Monoi oil treatments in Polynesia
A key product of Polynesian culture, monoi oil from Tahiti is regularly used in well-being treatments for tourists visiting this overseas French region. Blessed with relaxing benefits, this natural oil created from tiaré flowers and copra (coconut extract) hydrates the skin, soothes the body and protects the hair, and is used in the spas of the Club Med chain and luxury Pearl Resorts. The island of Tahiti is home to the Institut du Monoï which offers treatments in the archipelago’s main massage centres. On the islands of Mooréa, Bora Bora, Taha’a, Tikehau and Manihi, visitors can also benefit from the knowledge and products of Manea spas, experts in traditional Polynesian massage known as Taurumi. Other treatments available include exfoliation using sand and coral from Bora Bora, and even balms produced from mango and papaya extract!
A thalassotherapy centre in the Tropics
Thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and shiatsu are just some of the well-being options available in the French Antilles. At the Hôtel Marouba in Le Carbet in Martinique, seawater body massages, bubble and jet baths (hydromassage) as well as seaweed treatments to revitalise the skin are available all year round. On the island of Réunion, head to the village of Cilaos, at an altitude of 1,200m, to benefit from the therapeutic virtues of two hot-water springs discovered in the 19th century. Nowadays, treatments and well-being programmes are available at the Thermes de Cilaos, where hydrotherapy, relaxing steam baths and even seaweed- and clay-based treatments help to re-energise the body after a day in the sun or hiking in the forest.
Well-being through yoga
Visitors will enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Capest Lagoon Resort on Martinique, where you can rebalance the harmony of the mind and body. At a yoga session on the beach, in an enchanting setting with the blue of the ocean as a backdrop, enjoy a blissful and peaceful experience enabling your body to feel calm and full of health and vitality. The resort also boasts a hammam, jet showers and a Japanese-inspired spa offering saltwater crystal scrubs and massages using tropical essences. On Saint-Barthélémy, the Eden Rock Hôtel offers its guests relaxing well-being activities including yoga, Pilates (yoga, gym and dance) and body sculpting.
Re-vitalise your body through island plants, flowers and fruits
On Saint-Barthélémy, the Hôtel Le Toiny takes full advantage of the expertise of the island’s well-being specialists at the Saint-Barth Spa. And to ensure that its clients recharge their batteries to the full, treatments on offer use natural products created from local flora. Treatments for the feet and face are accompanied by those which will release your vital energy. Alternatively, why not indulge in a clay or pineapple foam wrap to re-vitalise your skin texture, or a traditional coconut oil massage, as a pre-tanning treatment? In Guadeloupe, the Domaine de Pointe Batterie hotel takes special care of its guests with its relaxing mud and Caribbean flower baths. The only spa hotel on the island, it also offers other well-being options including Swedish massages, anti-stress treatments, as well as percussion techniques to eliminate toxins and remove tensions, and reflexology, involving the massaging of the feet.
Sport – an exhilarating way to get fit
Whether you’re a young mum or your batteries are simply running a little flat, it’s easy to get re-energised thanks to invigorating treatments that will re-awaken and re-vitalise your body. In settings that are often idyllic, either overlooking the sea or lagoon, the practice of stimulating exercises will energise the mind and redefine the shape of your body. Fitness, Challenge Step, Body Combat, and aqua fitness are just a few of the dynamic “workshops” which will get you back in shape. In the Antilles and in Polynesia, Club Med resorts offer a vast array of energetic well-being activities (aquagym, fitness etc) run by renowned specialists in their field. In French Guiana, similar activities are organised by the Novotel and Mercure hotel chains. In Guadeloupe and on its neighbouring islands, hotels which are part of the “Des hôtels et des Îles” network offer a variety of sports facilities including aqua circuits, sports halls, swimming pools and even massages. Meanwhile, out in the Indian Ocean, hotels within the Anthurium chain offer dynamic activities and facilities to re-vitalise their guests.
Well-being à la carte
Whether you prefer a relaxing massage, a sports-based treatment, or a bath infused with exotic flowers, there’s something for everyone! Via specialist travel agencies it’s also possible to put together an à la carte “fitness” holiday which will include treatments that are tailored to the needs of individual guests. Nouvelles Frontières can organise “Thalassotherapy”-themed holidays in some of France’s overseas territories and departments, while Jet Tours offers “Spa and thalassotherapy” packages. In hotels equipped with high-quality facilities in Polynesia, Tahiti Nui Travel and Tahiti Tours can book stays and treatment at various properties on different Polynesian islands.
Author: Florent Lamontagne