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French Polynesia

‘Raurami’ massages are deeply rooted in ancient and modern Polynesian culture as a therapeutic and spiritual practice


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. The resort was designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture.

The resort is committed to preserving and protecting the natural splendor and precious biodiversity of Tetiaroa; respecting and supporting Polynesian culture, hospitality and traditions; and achieving a negligible carbon footprint. It supports research, education and outreach aimed at increasing the knowledge of and appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of tropical islands and their people to encourage innovation to address local and global environmental and sustainability issues.


Resort features 35 secluded villas with private pools on beautiful white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles and exotic birds.


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Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa is a unique haven of tranquility nestled on a restful pond in the heart of the atoll of Tetiaroa. Varua, meaning “the Soul”, perpetuates the tradition established by the Royal family who used to retreat here to relax and indulge in beauty rituals. The Spa is in harmony with its surroundings of plant life, water and wood. Aware of the need to preserve its pure and unspoilt habitat, it offers unrivalled holistic treatments inspired by international and ancestral Polynesian techniques in a truly exceptional setting.

The Spa suites offer amazing views over 2000 sqm of natural landscape on an islet covered in abundant vegetation. The Spa also has quiet spaces for relaxation including a steam bath, a waterfall, a tea lounge and the Fare Mana, an area sets aside for gentle energies. Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa, the life and soul of Tetiaroa, is a truly Polynesian sanctuary.

Yoga and Pilates are some other wellness induced programmes available at The Brando.

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Traditional treatments and the art of ‘raurami’ massage are deeply rooted in ancient and modern Polynesian culture as therapeutic and spiritual practices. It is the means to both maintain and restore inner harmony and balance relations with the outer world.

Raurami means to massage in depth, it is an expression of love and goodwill towards others and provides opportunity to touch the soul through the body. Combined with traditional massage, monoi oil is expertly used to draw numerous benefits from plant properties.

Rediscover harmony, relaxation and inner peace with The Brando


The Brando

Tetiaroa, Arue 98702,

French Polynesia,


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