Beach + Island

Celebs in the Sand

by Natalie Walsh

Where: St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Who hangs out here? Bored with suburbia? Pack your grass skirt, honey, and follow on the pedicured heels of Eva Longoria and hubby Tony Parker to this secluded 44-acre resort with romantic over-the-lagoon villas, butler service, and full spa. Opened in 2006, it was Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's honeymoon in June 2006 that put it on the A-list map.

The star attraction: Just 18 miles round, Bora Bora's remote location offers a more secluded haven for privacy-hungry celebs than nearby Tahiti. The dazzling turquoise lagoon that surrounds the island shimmers with tropical fish and brilliant coral gardens—and Matira Beach's white sands positively glow. Skinny-dip in the lagoon, swim with turtles, or feed the small lagoon sharks.

Stargazing: Off the St. Regis property, Bloody Mary's restaurant and bar is where you'll find the beautiful people who arrive by yacht and park at the bar's private dock. A wooden board out front lists the names of stars who've hung out here, including Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, and Sharon Stone. If you don't get lucky with a star, tuck into the catch of the day, such as crab and jumbo shrimp.

The hot bed: Nicole and Keith frolicked in the resort's starriest love nest, the 13,000-square-foot Royal Estate suite. Set on a secluded cove, it has three bedrooms, a private pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna. Most of the resort's other villas are built over the water, including five bungalows with private swimming pools.

St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora
Tel: 689 607 888
Overwater bungalows from $1,270 a night.

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