The Brando Private Island

Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia's beautiful private island of Tetiaroa. With only 35 stunning villas on an island surrounded by a sparkling lagoon, the hotel offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature

At a Glance

  • Private island owned by Marlon Brando's family

  • Set in a stunning archipelago of 12 islets surrounded by coral reef

  • 20-minute flight from the main island of Tahiti

  • Only 35 beautiful villas each with private plunge pool

  • A model of sustainable energy including salt water air conditioning and coconut oil energy

  • Wonderful spa with unique tree house treatment room

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This very special addition to the French Polynesian portfolio offers one of the most exclusive experiences in these already very special islands. Marlon Brando's private island in the Tetiaroa islets lies just 50 kms North of Tahiti and is accessible with a 20-minute light aircraft flight that takes you on a breathtakingly beautiful journey up high over these 12 motus that form a ring around the inner lagoon which is impassable by ships keeping it in a pristine state.

The Brando has been designed and built in the most ecologically friendly way possible to preserve the nature of the islands and their ecozystem. They are a haven for bird life in particular with petrel's and other species living on the Tahuna Iti island. The air conditioning is powered by salt water from deep in the ocean and there is a solar energy station on the island as well as a biofuel thermal power station fuelled by coconut oil. This is very important to the island's owners so that minimal impact is made on this beautiful area. All vehicles on the island are electric and guests are encouraged to take advantage of the complimentary bikes during their stay.

To take full advantage of your stay on the island, guests are encouraged to stay a minimum of three nights so as to relax and totally embrace the island experience. Every accommodation on the island is a private villa complete with a separate lounge and one to three bedrooms, plenty of relaxing indoor and outdoor space and a private plunge pool to cool off in. Most villas offer direct access on to the stunning white sandy beach and crystal clear lagoon beyond.

Days on the island can be as lazy or active as each guest desires. Choose from paddle boarding to snorkeling, guided tours with researchers to cooking demonstrations in the kitchen. The islands are a nature-lovers paradise with birds in abundance, whale watching from August to October and the exciting arrival of the nesting turtles from November to March. Join in the nightly turtle watch to look for turtles nesting or eggs hatching.

In the evenings enjoy a fabulous dinner in the Gastronomic Restaurant Mutiny with an intimate atmosphere accommodating just 22 guests or for something a little more relaxed dine at the Beachcomber Cafe or enjoy an in room dining experience or a private dinner for two on the beach. Sip cocktails at Bob's Bar with your feet in the sand or enjoy panoramic views over the lagoon from Bar Manu.

Whether you are traveling as a couple or a family, The Brando will welcome you with it's Polynesian smile and stunning surround in this very special corner of Polynesia.


35 beautiful individual villas, 30 with one bedroom, 4 with two bedrooms and 1 exceptional three bedroom villa.

Each villa consist of at least three rooms, a main bedroom, a central living room with comfortable armchairs and sofa and a multimedia room with 50" TV and bluetooth multimedia system. Each bathroom has an inside and outside areas and a large dressing room. The villas spill out on to a private deck complete with comfortable chairs, a private pool and a covered dining area. From here, you are just steps away from the white sand beach and lagoon.

The two bedroom villas have two identical bedrooms, one on top of the other and the three bedroom villa has three separate bedrooms all connecting via an outside walkway to the main living area and deck. The two and three bedroom villas each have their own fully equipped kitchens.


Families with children are welcome on the island and this is a wonderful adventure playground for children to explore and discover. For children aged 6 to 12 years, educational programs, alternate games, workshops and mini-conferences, exploration, treasure hunts and many surprises. Topics covered include sea turtles, whales and dolphins, coral reef, gestures eco-citizens, Polynesian culture ...

Every day this is available on request from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Babysitting is also available for additional charge. For older children, there is a youth club where kids can get together, relax and enjoy activities specially designed for them


The Brando offers some excellent facilities for guests. There are two restaurants to choose from, The Gastronomic Restaurant Mutiny for fine dining and the Beach Restaurant for more informal dining. Bob's Bar and the Panoramic View Bar for cocktails and relaxation and in room dining for those private moments.

The island has the fastest WiFi in Polynesia and this is included in guests stay. In the evening's, guests are invited to Bob's Bar for weekly outdoor film screenings, traditional shows, talks by naturalists or scientists or an evening of night sky and constellation viewing.

The Varua Polynesian Spa offers a luxurious and restful environment to indulge in a pampering treatment. Located on the shores of the soothing pond, choose from a range of holistic treatments inspired by ancient Polynesian traditions and modern techniques. You can take yoga classes here also. For something special, head to the couples "pod" set high up in the trees and the ultimate in romantic and indulgent treatment settings.

The Brando also offers a fully equipped fitness studio which is open 24 hours a day as well as a tennis court.

For guests who would like to take home a little keepsake there is also a resort boutique and pearl shop.


Guests at The Brando really can relax or do as much as they like. Take a paddle board, Polynesian canoe or kayak out on the lagoon, don snorkeling gear and explore the amazing coral reef. For divers, diving is also available. Head out fishing to catch the elusive one of a kind Tetiaroa bonefish (catch and release only, no kill fishing allowed) or take a guided tour of the motus. Enjoy Tetiaroa’s royal history and culture through dance, music, storytelling, and other cultural experiences. Explore nature’s bounty discovering plants, birds, old native forest, a lemon shark nursery, and other marine life.

Location & Directions

Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

Located on a beautiful atoll to the North of the main island of Tahiti

When to go

Although there is a wet and a dry season in Tahiti the weather is tropical and generally sunny and warm, with just enough rain to keep the lush landscapes alive and green. If you're looking for emptier beaches, try traveling during the wet or "off" season, which generally runs from November to April. During this time, you can expect very high humidity with brief and frequent storms. January is the rainiest of the months. During this time, tropical storms may occur, but the Tahitian Islands have not experienced a cyclone since the early 90s. If you're traveling to the islands of Tahitit to scuba, you'll probably want to go in the dry or "high" season, when visibility is the best. The dry season runs from May to October and you can expect less rain, although occasional night time downpours are not uncommon. Due to trade winds, July and August are the coolest times of the year and also tend to be the most crowded.

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