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Nestled just 30 miles north of Tahiti, the private atoll of Tetiaroa is a delicate paradise with a rich history and strong spirit. With its white sand beaches, lush wildlife, and sparkling, pristine lagoon, Tetiaroa is an exclusive retreat fit for royalty. In fact, Tetiaroa once served as a prized retreat for Tahitian royalty, including former Tahitian chiefs and kings.
Tetiaroa is part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia and is considered an extension of the Arue commune. Fittingly, the island name is a Polynesian word meaning “stands apart” or “at a distance.” The inner lagoon, which is only 3 miles wide, is completely enclosed and protected by 13 surrounding coral islets.
Acquired by Marlon Brando in 1966, Tetiaroa served as a secluded hideaway from his life in the spotlight. The atoll remained a pristine South Pacific paradise—and Brando sought to keep it that way. His lifelong goal was to maintain the atoll in its purest condition and allow others to enjoy it. He envisioned a sustainable, ecological habitat; and although he passed away in 2004, his dream will soon be realized.
In line with that vision, the Pacific Beachcomber Group has been developing the Brando Resort, which aims to be the most luxurious eco-friendly resort on the planet. It is being built to the highest environmental standards and plans to receive its LEED Platinum Certification, the highest accolade from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Brando will remain the exclusive lodging option on the private atoll of Tetiaroa.