A lux­ury eco -re­sort on the pri­vate atoll of Te­tiaroa

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Na­ture is the supreme star of Te­tiaroa, where time is ca­denced by the an­ces­tral rhythm of a pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment, far from the fre­netic life and stresses of today's world. A place of ex­tra­or­di­nary beauty, with beaches of white sand, sway­ing co­conut palms, sea tur­tles, coloured birds and a crys­tal-clear la­goon, the ideal spot for a heav­enly hol­i­day that bal­ances body and soul. The ex­clu­sive lux­ury eco-re­sort The Brando is lo­cated on the pri­vate atoll of Te­tiaroa, in French Poly­ne­sia. Com­posed of a dozen small is­lands, the atoll is about 60 kilo­me­tres north of the is­land of Tahiti. Ac­ces­si­ble only by a 20-minute flight on a pri­vate plane from Tahiti Air­port, the re­sort of­fers dis­creet lux­ury and pri­vate hos­pi­tal­ity. The ex­clu­siv­ity of this atoll dates back to the time when the Tahi­tian Po­maré royal fam­ily made Te­tiaroa their favoured res­i­dence. Since then, it has been con­sid­ered a sa­cred is­land bathed in a mag­i­cal aura. The re­sort is in­spired by the vi­sion of Mar­lon Brando: to pro­mote knowl­edge of the places and peo­ples of French Poly­ne­sia through a model of ad­vanced en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­nolo­gies, such as the sys­tem of air con­di­tion­ing fed with wa­ter found deep in the ocean and the use of re­new­able en­ergy from the sun and fuel from co­conut oil. A vi­sion that aims to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and in­crease aware­ness of its fragility. The pro­tec­tion of trop­i­cal fish fauna and the ma­rine ecosys­tem is al­ways safe­guarded, and the re­sort has been awarded the Leed Plat­inum Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the high­est ac­knowl­edge­ment in mat­ters of eco-sus­tain­abil­ity for an ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity. The Brando is also a mem­ber of the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Unique Lodges of the World, a col­lec­tion of bou­tique ho­tels in unique des­ti­na­tions that are com­mit­ted to sus­tain­abil­ity, ex­clu­siv­ity and ex­cel­lence. This is the at­mos­phere that per­me­ates the re­sort, which of­fers 35 Deluxe Vil­las with beach and pri­vate pool, sur­rounded by un­tamed coun­try­side,

with ex­clu­sive ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties that pre­serve the na­ture, tra­di­tions and cul­tural her­itage of Poly­ne­sia. The large vil­las have ei­ther one, two or three bed­rooms and are equipped with ev­ery amenity and el­e­gant fur­nish­ings in won­der­ful colours of trop­i­cal light and sand. A mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for a hol­i­day that com­bines lux­ury, re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment and Poly­ne­sian charm. The green phi­los­o­phy, to­gether with Poly­ne­sian flavours and a touch of French gourmet cui­sine, is also found at the ta­ble in the dishes of­fered, which are made with fresh prod­ucts from the veg­etable gar­den and or­ganic or­chards by Guy Martin, a two-star Miche­lin chef from the Parisian restau­rant, Le Grand Vé­four, who de­vised for the re­sort menus that tan­ta­lise even the most so­phis­ti­cated palates. Whether you choose to dine in the restau­rant, at the bar or in your villa, you will cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate the fresh­ness of the in­gre­di­ents: pa­payas, bananas, le­mons, herbs, cu­cum­bers, cour­gettes, toma­toes and aubergines, all straight from the gar­den. At the Varua Spa, in­stead, you'll be pam­pered with holis­tic treat­ments in­spired by the rit­u­als of tra­di­tional Poly­ne­sian mas­sage, the tau­rumi, as well as mod­ern tech­niques, so that you can im­merse your­self in a di­men­sion of to­tal re­lax­ation, a priv­i­lege, in the past, only of the Tahi­tian roy­als. In this par­adise within a par­adise, you'll dis­cover well­be­ing through nat­u­ral prod­ucts free from chem­i­cal agents, such as co­conut oil and atoll sand and the leg­endary monoi, the beauty oil of the Poly­ne­sian is­lands, while you gaze en­chanted at the breath­tak­ing view of the trop­i­cal for­est, counter stress and find your phys­i­cal-psy­cho­log­i­cal bal­ance. The jewel in the crown of the spa is the fare manu (bird house in Poly­ne­sian), a suite that is ideal for cou­ples' treat­ments, sit­u­ated six me­tres up in the trees. There are also plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to be en­joyed sur­rounded by the na­ture of the atoll. The sea abounds with many species of trop­i­cal fish and an im­mense va­ri­ety of corals. Snorkelling in the la­goon to dis­cover the co­ral gar­den and scuba div­ing lessons in the open sea are unique ex­pe­ri­ences. In the com­pany of na­ture guides, you can look for dif­fer­ent types of co­ral or ven­ture out into the sea in search of whales or dol­phins. Guided tours on foot or by bike are avail­able in the com­pany of a re­searcher and sci­en­tists of the Te­tiaroa So­ci­ety, the sci­en­tific re­search sta­tion that stud­ies how to pro­tect trop­i­cal atolls, to learn more about the is­land and Motu One­hati, fol­low­ing na­ture paths where you can en­counter ma­rine birds and other an­i­mals that pop­u­late the atoll. To learn more about the is­land's royal past, other tours il­lus­trate the his­tory of Te­tiaroa, vis­it­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites hidden in the tan­gle of veg­e­ta­tion, where, ac­cord­ing to leg­end, an­cient trea­sures are hidden. A true lux­ury hol­i­day with zero en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, which can be en­joyed while re­spect­ing na­ture in a spec­tac­u­lar nat­u­ral par­adise, a haven of pure well­be­ing.

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