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Hotel Kia Ora, Rangiroa

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French Polynesia, Australia + Pacific: Over-water bungalows at the Kia Ora
French Polynesia
Tel: 689 931 111
Tel: 689 931 117
Fax: 689 960 220 or 689 960 493's insider take:

Set on a remote atoll, this property has ten thatched overwater bungalows linked by an arched walkway and perched above a jade-green lagoon. Twenty-five more cottages occupy the spotless beach, and yet another 28 are nestled in a coconut grove. Though the property feels eons away from the modern world, each tranquil, palm-and-bamboo-walled room has air-conditioning and a telephone. Pleasures here are simple and satisfying: During the day, you can sunbathe, snorkel, and take diving or fishing excursions; at night, you can enjoy fresh fish prepared by a French chef from the open-air restaurant. On Wednesday and Sunday nights, Polynesian dancers perform.

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