5 dream villas along the lagoon in Moorea, French Polynesia

The ocean lapping, the crystal clear waters of the lagoon as far as the eye can see, the sea breeze blowing through the leaves of the coconut palms shudder—head to Moorea Island, in French Polynesia, where France.fr reveals five gems for a romantic rendez-vous in the Pacific.

Stingrays and black tip sharks at Villa Kahaia Beach

Snorkeling fans, this is the villa for you! Located on the north coast of Moorea, sister island of Tahiti, Villa Kahaia Beach is located opposite one of the best spots for observing marine fauna. You just have to get away from the private white sand beach that borders the house to swim among stingrays and other black tip sharks. To recover from all the excitement after this sea trip, enjoy the calm and the view of the large open terrace facing the lagoon. This villa is also accessible by boat or jet ski thanks to a small channel in the lagoon.

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A view from the top at Villa Oramarama

From this property, north of the island, Cook's Bay on display with the Mouaputa peak (which means "mountain breakthrough") as its focal point. According to the legend, this hole that has made this summit famous was formed by the magic spear of demi-god Pai, who defended the mountain then coveted by Hiro, the god of thieves. You'll never get tired of this view, whether sitting in a hammock hanging between two coconut trees, on the private dock of the villa or, for total relaxation, in the outdoor jacuzzi.

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Polynesian inspiration at Villa Ylang Ylang

There is a total change of scenery in this house on the west coast of the island, in the Ha’apiti/Nu’urua district, where you can immerse yourself in Polynesian culture. Built of wood, Villa Ylang Ylang, a name already promising intoxicating scents, multiplies the Polynesian-inspired winks in its colorful cushions, paintings and other shells scattered all over the house. A large covered terrace (to enjoy the view, even in the hottest hours) opens onto a white sand beach. Special mention must be made of the kayaks available to explore the lagoon and its clear, shallow waters filled with inhabitants, one more colorful than the other!

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Time to live at Villa Meheana

At Villa Meheana, you can admire the lagoon and its white sand beach comfortably sitting in the large shaded garden. Later, after swimming, walk to the restaurants and other shops of Maharepa, the busiest village on the island, before returning just in time to have dinner on the covered terrace. C'est la vie!

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Alone in the world at Villa Tiarenui

This villa, built in contemporary architecture, has a huge garden away from prying eyes, while it is located not far from the village of Maharepa. From the terrace, gaze out a the splendid view of the lagoon, which conceals a coral garden and multicolored fauna. Want to vary your pleasures? The 18-hole Jack Nicklaus International Golf Course, just a stone's throw away, is waiting for you.

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