MAEVA! Welcome to Paradise
Why Brando, Gauguin and I fell in love with
For centuries, poets, explorers, playwrights and artists have been mesmerized and fascinated by the beauty of French Polynesia. This island group is known for the 3 R's, Relaxation, Rejuvenation and Romance.
On my trip to French Polynesia, I had the good fortune of visiting The Brando on the private island of Tetiaroa. Arriving by plane, I was treated to a spectacular overview of this island atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon. Marlon Brando, in his quest to give back to the Polynesian people he fell in love with, invisioned a 5 star luxury resort with a mission of stewardship and responsible ecotourism. Each 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas host private plunge pools and exclusive beach access. Those craving privacy and quiet will appreciate the peace provided at The Brando. This is an all-inclusive resort with two restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a beautiful Polynesian spa overlooking a lily pond, an organic garden, diving and other water activities, a large lagoon-side pool, a lagoon view bar, a beach bar, tennis courts, a library, and a boutique.
Bora Bora My next stop landed me in Bora Bora, an island that is highly prized for its large lagoon, clear blue waters, undisturbed beaches, abundant wildlife and dramatic volcanic peaks. I stayed at the Four Seasons' exceptional property in an iconic over-the-water bungalow. The layout of each bungalow is 3 rooms (bedroom, bathroom and living room) designed to encourage gazing out to the cerulean sea and counting the fish swimming below. Days here start by gently waking to the sound of the ukulele playing traditional Polynesian songs as the Resort's canoe delivers breakfast to your bungalow lanai. You can progress to snorkeling, sailing on a catamaran, hiking or just lounging on the beach enjoying the sounds of the sea and the heavy scent of tropical flowers. There are several other islands such as Moorea, Taha'a, Raiatea, Le Taha'a and Rangiroa, that are worthy of visiting. It's not too late to plan your own magical escape and experience French Polynesia for yourself. It is a place where relaxation, rejuvenation and romance can be easily mixed with marine adventure.
Highlights and travel facts for French Polynesia
• Destination is fantastic for all ages
• The overall high season extends from May 1 - October 31
• Humid season is from November to April
• Average air temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit
• Water temperature 77 -85 degrees Fahrenheit
• HEIVA is a month long cultural festival in July with traditional dances, music performances, singing competitions, colorful dinners and sports competitions.
• Non-stop flights to Tahiti from LAX, Honolulu, New Zealand, Tokyo
• See Polynesia by Cruise with Crystal,Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Ponant, Princess, or Seabourn