Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa – an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. The Brando offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. With access to the island by private plane, the resort features 35 villas on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds. The resort was designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture.
The Brando Resort is located on the 190-acre motu Onetahi, a short distance from the other motus by outrigger canoe — or by foot. Honuea with its white sand beaches, Tiaraunu, the largest of the motus, covered with coconut palms… On the north side of the lagoon are Tauini, Tauroa & Hiraanae, separated by a little “hoa” (break in the coral reef) where you can discover the lemon shark nursery. Oroatera offers spectacular beaches and a seahorse-shaped pond that has given rise to many ancient legends. Aie is the smallest of the 12 motus, while Tahuna Iti and Tahuna Rahi are sanctuaries for tropical birds. The only islet that has preserved its primitive rain forest is Reiono, home to the “Kaveu” (coconut crabs).
The Brando offers 36 private villas:
30 one bedroom villas
4 two bedrooms villas on two-level
1 three-bedroom villa
1 four-bedroom villa
Restaurant & Bar
Fitness coaching and fitness classes
- Use a Sea Water Air Conditioning system which minimizes environmental impact by harnessing cold water from the ocean’s depths.
- It is the first property in French Polynesia to obtain LEED Platinum Certification – the highest US Green Building Council environmental certification for sustainable building design and operations – green practices are incorporated throughout the resort to ensure minimal environmental impact, including solar panels that provide more than 70% of its energy needs and capacity for 100% renewable energy from coconut biodiesel.
- An 18-month hospitality and tourism career training program was held for surrounding communities before the resort opened its doors in 2014, and ongoing sustainability trainings are conducted for its local staff comprised of 80% Polynesians.
- All employees are additionally invited to participate in expert lectures, guided field trips and immersive scientist-led research projects throughout the atoll – such as Tetiaroa’s comprehensive sea turtle monitoring program.
- Other initiatives at The Brando include important research into coral restoration and implementation and nature education outreach programs with local schools have benefitted more than 5,000 students in French Polynesia.
- The Brando proudly supports initiatives to preserve the atoll’s unique identity, traditions and way of life while showcasing traditional culture through resort activities – such as Polynesian dancing, ancestral palm weaving and traditional boat racing along with authentic performances featuring local music and culinary highlights.
- Over 60 beehives found produce more than one ton of organic honey annually.
- Partnership with non-profit organizations, including Tetiaroa Society, co-founded by The Brando, which receives a substantial part of its annual financing through the resort’s Conservation and Community Fund. Tetiaroa Society is dedicated to strengthening island and coastal communities’ resilience to global climate change through ecosystem services and heritage preservation. It is also responsible for managing its cutting-edge EcoStation – which serves as a center for sustainable development research and as a base for visiting scientists and conservation experts.
- To provide authentic and enriching travel experiences rooted in education, resort guests are encouraged to learn about Tetiaroa Society’s interconnected conservation efforts through programs focusing on marine and coral health, and to assist scientists with ongoing research initiatives firsthand.
- Single use plastics have been reduced, and straws at are made from paper, pasta, natural straw or other biodegradable material, or from stainless steel.
- Over 72% of atoll waste is diverted from landfills by means of recycling, reuse and donation, and food waste is converted into compost through digestors for the property’s organic garden.
- Locally-produced drinking water is bottled in glass – reducing plastic bottle usage by over 80% and supporting the property’s strategy for single-use plastic elimination.
- The Brando utilizes a rainwater catchment system and eco-friendly reed-bed wastewater treatment plant employing native aquatic flora to filter all wastewater from the Sewage Treatment Plant for recycling.
Usually the wet season starts in November to April and the dry season from May to October. The climate is tropical and the weather pretty warm all year round, with average temperatures from 22°C to 33°C.
Good to Know
Tetiaroa has a special place in Polynesian history and culture. It was the exclusive and favored retreat of Tahitian royalty for centuries. Ancient marae (temples) built on the atoll by early Polynesians can still be found there today.
Overlooking the Pacific through lush tropical foliage, 2,000 square meters of exotic plants harbor the hammam steam bath, waterfall, herbal tea bar and yoga pavilion. Fittingly, the treatments are inspired by age-old Polynesian traditions.
Tetiaroa is a private atoll of the Society Islands located 30 miles (60 km) north of Tahiti. The Brando Resort is located on the 190-acre motu Onetahi. Guests arrive by plane aboard a six-passenger Britten Norman turboprop or a fourteen-seat Twin Otter with a flight time of 20 minutes from Air Tetiaroa’s private terminal at Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport.
After landing on the resort’s private airstrip, guests are greeted and escorted to their villa by electric vehicle.