Marlon Brando said it best when stating, “Tetiaroa is beautiful beyond my capacity to describe. One could say that Tetiaroa is the tincture of the South Seas.”
The elusive Brando Resort is inspired by his original designs and sits on one of a dozen small islets adorning the stunning vast lagoon. For centuries the island of Tetiaroa was a private retreat for Tahitian Royalty. Tribal Kings and Queens would hideaway on this unspoiled nirvana to relax, rejuvenate their souls and return to harmony with nature. Read more about this uniquely, magnificent atoll in our Tetiaroa Island Overview.
Guests begin their adventure being whisked away on The Brando’s private plane for the 15-minute flight to paradise. A traditional Tahitian dance and song is the perfect welcome for guests, transporting one back to a simpler and more beautiful time. This warm and musical welcome sets the tone for a stay that is both tranquil and immersed in Tahitian traditions and culture.
Enjoy a quick tour of the grounds before being taken to your private beach villa nestled among the coconut palms and white sandy beach. The Brando is unlike any of the other resorts in French Polynesia and has earned its ranking by Travel & Leisure as one of the top two resorts in the world.
It’s clear to anyone that visits that The Brando is devoted to preserving and protecting the natural splendor and environmental diversity of Tetiaroa. The resort’s effort to respect and support Polynesian tradition while attaining a tiny carbon footprint is commendable.
The only true “all-inclusive” property in French Polynesia, this lavish hotel is perfect for travelers looking to experience the ultimate in luxury and rich Polynesian culture while putting aside their wallet to truly relax. All meals and beverages are included as part of the stay, and many activities including snorkeling, lagoon tours, and beachfront water sports equipment.
Experience French Polynesia like never before on the enchanted island of Tetiaroa. The Brando boasts three restaurants, two bars, organic gardens and orchards, a serene spa, a line of locally produced honey and beauty products, and much more.
The resort features three restaurants, two bars, and 24-hour room service available in your villa. The two main restaurants feature Polynesian inspired cuisine, blends of the East and West as well as classic French dishes. The cuisine of award-winning Guy Martin of the Michelin two-star restaurant Le Grand Vefour in Paris is featured throughout.
The new Japanese option quickly became a favorite for guests. The food and beverage staff also does an excellent job catering to clients with dietary restrictions and allergies, including a nice Vegan menu option. Regardless of which restaurant you choose, you can rest assured that the freshest ingredients will be used from the resort’s organic gardens and orchards – or freshly caught from the sea.
Room Service available 24 hours.
The lush grounds are quite expansive, so each guest villa is equipped with complimentary bicycles for easy access to all the resort’s hidden gems. The Brando offers daily excursions led by local experts allowing guests to discover the rare biodiversity of Tetiaroa, including bird island, a lemon shark nursery, vast coral reefs, and a sea turtle sanctuary.
For culture and history enthusiasts, enjoy:
Some of our favorite complimentary activities include:
There is no better way to enjoy Tetiaroa’s unique haven of tranquility than to visit the Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa. Varua means “the soul”, and this is the perfect retreat to rejuvenate the soul just like the Tahitian royals who visited Tetiaroa for centuries. The spa offers holistic treatments inspired by universal and ancestral Polynesian techniques.
Tucked into the lavish gardens, this hidden oasis is in perfect harmony with the lush island’s flora and fauna. Their indoor and outdoor treatment areas are perfect for rest and romance, especially the Fare Manu lover’s nest which sits atop the trees for spectacular views.
The fantastic product line features local ingredients and minerals from the deep sea, and the all-inclusive resort concept provides one guest per villa with a 50-minute treatment per day.
The Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa is the heart and soul of Tetiaroa, and is truly a Polynesian sanctuary.
Standard room amenities include:
Collaborative conservation efforts to restore the South Pacific atoll of Palmyra by The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Island Conservation will also benefit efforts by our friends at The Brando and the Tetiaroa Society.
Each of these luxury hideaways is equipped to handle the jet-setting elite with their own private airport. Congrats to The Brando for making the list.
The Telegraph dives in to a list of the most sumptuous and luxurious resorts in the world narrowing the front-runners down to just eight. Each of these luxury hideaways is equipped to handle the jet-setting elite with their own private airport. If you are in between jets at the moment, never fear. The Brando will pick you up at the main airport in Tahiti in one of their private planes.
As always, we believe The Brando deserves every accolade it gets. Please contact a Venture Tahiti Specialist if you would like to arrange a visit to this exclusive paradise.
Excellent deep dive into the history and vision behind one of our favorite places to stay, The Brando as well as the Tetiaroa Society. If you are headed to The Brando or just interested in this luxurious hideaway for the rich and famous, as well as one of the best examples of responsible luxury in the world, it's worth a read. Courtesy of the staff at Outside Magazine.
Parade has assemble quite an all-star list of places to "Vacay Like the Stars!". The St. Regis Bora Bora ant The Brando make well-deserved appearances on the list.
Lucky number 21... There are plenty of Top 25 lists and Top 10 lists, Conde Nast Traveler has introduced "The 21 Most Romantic Places to Stay in the World" and The Brando made the cut!
Want a behind the scenes look at one of our favorite resorts? The Brando is featured in the BBC's "Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby".
BRIDES magazine has published a Top Ten List of the Best Fiji and Tahiti Honeymoon Resorts. We think their Tahiti recommendations are spot on for the most part.
Please visit our lists of, "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora" and "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti", found in our Tahiti Travel Tips section for similar analysis and recommendations. You can see our full list of favorite resorts in Bora Bora and the Islands of Tahiti in our Tahiti & Bora Bora Hotels and Resorts section.
If you are interested in learning more about the Fiji resorts mentioned or our view of the top hotels and resorts in The Fiji Islands, visit our sister site, Venture Fiji.
Forbes provides a nice list of the Best Resorts in Tahiti. It's so hard to narrow it down to a top 5 as people have different tastes and preferences, but we think they made some great choices. Let us know if you want us to plan an itinerary for you featuring one or more of these great resorts.
Are you in the mood for love? One of our favorite places to stay, The Brando, makes Conde Nast's List of the 21 Most Romantic Places to Stay in the World. Surprise your loved one with a trip of your own. We'd be glad to help.