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Top 5 Alternatives to Bora Bora

Bora Bora is undeniably the world's most exclusive destination, with only a handful of people visiting this remote island paradise each year. Yet, whilst Bora Bora has certainly made a name for itself across the world (and rightly so!), there are other lesser-known island gems hidden across the world that are ideal for a secluded, luxurious escape in the tropics.
BY Emma Hookway
Luxtripper Travel Editor

Here is our selection of our top 5 alternative destinations to Bora Bora!

Cambodia - Song Saa Island

Whilst known for its ancient temples and steaming rainforests, Cambodia's tropical coastline is often overlooked, but this doesn't mean it's any less beautiful. With a coast stretching along the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia has a rich array of vibrant coral reefs, untouched islands and picturesque beaches.

A secluded island in the Koh Rong Archipelago, Song Saa Private Island Cambodia embodies nothing but 5-star luxury, offering a spectacular selection of rustic overwater villas and jungle hideaways. A small island, this is the place to really unwind and be pampered, its wellbeing facilities simply phenomenal. Of course, for the budding adventurers out there, there is ample to do during your stay, including snorkelling, scuba diving and island safaris. For honeymooners, the resort offers dedicated experiences that are both romantic and intimate; we particularly love the private picnic at an isolated beach as you'll really feel that you're lost in paradise. 

Fiji - Likuliku Lagoon Resort

The Pacific has an allure unlike anywhere else in the world, the sheer isolation, the ever-expansive deep blue of the ocean stretching on and on to the horizon, making this a truly spectacular and coveted destination. With over 300 islands scattered across the South Pacific, Fiji really is your own castaway experience; indeed, the hit Tom Hanks film Castaway was even filmed in Fiji!

In the gorgeous Mamanuca Islands archipelago lies Likuliku Lagoon Resort, an adults-only 5-star getaway and the only resort in Fiji to feature authentic Fijian overwater villas. Beautifully nestled on a turquoise lagoon, this tropical island is all about the great outdoors, with activities including snorkelling, surfing, and walking trails. For those interested in culture, you can opt to experience a trip to an indigenous village or enjoy a traditional Kava Ceremony at the resort. What really sets this resort apart is its Mociu Private Island, a secluded, uninhabited island where you and your partner can enjoy a private picnic or an immersive snorkelling adventure! 

The Seychelles - Fregate Island

The Seychelles really is as beautiful as it sounds, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean that's ideally situated outside the region's cyclone belt. With over 100 coral and granitic islands, a vibrant Creole culture, and beaches to die for, the Seychelles is the perfect choice for those seeking seclusion and tropical luxury. 

Fregate Island Private is one of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, and it's not hard to see why. Both a luxurious resort and a conservation sanctuary, the island is wild and vibrant, home to 3,000 free-roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoises and more than 1,000 tropical birds. With 7 stunning beaches, one frequently voted 'the most beautiful in the world', you won't know where to look as you absorb the beautiful surroundings. The resort has only 16 luxury villas, really making this your very own secluded Robinson Crusoe escape; the island is even available for exclusive whole island rental! With activities ranging from PADI Scuba Diving to private romantic dining, your stay will be rich and immersive, offering you the chance to learn new things and reconnect with yourself. 

Indonesia - Bawah Reserve

The largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia is vast, with approximately 17,500 islands and 6,000 of those uninhabited. Remote and secluded, a large proportion of these island gems are untouched tropical paradises, surrounded by crystalline turquoise water and carpeted in lush flora.

Bawah Reserve is one of these paradises, beautifully situated in the remote Anambas Archipelago on the lush Bawah Island. A 5-star resort offering exclusive and sustainable luxury, you'll arrive in style by seaplane, landing on a dazzling azure lagoon. Whether you choose to stay in an Overwater Bungalow, Beach Suite or Jungle Lodge, nature will be at your fingertips. We love the sheer amount of experiences on offer here, including scuba diving, sailing, cooking classes, and forest hikes; the list goes on! A top retreat for honeymooners, a stay at Bawah Reserve is certainly one that will be remembered for a lifetime. 

Panama - Isla Secas

Panama really is a hidden gem, its tropical shores untouched and yet-to-be discovered by many across the globe. With both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, Panama's beaches are diverse but equally beautiful, with just under half of its land comprised of tropical rainforest.

For utter exclusivity in Panama, Isla Secas is the place to go. Situated in the pristine Islas Secas Archipelago on Panama's Pacific coastline, this coveted island retreat offers the most intimate barefoot luxury, with a maximum capacity of only 18 guests. With just a selection of secluded casitas scattered delicately across the lush island, it really will be just you and nature, the beauty of the Pacific stretching on endlessly to the horizon. With delicious locally prepared dishes, an array of immersive watersports, and romantic private beach excursions, we can guarantee that you'll never want to leave this paradisaical island. 

Feeling Inspired?

If you'd love to visit one of these extraordinary destinations, get in touch with one of our Luxury Travel Specialists who can tailor-make your very own exclusive tropical island getaway.

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Song Saa Private Island Cambodia
Krong Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia
Upon powder-white sands, with a rainforest backdrop, a translucent-water foreground, and stunning views over the Gulf of Thailand, sits the five-star Song Saa, considered one of Cambodia's premier luxury retreats. It's an enchanting and remote luxury retreat spanning the two
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Fregate Island Private
Seychelles, Seychelles
The Seychelles boasts some of most beautiful views and vistas in the whole world, with it’s picturesque turquoise waters, soft white sands and tropical paradise-style landscapes that bring visitors from all of over who seek to experience this beautiful colony
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Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Australasia and the South Pacific, Fiji
LikuLiku Lagoon Resort is located along Fiji’s treasured Mamanuca Islands, a destination famed for it’s sugary white sands, naturally beautiful greenery and spectacular bright blue lagoon waters. LikuLiku is not only coveted for it’s adult-only exclusivity and sensational 5-star service,
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