The tranquil islands dotted around French Polynesia make for the most magnificent mid-winter break, but first you need to pick which corner of this South Pacific paradise is right for you.

Sit back, close your eyes, and picture this.

You’re relaxing on a white sandy beach looking out over the sparkling horizon. There’s a string of over-water bungalows sitting above a lagoon that’s home to schools of colourful fish and a warm breeze.

There’s a beautiful mountain range with jagged peaks, friendly locals who tell tales about their unspoilt homeland, and resorts that feel like heaven on earth.

That picture in your head is The Islands of Tahiti, the heavenly corner of French Polynesia that’s famous for postcard locations and vibrant culture.

Regardless of who is holidaying – a girl-gang trip, honeymoon or babymoon, a family getaway, or a couple celebrating retirement – this place has all the ingredients to make a perfect island escape.

But which part will you choose?…



Tahiti is French Polynesia’s largest island, with black sand on the east coast and white beaches lining the western edge, with everything from diving and surfing to spa visits and local markets activities on offer.

There’s also loads of choice when it comes to accommodation with Manava Suite Resort perched to provide views of nearby Moorea, Sofitel’s Tahiti la Ora boasting a string of those famous overwater bungalows, and Pearl Beach Resort & Spa staffed by a team of smiling locals.



Moorea is a stone’s throw from Tahiti with the neighbouring island, that’s just 10 nautical miles across the water, celebrated as one of the most “most scenically striking islands in French Polynesia’’.

Locals call Moorea The Magical Island and there’s a collection of hotels – Manava Beach Resort & Spa, Sofitel Moorea, Hilton Moorea – featuring over-water bungalows and garden villas all just steps from the turquoise lagoons.



Bora Bora has long been attracting the rich and famous to the South Pacific, but travellers need not boast a bulging bank account to castaway to a place long called the Jewel of the South Seas.

Conrad Bora Bora, beside the white sand and black lava rocks on a secluded section of coastline, provides an idyllic escape from the bustle of everyday life by combining state-of-the-art facilities with traditional Polynesian hospitality



If French Polynesia – Tahiti, Moorea or Bora Bora – sounds like bliss then check out Helloworld Travel’s exclusive packages to this part of the planet.

Each deal combines time in two luxury resorts – perhaps it will be the Tahiti la Ora and Sofitel Moorea combo – so travellers can experience two unique island destinations while based in the South Pacific.

There are so many sides to French Polynesia, which is the one for you?



Which part of French Polynesia is your paradise?

This article was written by KARRYON contributor Sarah Nicholson

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