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The Brando (Tetiaroa Private Island)

The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, just 30 miles north of Tahiti. Tetiaroa is comprised of a dozen idyllic islands surrounding a spectacular lagoon. Tetiaroa has always been a place of stunning beauty, tranquility and rejuvenation — first for Tahitian royalty, who chose this island above all others for their summer retreat, and later for Marlon Brando who chose it for his personal sanctuary. With access provided by private plane, the resort offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, boutique and water sports. The Brando is unique in concept and scope, combining environmental purity, luxury and Polynesian charm into an enriching experience.

The Brando (Tetiaroa Private Island)
Continent: Ozeanien
Rooms & Suites: 35 Villas (30 Villas ONE Bedroom / 4 Villas 2 Bedrooms / 1 Villa 3 Bedrooms)
Leisure activities: SPA, Guided Tours, Snoorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paddling, Tennis
Meetings & Conferences: No
Airport: Tetiaroa Private Island
Helipad: Yes
Prices: 3000 per night for 2 people All Inclusive Minimum 3 nights
Seasonal closure: No
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Tetiaroa’s 12 Motus (Small Islands):

  • Onetahi: The Brando Resort is located on the motu that was once the favored retreat of Tahitian royalty.
  • Honuea: Venture the short distance by outrigger canoe to explore white-sand beaches and a shallow, crystalline lagoon.
  • Tiaraunu: The largest of the motus with an abundance of coconut palms.
  • Tauini, Tauroa & Hiraanae: The northernmost cluster of motus are separated only by little hoa (breaks in the coral reef) and the location of lemon shark nurseries.
  • Oroatera: An island paradise with spectacular beaches and a lagoon along with a seahorse-shaped pond which spawned an ancient legend.
  • Aie: The smallest of the 12 motus.
  • Tahuna Iti & Tahuna Rahi: A sanctuary for birds such as red-breasted black frigates, phaetons, brown gannets, and other petrels.
  • Reiono: The only motu that has preserved its primitive, original rain forest. Reiono also serves as the wilderness home for Kaveu (coconut crabs).
  • Rimatuu: The first of these motus to be inhabited by Europeans, Rimatuu was once a coconut plantation islet with its own village and dock.


Tetiaroa is located 30 miles (60 km) north of the island of Tahiti and is surrounded on all sides by the great blue expanse of the South Pacific. The Brando is located on Onetahi a motu spanning 78 hectares (193 acres).


Tetiaroa is completely private with its own airfield. Two or more roundtrip charter flights a day are planned or will be organized aboard one of two 8-passenger Britten Norman airplanes (turboprop twin-engine), duration of approximately 20 minutes, between a private terminal at Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport and Motu Onetahi. After landing at Motu Onetahi on Tetiaroa, guests will be greeted by a representative of The Brando and escorted by electric vehicle to their private villa.


The 22 villas along West Turtle Beach and 13 along South Mermaid Bay have been carefully designed to reflect the Polynesian lifestyle and traditions, with luxurious furnishings, deluxe amenities including a private plunge pool, and windows as big as doors that let guests indulge in the sun, the breeze, and lagoon views. The villa’s timbered walls and native gardens are surrounded by exquisite scenery. The resort has been designed around clean, renewable energy sources, to protect this island paradise for generations to come.

  • One-Bedroom Villas (30 Villas): The interior of each 1,033-sq.-ft. (96-sq.-m) villa has been designed to enhance the serenity of the surroundings, with the feeling of the indoors and outdoors merged together. Pass beneath a covered porch and stroll the boardwalk that leads to the front door. Enter into a cozy sitting room in tasteful shades of ecru and taupe, furnished with soft and comfortable chairs and sofas. To the side is a media room to listen to music and watch movies on the TV/DVD. WiFi is accessible throughout the villa and its exterior sun decks. A walkthrough dressing area adjoins the spacious bedroom, where a king-size bed invites you to relax and gaze through a large window at the lagoon, visible through a screen of pandanus, miki miki, and coconut trees. The adjoining bathroom features an outdoor bathtub, set behind a wooden screen. Outdoors, the villa’s private, 603-sq.-ft. (56-sq.-m) terraced deck adorned with chaise lounges, leads to a 107-sq.-ft. (10-sq.-m) plunge pool. To the side, is a shaded table and chairs. Just beyond the natural boundary of the villa is private access to the white-sand beach.
  • Two-Bedroom Villas (4 Villas): All the appointments of a one-bedroom villa—plus many built-in extras—in any of the four, 1,808-sq.-ft. (168-sq.-m) two-bedroom villas. Inside, a large, airy living room combines all the features of the one-bedroom villa’s sitting and media rooms. The living room also provides a private dining area with seating for six, a kitchen for the resort’s chef to use for private functions for villa guests, and a wide entryway onto a large, two-tiered deck. In these villas, the second bedroom is situated directly above the first. The downstairs bedroom features a private dressing area. Upstairs, as you gaze out over the lagoon, you’ll experience a sensation of floating above this opulent tropical vista. This bedroom also features its own dressing area, bathroom, and outdoor bathtub. Outside, the villa’s 1,658-sq.-ft. (154-sq.-m) private yard has a larger deck area and 140-sq.-ft. (13-sq.-m) plunge pool.
  • Three-Bedroom Villa (1 Villa): The 2,648-sq.-ft. (246-sq.-m) three-bedroom villa provides an opportunity for friends or a larger family to stay together. This villa has all the features of the two-bedroom villa but on an even larger scale. The third bedroom is separated from the main villa by an above-ground walkway, and includes its own dressing room, bathroom, and outdoor bathtub. The furnishings are upgraded in the private outdoor space, which includes an expanded deck and a 236 -sq.- ft. (22- sq.- m) pool.


The award-winning cuisine of Guy Martin of the Michelin two star restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris is featured in The Brando’s dining venues and in-room dining.

  • Beachfront Restaurant: Exceptional lagoon and ocean views for savoring breakfast, lunch, and dinner to in this casually elegant, indoor/outdoor venue. The menu features a variety of Polynesian-inspired dishes alongside classic French-style cuisine.
  • Fine Dining Restaurant: This venue features elegant décor in beautiful tones of tropical light and sand and a moat that surrounds the restaurant provides the sensation of floating on a lagoon. The intimate restaurant also includes a world-class wine cellar in a carefully climate-controlled glass enclosure. A menu with the same regard for flavor and quality that has made Le Grand Véfour one of the most respected dining established in Paris is showcased.
  • Lagoon-View Bar: Located on the second floor, this open-air bar features spectacular views of the lagoon, distant motus and sunsets. In addition to the main lounge, there are several private tree-level seating areas that can be reached on walkways through the palm canopy.
  • Bob’s Bar: A casual setting on the beach for conversation and making friends. The bar is named for Marlon Brando’s factotum (assistant) on film sets. At the end of many days, Brando and Bob would wind up at the bar for long talks. Eventually the bar at Marlon Brando’s lodge, Tetiaroa Village, became known as Bob’s Bar. The Brando’s Bob’s Bar has retained the original bar from the lodge Brando built. We have kept the name in honor of Bob and all others who have worked, and continue to work, anonymously to bring Brando’s visions to life.
  • In-Room Dining: As a guest of The Brando, you can dine at any time. Room service is available 24 hours a day, to enjoy a meal in the privacy of the guest’s villa—either indoors, on their private deck, poolside, or on the beach.


Varua Polynesian Spa: Is a natural haven of serenity nestled on the shores of a soothing pond in the heart of Motu Onetahi. Within this setting the finest holistic treatments are offered inspired by ancient Polynesian traditions coupled with modern techniques. The spa includes steam baths, a tea and relaxation lounge, a yoga shelter and a spa suite for couples.


  • Concierge & Library: In this two-story building, the Concierge helps guests plan activities at The Brando. Upstairs, in the Library, guests can read books about French Polynesia, attend lectures and demonstrations about Polynesian culture, history, and lifestyle.
  • Main Pool: The resort’s infinity pool is located on the beach. Around the pool, guests can relax on one of the deck chairs under the shade of an umbrella and enjoy the companionship of other guests.
  • Activities and Excursions: At The Brando, an abundance of activities are available from bicycling, snorkeling, and bird watching, to paddle boarding and scuba diving. Experience nature’s bounty discovering plants, birds, old native forest, a lemon shark nursery, and other marine life. Spend time on the main island or discover the untouched private islands surrounding the lagoon. Explore the spectacular lagoon by Polynesian outrigger canoe, kayak, paddleboard, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Other activities include taking a guided tour of the atoll’s motus, stargazing with a naturalist, swimming at Mermaid Bay or relaxing at the beach or pool.
  • The Lounge: quiet and relaxed environment to read, watch TV, surf the Internet, and enjoy snacks and refreshments.
  • EcoStation: A research station with a laboratory where scientists from around the world conduct field research relating to preserving and protecting Tetiaroa and its plant and animal life and helping preserve and protect tropical islands everywhere. The on-site research scientists will be delighted to talk to guests about their research and the birds and marine life found on the atoll.
  • Organic Garden & Orchard: Every day, The Brando’s chef selects fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables grown from the orchard and garden on Tetiaroa to prepare for guests in the dining venues.
  • Fitness: The Brando offers a fitness room equipped with cardio and strength training equipment and is accessible 24 hours a day.
  • Tennis Court: The Brando offers a tennis court and equipment for use.
  • Luxury Pearl Shop: Exclusive Tahitian Black Pearl jewelry by Hinerava, a local designer known for her “island chic” appeal.
  • Resort Boutique: Everything from toiletry essentials to mementos. Among the items available are cosmetics, creams and suntan oils that are coral and lagoon-friendly, apparel and footwear, artwork, books and music, postcards and stamps, and snacks.
  • Meeting Room: The Brando offers a meeting room equipped with the latest presentation equipment.
  • Youth Area: A place where the younger generation can gather to relax and enjoy games.
  • Special Celebrations: The Brando can arrange special celebrations for honeymoons, weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays.
  • The Residences: A limited number of luxury homes will be available on a choice of stretch of beach.