At every turn on the island, you will see a piece of technology that is helping to make sustainable living a reality all over the world. Or you will meet a scientist who is working to understand how people and planet can live more harmoniously in the future. This is nothing less than a model socio-ecosystem for the 21st century – the best of all possible post-carbon worlds in miniature.
The Brando’s suites and villas will be cooled by seawater drawn from the ocean depths. Elsewhere, energy will be generated by solar panels and from a copra burner, using oil from the plentiful coconut trees.
Everything around the Hotel and The Bird’s Nest Spa have been designed with people and planet in mind. Indigenous species of coconut tree are being planted – different trees are sacred and can only be used for milk or wood. Even the airstrip has been re-aligned to avoid an ancient marae – a Polynesian place of worship. The reef will remain intact, preserving the lagoon ecosystem from the open sea, one of very few in the Pacific.
Elsewhere, especially in the freshwater Spa, the days when Teti’aroa was a royal pleasure garden for Tahitian princesses will live again. Hidden in the trees, the organic forms of the womblike Spa will create a space for total relaxation. The rooms and villas of The Brando will recall a life of hedonism with a respect for the beauty and the grandeur of nature.
Your Island is the farthest fetch by land and sea. The norms of so-called civilization hold no sway here. You cook with renewable energy. Your air conditioning comes from a deep sea heat exchange system. Waste water is recycled.
Your very presence on the island will help to keep it safe. You will be supporting an advanced research centre operated by the University of California, Berkeley. You and your family will have opportunities to participate in leading-edge research into sustainable development and protection of endangered species, from turtles to birds.
What could be more unusual than the seahorse? Almost invisible, it merges with its surroundings – and is the only creature on earth whose males give birth. The seahorse tells us that nothing is impossible – a fitting symbol for The Hotel Brando, where the paradox of ultra-luxury and environmentalism will be solved.
Your home is not on Teti’aroa – it is Teti’aroa. Built from organic materials, each dwelling is at one with the trees, the wind, the sand and the sea. The indoors is outdoors. When you stand in your kitchen, you’ll be less than fifty meters from the Pacific or the lagoon. You are no longer observing Nature – you are in it.