Conjuring up exotic images of island utopia with the mere mention of its name, French Polynesia is a South Pacific playground where exclusive hotels are oceans apart read more...

Take a break in Tahiti

When people think of French Polynesia, they inevitably think of its main island Tahiti in the Society Islands. As the gateway to the region with the Faa'a International Airport near the main city of Papeete, Tahiti is a popular Polynesian escape with plenty of places to shop, socialise and sleep in tropical style.

Tahiti is perhaps best known for its luxury beachfront abodes, including the 5-star Le Meridien Tahiti with its iconic overwater bungalows. The Radisson Plaza Resort is conveniently located just moments from the heart of town, while the modern Manava Suite Resort boasts more than 100 lavish rooms decked out with traditional decor.

An overwater bungalow in Bora Bora

Northwest of Tahiti, reef-bound Bora Bora is one of the stars of the Society Islands and, indeed, wider French Polynesia. Bora Bora's beauty is renowned worldwide, making it a favourite destination for honeymooners with ample opportunities for indulgence, be it fine dining, spa treatments or snorkelling among colourful marine life.

There are plenty of French Polynesia hotels located in Bora Bora, especially if you're willing to loosen the purse strings. Dip your toes in the sparkling Pacific waters from your bedroom in a luxury bungalow at St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa or Maitai Polynesia.

Staying beyond the Society Islands

The collections of islands that make up French Polynesia are strewn throughout an area of ocean as big as Europe. While most travellers can't pass up the illustrious allure of Tahiti and Bora Bora, there are many more destinations revealing French Polynesia's quieter cultural side.

The archipelagos of Tuamotu and Marquesas are sneaking up on the Society Islands, luring holidaymakers with their spiritual sites, waterfall-laden valleys and quality diving spots. Intrepid travellers should consider visiting Rangiroa – one of the largest atolls in the world – or Tikehau in the Tuamotu Islands, or Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands.