'We wanted sunshine in September,' says newlywed Katie, 'and the islands of French Polynesia in the South Pacific sounded like heaven. We weren't disappointed! I've never seen such a turquoise sea, and the people were so friendly. Arriving in Papeete, the Tahitian capital, we caught a flight to Moorea, where we checked in to the InterContinenetal Resort and Spa for four nights. We hired a beach buggy and explored the island. We drove up to see the famous Cook's Bay and Oponohu Bay and visited some maraes (ancient Polynesian temples). We also borrowed a sea kayak and went snorkeling.
The food on Moorea was fantastic. The local restaurants Alfredo's and Carmeline were amazing. My favourite dish was poisson cru - raw mahi-mahi fish marinated in coconut milk and lime juice. Eating out is expensive in the South Pacific, so to try and give our credit card a break, we lunched like locals at les roulettes - small mobile diners.
Our next stop was the Pearl Beach Roset on Bora Bora, where stayed for four nights in a beach suite with its own garden and Jacuzzi. We sunbathed, snorkeled and ate at local restaurants, including Bloody Mary's, where everyone from George Michael to Janet Jackson had dined. Our final and favourite stop was Le Taha'a Private Island and Spa, on the coral reef just off the island of Taha'a. We stayed in an overwater bungalow for four nights and the views over the lagoon to Raiatea were stunning. The service was the best we've ever experienced. Flying to the South Pacific takes over 23 hours, so we broke it up on the way back with two nights in LA at Viceroy Santa Monica, a really cool boutique hotel overlooking the sea.'
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