The BrandoTetiaroa Private Islands / French Polynesia
The ideal destination for anyone that’s ever fantasised about owning their own private island, The Brando is located in Tetiaroa, a group of small islets just 30 miles north of Tahiti. Powered using zero-carbon emissions technologies and world-leading green initiatives, the resort looks out on to sandy beaches with overhanging tropical trees and untouched lagoons, which can play host to a range of adventure activities and water sports.
What to love
- The island is a hotbed for spectacular wildlife moments, from whales and dolphins spotted off the reef to the sea turtles that frequent the coral sands during nesting season.
- From snorkelling and diving to stand-up paddle and kayaking, exploring the lagoon is a must for any adventurer.
- Those keen to learn more about the local area and French Polynesia can head out on a guided day excursion with a naturalist expert.
- The Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa not only employs wellness treatments fit for a king, it continues a legacy started on the island by the Tahitian royal family.
What to know
- All of the resort’s luxury villas feature a private outdoor pool area, an al-fresco bathtub, cozy living space, and WiFi connectivity inside and outside the villa.
- There are 30 one-bedroom villas, while larger groups can elect for two-bedroom (four available) or three-bedroom (one available) variants.
- The quality of pearls produced around Tahiti is exceptional, and The Brando makes the most of this with a boutique store dedicated to jewellery from designer Kelly Bailey.
- The resort is well suited for young families, particularly as it features a Lagoon School especially designed for children aged between 6 to 12 years old.
The Brando resort is named after Hollywood icon Marlon Brando. The actor was so taken with the vibrant culture and natural splendour of Tetiaroa while filming Mutiny Of The Bounty in the early 1960s that he purchased the atoll in 1967 as his private getaway. Together with local developer Richard Bailey, he later set out on a unique quest to create a self-sustaining, carbon-neutral luxury resort on the island. In 2014, that vision was fully realised, as The Brando opened to guests as a benchmark of five-star sustainable hospitality, running on solar energy and biofuel power.
Of course, it’s not the only way that the resort impresses. Located 30 miles north of Tahiti and only reachable from there by private aircraft, Tetiaroa is a formation of islets circling a stunning lagoon. Of these, Motu Onetahi is home to The Brando, providing visitors with a cinematic vision of paradise, from its pristine white beaches to its swaying palm trees. With turquoise waters that are begging to be explored, the area is perfect for snorkelers and divers, with sea turtles and rays amongst the marine life often encountered.
The resort’s accommodation strives to let a feeling of the outdoors in. The sleek and cosy villas are just a few steps away from the beach, while each is fitted with a private pool area and an outdoor al-fresco bathtub. Larger groups seeking more space can opt for two-bedroom or three-bedroom villas, or the 3000-square-foot, three-bedroom Residences accommodation.
As well as providing guests with plenty of outdoor elements to acquaint themselves with, the resort also has a range of sports and activities, including tennis, biking, deep-sea fishing, fitness coaching, and music and dance lessons. The resident Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa is also a must-visit, where traditional Polynesian techniques combines with a setting that includes a steam bath, waterfall, tea lounge, and an outdoor, treetop area. The Brando also has two luxurious restaurants – one serving Polynesian and Western-inspired dishes, the other Japanese flavours – alongside a selection of beach and lounge bars. Private in-villa dining can also be arranged for any time of day.
When To Travel
A stay at Th Brando is an absolute pleasure at any time of year. May to October is a great time to visit with the summer months of June to August being the driest but also the busiest. November to April see more regular tropical showers but these tend to be interspersed with lovely sunshine.
Tetiaora Atoll is a short 20 mins flight north of the International airport at Tahiti. International flights land in Tahiti from the US, Easter Island, New Zealand and Japan.
The resort is well suited for young families, particularly as it features a Lagoon School especially designed for children aged between 6 to 12 years old. Older children will have an incredible time exploring the atoll and making use of all the land and water sports facilities. For those interested, the resorts Explorer Centre holds lectures and demonstrations about Polynesian culture, history, and lifestyle. And the onsite research scientists will also be delighted to talk about their research and the amazing birds and marine life found on the atoll. Fantastic for budding eco-warriors.
Accommodations are also well suited for families with the possibility of 2 and 3 bedrooms villas that should cater for most sizes of family.