10 Romantic Getaways


Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Step off your over-water hut into the water for some snorkling.
Step off your over-water hut into the water for some snorkling.

A lot has changed on the tiny Pacific island of Bora Bora since it served as a refueling base for American troops in World War II. Long gone are the guns, warships and hostility. In their place emerged over-water bungalows, sailboats and a general serenity, earning Bora Bora the nickname "the Romantic Island." It's the definition of an island paradise, and consists of a lush, green central island surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and a coral reef. Water temperature in the lagoon fluctuate just five degrees all year -- from 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius) in the winter to 84 Fahrenheit (29 Celsuis) in the summer. In fact, Bora Bora is so beautiful and the weather so ideal that some of the soldiers stationed on the island during World War II refused to go home when the war ended.

You and your loved one won't want to leave, either, after a night in an over-water hut at the luxurious Bora Bora Hotel, which puts snorkeling and swimming just off your front porch. At mealtime, try a local dish concocted from sweet coconut, vanilla and seafood, but be sure to find your way to Bloody Mary's, an American-style restaurant where you might just run into a celebrity. Other activities include shark-feeding expeditions and sunset tours around the island in traditional Polynesian outriggers. Perhaps the ideal romantic getaway, Bora Bora lacks the loud culture and wild nightlife of many Pacific and Caribbean islands, giving it a peaceful reputation that is ideal for travelers seeking love.

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