The Travel staff spent the year scouring the globe for provocative and interesting places to visit. Here are some pictures of the places we went in 2007. Bora Bora Bora-Bora is a stunning slice of French Polynesia once treasured nearly as much for its slow pace as for its scenery. But life here has begun to speed up. In the last year, two ultra-luxurious hotels have sprouted, with another on the way, all designed to lure the world's most affluent travelers to this fabled South Pacific island. --Rosemary McClure, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Brightly colored butterflyfish scavenge for food in the coral reef below the over-water bungalows at the Bora Bora Hotel, one of the first exclusive hotels on the island. Expensive hotels now dot the landscape, most with posh over-water rooms designed to look like Polynesian homes on stilts -- but with air conditioning, Jacuzzis and pools on the decks.
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