varua te ora polynesian spa

Feel the heartbeat of Tetiaroa

Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa is a sanctuary, the central beating heart of Tetiaroa. To enter is to step through a portal onto elevated pathways that wind through tropical undergrowth, diverging here and there like the branches of a tree, and leading to secret spaces for relaxation, meditation, contemplation, and treatment.

It is in this quiet place where you’ll feel mana, or energy, which holds the power to be connected. Long after your time on Tetiaroa, you’ll find you’re still connected—to nature, to family, and to the Polynesian culture and way of life.


Fare Mana

A magical place for minds and movement

Just up a few steps off the sand lies Fare Mana, where the setting is a simple platform, covered from the sun and rain, yet open to the holistic healing powers of the nature and water that surrounds you.

This sacred place represents the very essence of Tetiaroa, a place that cleanses your soul and sets the tone for mindful meditation, yoga, and sound baths. For you alone or with a handful of others, our guide is here to lead you wherever may you want to journey.

Fare Manu

A perch above the trees for couples

Fare Manu is a giant nest in the treetops, a retreat within Varua Te Ora spa. Our “house of the bird” is a place where couples come together to connect with nature and each other in a private setting away from other guests, and the world beyond.

Palm fronds rustle in the wind, birds call to each other, and time becomes a distant memory as traditional Polynesian rituals nurture and heal weary muscles and minds. More than a secluded space for massage, an outdoor bath and casual lounge spaces call you to linger and dream with the one you love.


Treatments thousands of years in the making

Our spa sits on the very land where Tahitian chiefs and royalty came for centuries to partake in beauty rituals. Now, as in the past, sarongs called pareu are worn as you traverse elevated walkways among lush tropical foliage to partake in modern treatments based on ancient rituals. On Tetiaroa, a massage is so much more than a simple body therapy. Your arrival at a secluded space is just the beginning of your journey through a holistic experience to find your own harmony with nature, the Polynesian culture, and people.



Traditional and modern therapies

A tale of two facial styles unfolds at our spa. Traditional, authentic, and natural, we use a marine-based line of products applied with the hands to gently cleanse, massage, and energize skin in a variety of Polynesian facial treatments.

A more modern, scientific approach uses technology and active ingredients in treatments that offer long-lasting results. Only you can define who you are while you’re here on the atoll, and the treatment that speaks to you and delivers the experience you desire.

Additional services including children’s treatments, manicure, pedicures & beauty treatments are available upon request.

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Food is one of the main ways Polynesians connect with their culture. With Chef Imbert at the helm, you’ll connect with Polynesia and the bounty it provides in new and unexpected ways…

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Spread across the Onetahi motu and set back just off the beach are 33 private villas, each a retreat within this sanctuary called Tetiaroa…

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The Atoll

The Tetiaroa Atoll is a place unlike any other. Built by volcanoes and preserved by coral, this is a place where nature, Polynesian people and their culture come together to peacefully coexist with a world-class resort…

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This atoll, Tetiaroa, is literally brimming with life. It’s all here, just waiting to be explored. By you. From guided excursions in a kayak to the outer limits of the atoll…

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Tetiaroa Society

Inspired by the late Marlon Brando’s vision to preserve sanctuaries for future generations and raise awareness of the fragility of our environment…

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The Tetiaroa atoll is located in tropical French Polynesia, just 35 miles north of the island of Tahiti…

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One of the most visually breathtaking places on the planet, the Southern Pacific seems to abound in endless and effortless beauty…

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The Brando is singularly focused on one mission: zero carbon. Sustainability on the atoll is a partnership—if the Tetiaroa Society is the guardian of the atoll, then The Brando is the vehicle to showcase the work of the Society with the world…

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