Spa Review: Deep Nature spa at the Intercontinental, Tahiti

Spa Review: Deep Nature spa at the Intercontinental, Tahiti

Gazing out to the island of Moorea, scantily clad in a robe reclining on a deck chair under a palm tree with a ginger tea in hand, I temporarily forgot I wasn’t a guest of the Intercontinental Tahiti but rather an imposter.

In full disclosure, I was boarding at a “guest house” down the way in downtrodden, rooster ridden Fa’a. I had just come to check out the famed Deep Nature spa and hopefully sneak into the infinity pool with the swim up pool bar.

Having left -7degrees in snowy Toronto then flying into 25 degree palm tree lined Tahiti, I was seriously dazed and confused. Apparently Tahiti is the worst place to go as a solo traveller,but keeping my eyes averted from the honeymooning couples, I was left gazing out to the endless sparkling azure of the Windward Islands atolls while waiting for a Tahitian god of a therapist to come get me when the treatment room was ready.

The Deep Nature spa is renowned for it’s healing properties using nutrients found in the South Pacific’s deep seas and they use their own inhouse premium Algotherm spa products combined with centuries-old Polynesian Hei Poa products. The words to describe how beautiful the spa smelt escape me; a cacophony of tiara, monoi and frangipani oils blended especially for spa guests. You are directed to a waiting area past an plunge pool and steam room and asked to relax with a ginger tea  and contemplatively sit overlooking the ocean, under the palm trees and inhaling the sweet scent of wafting frangipani. Tahiti really is God’s own.


I opted for the 25 minute Jet Lag buster; head, shoulder and neck massage. This signature treatment relaxes the body with a back-and-forth massage technique reminiscent of the ocean tides.The therapist used Hawaiian massage and Polynesian know-how for just the right amount of unknotting and relaxing. The beautiful thing about Deep Nature’s massages is they use Hei Poa products such as massage oils which is the Polynesian tradition of making beauty products from tiara (gardenia) flowers soaked in the oil of copra and extracted from a coconut kernel. Tiare is found all over the island alongside Monoi and there are a few spots where one can harvest their own Monoi or Tiare and it’s bottled right before your eyes and they have a spa onsite where the same oil can be used for a treatment.

Post-treatment, you’re invited to try the plunge pool and sauna however I opted for a ginger tea and book on Deep Nature’s global properties. In French Polynesia, they also have a spa in Bora Bora set in bungalows over the Pacific ocean,and a property on Marlon Brando’s island Tetiaroa however next on the list is Arc 1950 in Saint Maurice, France overlooking the Mont-Blanc massif. Oui, sil vous plait!

Book a treatment in paradise at Deep Nature.

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