Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
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Yes, it really is this idyllic. The overwater bungalows at this luxurious resort located on Motu Tevairoa, a coral islet, offer direct access to the lagoon. Plunge into the tropical waters before breakfast, laze on the gazebo sundeck after lunch and listen to the water lap from the bathtub (with a cocktail) before dinner.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
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On a private cove on Motu To’opua, with the jagged green peaks of Mount Otemanu looming behind it, is this secluded beachfront resort. Its Overwater Villas hover above the lagoon and offer appointments deemed too grand for the word “bungalow”. The Presidential Overwater Villa is two storeys tall with its own deck, pool, whirlpool and a “wellbeing room” complete with sauna.
Four Seasons Bora Bora
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Thatched roofs, lots of teak, natural fibres and generous greenery make the elegant bungalows at the Four Seasons Bora Bora oases of calm. Plunge pools, private decks, dramatic views of Mount Otemanu and ladder access to the lagoon complete the picture.
InterContinental Bora Bora & Thalasso Spa
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Is this the pool you’ve been searching for? Pool Overwater Villas at the InterContinental Bora Bora & Thalasso Spa have their own glorious infinity pools, decks and shaded terraces as well as direct access to the lagoon. Each of the resort’s 80 bungalows has a glass-bottomed coffee table – a kind of Tahitian TV that provides endless entertainment for viewers of the fishy activity below.
Le Méridien Bora Bora
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Spiral staircases lead to underwater heaven from the end-of-pontoon bungalows at Le Meridien. If you’re not taking a dip, the large decks are the best place to watch the sky turn a deep pink as the sun sets – Champagne in hand.
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
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Off the island of Taha’a on the secluded Motu Tautau cove is Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa. Known as Vanilla Island because of its fragrant Tahitian vanilla crop, Taha’a has views of the silhouette of Bora Bora, visible from the bungalows suspended over the sparkling lagoon.
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Just eleven overwater bungalows are available at the Royal Huahine, located on Huahine, known as the Island of Gardens. Feel the warm embrace of the lagoon as you step off the spacious private sundeck into the water or retreat from the sun to the comfort of the bungalow’s traditional Polynesian-inspired interiors.
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort
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With terraces, sun lounges, outdoor showers and king-sized beds, the bungalows at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort are hard to leave. In the Luxury Bungalow, guests can watch the underwater goings-on from the glass viewing platform at the foot of the bed or if one can bear to leave, step off the deck and into the lagoon.
St Regis Bora Bora Resort
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On a private island in the “lagoonarium” at St. Regis Bora Bora is the Miri Miri Spa where trained therapists from Clarins will work your face and body to state of extreme relaxation. As if the private whirlpool, dining gazebo and butler service that are part and parcel of the luxurious overwater bungalows didn’t make things quite relaxing enough.
Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
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The only thing marring the perfect blue expanse of the lagoon at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is the occasional clump of seaweed or the dark shape of a sea turtle ambling by. The Tikehau atoll is made up of a curve of coral islets that form a stunning 26-kilometre lagoon and the view from the secluded bungalows is one of seemingly endless blue.
Up Next: Find Out Why These 19 Dishes Have Cult Status in Sydney
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There are some dishes that are iconic – such as Peter Gilmore’s fabled Snow Egg at Quay. Others are newer, like Bar Brose’s instantly in-demand Late Night Sandwich. Here’s our pick of the cult dishes you must try in Sydney.