As part of the Brides 2014 Honeymoon awards, we're counting down the best places for newlyweds to stay in Fiji and French Polynesia. From iconic overwater bungalows to verdant eco-friendly retreats, you're guaranteed a luxurious stay no matter which resort you choose.

If you look up "paradise" in the dictionary, you'll probably see a photo of one of these South Pacific paradises. Both are tranquil archipelagos with blue lagoons and reps for attracting privacy-seeking celebs. (Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban honeymooned at the St. Regis Bora Bora in French Polynesia; Bill Gates and his wife spent their 'moon at the Wakaya Club in Fiji.) But that's where the similarities end. French Polynesia, a string of French-influenced isles that are home to legendary honeymoon hot spots like Tahiti and Bora Bora, is the birthplace of the overwater bungalow. Otherworldly Fiji is best known for the friendliness of its people, a thriving Melanesian culture, and a string of secluded private-island resorts. Go to either place and you will find your flight will be packed with newlyweds just like you. Ready to find your fantasy island? Check out this list of the top 10 resorts in Fiji and French Polynesia and get ready to fall in love.

Maggie Parker

How did we choose the Brides Best Honeymoons? A survey was conducted in conjunction with Virtuoso, a network of nearly 9,000 top luxury travel advisors. For more information, contact 855-570-3829.

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