Overwater Enchantment: Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

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The more than 100 islands of French Polynesia are renowned for their postcard-perfect lagoons – and one of the most remarkable places to experience this aquatic tapestry of emerald and sapphire is Bora Bora, a 45-minute flight from Tahiti’s Papeete International Airport. On this volcanic island, where overwater bungalows are an art form, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa has put its definitive signature on South Seas escapes.

A 10-minute private boat ride from Bora Bora’s largest town, Vaitape, transports guests to the resort, which is set in a landscape so vibrant the colors seem otherworldly. The white-sand beach sparkles like snow against a luminous blue lagoon dotted with thatched-roof bungalows. These 1,022-square-foot overwater villas have balconies for taking in the scenery above sea level and glass-paneled floors for an intimate look at the teeming marine life below: parrotfish, angelfish, southern stingrays, blacktip reef sharks, sea urchins, and butterflyfish call the lagoon home. King-size canopy beds, Italian marble bathrooms, and a separate sitting room with satellite TV and Wi-Fi complement the top-notch marine views.

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