WATCH: Inside Marlon Brando's Exotic Resort: Everything You Need to Know About the Private Island in French Polynesia
While the 35-villa property is still practically brand new, (the Brando officially opened in 2014) the island was once a favorite destination for Tahitian royalty and legendary actor Marlon Brando.
Brando spent time in Tetiaroa to film Mutiny on the Bounty in 1966. He fell in love with the location and later bought the private island. Some 33 years later, he partnered with hotelier Richard Bailey and the two developed the now hyper-exclusive paradise resort.
To get to the secluded island, which is surrounded by miles of pristine beaches, guests are transported on an eight-passenger plane that flies out of a private terminal at Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti.
After a quick 20 minute flight over crystal clear water, you’re whisked away on a golf cart through lush palms where a private bungalow awaits.
The over-the-top villas each have private beach access and their own infinity pools overlooking the ocean. Privacy is paramount, so you don’t have to think twice about relaxing in the outdoor bathtub. Another reason why A-listers flock to this breathtaking location? Five-star room service is available around the clock, and the island’s two restaurants feature cuisine from Guy Martin of the Michelin-rated restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris. While service, technology and accommodations are impeccable; the Brando prides itself on the environmentally conscious features.
The resort’s unique “SWAC,” (seawater air conditioning system) reduces energy demands by almost 70%.They also use solar panels and coconut oil biofuel generators to power the resort.
Brando was passionate about preserving Tetiaroa’s natural environment and biodiversity. His vision was to ultimately create a self-sustaining, luxurious environment. After partnering with Baily, the two built a stunning resort surrounded by untouched islands and a lagoon so magical it’s hard to believe it’s real.