A Path to Paradise Discover the most unique islands on earth


Day or overnight cruises around the atolls include diving or snorkeling the thriving coral reefs. Spas overlooking the ocean have glass-bottom treatment rooms so guests can watch schools of fish during a rejuvenating massage. Most travelers choose one resort and rarely leave the lap of luxury.

BORA BORA, French Polynesia

Explore Bora Bora's turquoise seas with a snorkeling excursion among coral gardens swarming with tropical fish, ending with a stop at the boat captain's private motu for fresh-cut fruit. Polynesian-style outrigger canoes and glass-bottom boats glide across the pristine water. Sunset catamaran sails are accompanied by Tahitian singers and dancers.


Inhale the fragrance of cinnamon and vanilla at the Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden and pick up handmade candles and medicinal plants in the shop. Try your hand at de-husking a coconut and grilling breadfruit at the Praslin Museum on the Cote d'Or, where you can also view fruit bats and sip citronelle tea.


No island better epitomizes the Greek vacation experience than Santorini. Upon arriving by boat, there's a view that never palls: sugar-cube houses pasted onto the high clifftops of Fira's caldera (crater), washed by the cobalt Aegean and a light so pure and bright it makes you blink. Watched over by its famous smoldering volcano and steeped in lost-city-of-Atlantis myth, this is the Greece of photogenic sunsets and Hollywood backdrops, of blue-domed churches and donkey rides.


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