It was the most talked about wedding of the year, and now we know who made the stunning bridal gown, seen snapshots of the first kiss and watched as Prince George and Princess Charlotte made their way into the church, the question on everyone’s lips has been: where Pippa Middleton and James Matthews would choose as their honeymoon destination?
Well, if reports are correct then the high society couple are currently bathing in the sunshine of The Brando in French Polynesia whilst enjoying their first few days as a newly married couple. Recognise the name? That’s because this ultra-luxe private island has welcomed a whole host of high profile guests; among the most recent of which was America’s former first family, the Obama’s. Rumour has it that the newlyweds opted for The Brando over Eden Rock in St Barths; a Caribbean resort owned by James’ parents.
Named after Marlon Brando himself, The Brando is located on the island of Tetiaroa, found just thirty miles north-east of Tahiti, amid the sparkling shores of French Polynesia and surrounded by the glistening waves of the Pacific Ocean, home to sea turtles, manta rays and reef sharks.
Marlon Brando fell in love with the atoll when he came across the islands whilst filming ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’, realising his dream of owning his own personal paradise when he bought Tetiaroa in 1967. In the words of the man himself: “Tetiaroa is beautiful beyond my capacity to describe, one could say that it is the tincture of the south seas”. The resort welcomed its first guests in 2015 and has been opening their eyes to Brando’s private retreat and environmental vision ever since.
In fact, it was under one condition that the Hollywood star gave permission for the resort to be built on his beloved island: that it focused on an eco-friendly ethos, preserving nature and looking after its wildlife. This has ensured that the unspoilt sands of Tetiaroa are set to stay the way nature intended, with a huge importance given to sustainability and ecology.
The Brando proves that high levels of luxury can be achieved whilst keeping a low ecological footprint, setting an example to other luxury resorts. Keen environmentalists can relax knowing that features such as seawater air conditioning, which harnesses the low temperatures of the sea water to keep the buildings cool, have been pioneered to create a sustainable luxury environment for guests. What’s more, there’s numerous opportunities for guests to discover the island’s natural beauty, such as snorkelling in the coral garden, Polynesian canoeing and guided tours by expert naturalists.
This award-winning resort has been named ‘Best resort in the world’, offering an all-inclusive experience to its lucky visitors; among whom have been a whole host of household names, including Oscar-winning environmentalist Leonardo Di Caprio. Guests are offered a spa treatment per day, champagne on demand and boat excursions to explore the island further; all as part of their complete holiday price. Pippa and James will be lapping up the life of luxury with gourmet dining, unlimited access to the tennis facilities, and might even do a spot of pearl shopping; the islands’ most famous export.
There’s no getting around the fact that The Brando is a hefty journey from the UK, but the miles are certainly made up in experiences when you do eventually get to this beauty spot. If you’re flying from the UK then we suggest your journey begins at Heathrow, where you fly to Los Angeles, followed by a flight to Papeete in Tahiti, then a short 20-minute private jet ride onto the island. The 20-minute plane ride is the perfect introduction to this secluded place of tranquillity, a chance to see the beauty of the island from a different viewpoint before you immerse yourself into it.
We also suggest that you make the most of the long journey from the UK by allowing us to create a bespoke itinerary of other travel experiences; such as a few nights stay in Los Angeles. Here you can stay in iconic hotels like the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire; head up the California coast on a road trip to the Post Ranch Inn; or venture inland on a drive through Palm Springs and the Joshua Tree National Park on route to Las Vegas, the gateway to the Grand Canyon.
Or if you’d like to extend your time in French Polynesia we can arrange a stopover on Tahiti – perfect for hiring a car and exploring the island’s highlights including its Paul Gauguin museum and famous surf break Teahupo?o – or a stay on nearby Bora Bora, where the luxurious Four Seasons Bora Bora – honeymoon destination of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux – awaits. Our Marketing Executive Sarah Garrod says this is the ‘ultimate luxury honeymoon’.
So, if you fancy honeymooning à la Pippa and James, speak to a member of our team who can create the post-wedding holiday of your dreams, to French Polynesia and beyond.