Country Awards

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the South Pacific Islands

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

At this decadent seaside resort, 100 over-water and beach villas—many with terrace whirlpools or private swimming pools—are tastefully appointed with exotic woods and marble. A dedicated butler is on call to fulfill every desire. Guests traverse a footbridge spanning a lagoon to reach Spa Miri Miri, with its seven treatment rooms and two private suites that feature a thatched-roof cabana, hammam, and outdoor stone tub. The extensive array of services are infused with the essence of Tahiti, and include fresh-air massages under rustling palms, vanilla-and-coconut rubs, and mother-of-pearl cream facials applied with warmed black pearls. Recreational entertainment abounds: Guests can feed the sharks and rays, snorkel in the private lagoon, and take sunset cocktail cruises.