What to Pack

Bora Bora, one of the world's most beautiful private islands, is a heavenly idyll that rises from sparkling azure waters in the lagoon and into the sweet-scented air surrounded by lush tropical flowers. Majestic and craggy Otemanu is framed spectularly by a palm-covered motu circle and pristine white-sand beaches.

With such vibrant and sensuous natural beauty, the choice of what to pack is simple. Beautiful natural and breathable silks, linens and the softest of cottons. Effortlessly elegant kaftans that take you from long, leisurely beach lunches to sunset cocktails with your feet in the pure white sand. The softest and lightest of cotton sundresses that are simultaneously gorgeous and a joy to wear.

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Where to Stay

As if simply dropped into the middle of the Pacific ocean, the five archipelagoes of French Polynesia, consisting of 118 islands and stretching across 2 million square miles, are all jaw-dropping and achingly beautiful with their richly diverse volcanic and coral reef landscapes. However, many argue that Bora Bora, unofficially christened the "pearl of the Pacific", is the queen of them all, with a seriously dramatic back-drop of all Society islands, embodying lush rainforest travelling down to the sea, meeting candyfloss white sand and a myriad of blues that artists dream of.

The question of where to stay can be answered easily - the degree to which you hunger for adventure or your love of serious luxurious pampering. Whether you yearn to sail and explore or to sink your toes into the velvet sand and island oblivion, our favourites include the Four Seasons and St Regis on Bora Bora, the soon-to-open Coqui Coqui Coba Papolchac Residence and Spa, and just a quick plane hop away, The Brando.