Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2006

by Mark Ellwood

HUAHINE, TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA
This atoll in French Polynesia has a rustic, romantic air that puts Bora Bora to shame. The best part of Huahine? A lagoon that's rimmed with Fantasy Island–worthy beaches—imagine lolling on mounds of powdered sugar and washing off in Evian-clear waters. And there are plenty of places to find a private moment, au naturel.

Rub suntanned elbows with: Barefoot honeymooners, washboard-stomached surfers, and the occasional privacy-craving celeb.

Best way to cool off: A carton of the local alcoholic punch known as Tahiti Drink. It's delicious—and lethal.

Beach chic: A strand of locally farmed black pearls paired with an Agnès B. bikini.

Where to bed down: Make like Robinson Crusoe and book a room at the Pension Mauarii, where the door handles are fashioned from branches and the pillars are rough-hewn tree trunks. No worries about creature comforts: The plush canopied beds and giant bathrooms with inlaid coral will keep you feeling pampered.

Pension Mauarii
Tel: 689 68 86 49
Doubles from $97

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