near the water or a larger fantasy resort where the staff will cater to your every need?
This year, we asked our readers to rank their favorite resorts and inns based on facilities, location, service, food, and value, for our World's Best Awards survey. It’s clear from the results that the French Polynesian islands have captured their hearts; every property in the top five can be found in this island group.
Three of the top five resorts are in Bora-Bora, where properties are known for their thatched-roof, overwater villas. The island’s InterContinental, St. Regis, and Four Seasons (home to some amazing plunge pools) all offer incredible spas and private lagoons, as well.
In Moorea, the guests at the InterContinental loved the fact that they can snorkel without even having to take a boat out. Additionally, the resort hosts the Moorea Dolphin Center and Turtle Care Clinic.
It’s The Brando, in Tetiaroa, however, that takes this year's grand prize. The resort, surrounded by white-sand beaches, also prides itself on being eco-friendly.
Read on for the full list.