Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
While most of the world’s largest yachts congregate in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, an increasing number of superyacht owners are visiting more remote destinations. But, just because some of these locations are less well-trodden, doesn't mean you need to sacrifice your luxury pampering as it is still possible to find some of the best luxury spas in the world.
Here is our guide to six of the best luxury spas in adventurous locations:
1. The Brando, French Polynesia
Just north of Tahiti is the private Tetiaroa atoll. Centuries ago the Tahitian royal family came here to get away from it all and Marlon Brando had the same idea when he bought it after making Mutiny on the Bounty in 1962. Now it’s your turn to drop anchor and sign off. Ideally, you’d rock up on a J Class sloop as this place has a serious eco ethos, with seawater-powered air-conditioning and an on-site research centre; even the mosquitoes have been genetically modified not to bite (supposedly), so you can leave toxic repellents at home. The spa is a revelation, featuring woven wicker spa pods built into the trees, the most spectacular of which is Fare Manu – “the Birdhouse” – six metres above the ground. Treatments offer an authentic natural twist; expect papaya and black sand body scrubs, volcanic stone massages with local coconut oil and Algotherm marine facials. Days are spent swimming with green turtles, snorkelling in coral gardens and ogling the sunsets. It’s the stuff of dreams.
If you are interested in visiting the region don't miss our guide to 8 days exploring French Polynesia on a luxury yacht.
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