Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora: current jet set favorite.

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Forget Hawaii and forget the Caribbean—when true jet-setters want a sun and beach vacation, the current destination of choice is Bora Bora, a tiny island (six miles long and two miles wide) northwest of Tahiti.

Here, for $1000-plus a night, you’ll get the following: a bungalow set on stilts over aquamarine water; views of Mount Otemanu, the dormant volcano that dominates the island; and snorkeling access to a pristine coral reef.

Bora Bora also offers multiple five-star beaches and friendly, French-speaking locals. Bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation.

Paradise, anyone?