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Deep Nature creates The Brando spa A


spa built on the shores of a tropical pool is a key feature of newly-opened The Brando eco-resort on Tetiaroa, a


12-island atoll in French Polynesia that used to be owned by actor Marlon Brando. The Varua Polynesian Spa, which launched in July, has been developed by French spa management and consultancy company Deep Nature. It’s situated along with the 35-villa resort on Onetahi, the Tetiaroa island most favoured by Tahitan royalty as a summer retreat.


The spa is located inland within a large plated area overlooking a tropical pool and with a waterfall backdrop. Deep Nature teamed up with French designers Lonsdale Western to create Varua Polynesian Spa which has village-style facilities. Two double treatment rooms, two steamrooms, a cold bath, relaxation area, yoga pavilion and tea lounge – housed in separate


bungalows that blend into the surround- ings and have a sense of tranquility. A special couple’s spa suite is also perched high up in the palm trees. Treatments using Algotherm products, and a range specially created by Deep Nature, include holistic therapies inspired by ancient Polynesian treatments coupled with modern techniques. And according to Julien Patty, the president and founder of Deep Nature, guests get one free spa treatment a day as part of the resort rate. “The project has been a real adventure, with an inspired businessman,” says Patty, referring to Richard Bailey, the owner of Pacifi c Beachcomber which developed the resort. Deep Nature designed, and continues to run, two other spas in the area with Pacifi c Beachcomber at the InterContinental Tahiti and Bora Bora. Like the Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, The Brando has a strong focus on


environmental protection and it uses renewable sources like solar panels along- side coconut biofuel and an innovative seawater air conditioning system. There’s also an EcoStation on the island for scientists and the overall goal is for it to become one of the fi rst resorts to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certifi cation. The green principles sit well with Marlon


Brando’s original idea for the island. The actor fell in love with Tetiaroa while scouting for locations for Mutiny on the Bounty and bought it in 1965 with the vision of it being a sanctuary for environmental research. “He [Bailey] knew Marlon Brando and


they talked for many years about what could be done on the island,” says Patty. “Eventu- ally when he passed away, Bailey was able to rescue the island and make it something for the Brando family to be proud of.” Read more: http://lei.sr?a=s2k7C


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