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Tetiaroa Hotels

Information about hotels and other accommodations on the island of Tetiaroa in the Society Islands of French Polynesia.

Luxury Resort To Open on Tetiaroa in 2011


The French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, which once had been owned by the late Marlon Brando, is to be the site of a lavish new eco-hotel called The Brando. Consisting of 30 deluxe fares (villas), it will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa. The project is being overseen by Tahiti Beachcomber SA, whose CEO, Richard Bailey, owner of several luxury resorts in French Polynesia, had been in contact with the actor for a number of years and has continued meeting with representatives of the Brando Trust to fulfill Brando and Bailey's joint vision for an environmentally enlightened project.

This exclusive resort will enjoy a truly unique setting. The former playground of Tahitian Kings, Tetiaroa is now virtually uninhabited (population of one - Brando's son Teihotu) and just 26 miles north of Tahiti in French Polynesia's idyllic Society Islands. Its crystal clear lagoon is encircled by 13 motu, or islands, which offer a tranquil and unspoiled paradise of outstanding natural beauty and ecological importance. Marlon Brando bought Tetiaroa in 1965 after falling in love with it while filming 'Mutiny on the Bounty' in French Polynesia.

The plan for the resort is very much in keeping with the philosophy of Brando, who shared Bailey's wish to protect the environment. "There will be only one hotel on Tetiaroa, on Motu Onetahi, which is in keeping with Marlon's wishes", says Bailey. "The Brando eco-hotel will be exactly what Marlon would have wanted: Energy-autonomous and built with natural materials, it will rest lightly on its environment and be nearly invisible from the water. It will showcase the latest in renewable energy technologies, including some we are already employing in our new hotel in Bora Bora, which Marlon had promised to inaugurate. We worked together on this project for three years before he died. I am privileged to have known him, and honored to play a part in his legacy by bringing one of his dreams to fruition."

Bailey's resorts employ a full time marine biologist and veterinarian, Dr. Cecile Gaspar, who has carried out extensive studies on Tetiaroa to ensure that such a project will not disturb the flora and fauna of this extraordinary ecosystem, which includes sea-turtle hatching grounds and the designated seabird sanctuary on Motu Tahuna Iti that provides a home to thousands of rare indigenous seabirds. The archeological department of Tahiti Museum was also called in to conduct research into the past use of the atoll by Tahitian royalty.

The Brando Resort
Official Web site of the new luxury resort being built on Tetiaroa Island that is named after Marlon Brando. Brando purchased the island in 1965, and he owned it until he passed away in 2004. The luxury resort his son operated on the resort closed after Marlon Brando died, but soon there will again be a luxury beach resort on Tetieroa island.

See also:
More Hotels in the Society Islands
Other French Polynesia Hotels
French Polynesia Travel Guide

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