Called 'The Godfather of all islands' by Condé Nast Traveller, The Brando has been showered with awards and accolades since its opening in 2014. Now featuring in BBC Two documentary Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby, viewers can journey inside this private island resort, which has won a world-class reputation for its combination of ultra-luxe exclusivity and outstanding ecological credentials.
This paradise of the Pacific Islands has fast become a favourite with the most discerning of travellers from Pippa Middleton to Barack Obama, and it’s not hard to see why.
The glorious atoll of Tetiaroa - 30 miles off the north coast of Tahiti - has long attracted an illustrious crowd to its shores; first the Tahitian royal family, and then Marlon Brando himself. The Hollywood star made this island his personal retreat for many years, treading lightly on its unspoilt sands. Over the years he welcomed many ecologists and marine biologists to the shores, showing a keen environmental awareness before such things were commonplace.
Before he passed away, Marlon Brando gave his permission to build The Brando on his beloved island on the condition that it was designed around an eco-friendly ethos, preserving the natural environment and acting as an example to other luxury resorts.
Well, this stellar resort is certainly honouring that legacy, still hosting scientists year-round to undertake research into the unique biosphere. In fact, the presence of experts is popular with guests here too, as they love asking them questions about the natural environment. Some researchers will even offer lectures on their specialist area; a rare opportunity to gain insight into the scientific wonders behind the island's beauty.
This environmental sensitivity continues into how the resort itself is designed and run. Some 35 low-rise luxury villas are all built with local materials and blend perfectly into the landscape, whilst still enjoying close access to a pristine beach.
In terms of energy use, The Brando really is a cutting-edge example of sustainable luxury. Sea Water Air Conditioning harnesses the low temperatures of the sea bed to cool buildings. For hot water, photovoltaic solar panels line the island's airstrip and produce enough heat for all of the resort's needs. The remaining energy deficit is made up by The Brando's very own coconut oil ‘power station’!
If it was The Brando's natural beauty and eco-credentials that first gained it notice when it opened in 2014, its world-class service levels and ultra-luxe facilities confirmed its place amongst luxury travel's crème de la crème. A-list celebrities such as Leonardo Di Caprio and Barbara Streisand have already chosen to stay in the sumptuous surrounds here. Having already gained such accolades as a place on Condé Nast Traveller's 2015 Hot List and the Tatler Travel Awards 'Brains and Beauty' title, it's not hard to see why.
The island's two restaurants offer contrasting environments in which to sample culinary delights. All of the island's gourmet fare - much of it featuring ingredients grown in the organic garden - is overseen by two Michelin star chef Guy Martin, famous for his Parisian restaurant, Le Grand Véfour.
Guest can choose to look out over brilliant blue waters, and even dine right on the sands at the Beachcomber Café. Alternatively the elegant surrounds of Les Mutinès provide a unique experience in which guests feel as if they are floating on the lagoon itself.
The Varua Polynesian Spa adds yet another wow-factor to the island, inhabiting the very spot where Tahitian royalty once enjoyed their own beauty rituals. Offering a fusion of Polynesian tradition and modern techniques, the treatments here are simply divine. For those on a romantic escape, we recommend the special couples spa suite, with its private and privileged position up in the palm trees.
All-inclusive in utter luxury
And the best news about this luxury French Polynesian paradise? The Brando is an ultra all-inclusive resort, with gourmet dining and Champagne 'on tap'. Not only this, but guests can enjoy one indulgent spa treatment per room per day; access to the tennis court and fitness centre; complimentary bicycles; boat excursions to explore the island and so much more.
This is a place where your every need is catered to so comprehensively that you hardly need to ask for anything.
A world away
To conserve the teeming coral reefs that surround the atoll, no boats are permitted to approach Tetiaroa. Instead, guests arrive here in The Brando's private aircraft. The journey takes only 20 minutes from Pape'ete Airport on Tahiti, where you can wait for your connection in the luxurious private lounge.
The remoteness of the Pacific Islands is certainly part of their charm, but it also means a long journey, which can put some British tourists off. When our Marketing Executive, Sarah Garrod, ventured to these parts, she chose a twin escape with Los Angeles:
“It’s fair to say that The Brando, and French Polynesia as a whole, is quite a trek from the UK. So I’d suggest an itinerary similar to the one I enjoyed; stopping off en route to the islands in Los Angeles. We flew from London to LAX on Air New Zealand – which offers a great schedule of direct flights – where we spent a week exploring California and its surrounding states, staying in Las Vegas and at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel in LA. From there we flew to Tahiti for 2 nights, then Bora Bora for 5 nights. The combination of chic city break and indulgent island escape was just perfect and a great twin-centre for a luxury honeymoon.”
At Inspiring Travel Company our expert Travel Specialists are on hand to create a bespoke package tailored entirely to your own preferences. So whether you'd like to twin an escape to The Brando with a stop in a US city, or even a luxury Asia holiday to the likes of Cambodia or Burma (Myanmar), your wish is our command!
To book your stay at this truly special resort, speak to a dedicated Travel Specialist on 01244 355 600. Your island awaits...