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Bora-Bora bespoke

Now that Air Tahiti Nui's direct flights from the U.S. are set to bring beachgoers to French Polynesia by the airbusload, how will the savvy traveler escape the masses? The answer is Bora Bora Cruises' two 30-cabin yachts, one available for charters, the other for booking cabins individually. Both 226-foot vessels have five decks, with interiors done in a warm minimalist style by the Swedish team behind the QE2. The staterooms have flat-screen TVs, Kenzo bed linens, and bathrooms with Philippe Starck fixtures. The crews are trained in Monaco, and in the kitchen is the gifted young Alsatian Jean-Michel Bresch. On each boat there's a gym and a private trainer, along with a spa, yoga classes, two Jacuzzis, a library, and dining rooms inside and out. The most impressive feature, however, is the ships' shallow draft, which allows them to cruise into unvisited corners of the lagoons. This means dinner on a deserted motu, visits to the temple grounds on Raiatea, and tours of the pearl farms off Taha'a. One-week charter, $331,000; cabins, $5,500 a person per week; 800-780-4014;