Why we chose it: Look at the water. Then look at the bungalows over that water at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa. Then look at Mt. Otemanu (2,385 feet) in the background. Now just try to avert your eyes. When you can't, picture yourself on this French Polynesian island.
Potential drawback: It's in the central South Pacific and 165 miles from Tahiti, about a one-hour flight after an almost nine-hour flight from LAX. Is it worth it? Only you can judge, but apparently even heaven has a price.
Jeff Amlotte / Los Angeles Times
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