Published on April 5th, 2013 | by Emma Hackwood


Destination Spas in French Polynesia

Dreaming of a Spa getaway? Chloe Hagel from GOGO Worldwide Vacations shares her experience visiting some of the best spas in the French Polynesia region and what makes them so spectacular:

 “Exploring two trending spa sensations that I absolutely adore, in an era when travelers expect spas to deliver not just on pampering but also on wellness.” 

One of my favourite experiences, either at home or away is a visit to the spa. Luckily our recent trip to French Polynesia was no different! It was refreshing to experience and learn of the Tahitian’s terrific take on current spa trends.

Working with sustainably sourced native plants is a trend that should seriously be a standard. At Helene Spa on Moorea, sustainability is just another benefit for both business and guests. Located within a serene garden setting at the Intercontinental Resort, this South Seas spa was recently voted among the top 25 spas in the world by Conde Nast Traveller.

River bath @ Helene Spa

Magnificently simple yet purposeful, where delectable potions are handmade fresh daily by the staff onsite and are only created from natural, locally derived ingredients. From moisturizing banana and miri balms, to fresh pineapple and grapefruit oils that are used for toning, many local fruits are harvested for their natural healing properties. Not to mention that the popularly used items like fresh coconut milk, Tahitian Vanilla oil and fresh papaya are outrageously delicious!  Rather then important extravagant European skin care products via vessel, this authentic Polynesian spa prefers sand, sea minerals, papaya, noni and coconut pulps for their exfoliation treatments. And along with the ever present national Tiare flower, native Tamanu oil proves to provide overall balance for spa guests.


Balance is said to be just one of the benefits of hydrotherapy, which is another continuing trend for 2013. Going back to a basic formula such as this makes sense in a time where spas have become less about pampering with more of a focus on wellness, relaxation and healing. So fundamental in fact, that one definition of the word spa is just that – healing springs or waters. This practice is perfectly exhibited at  Maeva Spa in the Moorea Pearl Beach Resort.

Watsu Massage Pool @ Maeva Spa

Here I was privileged to partake in their signature Watsu massage. Taken from the words Water and Shiatsu the therapy takes place in one of the spa’s outdoor private plunge pools. This has got to be the most unique spa session I have ever had. Through a series of flowing movements, my body was gently stretched and twirled. The massage therapist would sway me to and fro, effectively stretching my limbs this way and that. The setting is so very tranquil. I can hear the gentil waterfall, when my ears are not underwater. While my eyes are closed I can feel the warm sun on my face and when my eyes flicker all I see is blue sky, rocks and green vines with blossoms. In this moment I feel balanced and soothed as intended.


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About the Author

Emma Hackwood

a freelance copywriter, amateur glider pilot and full-time adventure seeker, has travelled extensively in pursuit of her lifelong dream of simply seeing it all. Up to over 50 countries, she lists American Samoa and the seldom visited Marquesas Islands as her current favourite destinations, with a wandering eye on Guam and Tonga to complete her Pacific escapades.

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