Around 200 BC, settlers from Southeast Asia arrived on the shores of the Tahitian islands, creating a unique language and culture that flourished for 17 centuries. Among these islands was Tetiaroa, which became the favored retreat of Tahitian royalty.
They were followed in 1961 by a different kind of royalty—the film celebrity Marlon Brando, who came to this remote Polynesian atoll while filming Mutiny on the Bounty. He was immediately smitten with the island’s beauty and the sense it gave of being closer to paradise than Earth. He was determined to purchase Tetiaroa—the island named desire—and succeeded in this goal in 1967, when he was authorized by the French central government to purchase fee simple all the land composing the island of Tetiaroa. It was in this natural wonderland that he settled down … and finally found a home.
Instilled with a love of nature from a young age, Brando became passionate about protecting Tetiaroa’s cultural richness, natural beauty, and incredible biodiversity while opening it for others to enjoy. In 1999, he sought out Richard Bailey, CEO of Pacific Beachcomber and owner of the region’s leading luxury hotels, to help him create a plan for the atoll’s development.
Together, Brando and Bailey formed a partnership to pursue a vision of creating the world’s first and foremost post-carbon resort—an island where innovative new technologies enable a self-sustaining luxury environment for hotel guests, full-time residents, and scientific research.
Now you, too, can make a home here, as Brando did, to escape the pressures of time, the confines of your own culture, to find out who you are. Or you can come to stay in The Brando, the first hotel in the South Pacific that is truly at one with nature.
Map Views of Tetiaroa (click to enlarge)
About Pacific Beachcomber
With more than 25 years of experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, the Pacific Beachcomber group is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator. In addition to the m/s Paul Gauguin luxury cruise vessel, Pacific Beachcomber offers a total of 670 hotel rooms and 166 cabins in six award-winning hotels: InterContinental Tahiti Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, and InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa , as well as the Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora and the Maitai Rangiroa.
Pacific Beachcomber’s next resort project is The Brando, a luxury eco-resort featuring 35 deluxe bungalow villas on the eponymous actor’s remote private island, ten minutes by air from Tahiti. The project will be constructed to the most exacting requirements of environmental design and will be fully self-sustaining with renewable sources of non-fossil energy. It will also be home to the Tetiaroa Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, conservation, and education relevant to the delicate atoll ecology of the island. Founding members of the Tetiaroa Society include PBSC, Te Mana O Te Moana, Marlon Brando’s estate, the University of California – Berkeley through its Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, and the Centre de Recherche et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE).
Sustainable development is the keynote of Pacific Beachcomber’s projects, and all resorts within the company’s portfolio are Green Globe certified. At the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, the company was the world pioneer in the use of sea water air conditioning (SWAC) technology, using deep sea water for all the cooling requirements of the resort. SWAC is a clean, quiet, maintenance-free, and fully-renewable non-fossil source of environmentally friendly energy.
Richard Bailey, President & CEO of Pacific Beachcomber, is also a founding member of Te Mana O Te Moana (www.temanaotemoana.org), “the Spirit of the Ocean,” a Tahiti-based nonprofit organization devoted to the protection of marine wildlife, in particular the green sea turtle. Te Mana O Te Moana also works closely with local authorities on a variety of youth-oriented educational and public outreach programs.