“On a beau venir de Bora-Bora, qui honore toujours son surnom de Perle du Pacifique, la descente sur la carte postale qu’on croirait retouchée est bluffante.”
“My wife and me had the greatest second honeymoon posible at the Brando! We would like to thank the Brando Team again deeply for the wonderful “Royal Treatment” we received there.
As a Hotelier myself, I would like to congratulate them here for the extraordinary product and infrastructure they have developed in this beautiful island paradise location, for the outstanding and refined guest services, for the sophisticated and delicious gastronomy, for the superb attention to details, for the profesional and friendly attention from the staff at all times, and for the exemplary environmental management we saw while there.To obtain this level of quality and consistency requires very fine management skills. Well done! Difficult for anyone to emulate.
We have been fortunate enough in our lives to experience some of the best Hotels and Resorts in the world, but the Brando tops anything we have seen so far. The Brando is not a 5 star Resort, it deserves to be considered a 7 star Resort! The Brando is leading a new era, where luxury hospitality and conservation go hand on hand. This is very rare to find in our industry.
Leaving the Brando back to everyday life was like leaving heaven for purgatory. We are planning to visit them again with a group of friends in September 2018. In the meantime, we wish the Brando all the best and we are sure that it will be a great success and has definetly raised the Bar very high in luxury Hospitality!”
~ Herbret FREI, President of PIKAIA LODGE
“Of all activities available to guests, a guided tour of the lagoon with a naturalist is key to understanding Tetiaroa’s ecosystems and the resort’s commitment to protecting and promoting the atoll’s biodiversity.”
“When it opened back in 2014, The Brando in French Polynesia was quite possibly the most gloriously glamourous resort to open its doors in the world. Three years on and it has maintained its position as one of the planet’s leading trailblazers, when it comes to it’s holistic and aesthetic appeal (it is one of the most gorgeous places to rest your head and has a strict ‘green’ policy).”
“Please add a star! - 5 stars are not enough for this perfect, secluded paradise. At least 6, or 7… is better. Total privacy, the most beautiful lagoon I’ve ever seen (well, not so much marine life, but amazing water colors!), relaxed luxe, fantastic food. Choose the all-inclusive formula, the best for this kind of accommodation. Service is top- notch. They provide everything even before you think need it! I want to be back….soon!”
~ butterfly067Italy (via TripAdvisor)
- September 20, 2017
“With its top-range facilities and ‘castaway’ sense of seclusion, it’s little wonder that the hotel was the honeymoon destination of choice for Pippa Middleton’s following her marriage to hedge fund manager James Matthews.”
“Beyond, Beyond, Beyond
Where do I begin? Its all been said. I’ll start by saying we just returned from the most pleasant 2 weeks of our lives spent at the Brando. Yes! Two weeks.It was for our 50TH Birthday and 29TH(almost 30TH) anniversary.
While flying into Tahiti- just prior to arriving-Id read some bogus review about the Brando- complaining about boredom and nothing to do and I became concerned I’d made a mistake booking my wife and I for 2 weeks. I was sincerely concerned about getting Island fever.
Well, Island Fever it was. The best fever imaginable. A fever I hate to see wear off. The most unbelievable everything.
We’ve been to French Polynesia a few times staying at the Intercontinental Moorea and Four Season, Bora Bora. Absolutely no comparison. Ive never been crazy about the food, HOWEVER, the food at the Brando was to die for morning, noon and night. Prepared and presented in the most magnificent fashion and by the best, nicest and most professional servers in the world. These employees are not just great, they ARE The Brando. They believe in the entire experience and the incredible thought and effort that has gone into making this one of the most ecological friendly places on the planet. They recycle everything-and I mean everything. The receive energy and heat from solar panels and coconut oil and they grow much of their own food using compost made from food waste.
The food was beyond anything we’d ever eaten. I hate squid and I loved the squid! Everything was so unbelievable with perfect portions and just the right balance of flavors.
The island is as private as can be imagined. My wife and I spent 2 weeks walking and riding bikes into the early morning hours because we didn’t want to sleep and miss anything. We would retire to our lounge chairs and sleep until 3-4AM in total seclusion and privacy, waking up to the feeling we were in a climate controlled movie set. It was too good to be true before moving to the villa to finish the night. I will say the atmosphere MAY have contributed to a heightened sense of intimacy-similar to our youth-but I digress.
We went on incredible daily private excursions to many of the privately preserved motu’s to view phenomenal aspects of nature including birds, incredible crabs and countless fish while snorkeling in our private lagoon. (…) –>READ MORE
~ kemawo777 (via TripAdvisor)
“Wow – paradise on earth
This is the best hotel I have ever stayed at, and I can’t imagine one that will rival it. It’s hard to even call it a hotel, because you feel like you’re on your own private island. Yes, it is expensive, but if you are lucky enough to be able to afford it, it is worth every penny. A few months have passed since our stay, and we still frequently refer to the Brando as a magical place that we will always cherish. I was already plotting a return as our flight took off.
A short flight from Tahiti via Air Tetiaroa, the island’s private airline, is this small, magical island whose incredible palette of greens, blues and whites slowly come into view. When you land, you are greeted by a small committee – singing, dancing, and the hotel manager. Amazing, inventive tropical drinks; fresh, great quality food (and I live in New York City), and the sense that you have the island pretty much all to yourself will spoil you for life. Want to try scuba diving? Done. Snorkeling? An array of fish, rays, and small sharks are directly in front of your villa. Massage? Beautiful facilities and great masseuses await.
The villas are absolutely stunning – we admired every detail of the design, from the outdoor bath to the private outdoor plunge pool in front. The staff were incredibly nice, especially the male waiter at the restaurant. Be sure to go on a tour of the lagoon to see the local birds and coconut crabs, and linger at the beautiful Millionaire’s bay.
Also visit and support the research station – they are up to some great work to preserve the local culture, traditions, history and ecosystem. And ask the staff about how eco-friendly the resort is.
Truly, if heaven exists, it would be very much like the Brando.”
~ Vanessaki_voyage (via TripAdvisor)
While experiencing the feeling of being on a desert island after a day spent on “island time,” it’s easy to see the allure that captured the actor’s attention fi ve-plus decades ago.
“Well……. Please be prepared for the time of your life. This was our second stay at The Brando. We stayed at the end of 2014 for three nights. It was a marvelous experience as evidenced by my review titled “Be Prepared for the Time of Your Life”. All I can say is this trip for five nights was everything and MORE than the first visit. From our arrival to the private air terminal to our flight to our welcome upon arrival on the tarmac in Tetiaroa, it was even more spectacular than our memories and photos from last time.
Our villa, 106 (on Mermaid Bay) was impeccable, stocked with everything we wanted and many lovely special treats. Each evening there are sweets delivered to each bungalow. Sort of canapes of a ‘sweet’ rather than savory flavor. Our dining experience was fantastic. The service staff at the bars and restaurants are equal to any fine dining service experience at any of the world’s best dining establishments. We dined in our living room or outside gazebo four of the evenings. The service for dinner in our villa was outstanding.
The bar, food and beverage, pool, reception, housekeeping,management and landscaping team are all not to be believed. I would like to point out names of staff to be recognized……please forgive those whose names I have omitted, it is all from memory.
Christian, Julien Cabezas, Kevin, Andrew, NIcolas, Justine, Estelle and on and on and on. Each and every staff member are so pleasant and do all that is humanly possible for the benefit of the wonderful guest experience.
I hope we will be back and thank each and every one of you for making our stay so enjoyable and memorable.”
~ 44carole (via TripAdvisor)
“A most amazing, unique and memorable experience – My wife and I recently returned from our honeymoon at The Brando. It’s a beautiful property and unique with amazing views, well designed rooms and a very accommodating staff. We have both traveled extensively all over the world and can honestly say this was the most enjoyable experience we’ve ever had at a hotel or resort. You will have difficulty finding another location like this one anywhere in the world.
~ Dgioella (via TripAdvisor)
- July 2017
“The private island, (…) is a vision of natural beauty, from sparkling Mermaid Bay to the bike paths weaving through its forests of coconut palms and rare tropical plants.”
“Trip of a Lifetime – I cannot imagine a more beautiful, tranquil, romantic setting on Earth. The Brando’s dedication to its environment coupled with its dedication to luxury and customer service make it unique. The villas are finely appointed, spacious and offer beautiful views. The food is delicious and always artfully presented. The staff is extremely attentive and very friendly. We rode bikes, enjoyed the beach and the privacy of our own plunge pool, and relaxed with spa treatments. The most memorable excursion was swimming with mother and baby humpback whales. We’re already planning our return trip!”
~ Julie B (via TripAdvisor)
Though accommodation on the island will remain limited to the original 35 residences, it will soon be possible to get a taste for the experience at satellite Brando villas due to open in Bora Bora this December.
- July-August 2017
“The Brando is not a resort in the traditional sense. It’s the lap of luxury. From the greeting party who is on the tarmac when you land in their private jet to the same group waving goodbye everything was perfect! The one bedroom “bungalows have a bedroom, living room, media room, wonderful patio and plunge pool. In addition, there is a luxurious dressing and bathroom with an outdoor bath. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and appear to really love their jobs. We cant think of anything that wasn’t first class all the way.”
~ 23pvandyke (via Trip Advisor)
“The Brando did it once again… it’s unanimous… All of my clients who have visited The Brando this summer, have all said the same thing of their multi-stop tour of the very best in Tahiti: Brando! Brando! Brando! I also keep hearing the same thing: once we totaled our bill at (four seasons, taha’a, etc.) we felt like The Brando was not that much of a cost difference. I will definitely share this with future clients! So many thanks for doing all that you do to make the experience at The Brando WORLD CLASS. My clients who stayed are all new clients to me, and I feel like they’re my new clients for life!! MAURUURU!!”
~ Sue Michailidis, Leisure Travel Consultant at Connoisseur Travel, Ltd.
“I have traveled the World and tried many a place, but this place has set the bar really high. I honestly can say there was not one flaw there. Crazy as it sounds but I cannot think of one. In fact, the more I think about it, it was perfect.”
~ Peter R (via TripAdvisor)
“True to his credo, The Brando uses nature for power: ocean seawater for air conditioning, sunshine for solar panels and Tahitian coconut oil fuels a bio thermal station.”
“I just talked to my clients who returned from a week in Paradise. They absolutely loved The Brando, loved everything about it. They said that it was the most beautiful property they had ever seen and they have been all over. I could go on and on (because they did) but I can’t thank you enough for the service and attention they got this past week. They can’t wait to return. »
~ Sandie Wiesenthal, Luxury Travel Consultant at Protravel International, LLC
“The Brando is, while first and foremost a luxury resort, also one that really has taken ecological tourism to its heart in a way not many other places have, or can – everything here was built from the ground up to be both luxurious and sustainable.”
“There’s plenty on offer to idle the days away – treatments in the Varua Spa, paddleboarding to an uninhabited island or visiting the environmental research station to discover more about the island’s wildlife.”
“In fact, we believe, the quietness and serenity of the resort, the natural beauty of the motu and how well the villas have been integrated into the existing “jungle-like” environment make this resort especially unique in the world and worth the cost.”
~ Larry B (via TripAdvisor)
- April 2017
“Un joyau de quatre kilomètres de large, réparti sur 12 motu ou des clients privilégiés se partagent 35 villas, de 96 à 246 m2 chacune, avec une décoration raffinée sans ostentation.”
“Highlighting the Brando staff and atoll shouldn’t take anything away from the accommodation, food and facilities. The SPA, which we used several times during our stay, is in a beautiful, relaxing setting, with a large range of treatments and excellent therapists.”
~ Peter R (via TripAdvisor)
“The Brando, the wildly luxurious and environmentally conscious hotel that Brando himself had envisioned and started working on before he died, is mind-blowing in its pristine-ness”
“The Brando is one of the foremost eco resorts in the world and a global leader in environmentally responsible hospitality.”
- February 2017
“The feeling of peace and serenity embraces you the moment you arrive…”
~ WLSCH (via TripAdvisor)
- February 2017
“The 35 villa, all-inclusive resort, accessible via a 20-minute private plane ride from Tahiti, is exceedingly eco-friendly.”
“The Brando exceeded any expectations we had and offered us experiences that could certainly not be duplicated anywhere else in the world. We regard it, as I’m sure it will soon be widely known, as the archetype for what luxury travel should be. Our hope is that the model you have created in Tetiaroa will influence resorts around the world, luxury and not, to become as sensitive to their surroundings as they are to their guests.”
~ Rebecca G (via TripAdvisor)
“The late Marlon Brando and owner Richard Bailey conceived the resort to be in complete harmony with nature, from waste management that creates compost for organic gardens to 95 percent renewable energy.”
“Matériaux polynésiens et luxe écolo s’emmêlent et révèlent un éden tropical élégant et subtil, entouré de longues plages de sable blanc et lagon baignées d’eaux turquoise”
“The Brando a réussi à concilier développement durable et luxe, qui étaient justement les fondamentaux voulus par Marlon, et ce bien avant l’heure du marketing écologique.”
“Ultimate Luxury–Trip of a Lifetime” … “If I was given a few months to live, I’d sell the house, max out the credit cards and go directly to The Brando. Words can’t do justice to this earthly paradise! Anything, anytime is at your disposal”
~ Janevm (via TripAdvisor)
“Parce que la beauté et le bien-être sont profondément ancrés dans la culture polynésienne, Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa est ici une destination à part entière…”
“L’éco-resort polynésien The Brando a été élu meilleur resort au monde par les lecteurs du Conde Nast Traveller plus grand magazine de voyage du monde.”
“The Brando organise, imagine et suggère activités originales et atypiques pour une succession de moments inattendus et sur-mesure.”
“« The Brando » fait partie du cercle ultra privé des meilleurs établissements hôteliers, îles, compagnies aériennes et croisières du monde. Mais est également reconnu pour son travail acharné de six années pour préserver et conserver cet atoll dans son état originel et construire l’hôtel autour d’une vision éco-responsable”
“With its own air strip, guests are transported on private 20 minute flights from Faa’a International Airport on Tahiti to paradise, where luxuriously decorated villas meet the wonders of the island’s wildlife, flora and fauna.”January 9, 2017
“Qu’il s’agisse du Beachcomber Café, la table « les pieds dans le sable » ou de la table Les Mutinés by Guy Martin, le restaurant gastronomique signé du Chef étoilé, The Brando privilégie l’intimité pour mieux savourer l’excellence.”
“As far as accommodations are concerned, the way to go, in our opinion, is the three-bedroom villa, which offers 2,648 square feet of space, including its own private outdoor space and 236 square foot pool.”
“My family’s must-see beach destination in 2017 is the Brando on Tetiaroa island in French Polynesia.”
“Spa like the royals with a steam bath ritual of Tahitian black sand body scrub followed by a coconut wrap before treating yourself to a Michelin star-style dinner at Les Mutinés by Guy Martin”December 22, 2016
“the resort quietly accentuates a side of Brando separate from his Hollywood persona — a man who cared deeply about Tetiaroa and the people he left behind who love it as well.”
“Privacy is paramount, so you don’t have to think twice about relaxing in the outdoor bathtub. Another reason why A-listers flock to this breathtaking location? Five-star room service is available around the clock, and the island’s two restaurants feature cuisine from Guy Martin of the Michelin-rated restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris. While service, technology and accommodations are impeccable; the Brando prides itself on the environmentally conscious features.”
“The Brando, a 35-room eco-hotel on Motu Onetahi, named for the Godfather actor and developed in part by eight of his 16 children.”
- November 22, 2016
- November 10, 2016
“Describing The Brando, Litwak says, “I’ve never felt so blissfully detached from civilization. All of the secluded villas with private plunge pools are on the sandy beach with views of the sparkling turquoise sea… the entire surrounding area is totally unspoiled. Staff seem to know what you need before you ask.”November-December 2016
“The Brando è unico, esclusivo, lontano da occhi indiscreti. La privacy qui regna sovrana a tutela degli ospiti che scelgono di venire a trascorrere un breve o più lungo periodo.”
“Now his legacy continues with The Brando, the island’s no-holds-barred eco-resort that is the very definition of luxurious isolation.”October 24, 2016
“L’hôtel The Brando a été inauguré en 2014. Dès 1999, Marlon Brando avait approché Richard Bailey pour développer un projet d’hôtel respectueux de l’environnement. Les deux hommes, proches amis, ont eu le temps, avant la disparition de l’acteur en 2004, de travailler ensemble pour faire naître cet établissement unique au monde.”
“The late actor fell in love with and secured ownership of the Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa in 1967. Now the area is home to one of the most successful mosquito-control efforts on Earth.”
“If you’re searching for the ultimate castaway honeymoon, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.”
“An onsite Ecostation, run by the nonprofit Tetiaroa Society, also houses laboratories for research and accommodations for scientists. Guests can get a first-hand glimpse of the eco-efforts both in the labs and out in the field.”
“On Tetiaroa Marlon Brando wanted to “to maintain the natural beauty of the atoll setting” and as our expedition draws to a close we too are marvelling at the natural marine and terrestrial beauty of the atoll. “
“The spirit of legendary American actor, film director—and environmental steward—Marlon Brando is immortalized at Tetiaroa, his beloved private atoll in French Polynesia, which now houses this 35-villa, eco-conscious (yet ultra-luxe) retreat, one of the Pacific’s greenest hotel projects to date.”
- October 17, 2016
“Brando fell in love with Tetiaroa while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in 1960. He bought the atoll of tiny islands surrounding a lagoon to preserve its beauty and biodiversity. The Brando is now a private island resort with 35 secluded villas and a pioneering model of sustainable technology”
“Marlon Brando first bought Tetiaroa, his peaceful Polynesian hideaway, after spotting it while scouting locations for 1962′s Mutiny On The Bounty. Since 2014, it’s traded as a luxurious eco-resort, with 35 beach-eadge villas powered -literally- by sunshine and coconut oil.”
“Eco-friendliness is the name of the game at The Brando, where you can spend your day on guided hikes, exploring environmental research stations on nearby islands, bird watching, luxuriating at the spa or noshing on cuisine prepared by acclaimed chef Guy Martin.”
“True escape artists can head to The Brando. On its own island of eco-luxury in the Tetiaroa Atoll, it takes a spectacular 20-minute flight on Air Tetiaroa from Faa’a International Airport to get there. Once away from it all you can spend a good week communing with sea turtles and getting pampered, immersed in what was once a private residence for one of old Hollywood’s most golden icons.”
- September 27, 2016
“Dans un lieu unique au monde, à la beauté magique aux reflets bleutés, Bertrand Jeanson veille au bonheur gustatif de ses convives dans le restaurant gastronomique Les Mutinés by Guy Martin, à l’hôtel The Brando, sur l’île de l’acteur Marlon Brando”
“Sur cette terre de légende, pas de culture intensive, ni de pêche industrielle. Guy Martin puise les richesses là où elles sont : dans le Pacifique, dans le jardin et le verger bio de l’atoll. Il offre ainsi des plats aux saveurs explosives, tout en respectant la nature.”September 19, 2016
“À deux pas de Tahiti, en plein Pacifique, The Brando et ses 35 villas de rêve incarnent la vision d’une hôtellerie de luxe dans l’air du temps, ultra exclusive et eco-friendly. Visite guidée d’un resort unique au monde, héritage de l’immense Marlon Brando.”
“O The Brando, resort que leva o nome do ator norte-americano que fez a ilha famosa, investe em tecnologia e programas que o tornam praticamente autossustentável, com a implanta- ção de um ecoposto, painéis solares, jardins orgânicos, dessalinização da água do mar e estações para tratamento de esgoto. O resultado é a mínima interferência em um cenário de praias desertas moldadas por um oceano de vibrantes tons de azul.”
“The owner’s environmental stewardship let them to build and maintain an ecostation for the Tetiaroa Society to lead scientific research for protecting the atoll and to inspire sustainable interdependence on the island and around the world. Its projects are dedicated to preserving biodiversity on Tetiaroa and include a sustainable fishing program, a fish replenishment program and an atoll conservation plan.”
- Automne 2016
“À deux pas de Tahiti, en plein Pacifique, The Brando et ses 35 villas de rêve incarnent la vision d’une hôtellerie de luxe dans l’air du temps, ultra exclusive et eco-friendly. Visite guidée d’un resort unique au monde, héritage de l’immense Marlon Brando.”
“Already proving to be timeless destinations that deliver on service, style, location, and je ne sais quoi, these hotels and resorts have graduated to the permanent list of icons.”
- August 19, 2016
“We’ve come to stay at the Brando to take advantage of, in part, its true detachment from the wider world. But this isn’t your average South Pacific hideaway. It also offers a glimpse at how a natural and sustainable world of the future could function. That was its namesake’s vision, and no visit is complete without an exploration of all that’s being done today to make that vision a reality.”
“A 20-minute private flight from Tahiti, the remote island of Tetiaroa is a real-life Shangri-la, occupied for centuries by Tahitian royalty before being turned into Marlon Brando’s private island turned eco-resort. Scattered between Turtle Beach and Mermaid Bay, 35 Polynesian-style villas have their very own white-sand beach, plunge pool, and bicycles with which to explore, while those seeking adventure can strike out for the atoll’s other islands via paddleboard, kayak, or sailboat.”
“Live the modern Robinson Crusoe fantasy in haute style based at one the 35 stylish, palm-thatched villas, where in-room dining comes from chef Guy Martin (of Michelin two-star, Le Grand Véfour fame), nature tours are lead by Brando’s granddaughter, Tumi, and the surrounding beaches and reef match the beauty Brando discovered when he purchased the island in 1960 while searching for locations to film Mutiny on the Bounty.”
The Brando #1 in the Top 5 Resort Hotels in The South Pacific, and #20 in the Top 100 Hotels worldwide
“Everyone loves an infinity edge overlooking a sparkling sea, but there’s something beguiling about being right on the beach, with that ocean mere steps away. That’s the setup in the 35 secluded villas at this luxury resort on a motu in the atoll of Tetiaroa, one of the lesser-trafficked parts of French Polynesia. The white sand beaches are also popular with sea turtles and exotic birds.”
“Everyone loves an infinity edge overlooking a sparkling sea, but there’s something beguiling about being right on the beach, with that ocean mere steps away. That’s the setup in the 35 secluded villas at this luxury resort on amotu in the atoll of Tetiaroa, one of the lesser-trafficked parts of French Polynesia. The white sand beaches are also popular with sea turtles and exotic birds.”
- June 2016
“Icône du cinéma, Marlon Brando se rêvait maître d’un domaine idyllique sur l’atoll de Tetiaroa, en Polynésie française. Douze ans après sa mort, l’hôtel The Brando se veut son héritage édénique.”
“Who wouldn’t want to be ‘stranded’ on a deserted island surrounded by a deep turquoise blue lagoon, exotic birds and a stretch of powdery sand ? Oh, and a French chef planning all your meals while you laze around in your villa? Well, legendary actor and activist Marlon Brando had the same idea decades ago.”
“Un’isola privata, unica per la sua preziosa biodiversità. Una spiaggia speciale, dove da ottobre a marzo le tartarughe marine depongono le uova. Nel cuore dell’incontaminata natura dell’atollo di Tetiaroa si erge The Brando, l’eco-luxury resort della Polinesia Francese, che nel pieno rispetto e salvaguardia ambientale offre tutti gli ingredienti per rendere unica una vacanza sull’isola.”
“Located on the gorgeous secluded Tetiaroa island, The Brando (yes, formerly the private Polynesian island of the Godfather himself) is a nature lover’s — literally, it’s a biodiverse natural sanctuary. The eco-friendly haven is one of the only true luxury resorts in Tahiti and features an East-meet-West culinary experience. “
“Best of all, you and your family (or closest pals) can spoil yourselves knowing you are spoiling very little else: The late actor’s passion for the island’s heritage and the environment has lived on. Brando was adamant Tetiaroa would remain “forever a place that reminds Tahitians of what they are and what they were centuries ago”, and the resort strives to be 100 percent eco-friendly.”
“Just 30 miles from Tahiti, the Brando (once owned by Marlon Brando) comprises 35 eco-chic villas built on the atoll of Tetiaroa in the South Pacific. The villas, spa, and two restaurants are set back from the pristine white-sand beaches, which are surrounded by a sparkling silver-blue lagoon. “
“Located in Tetiaroa, a 12-islet atoll 30 miles from Tahiti, privacy and seclusion is key – the beach is private, and each of the 35 villas has its own plunge pool; even the Varua Polynesian Spa is surrounded by over 21,000 square feet of forest and plants so the outside world remains just that.”
“Tahiti’s luxurious and eco-friendly The Brando wins this category for the second time just two years since it opened – an impressive feat for an impressive resort.”
“A trip to French Polynesia will cure what ails you. Just ask Marlon Brando. He called Tetiaroa — the island that stole his heart — “the tincture of the South Seas.””
“Silvio Bion, directeur d’un hôtel extraordinaire, le Brando, vient accueillir les passagers qui descendent du petit appareil Britten-Norman Islander (9 places), encore éblouis par le bleu
turquoise du plus beau lagon du monde. Le vol de Papeete a duré 17 minutes. La piste d’atterrissage, 775 mètres de longueur, est bordée par 2 400 panneaux solaires. Le credo de Silvio Bion est : « préserver Tetiaroa, en faire l’antichambre du paradis pour les Robinsons qui rêvent de bien-être, d’une nature totalement préservée, de plages infinies et désertes. » “
“Opened in 2014, it was named in honor of actor Marlon Brando, who purchased the island after falling in love with it while filming “Mutiny on the Bounty.” His dream was to create a sustainable luxury resort that also operates as a scientific research center, and it became just that.”
“The design honors Brando’s vision of Tahitian perfection, which was to be in tune with the low-lying topography.”
“Marlon Brando fell in love with the atoll of Tetiaroa, eventually purchasing the island group with visions of creating a sustainable and culturally sensitive luxury hotel. The Brando is the legacy of this vision, created with the help of Brando’s children and designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyle and culture”
“Yes, as in that Brando. The Brando is, in fact, a resort built on an island that was owned by Marlon Brando. So, if you weren’t entirely sold on it before, you should be now. “
“The Brando is the ultimate, small, sustainable and supremely polished hideaway, with a vibrant coral reef and a lagoon that’s so clean, so completely perfect, that its shimmering blue can be seen from space.”
The Brando’s commitment to sustainability is one of the many reasons Betty Jo Currie of Currie & Co. Travels Unlimited recommends it, writing, “Not only does it hit all the marks for luxury… it is also cooling the villas with seawater and making compost from leftovers, which then fertilize the gardens. And they have a foundation on the island to protect the cultural history and future of the area—especially important in a society without a written language.”
“Days are spent swimming with green turtles, snorkelling in coral gardens and ogling the sunsets. It’s the stuff of dreams.”
“You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. It’s hard to describe how perfect it is: this sense of softness, the gentle water, how the wind is blowing into the palm trees and rustling the leaves at just the right speed.”
“Even the old-fashioned eco-lodge concept is getting a shake up thanks to companies like Pacific Beachcomber, which recently opened an incredibly luxurious (and carbon neutral) tropical resort, The Brando, in French Polynesia.”January 21, 2016
“Of course, every detail from the thread-count to the on-call butlers is as excellent as you’d expect, but The Brando has such head-lolling natural beauty it’s in a league of it’s own, with a blazing light that, in the early morning, hits the shallow waters as though they were and ocean of milk”
“Oubliez tout ce que vous savez sur l’hôtellerie hors norme. Il existe, aux confins de la planète pour nous autres Européens, un endroit au sujet duquel l’expression paradis sur Terre prend tout son sens.”
“The Brando, a resort as iconic and individualistic as its namesake, raises the bar for the hospitality industry worldwide. “Always good” is a dramatic understatement when it comes to this piece of Tahitian paradise.”
“When many travelers dream of romantic destinations, that ever-present over-the-water bungalow often springs to mind. None other than the long-anticipated The Brando, on the private island of Tetiaroa, has more embodied eco-conscious luxury idea.”
“Marlon Brando first fell in love with the wild splendour of Tetiaroa in 1962 while filming Mutiny on the Bounty. His legacy of conservation continues in this luxurious modern-day resort”
“The private hideaway of actor Marlon Brando has been turned into one of the world’s most luxurious eco-retreats.”
- Autumn 2015
“It’s the place for anyone looking for absolute privacy, but unlike other luxury hideouts, this one is relatively accessible, especially from the West Coast.”
- November 13, 2014
“Get on the next plane to Tahiti because you need to sample this great cocktail from Bob’s Bar at The Brando on the private island of Tetiaroa.”
“From a bird’s-eye vantage point the island appears to be a garland of 12 untouched motus (islets) strung together to incorporate an iridescent aquamarine lagoon within.”
- September - October 2015
“A hedonist’s delight, a peaceful retreat and an unspoiled Eden; Brando not only wanted Tetiaroa’s future to echo its past – he insisted it could be a self-sustaining atoll and a model to the rest of the planet for research, education and conservation.”
- July 1, 2015
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Pacific Beachcomber augments its portfolio of resorts in French Polynesia with a luxurious eco-retreat built on Marlon Brando’s private atoll.May - June 2015
“Thanks for sharing your Polynesian paradise with the world – and for being such a visionary Wild One when you weren’t busy being a lifelong mutineer.”
“The site seems like a castaway’s fantasy: palm-fringed islands, brilliant turquoise water and a magical array of coral, fish and other colorful marine life. The godfather of all islands.”
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