This is the island you dreamed of as a child when the storybook was closed. It’s as if you created your own private world and stepped barefoot into your imagination. With its white sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, colorful birds, and sparkling lagoon, Tetiaroa is a dream paradise.
Beyond its breathtaking beauty, Tetiaroa is a place of rare biodiversity and a natural sanctuary for birds and marine life. Preserving and protecting this rare habitat and its plant and animal life is critical to us. We are working on several programs not just to preserve this sanctuary, but to help restore it and help it flourish.
Tetiaroa has a special place in Polynesian history and culture. It was the exclusive and favored retreat of Tahitian royalty for centuries. Ancient marae (temples) built on the atoll by early Polynesians can still be found there today. With its rich history and ethereal beauty it will always have a special place in the heart of Polynesians.
The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, just 30 miles north of Tahiti, comprised of a dozen idyllic islands surrounding a spectacular lagoon. The all-inclusive resort is a model of sustainable technology and features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, boutique, water sports, and an environmental research station with guest programs.
When Marlon Brando met Tarita Teriipaia, she was a 19-year-old boatman’s daughter living in French Polynesia, and he was starring in Mutiny on the Bounty. During the days, Brando played Fletcher Christian, the lieutenant who wanted to stay with the clothing-averse island natives, and at night he played a similar role, seducing Tarita on Teti’aroa, an atoll he’d found while scouting for locations. He liked the island so much he bought it and the girl so much he married her. They kept returning to the spot for the next 50 years. Now, a decade after the actor’s death, The Brando, a new resort named for him, is welcoming visitors to this private paradise for the first time.
The Brando sits in the bright blue waters 30 miles north of Tahiti and is designed for travelers who like their luxuries simple and their beaches empty. Each of the island’s villas has a private plunge pool, beach access (in the form of neatly groomed trails), and outrigger canoes at the ready. Visitors can go deep sea fishing, wander the uninhabited island, or head to the spa, which is located on a pond that served as a retreat for the Tahitian Royal Family. The resort is modern and plush – yes, there is Wi-Fi – but it’s also a tribute to what Brando found in the Pacific: tranquility.
What differentiates this spot from other high-end retreats is, quite simply, the place itself.Tetiaroa is – thanks largely to Brando’s largess – completely unspoiled. The water is as clear as the air and solitude is never farther than a short walk or paddle away. Tahiti is only a 20-minutes flight away, but it feels farther than that.
“If I have my way,” Brando once remarked, “Teti’aroa will remain forever a place that reminds Tahitians of what they are and what they were centuries ago.”
Brando always had his way, and the new resort achieves that goal by offering access to one of the last pristine environments capable of preserving the traditional island way of life. Yes, the sheets have high thread counts and the chefs have experience in prominent restaurants around the world, but the sun is the same and the sand is the same and any sailor would be tempted to stay.
The Brando is unique in the world in concept and scope, combining stunning environmental purity, luxury, and sustainability. The Brando is endeavoring to operate exclusively with renewable, non- fossil energy sources drawn from the sea, the sun, and other renewable resources, with no sacrifice to luxury and comfort. With innovative and pioneering technology, the goal for The Brando is to become the first new resort in the world to obtain LEED Platinum certification, the organization’s highest accolade, as new construction in the campus category.
The award-winning cuisine of Guy Martin of the Michelin two star restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris is featured in The Brando’s dining venues and in-room dining.
The mission is to provide one of the most luxurious, authentic and enriching travel experiences available anywhere in the world in an environmentally sensitive, sustainable and culturally rich manner.
We are committed to preserving and protecting the natural splendor and precious biodiversity of Tetiaroa; respecting and supporting Polynesian culture, hospitality and traditions; and achieving a negligible carbon footprint.
We will support research, education and outreach aimed at increasing the knowledge of and appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of tropical islands and their people. And we will use, encourage and support innovation to address local and global environmental and sustainability issues.
As stewards of Tetiaroa, we are committed to preserving and protecting the atoll and being a responsible member of both our local and global communities. We will deal fairly and honestly with our staff and suppliers in an atmosphere of mutual trust, accountability and reward.
We will strive to be a model for the rest of the world. We will leave Tetiaroa a better place than when we came and continually seek to enhance the lives of all those who visit.