To luxe or not to luxe

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - LONELY PLANET TAHITI -

Over-the-top in­dul­gence has be­come French Poly­ne­sia’s – or more specif­i­cally Bora Bora’s – sig­na­ture, and of­ten over­shad­ows what the rest of the coun­try has to of­fer. Re­sorts on the ‘‘ Pearl of the Pa­cific’’ are a hon­ey­mooner’s dream, with pri­vate over­wa­ter bun­ga­lows, ev­ery lux­ury trap­ping and spec­tac­u­lar views of the is­land’s iconic, square-topped peak. But if this isn’t your cup of co­conut wa­ter, or sim­ply not in your bud­get, don’t let that dis­suade you. Small, fam­ily-run ho­tels and bed and break­fasts of­fer a closer-to-the-cul­ture ex­pe­ri­ence at prices that re­quire a fi­nan­cial out­put sim­i­lar to what you’d need for a mid-range trip to Europe.

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