While developing the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, Pacific Beachcomber conceived, developed, and installed the first private air-conditioning system using deep-sea water, called SWAC (Sea Water Air Conditioning).
In principle, the system is simple. A pipeline is installed in seawater at a depth at which the water is ice-cold year-round. This water is then distributed through the air-conditioning system by means of an exchanger.
Our first SWAC installation was a spectacular success, demonstrating that it is possible to air condition a luxury hotel at a very competitive cost and without the use of fossil fuels or CO2 emissions. Based on this success, Pacific Beachcomber decided to implement the same SWAC system on Tetiaroa. The company was proud to announce that the pipes were effectively laid and flooded in October 2011.