A Tropical Paradise: Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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The invitation is clear from the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora: “Escape to spacious hideaways nestled around Bora Bora lagoon and its outer beaches. Bora Bora — the most famous of French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands, and recently awarded the title of ‘The best island in the world’ by U.S. News — invites you to immerse yourself in a tropical paradise.” From your first glimpse of this island resort, you’ll understand why it’s been awarded so many accolades. Its over-water bungalows are perched on stilts above the turquoise lagoon; its on-shore villas stretch along a semi-private beach. You can enjoy views of majestic Mount Otemanu from your villa…as you receive soothing spa treatments…maybe as you work out in the fitness center…or as you take advantage of the complimentary snorkeling gear in every room. And that’s just the beginning.

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Enjoy a dip in your own infinity pool — or venture out for such adventures as kayaking, paddle boating, and shark-feeding. Hungry or thirsty? Not a problem. The resort features three restaurants, among them Tere Nui, which offers open-air dining and farm-fresh breakfasts, hearty lunches, and weekly-themed dinners that include Grill and Mediterranean nights. Or, for Polynesian and French choices, Arii Moana is the place to go — and pair your meal with a fine wine from the restaurant’s ample list. Finally, after a full day, your room welcomes you with fluffy down pillows, a refrigerated bar, CD and DVD players, and satellite TV, wired or wireless Internet access, and iPod docking stations. Above all, this is the time to lean back in your chaise longue, watch the stars come out, one by one…and relax. That’s what this resort is all about.

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