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FrontRunners: There’s the Rub

Manea Spa at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

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There’s the Rub In the pavilions of the recently opened Manea Spa at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa (www.pearlresorts.com), amid lily ponds and gardens, native therapists perform taurumi (a Polynesian form of massage) with coconut oil, coral sand, and other local ingredients. The spa also offers another Polynesian ritual—tattooing—practiced here by native artist Herenui Teriitehau. The French Polynesian resort company that owns the Bora Bora Pearl, South Pacific Management, also has renovated Le Taha’a Private Island & Spa (www.letahaa.com), the only Relais & Châteaux property in French Polynesia.

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