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Apr 21 2017

A few great meals on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia

The island of Moorea, just north of Tahiti in French Polynesia, has managed to maintain its wild, rugged, natural beauty, though it continues to grow in popularity with tourists. Resorts now dot the mountainous islands, and while dining options in the hotels are always a safe bet for a decent dinner, there are some fantastic restaurants that are worth getting out to, for spectacular views and exciting menus. These are a few of our favorites.

              

                              The tables at Moorea Beach Cafe look out onto the lagoon; photo via Tahiti.com.

Located right on the beach, Moorea Beach Cafe offers excellent views and pleasant breezes along with good traditional Polynesian food. The fresh seafood is always a reliable choice. The bright yellow umbrellas beckon, and the lagoon vistas are enhanced by good service and a varied menu. No other restaurant on the island is quite as close to the ocean as Moorea Beach Cafe, or quite so charming.

Le Lezard Jaune is another exceptional offering on Moorea. This French restaurant will very likely be the best meal you have on the island: Steak and freshly caught fish are perfectly prepared, served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Dessert is recommended. For something different from the resort restaurants, make the trek to this place (pickup and drop-off from your hotel is provided by the restaurant).

                               

                                                   A prawn dish at Snack Mahana; photo via Wavelet.me.

Snack Mahana is a casual spot right next to the water, especially good for fish—try the garlic shrimp. The steak is also recommended, and portions are large. The vibe is relaxed, and the service reflects that, but for a fine meal in a wonderful location (though, in French Polynesia, they're all wonderful locations!), Snack Mahana is a solid, unpretentious option. Go early, as it often sells out, and is only open for lunch.

The decor at Rudy's Restaurant might be simple, but the ambiance is special, mostly thanks to the incredible menu of finely prepared French food. Excellent service and pickup and drop-off from your hotel round out the amenities at this place, but it's the food that really steals the show. The parrotfish is a standout that draws raves. This place is a must-visit on Moorea.

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Apr 13 2016

Bornholm Island: Your next Danish destination

Bornholm Island, off the eastern coast of Denmark, has long been a favorite vacation spot for Danes; tourism is an important part of the economy there, as are fishing, farming and arts and crafts such as glass work and pottery. The island's strategic position in the Baltic Sea means it has been inhabited for centuries, and is rich with history—there are 15 medieval churches on the island, for starters. And there's almost endless recreation, with a forest in the center of the island and plenty of beaches and cycling options. If you want to really get away (it's a one-hour ferry from Ystad, Denmark—a three hour drive from Copenhagen), this island has a wealth of things to see and do in a gorgeous and relaxed atmosphere; this blog is only an introduction to the many fascinating things the island has to offer.

                                         

                                   The coastline of Bornholm Island; photo via Wikimedia Commons

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Oct 23 2012

Local eats in Hilo, Hawaii

Category: Destinations | DiningMegan Leader @ 04:32

Hilo, Hawaii, makes a perfect base for exploring all that Hawaii Island has to offer—exquisite botanical gardens, smoking craters, glowing lava flows and crashing waves perfect for surfing. And with all the rain it receives, Hilo remains lush and colorful year-round. But this town offers more than good looks: It's also a haven for foodies.

 

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May 24 2012

Stunning hotels in luxurious St. Lucia

Category: Megan Leader @ 10:08

The landscape of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia is covered in vibrant greenery—35% of this country is pristine rain forest, and it hosts an array of rare plant and animal life. The island is dotted with gorgeous mountains, black- and white-sand beaches and a volcano, not to mention the luxurious accommodations that have cropped up on different parts of the island, each showcasing stellar views and numerous activities, both on land and at sea.

 

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Jan 4 2012

Santorini, Greece: A Dream Itinerary

Category: Destinations | ItinerariesMegan Leader @ 09:49

I've been incredibly lucky to travel to a few of my dream destinations, but Santorini, Greece, is one I have yet to see for myself. Every photo of the island I find is captivating: geometric white villages dotted with blue domes, all situated on cliffs by the sea. As I worked on editing the Santorini destination guide for travel42, it took all the self-restraint I could muster to not call my travel agent and book tickets to Greece. Instead, I compiled a day's itinerary for my dream vacation to Santorini.

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