A Natural Haven: The Brando

The Brando

Experience the breathtaking beauty that once spellbound the legendary actor Marlon Brando. While filming Mutiny on the Bounty, Marlon fell in love with Tetiaroa Island, a tropical escape in French Polynesia, and today, it is the home to The Brando, an eco-resort named after the famous entertainer. At this luxurious getaway, you will be immersed in the spectacular setting that Marlon—and French Polynesian royalty—enjoyed, but with award-winning accommodations and amazing excursions

The Brando Collage

Snorkel the spectacular coral beds and swim side-by-side with sea turtles, rays, reef sharks, and tropical fish. Explore the pristine islands of the atoll by canoe, kayak, or paddleboard, or wade in the turquoise Mermaid Bay. Want to get even closer to the coral and marine life? Go open ocean scuba diving outside the reef, and if you need a refresher course, The Brando offers scuba lessons in the lagoon. With naturalist guides, take a bird discovery tour, reef quest, or a photo safari.

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The BrandoBut the resort also fosters the island’s cultural beauty. Learn Polynesia dances, play the ukulele, pahú, or toere. Take food, wine, and cocktail lessons, or savor Tahitian cuisine with demonstrations and lessons. Experience the island’s special romantic atmosphere with a private dinner on the beach, or simply relax by your own plunge pool.

Worthy of Marlon himself, the resort has 35 villas surrounded by nature, each with outdoor dining and private beach areas, a plunge pool on an expanded deck, and an outdoor bathtub. One-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom villas merge the natural settings with modern amenities with Wi-Fi, movies, pandanus, miki miki, and coconut trees. If you’ll be enjoying a generational getaway, choose the three-bedroom villa with the main bedroom separated from the other two by an above-ground walkway, perfect for privacy while vacationing with the family.

The Brando also features luxurious dining by Guy Martin of the Michelin two-star restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris. You’ll be delighted by fresh fruits and vegetables, grown organically from the resort’s own gardens and orchards, and fish and shellfish directly from the area. Plus, for vegan travelers, The Brando offers refreshing options, which are cultivated by Chef Kelvin Au-Ieong of Invitation V, a Vegan Bistro in Montreal. Paying homage to Marlon’s go-to man on film sets, Bob’s Bar features top-shelf drinks, live music, movies, and a DJ on the beach. For a quiet retreat, unwind with holistic treatments at Varua Polynesian Spa with private massage and treatment villas, steam baths, a yoga center, and a couple’s spa suite lifted high in the palm trees.

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Varua Polynesian Spa at The Brando

Varua Polynesian Spa

But perhaps the most unique feature of the resort is its stewardship, working to preserve the barely touched nature of the island with certified origin, renewable, and incorporate recycle materials; a deep seawater air-conditioning system; and renewable energy sources like solar power and coconut oil, helping to make the resort carbon neutral and as close as possible to self-sustainable.

The Brando isn’t just a resort; it’s an eco-ideal and the legacy of its namesake. Experience its beautiful and cultural beauty for your next island getaway.


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