The ultimate private island
- 35 villas with private plunge pools
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
- Infinity pool
- Tennis court
- Polynesian handicraft lessons
Positioned 30 miles northeast of Tahiti is the Tetiaroa atoll, a collection of a dozen small islands, ringing a deep turquoise lagoon. This part of French Polynesia won the hearts of Tahitian royalty, for whom it was the favoured island retreat, and then Marlon Brando who first came here while filming the Mutiny of the Bounty. The actor went on to buy the island and set about building The Brando, a beautiful and luxurious resort on this exclusive private island.
Access to The Brando is by private plane from Tahiti. There are 35 luxury villas scattered along both Turtle Beach and Mermaid Bay. With a choice of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, there’s something for everyone from honeymooners to families and groups of friends. The timbered villas were built to reflect Polynesian culture and design and are hidden amongst the tropical vegetation so as not to detract from the natural beauty of the island.
Villas feature high ceilings and large windows, ensuring they are bright and airy. Decking leads to a private plunge pool and there’s an outdoor bathtub for a soak under the stars.
There are two restaurants at The Brando serving a range of Polynesian, fusion and classic French cuisine. There’s also a beach bar as well as the Te Manu Bar, which has private tree-top seating areas that are reached through a series of walkways through the canopy. There’s an abundance of fresh organic fruit and vegetables grown in the kitchen garden and orchard, so expect lots of locally grown mango, papaya, cucumber, avocado and lime, alongside fish and shellfish from the surrounding waters.
The lagoon is teeming with marine life and guests can explore this diverse underwater world by swimming, snorkelling, diving or kayaking through the pristine waters. There’s also the option to hop on a bike and explore the lush green interior of the island. Back at the resort, there’s an infinity pool, tennis court and a beautiful spa nestled among the tropical flowers.
The Brando and all the villas have been designed without beach obstructions using local materials extensively in design and construction to blend harmoniously into the trees. All the building materials that were used are of local or certified origin, renewable, or incorporate recycled components.
The resort makes use of a pioneering deep seawater air-conditioning system to reduce energy demands and relies entirely on renewable energy sources, including solar power and biofuel whenever it can be procured. Setting a new world standard, the resort is close to reaching its goal of being carbon neutral and self-sustainable.
A supporter of the Tetiaroa Society
The Brando built and gifted an Ecostation to the Tetiaroa Society, the non-profit organisation established to lead the scientific and cultural mission to protect the atoll and to inspire sustainable interdependence on Tetiaroa and around the world. The Ecostation consists of two buildings: one with wet and dry laboratories for research and the other providing accommodations for the scientists and researchers
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