The Brando – Tahiti
The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtaking private island of Tetiaroa, an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti.
The Brando offers carefree luxury in pristine nature. With access to the island by private plane, the resort features 35 villas on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles and exotic birds. The resort reflects Polynesian culture and each villa has its own private beach area and plunge pool.
The all-inclusive resort offers two restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a spa overlooking a lily pond, an organic garden and orchard, a pool, a lagoon view bar, a beach bar, tennis courts and library.
The Brando is a model for sustainable technology with sea water air-conditioning and solar and coconut oil energy. The Brando brings the past and future together into a place beyond time, invigorating the spirit and enriching all who visit.
The Brando offers 35 private villas with one to three bedrooms along West Turtle Beach and South Mermaid Bay. All have been carefully designed to reflect the Polynesian lifestyle and traditions.
The wooden walls and roofs covered with pandanus leaves are inspired by the bamboo “fares.” Large picture windows in every room offer sublime views of each villa’s luxuriant garden planted with “miki miki” and coconut trees, its private plunge pool and, in the background, the deep blue of the lagoon.
Nature is omnipresent in the spare, peaceful interiors and local materials are used for all of the structures and decoration. Everything is conceived for comfort, with natural palettes and pure lines that express the refinement of The Brando. In addition to the spacious bedrooms and dressing room, each villa has a sitting room and a media space with TV, WiFi & BlueTooth. The adjoining bathroom features an outdoor bathtub surrounded by greenery.
A wooden deck equipped with deck chairs and tables leads to the plunge pool and private access to the white sand beach. Invisible but present throughout the resort, the latest technologies ensure maximum comfort: an air conditioning system using seawater drawn from deep under the ocean, electricity provided by solar panels… The power plant runs on coconut oil and these same technologies ensure the optimal use of drinking water.
The Beachcomber Café offers exceptional lagoon and ocean views for savoring breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casually elegant setting. The menu features a variety of Polynesian-inspired dishes alongside classic French-style cuisine.
Les Mutinés is the resort’s fine dining restaurant, open only for dinner and seating a maximum of 20 guests. Along with a worldclass wine cellar, it offers a menu supervised by Guy Martin of the two Michelin starred restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris. All of the creations by the chefs at Les Mutinés feature the same regard for flavor and quality that has made Le Grand Véfour famous.
The Te Manu Bar, located on the upper level, offers spectacular views of the lagoon. In addition to the cozy main lounge, with its sofas and secluded spaces, there are several private tree-level seating areas that can be reached on walkways through the palm canopy. It’s the ideal place for admiring the sunset or enjoying a game of billiards.
Bob’s Bar is named in memory of Marlon Brando’s assistant on film sets. The original counter from the lodge that Brando built reigns over this beachfront lounge, perfect for relaxing with your feet in the sand or perched on a rustic wooden stool. The main Infinity Pool is located on the beach. Around it, guests can relax on deck chairs under the shade of an umbrella. Drinks and meals can be served here as well.
The Varua Polynesian Spa, nestled in a luxuriant 21,500 sq.ft. (2,000 sq.m.) oasis of exotic plants, offers the finest holistic treatments inspired by ancient Polynesian traditions. The cabin perched like a bird’s nest in the trees is sure to leave an indelible memory, just like the breathtaking view of the tropical pond sprinkled with lotus blossoms. The facilities include steam baths, a tea lounge, a cooling waterfall and a yoga shelter.
The Concierge service and Explorer’s Club are installed in the heart of the hotel. On the ground floor you can find information about the activities available in and around Tetiaroa. Upstairs, the library offers a selection of books plus lectures and exhibitions about Polynesian culture — a calm, peaceful space where you can also surf the Internet or enjoy snacks and refreshments.
The Lagoon School is the place where the younger generation gathers to relax and enjoy games. They can also participate in special children’s activities organized by Te Mana O Te Moana, the association in charge of protecting the biodiversity of Tetiaroa.
The EcoStation is an institute with a laboratory where scientists from around the world conduct field research on the preservation and protection of tropical atolls and their wildlife. The on-site researchers are available to talk to guests about their work.
Activities and Excursions
Dance, music, storytelling and other cultural experiences allow guests to learn about the history of Tetiaroa. There are many different ways to discover the atoll’s natural treasures — its flora and fauna, old native forest, lemon shark nursery and marine life.
The lagoon can be explored by Polynesian outrigger canoe, kayak, paddleboard or snorkeling. Each guest has a bicycle available for getting around the island. Other pleasures include taking a boat tour of the motus with a naturalist as your guide, swimming in the crystalline waters of Mermaid Bay, or just relaxing at the beach or pool.
The Organic Garden and Orchard are a source of inspiration for the Brando’s chef. The island’s honey is gathered regularly by our beekeeper, to be used in cocktails, restaurant dishes and, above all, the creations of our pastry chef.
The Fitness Center offers an air-conditioned area with cardio and weight training equipment and is accessible 24 hours a day. A Tennis Court is also available, with all the necessary equipment and a personal trainer if desired.
The Luxury Pearl Shop presents the exclusive Tahitian Black Pearl jewelry created by Hinerava, a local designer known for her “island chic” appeal.
The Resort Boutique offers everything from coral and lagoon-friendly sun cream to cosmetics, apparel and footwear, swimsuits, crafts, books and music, postcards, tobacco and sweets.
Celebrations at The Brando can be arranged by our concierge for special events like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, honeymoons, etc.
Tetiaroa is a private atoll of the Society Islands located 30 miles (60 km) north of Tahiti.
Guests arrive by plane aboard an eight-passenger Britten Norman turboprop with a flight time of 20 minutes from Air Tetiaroa’s private terminal at Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport.
After landing on the resort’s private airstrip, guests are greeted by a representative of The Brando and escorted to their villa by electric vehicle.