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Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

You’ll be on the beach with a stay at The Brando in Tetiaroa.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 35 air-conditioned rooms featuring private plunge pools and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Conveniences include safes and minibars, and you can also request cribs/infant beds.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Food & Drink

This hotel is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services and a library.

How to Get There

The Brando
Tetiaroa Private Island
Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

Reviews

Good but not even close to great
Kimberly G

A trip to French Polynesia had been on our to do list for a long time. The travel is lengthy, and we finally found time to get away. After the first half of our trip was spent being spoiled at the St. Regis is Bora Bora, we were excited to complete our travels at The Brando.

At first, we were blown away by its natural beauty and excited about the privacy of our villa. Then, we encountered the flies. They were terrible and made it almost impossible to enjoy time outside. As well as the mosquitoes are controlled, I can’t believe there couldn’t be some way to control these annoying flies.

While I appreciate the eco-friendly nature of the resort, I also enjoy all the modern luxuries of time on vacation. To this end, the food choices seemed limited and tightly controlled. Compared to the St. Regis and other remote destinations we have visited, the food choices were average at best. Likewise, I suspect their reuse of Evian water bottles and mini bar supplies is less than what I would expect for even a low end resort.

I had high expectations for this resort based on what I had read, and none of them were met - much less exceeded. While the spa was nice, and the staff was talented, the facilities were limited to a steam room and plunge pool. Likewise, the fitness center was small and lacked headphones for use.

On a positive note, we enjoyed the bicycles and jogging around the island. We found the staff to be friendly even though they were often slow to respond. We enjoyed our time, because any time in paradise is a gift. We commit to making the most of it.

We ordered In-villa dining three times. The first two times, it was delivered to the wrong villa. On the third time, the order was incorrect. I simply expect a resort of high caliber to be more accurate. In addition, it was impossible to get ice. When the mini bar was restocked, everything was hot and took a day to cool off.

The beds are like brick, and the pillows are thin and flat. The general manager was present but never once inquired about our stay. When I booked our reservation, I booked the latest flight off the island. On the day of departure, I realized they had changed all of that for no apparent reason. It was truly one disappointment after another.

We will not return.

I always enjoy a great, luxury vacation getaway. The Brando is way down the list. Until today as I started to write my own review, I had never read anything less than a five star review for this resort. Traveler beware....

Beautiful but windy
NarrabeenRooster

The Brando is a lovely resort with some of the best rooms in the world, amazing food and perfect landscapes.

Riding around the island is just beautiful. Te Manu Bar would have to be one of my favourite bars in the world. The turn down/house keeping service is second to none. The tennis court is just divine.

And the food! The food is exceptional (and also really fairly priced). Having restaurants the quality of Nami (teppanyaki) and Les Mutines in the middle of the ocean is mind blowing. Breakfast was equally as impressive. Though whilst The Brando has done a brilliant job at stopping mosquitos, be aware that the flies are shocking so you basically need to sit inside.

Very impressed with the small touches – ping pong table, pool table, bikes, beach tennis etc.

As mentioned, the rooms are unbelievable. They are modern, comfortable, large, private, quiet and have excellent bathrooms. Flawless.

We were extremely excited about visiting The Brando, however there were a couple of disappointing aspects.

It is extremely windy! We were there for a week and Mermaid Bay was only calm (and therefore useable) on one day. Turtle Bay was beautiful and calm the whole time but I felt sorry for those on Mermaid Bay.

The wind also meant that the pool was not an option for the majority of our stay. This was a huge disappointment for us as we love a good hotel pool and the ones in the rooms are more plunge pools. Apparently they built the pool on the windiest part of the island to capture the breeze and keep things cool. Well they succeeded so much in this that absolutely no one uses it! Crazy.

The Brando lacks activities but even more so when it's windy. The snorkelling trip was cancelled 4 days in a row and the beach activities shut down.

Obviously the wind is no fault of the hotel but be warned which side of the island you say on and the impact on activities.

Service ranged from spectacular (restaurants/bars/buggy drivers/concierge) to disappointing - some of the guys working at the activities/beach desk were just not interested. I felt insulted a few times when asking to use a paddle board or outrigger - instead of saying yes, they would huff and puff saying something about all the other ones were damaged and this is the last one. Then reluctantly they would oblige. By oblige, they would watch as I dragged it down to the beach. On the one day we could sit at the pool, there was no one there to serve us.

The spa is nice and in a lovely setting - though definitely needs a jacuzzi (or ideally two). The Four Seasons Bora Bora has fabulous jacuzzi's that are out of this world.

The gym is small and pretty underwhelming. Not many people go to The Brando for the gym but given how amazing all of the other facilities are, it was quite surprising.

The beaches are simply beautiful and even though Mermaid Bay is meant to be the rocky side, we found the sand totally fine. You could snorkel off the beach, though the fish are timid so you don’t see much. Lovely clear water but not a patch on the snorkelling you get off the Fijian islands. Watching whales beyond the reef was incredibly special though.

My review was written with mixed feelings. We had a wonderful time at The Brando and it is undoubtably a special place. Perhaps we were unlucky with the wind but it certainly impacted our time there.

Would I go back? Most definitely yes. I think 4 days would be enough though, 7 was a bit too much.

Heavenly location, food lacking
1234juliana1

First off, anyone who can’t find happiness here has a personal Problem... it is possibly the most beautiful place in the world, private white sand beach with your very own sparking water natural bath tub (AKA the lagoon). The location is stunning and relaxing, unbeatable on this point. All reviews seems to be on the same page about that so I’ll cut to my only complaints— we are not negative people so, again, had a great time and made the best, but the food was really lacking. There are very limited options and nothing was exceptional. The best food is definitely at the French restaurant but the breakfast, lunch and room service menus were all very basic, as in I could prepare in a microwave at home. We tried the Japanese Teppanyaki (chef so sweet but ingredients, particularly beef, nothing like in Japan) and had the New Year’s Eve special dinner (also not memorable). Since you’re completely stuck with these options, it gets old really quickly. After trying everything and not finding much exciting, I ended up on a Caesar salad diet pretty much. We also did get a little bored after a few days... granted, part of the reason this place is so exceptional is how remote it is but you will hardly ever see anyone else and there is nothing to do but spa, boat/ snorkel trip, and sit around enjoying the scenery (which isn’t the worst thing in the world). Also the resort pool is very lackluster and has no view of the gorgeous lagoon, which made it completely unattractive to me. Why would anyone go there when you have a private pool and view from your room?

Lastly, my husband and I developed a huge rash after going to queens pond which was very alarming. We showed the staff and they identified it right away as a reaction from the seaweed at Queens pond... the tour guide actually encouraged us to get on the driftwood out there for photos, and he must have known this reaction was a very common thing! We ran into others who did the tour later at dinner and they all including kids had terrible rashes also! We definitely should have been warned about this but, after having the doctor visit, it seemed to have no long term consequence.

Overall, gorgeous place but management really needs to step up the food. Completely understand it’s difficult to import ingredients but we stay in Bora Bora and other remote destinations often, and the resorts are able to offer much better and more varied food.