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October 21, 2015updated Oct 23, 2015

The Brando

By Zahra Al-Kateb

The BrandoThe Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, just 30 miles north of Tahiti. Tetiaroa, once Marlon Brando’s personal retreat, comprises a dozen idyllic islands surrounding a spectacular lagoon. With access provided by private plane, the resort offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature and is a special place of rare biodiversity and a natural sanctuary for birds and marine life. The all-inclusive resort is a member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World program and a model of sustainable energy, featuring 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.


Name: Three-bedroom villa

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Square footage: 2,648

Nightly rate: €7,200-9,000 for one to six guests, all included.

Total number of rooms: Four (three bedrooms with dressing room, and a living room with a private dining area with seating for six, a kitchen and a wide entryway on to a large, two-tiered deck).

Number of entrances to suite: Two, one leading to the living-room and the other dedicated to the separate bedroom.

Number of bathrooms: Three large and modern bathrooms with two sinks, one shower and an outdoor bathtub.

Key selling points: The unique and exclusive three-bedroom villa provides an opportunity for friends or a larger family to stay together. The third bedroom is separated from the main villa by an aboveground walkway and includes its own dressing room, bathroom and outdoor bathtub. With direct access to the beach and the pristine water of the lagoon, as well as the upscale private outdoor space including an expanded deck and a 236 sq ft pool, make yourself at home on this preserved and luxurious private island.


Varua Polynesian Spa

Varua Polynesian Spa is a natural haven of serenity nestled on the shores of a soothing pond in the heart of Motu Onetahi, where the Tahitian royal family retreated to relax and indulge in beauty rituals. Enjoy the finest holistic treatments inspired by ancient Polynesian traditions coupled with modern techniques. Signature treatments: Varua Mana Signature Experience – enjoy a unique experience in harmony with natural resources, enhanced beauty and inner peace. Begin with a moisturising tamanu oil scrub followed by a deeply relaxing Polynesian massage with extra-virgin coconut oil, leaving your skin delicately scented.

Contact: Anne de Saint Pierre, spa director

Phone: +689 40 866 360



Les Mutinés

This intimate venue features elegant décor with a world-class wine cellar and the award-winning cuisine of French chef Guy Martin.

Contact: Nicolas Sabatier, food and beverage manager

Phone: +689 40 866 310



Bob’s Bar

This is a relaxed and casual setting on the beach, named in honor of Bob, Marlon Brando’s factotum on film sets.


At all our dining venues you will enjoy the freshest of ingredients, organically grown and selected from our own gardens and orchards. A vegan menu, designed by the renowned chef Kelvin Au-Ieong, is also available at the two restaurants and for in-room dining.


Robb Report, Best of the Best Guide, 2015 Condé Nast Traveler – Hot List 2015: The World’s Best New Hotels Travel + Leisure – It List: The Best New Hotels, 2015 National Geographic – finalist, World Legacy Awards Earth Changers category, 2015 Tatler Travel Awards, 2015

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