Romance in Bora Bora

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Romance in Bora Bora
Bora Bora is paradise for couples. Greet the day from your over-the-water bungalow and dip into the turquoise water from your private dock. Indulge in some hard-core lounging before enjoying a couples' spa treatment and clinking glasses at sunset.
Photo by David Kosmos Smith
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    The Most Secluded Beaches
    Bora Bora’s best beaches are found on palm-covered islets called motu that dot the outer reef of the lagoon. Some of the swankiest and most romantic resorts are found on these, while other motu are privately owned and uninhabited. Though the beach in front of your bungalow is hardly likely to be busy, you can always swim or paddle to another one. Alternatively, take an excursion with a guide who has obtained permission to land on the most private stretches of sand.
    Photo by David Kosmos Smith
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    Luxurious Overwater Bungalows
    Bora Bora is known for the beauty of its blue lagoon, so it's important to spend as much time as possible in and around the warm waters—not just during the day, but even while you sleep. No one can say for sure where the overwater bungalow was first made, but it's certainly been perfected here, and these luxurious accommodations are a big draw to the island. Prices start at around $600 per night, and the experience is well worth it: Let the sounds of the lapping waves lull you to sleep at night, and greet the morning by diving straight into the water. if you're lucky, you'll even have your own private dock.
    Photo by Mark A Borah
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    Flickering Candlelight and a Tropical Breeze
    Whether you’re toasting with French wine or mai tais, few dining experiences are more romantic than by flickering candlelight in a tropical breeze. The intimate Villa Mahana is the island’s top choice among foodies to set the mood for the evening: Dine on finely crafted Mediterranean-Polynesian fusion in a French-meets-Tahitian setting. Be sure to reserve in advance, though—there are only seven tables. Even if you’re not staying at a motu resort, you can usually take a free shuttle to dine at one. Try one of the restaurants at the St. Regis Resort, such as Sushi Take. Also try K Restaurant at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island Resort, where you'll dine al fresco beneath a pandanus-thatched ceiling and take in panoramic views.
    Photo courtesy of Tahiti Tourism
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    Dial the Relaxation Up to 11
    When all the tropical lounging gets too much, take an all-natural vacation from your vacation with a trip to one of the island's spas. Mellow out next to your loved one with a couples' soak in fresh flowers or a coconut scrub with a view of the sea. At the Thalasso Spa at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort, watch iridescent fish swim under the glass-bottomed floors before you go in for your massage. Elsewhere on the island, check out The Spa at Four Seasons Bora Bora, and the Hina Spa at Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort, both of which have iconic island views.
    Photo courtesy of Barbara Kraft/Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
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    Roll Your Wedding and Honeymoon into One
    As well as honeymoons, Bora Bora also specializes in classic, upscale weddings with a Polynesian twist. Resorts such as St. Regis Bora Bora offer the services of dedicated wedding planners, and can customize every last detail of your big day. Brides can be paddled into the ceremony on an outrigger boat and draped with a flowered palm headdress, go the more traditional white dress route, or anything in between. You can even get married underwater! And the best part about having your wedding in paradise? Not only do your wedding photos look like tropical postcards, your honeymoon begins the moment you say "I do."
    Photo courtesy of Tahiti Tourism
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    Fall In Love with Tahitian Pearls
    When in Bora Bora, Tahitian pearls are a girl’s best friend. Often known as "black pearls," they actually come in all sorts of colors, including black, blue, green, and pink. Even though the pearls aren’t produced in this island’s lagoon—most come from the Tuamotu or Gambier archipelago—many of the highest quality ones are sent to Bora Bora to be sold on the tourist market. The best deals are found on the main island at small boutiques, which often mount them into their own unique designs. Spend a day touring the island in search of your dream pendant or earrings; and if you really want to splurge, go for a full strand.
    Photo by Michael Runkel/age fotostock
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    Take a Dip à Deux
    From the palest turquoise to the deepest indigo, Bora Bora’s lagoon reflects every shade of blue thanks to its exceptionally clear waters and expansive sandy bottom. Let the warmth of the shallows curl around your ankles as you move slowly deeper, until you’re fully immersed in soft, velvety waves. Even the spa can’t compare to the sensation of the warm sea lightly massaging your skin. Combined with the flower-scented breezes and the kiss of humidity, the experience is one of sensual bliss. And when your partner is at your side and the colorful fish are darting beneath you, it's tempting just to stay in the water all day.
    Photo by N. Eisele-Hein/age fotostock
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    Paddle into the Blue
    Grab a kayak, a stand-up paddleboard, or even a windsurfer—available at many resorts and guesthouses—to explore Bora Bora's vast lagoon without being disturbed by the loud sound of a motor. If you're staying on the main island, paddle around its points and coves for glimpses of village life; if you’re out on a private island, you may be able to glide over to the next small islet for pristine, empty beaches. And if that sounds like too much work, just drift a little way into the lagoon and take the opportunity to sunbathe, swim, and snorkel in solitude.
    Photo courtesy of Tahiti Tourism
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    Scenic Spots to Steal a Kiss
    It might be geographically far away, but Bora Bora is still a part of France—so embrace the Gallic affinity for the romantic and feel free to engage in a few public displays of affection in paradise. Swim out into the lagoon for some salt water kisses, or steal away to a quiet stretch of sand and the shady seclusion of a coconut palm. Unless you’re with a group or a guide, hiking up some of the steep peaks will get you all alone on windswept hillsides. You won’t be the first to snap some puckered up selfies with the lagoon spreading out behind you.
    Photo by Dave and Les Jacobs/age fotostock