Think French Polynesia, Micronesia, Vanuatu, the South Pacific – the mere mention of the Pacific Islands conjures up images of idyllic tropical landscapes. And with a unique approach to wellness, the region also boasts some spectacular spa retreats – bookable on Culture Trip.
Home to a smattering of stunning tropical islands that offer so much more than snorkelling and swimming opportunities, the Pacific Islands are the epitome of laid-back luxury. You’ll also discover a wide selection of luxurious hotels with outstanding spas offering state-of-the-art facilities and expert treatments.
A quintessential South Pacific resort, Saletoga sets a high standard with sophisticated stylish interiors, rustic chic villas that lead directly to the beach and a fabulously restrained spa. Whether you fancy a full-body massage, deep cleansing facial or quick mani-pedi, the treatments can be tailored to suit your needs. Other resort facilities include a large heated pool with swim-up bar and a casual restaurant that prides itself on blending fresh local flavours with international influences.
Located on its very own private 16-acre (6ha) island, Erakor Island Resort and Spa offers relaxation and tranquillity in abundance. Bungalows and villas here sit just steps from the water, and each boasts its very own private veranda, the perfect spot to enjoy a deep-tissue massage. Alternatively, pop to the lush spa where therapists make use of fresh, tropical ingredients such as coconut oils, papaya lotions, cucumber and lime in an array of rejuvenating treatments.
A secluded paradise hidden among Fiji’s Yasawa Islands, Navutu Stars will seduce you with the warmth of its staff, the comfort of its beds and its expansive array of health and wellness offerings. Whether you choose to indulge in a spa treatment making use of local coconut and aloe vera, or to get your zen on with a blend of ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, this unique bolthole is small but oh-so-sweet.
The only upmarket hotel in Aitutaki that looks out onto the island’s bewitching lagoon, this adults-only all-bungalow resort gives a whole new meaning to barefoot luxury. Nestled among exotic gardens and coconut palm-fringed sands, SpaPolynesia Aitutaki serves up everything from detoxifying body wraps and facials to reflexology and massages. All this can be enjoyed in the privacy of the spa, by the pool or on the beach. Opt for the latter to feel that crisp ocean breeze as an expert therapist pummels your worries away.
Just a three-minute boat journey from Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, you’ll get the best of both worlds at Iririki Island Resort, which rises like an emerald out of aquamarine seas. Not only will you eat and sleep like royalty, you’ll also be treated like a king or queen at Iririki Spa, where five treatment rooms located at the highest point on the island look out over the magical harbour. Expect massages and facials plus various body therapies, including marine-based Thalgo treatments.
If beachfront bungalows, pristine turquoise oceans and an adults-only ambiance sound like your cup of tea, look no further than Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa. Set among 22 acres (9ha) of lush vegetation, the laid-back Tui-I-Lagi Spa sits right by the ocean with four open-air treatment rooms offering massages, body wraps and romantic candlelit soothing sessions. As for accommodation, opt for a room with a private outdoor shower to enhance your tropical experience.
A world away from the hubbub of everyday life on the remote Motu To’opua atoll, plush overwater bungalows look out at the endless blue sea at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. For a special occasion, a two-storey overwater villa is also available with two master bedrooms, a pool, hot tub and sauna. Reef diving is second to none here, while there are seven treatment rooms in their own little wooden cottages at the hilltop Hina Spa, which boasts some of the best views in town.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Juliette Sivertsen.
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