The islands of French Polynesia are as well known for their laidback lifestyle, welcoming spirit and colourful culture as they are for heavenly beaches, verdant volcanic peaks and turquoise lagoons, making for a luxury holiday like no other. Whereas Bora Bora is known for its blend of irresistible overwater bungalows, five-star hotels and all-inclusive opulence – a honeymooner’s dream – Tahiti picks up the cultural baton, with its local cuisine, charming coastal towns and love of dance and music. Whether scuba diving, kayaking over crystalline waters or hiking little-known nature trails to hidden waterfalls, French Polynesia serves up a surprising amount of action and adventure for a region which has built a reputation based on complete relaxation, world-class resorts and picture-perfect beaches. This collection of idyllic islands is far more versatile than they may first appear, with intriguing archaeological finds on Moorea and a castaway feel to be found on Vahine adding to the already heady mix of mountains, snorkelling and cultural demonstrations. If all of this seems too much however, then rest assured, that no matter which of these pristine islands you choose, pampering and pure indulgence is never far away in French Polynesia.