/travel The Brando: a unique private island resort of unspoiled beauty and remote serenity There is nothing quite like a private island getaway. Crafting perfect escapes from the modern-day bustle, private island resorts are unmatched in the lush reposes they offer.
by Ellie Loxton

Hidden away on the private island of Tetiaroa and surrounded by rippling Pacific Ocean waters, The Brando is the ultimate rose-tinted fantasy resort. Peace and purity come in plentiful abundance; composed of a dozen, lagoon-encircled islands set 30 miles from the Tahitian coast, Tetiaroa is a haven where convenient accessibility meet spirit, sublimity and undiluted stillness.

35 villas positioned before blue ocean backdrops are just the first of The Brando’s delights. Each of the resort’s one, two and three bedroom apartments has been sensitively furnished with wooded decor and five-star modern amenities, while luxurious additions such as private Al-fresco bathtubs and floor-to-ceiling windows achieve a healthful balance between indoors and out.

Luxurious shopping opportunities complete any Tetiaroa experience; the gift boutique and pearl shop offer a range of delectable treats, local art and stunning Kelly Bailey jewellery.

The Brando: a unique private island resort of unspoiled beauty and remote serenity
The Brando: a unique private island resort of unspoiled beauty and remote serenity
The Brando: a unique private island resort of unspoiled beauty and remote serenity
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Beneath the island’s seen-to-be-believed views live a fabulously vibrant ecosystem of animal and plant life. Six very rare plant species nestle amongst the sprawling lime vegetation, while above head height protected animals swoop and swing. Tetiaroa’s dazzling tropical birds are equally unmissable; each evening they join the birds from neighbouring Tahiti in an exodus across the water.

Beneath the sea’s mirror surface, meanwhile, swim rays, sea turtles and sharks, and guests are invited to experience the marine life first-hand through the island’s guided snorkelling trips and sightseeing tours. Tetiaroa’s onsite research team, moreover, are always on hand to deliver expert insights through lectures and demonstrations.

The Brando: a unique private island resort of unspoiled beauty and remote serenity
The Brando: a unique private island resort of unspoiled beauty and remote serenity
The Brando: a unique private island resort of unspoiled beauty and remote serenity
Courtesy of The Brando

The Brando is a tightly packed gift of beauty and rare biodiversity; it is little surprise that explorers have long ventured to Tetiaroa’s white-washed beaches. Infinitely alluring, Captain James Cook reached the Polynesia in 1769, 4,000 years after Southeast Asian explorers made their first expedition.

Local culture and traditions continue to thrive amongst the leafy coconut palms and Polynesian heritage remains at the heart of The Brando’s identity; from Pareu dyeing to spa treatments inspired by ancient rituals, guests experience the island’s untouched splendour with rare intimacy.

The Brando: a unique private island resort of unspoiled beauty and remote serenity
Courtesy of The Brando

Pristinely-kept perfection was the aim of Marlon Brando (1924 – 2004), who became Tetiaroa’s proprietor in 1967. Captivated by the island’s beauty, Brando aspired to share its wildlife and soft-sand beaches in a world class luxury resort. Collaborations with Richard Bailey enabled the realisation of his vision, and The Brando welcomed its first guests in July 2014.

Much more than a holiday resort, The Brando is a castaway haven where elegant indulgence and untouched heritage come together in natural harmony. Paradisiacal beaches and exemplary service are guaranteed at The Brando, the resort of our fairy-tale dreams.

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Ellie Loxton
Ellie Loxton is an English graduate from the University of Cambridge. Following her degree, she decided to pursue her passion for all things luxury by completing a five-star hospitality marketing internship. Ellie is also a keen features writer and strives to deliver high-quality material relevant to modern lifestyle readers.
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