(Tetiaroa) The Brando
The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful atoll of Tetiaroa. It sits on one of a dozen small islands (motus) that surround a spectacular three-mile wide lagoon. The motus are all privately owned and available exclusively to the resort’s guests and visiting researchers.
With access to the atoll by a 20-minute private plane flight from Tahiti, the all-inclusive resort features 35 secluded villas with private pools on beautiful white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles and exotic birds.
This Polynesian style resort offers two restaurants showcasing Polynesian-inspired dishes, East/West fusion and classic French cuisine; a luxurious spa and wellness center with several massage and treatment villas around a serene lily-covered pond; an organic garden where fruits and vegetables for the resort’s restaurants are grown; a lagoon-view bar in the canopy of the palm trees; a beach bar near a large infinity pool; a tennis court; library and cultural center; boutiques; and an environmental research station with guest programs.
An abundance of activities await those who want to be more active. Each villa has a bicycle for each guest that can be used to explore the paths around the island or take a picnic to a favorite beach. Guests can snorkel or dive with tropical fish, sail in the lagoon, paddle board to a neighboring island, take a kayak above coral gardens, stroll the long stretches of beach, enjoy a guided or unguided marine, bird, cultural or other excursion, or simply spend a day in the spa and wellness center.
From your villa’s gracious gardens and exquisite scenery to the timbered walls of your home away from home, you’ll always feel close to nature — without sacrificing comfort. The 22 villas along Turtle Beach and 13 villas along Mermaid Bay have been designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyle and traditions.
Every villa is on a white sand beach, has its own outdoor eating and private beach area, its own private pool, soft, cosy furnishings, large windows that let you indulge in the sun, the breeze and lagoon views, and modern conveniences such as a media room.
And while enjoying the villa you will have the satisfaction of knowing that everything that surrounds you has been designed around clean, renewable energy sources.
One Bedroom Villa
Inside your 1,033-sq.-ft. (96-sq.-m) villa you will feel right at home. We’ve carefully designed each villa to blend into and enhance the serenity of your surroundings, so you’ll feel as though indoor and outdoor have merged together. The cozy sitting room is furnished with soft and comfortable chairs and sofas, and opens on the terrace, your private pool and the beach located steps away. To the side is a media room, where you can listen to music, watch a movie, or use WiFi to keep in touch with friends and family.
A walkthrough dressing area adjoins your spacious bedroom, where a king-size bed (twin beds available on request) invites you to relax and gaze through a large window at the lagoon, visible through a screen of pandanus, miki miki, and coconut trees.
The adjoining bathroom features an outdoor Al-fresco bathtub, set behind a wooden screen. Wifi connectivity is available inside and around the Villa, and in all the resort public spaces.
Enjoy all the appointments of a one-bedroom villa—plus many built-in extras—in any of our four, 1,808-sq.-ft. (168-sq.-m), two-bedroom villas.
Inside, a large, airy living room features Bluetooth connectivity and a television. The living room also provides you with a private dining area with seating for six, a kitchen, and a wide entryway onto a large, two-tiered deck.
Your sense of spaciousness and privacy extends to your 1,658-sq.-ft. (154-sq.-m) private yard, with its larger deck area and 140-sq.-ft. (13-sq.-m) plunge pool.
The 2,648-sq.-ft. (246-sq.-m) three-bedroom villa provides an opportunity for friends or a larger family to stay together. This villa has all the features of the two-bedroom villa but on an even larger scale.
The third bedroom is separated from the main villa by an above-ground walkway, and includes its own dressing room, bathroom, and outdoor bathtub.
We’ve also upgraded the furnishings of your private outdoor space, which includes an expanded deck and a 236 sq. ft. (22 sq. m) pool.
Outdoor and Sports Activities
Snorkeling in the coral gardens and entire lagoon
Exploration of the lagoon by kayak, Polynesian outrigger canoe (va’a) or with a stand up paddle board
Scuba lessons in the lagoon, and open ocean scuba diving outside the reef. (To be booked as early as possible, as availability is very limited. Scuba lessons are not available during the whale watching season from mid-July to mid-October. Please kindly confirm all scuba diving lessons with our concierge team: email@example.com)
Fitness coaching and fitness classes: aquafitness, circuit training, body sculpt, body dance, body attitude. Private classes available upon request.
Biologist of the Day Excursions with Naturalist Guides
Bird discovery tour
Exploration of Motu Onetahi on a naturalist trail
Tetiaroa ultimate tour
A unique tour of the atoll on a comfortable roofed boat with a naturalist guide
Guided tour with researcher
Art and Culture
Polynesia dance lessons
Polynesian music lessons with ukulele, pahu or toere
Polynesian weaving lessons
Pareu dyeing and tying
Tahitian cuisine demonstrations
Varua Polynesian Spa
Modern and Polynesian spa treatments
Especially designed for children from 6 to 12 years old
Whale watching tours mid-July to mid-October with a naturalist guide and a professional scuba diver (upon request, to order at least 48h in advance)
Meals / Dinner shows
Private romantic dinner on the beach
Traditional Tahitian dance shows weekly
After Dinner Entertainment On The Beach
Music at Bob’s Bar outdoor lounge on the beach or at Te Manu Bar
Naturalist lectures presented by a scientist or one of our naturalist guides (upon request, to order at least 24h in advance)
Day Tour to Tahiti or Moorea
Full day tour of either island (upon request, to order at least 24h in advance. Private transportation required.)
Note: Activities are subject to weather conditions and may be changed without notice.
The resort’s first two restaurants showcase Polynesian-inspired dishes, East/West fusion and classic French cuisine, designed by the Executive Chef Pierre Lecorne.
You will enjoy the freshest of ingredients as our Chef will select fruits and vegetables naturally grown in our gardens and orchards, and will serve you delicious and fragrant papayas, bananas, lemons, herbs, cucumbers, zucchinis, tomatoes and eggplants. Most featured fish come from Polynesian waters.
Lastly, our chef Kaito Nakamura awaits you at our newest restaurant, the Nami teppanyaki restaurant, for a journey to Japanese flavors.
Our Beachcomber Café restaurant offers exceptional lagoon and ocean views, whether you decide to dine indoors or on the beach. Dishes include a varied menu of Polynesian-inspired dishes alongside classic French cuisine.
This intimate venue features elegant décor in beautiful tones of tropical light and sand and a moat that surrounds the restaurant provides the sensation of floating on a lagoon. The restaurant also includes a world-class wine cellar in a carefully climate-controlled glass enclosure.
Chef Nakamura will be happy to take you on a journey to Japan’s most subtle flavors in the elegant and intimate setting of the Nami teppanyaki restaurant. With two menus designed around specialties of the land and sea, the meals are prepared in front of guests and cooked on a teppanyaki iron griddle. The Nami restaurant also features a selection of sake wines, Japanese beers and a large selection of worldwide wines.
Te Manu Bar
Located on the second floor, this open-air bar features spectacular views of the lagoon, distant motus and sunsets. In addition to the main lounge, there are several private tree-top seating areas that can be reached on walkways through the palm canopy.
This is a relaxed and casual setting on the beach for conversation and making friends. The bar is named for Marlon Brando’s factotum on film sets. At the end of many days, Brando and Bob would wind up at the bar for long talks and laughs. We have named the bar in honor of Bob and all others who have worked, and continue to work, anonymously to bring Brando’s visions to life.
You can enjoy a meal whenever you want, 24 hours a day, at your villa —either indoors, on your private deck alongside your pool, or on the beach in front of your villa.
Varua Te Ora Spa
Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa is a unique haven of tranquillity nestled on a restful pond in the heart of the atoll of Tetiaroa. Varua, meaning “the Soul”, perpetuates the tradition established by the Royal family who used to retreat here to relax and indulge in beauty rituals.
Blending into the lush vegetation, it is a hidden oasis at the end of a path through the tropical undergrowth. The Spa is in harmony with its surroundings of plant life, water and wood. Aware of the need to preserve its pure and unspoilt habitat, it offers unrivalled holistic treatments inspired by international and ancestral Polynesian techniques in a truly exceptional setting.
The Spa suites offer amazing views over 2000 sqm of natural landscape on an islet covered in abundant vegetation. And high above in the trees sits Fare Manu, an exceptional suite nesting like a cocoon between heaven and earth. The Spa also has quiet spaces for relaxation including a steam bath, a waterfall, a tea lounge and the Fare Mana, an area sets aside for gentle energies.
Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa, the life and soul of Tetiaroa, is a truly Polynesian sanctuary. In perfect accordance with the magnificent surroundings, it allows all to rediscover harmony, relaxation and inner peace.