A luxury eco -resort on the private atoll of Tetiaroa
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.