An essential product of Polynesian culture, Tahitian Monoï is regularly used in spa treatments in the French Polynesia. This natural, gardenia and cocoa-extract-based oil hydrates the skin, relaxes the body and protects hair. It is currently used at the spas in Club Med and the luxury Pearl Resorts. On the island of Tahiti, you can find Monoï at the Institut du Monoï, which is located in the largest massage center in the archipelago. On Mooréa, Bora-Bora, Taha’a, Tikehau and Manihi, you can take advantage of the local savoir-faire and products from Manea spas with the traditional Taurumi Polynesian massage. Coral and sand body scrubs and mango-papaya balm await you!
Thalassotherapy, thermalism, aromatherapy, shiatsu…these are just a few of the choices of treatments offered in the French West Indies. In Martinique, the Marouba Hotel in Carbet offers sea water massages, baths and hydromassaging jets, and seaweed used to soften skin. In La Réunion, near the village of Cilaos at a height of 1200 meters, one can enjoy the virtues of the two hot-water springs that were discovered in the 19th century. Today, there are cures and spa programs offered in the Thermes de Cilaos. Indulging in hydrotherapy, steam baths, as well as seaweed and clay treatments are great ways to recharge after a day in the sun or a walk through the woods.
At the Cap Est Lagoon Resort in Martinique, the ambiance harmoniously connects the spirit with the body. Doing yoga on the beach within a zen setting facing the blue ocean allows you to feel serene in your healthy body. You can also enjoy the hammam, jet showers, and a Japanese spa with crystal sea-salt scrubs and tropical oil massages. In St. Barthelemy, the Eden Rock Hotel offers zen activities such as yoga, Pilates classes and body sculptng.
At the Hotel Toiny in St. Barthelemy you can find the Saint-Barth Spa. They use local natural products with treatments for the feet, face and body along with a clay and pineapple mouse wrap and a traditional cocoa oil massage. In Guadeloupe, the hotel Domaine de Pointe Batterie offers mud baths or Antillian flower baths. At the only hotel spa on the island, you can also be treated with a sweedish massage, anti-stress treatments, toxin-removing tonics, and reflexology.
Whether you are a young mother or you just need to take a break, it is easy to recharge yourself with exercise regimes that will awaken and revitalize you. Here, you can exercise In charming settings like facing the sea or lagoon. Fitness, Challenge Step, Body Combat and aquafitness are some of the dynamic classes available. In the French West Indies or in French Polynesia, Club Med offers a wide choice of activities that are taught by recognized specialists. In French Guyana, similar activities can be found at the Novotel and Mercure Hotels. In Guadeloupe and its surrounding islands « Des hôtels et des Îles » offer various types of hotels with aquatic sports, gyms, pools and massage facilities. In the Indian Ocean, sports and exercise options can be found at the Anthurium Hotels.
To find the right spa trip for you, you should consult your travel agent or Nouvelles Frontières for thalassotherapy or Jet Tours for spa and thalassotherapy stays. Tahiti Nui Travel and Tahiti Tours can help you with with your spa travels.
Author : Florent Lamontagne