The Brando, Tahiti
Picture a quintessential island paradise, and the pristine atoll of Tetiaroa will surpass even the wildest of imaginations. Ensconced 33 miles north of the island of Tahiti, surrounded by a protective coral reef, with white sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, exotic birds and abundant marine life, the 12 stunning islets of Tetiaroa embody ‘paradise’. The scenic 20-minute flight from Tahiti to Tetiaroa provides an awe-inspiring introduction to the islands chosen, above all others, by Tahitian royalty as their summer residence, and later by Marlon Brando as his private retreat after he fell in love with this exquisite atoll whilst filming Mutiny on the Bounty.
Inspired by Marlon’s vision to create a luxurious island experience twinned with sustainable development, the Brando’s 35 indulgent and very private beachfront villas – with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms – include a spacious living room, a media room and a plunge pool overlooking a private beach area, complete with daybed, large bean bags and a covered outdoor dining area. The large bathrooms are fabulous havens of indulgence, complete with an outdoor bathtub. With the environment in mind, air-conditioning comes from sea water and energy is provided by the sun and coconut oil. Your villa even comes with coral-friendly sun lotion. Each villa offers absolute seclusion - with 24 hour room service - so you can tuck yourselves away for the duration of your stay if you so wish - or head out on your villa's bikes to explore the island. The newest addition to the Brando's impressive accommodation range is the three-bedroom Teremoana residence, a stunning masterpiece designed in the same impressive contemporary Polynesian style as the villas, with plenty of space and privacy for those looking for an even more exclusive experience in paradise. Teremoana guests have full access to the resort's restaurants, bars, spa and activities, but they also have a team of dedicated chefs and butlers for luxurious in-residence dining.
Right on the beach overlooking the sparkling lagoon, Beachcomber Cafe exquisitely blends Polynesian dishes with French cuisine. Les Mutinés, the intimate fine dining restaurant, seats just 20 guests and serves sublime creations from a menu supervised by Guy Martin, chef at the two star Michelin restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris, and houses a world-class wine cellar. Watch breathtaking sunsets from the tree-level Te Manu Bar or feel the sand between your toes at Bob’s Bar (named after Brando’s loyal personal assistant).
The Varua Polynesian Spa fuses ancient Polynesian traditions with modern techniques – a treatment in the nest-like Fare Manu spa suite, perched 18 ft above the ground, is an indulgence to remember! This is carefree luxury as never before experienced. Each day, you'll receive one 50 minute treatment per villa in the fabulous spa (two treatments per day for two-bedroom villas or three treatments per day for three bedroom-villas) as well as one activity per person from an extensive list of options. The ‘Big Five’ found on African safaris will seem a million miles from the unique species encountered on the Big Five tour of Tetiaroa: sting rays, leopard rays, frigate birds, black fin sharks and coconut crabs. Set sail with a naturalist guide and explore the islands dotted in the turquoise lagoon, take a walk in the ‘hoas’ (breaks in the barrier reef) and experience the wonders of the underwater world on a snorkelling tour before ending with a sunkissed picnic on a white sand motu. Protection of the myriad of fish, turtles, dolphins and other marine life is core to The Brando’s mission, and a visit to the EcoStation – where scientists from around the world gather to research and promote not only Tetiaroa’s sustainability, but the sustainable development of tropical islands everywhere – is fascinating.
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