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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

5.0 Excellent 278 Reviews
Almost Perfect
Reviewed 1 week ago

From arrival to departure, this place is special. The Villa is spectacular and almost flawless. I would prefer Air conditioning in bathroom. It was hot during our visit. I would also suggest cushions for the chaise lounge chairs. Other than that it is great in every way. The food was very good. Much better than the Four Seasons Bora Bora. We enjoyed the tours. We had a great experience in the spa. The signature 3 hour treatment was one of the best we have ever done. The staff is warm and genuine. They are eager to assist. My only criticism would be the early turn down. On two occasions we returned home from the spa and housekeeping had already come. I would think with so few rooms they could see what time you are going to dinner and come then. Overall,It is a very unique and special property. You will not be disappointed. I do not think the photos do it justice.

Absolutely the best
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most incredible resort in over 30 years of visiting the South Pacific. The actor Marvin Brando purchased this piece of Paradise in the 1960’s. He donated the island to a conservation group upon his death. I don’t have the words to describe the result. The managers have done an incredible job of creating a very small and well staffed resort.

White Glove Service at The Brando
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We can't say enough about the royal treatment we received from The Brando, from the minute we arrived to the time we left Paradise. All of the staff were fantastic including Silvio and Raimana who greeted us with warmth from the the beginning to the end of our stay. They were truly sincere, helpful and extremely professional in every interaction we had with them. Many other staff members were also helpful including Manu from the Pearl shop as well as the lady who assisted us with our souvenir purchase in the gift shop...(can't remember her name but she had dark blonde hair) also the staff from Bob's bar was extremely accommodating. We stayed in villa 202 and the room was immaculate. I would only make one recommendation and that is to include the snorkeling gear for the guest in the room since this side of the island is for snorkeling due to all of the coral formations. My husband and I got a cut from the coral since we jumped into the water immediately upon our arrival. I think the room can also include a note to the guest inside the villa regarding this.
Other than that, we TRULY enjoyed our stay and intend to return to The Brando. We enjoy our stay at Four Seasons in (all over the world including Mauritius), Raffles in Seychelles, but hotel service at The Brando is a step higher. Each STAFF ARE TRUE AMBASSADORS OF THE BRANDO BRAND!
By the way, the food was also fantastic! We had the Teppanyaki and also the outside dinning restaurant to enjoy the authentic Tahitian performers. Breakfast stayed fresh since you order as you wish (not buffet style).

Amazing! But with some issues...
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 7 nights here, in villa 107, a one bedroom villa overlooking Mairmaid's Bay.

What we liked:
* The Villa: although I do think that the entrance area is a huge waste of space (there's really no use for it, especially as it takes about 1/5th of the room space), I liked the villa overall. I liked the idea and execution of the media room. I did not like the fact that the solution to the problem we had with the TV not playing through the sound system was resolved by disconnecting the TV from the sound system... The bed was comfortable, although I'm still trying to figure out what the "crunchy" part what in the middle - it felt like something plastic... The outside area with the garden facing the beach was very nice, and I liked the small plunge pool. The bath room was very nice, I liked the fact that there were no single use shower products. Overall, lots of space. The tech in the room could be improved, but it's ok.

The Service: here is were The Brando wins 5 stars. The people that work there are all excellent! From Boris, who gave us the Green Tour, to Olivier, an amazing waiter, to everyone else that you will encounter, politeness, no attitude, smiles all around, and "happy you're here" feeling. Really, some of the best service I've ever encountered.

The Privacy: with only 30 or so villas, and an entire atoll at your disposal, it does not get much more private than this. You will rarely bump into anyone, apart from meal times, and even then it's very comfy.

The Nature: The island itself, and all the surroundings, are some of the best nature I've ever seen. Although you can find more marine life in the Maldives, the surrounding reef is full of life: exotic fish, small sharks, a turtle here and there, saw a huge manta ray and many stingrays. The corals, as in most places in the world, have seen better days. The beach at dawn is full of life, with many crabs, some quite big, in their shells, going about their routine. The Grand Tour is a must, to visit a couple of the other island in the private atoll. Grab a kayak, and start paddling, and explore! And if you are into photography, make sure to bring a camera: some amazing scenery overall, especially at sundown.

The Bars: Although I must say I was disappointed by the "all-inclusive" included items on the drinks and wine lists (for a 3k per night resort, they MUST improve the number of included items), we really enjoyed the well made drinks at both the daytime (Bob's) bar and the evening bar. Especially the bar upstairs, with the private little balconies overlooking the sea, is amazing. Need to improve: the bar snacks (one evening we were served some burnt fried stuff, which had been obviously double fried), and the selection of drinks in the inclusive menu. There's no logic why, for example, Drambuie is included and Grand Marnier Rouge is not. This is not a $500 inclusive resort...

The real Eco-Friendliness: The Brando is the most eco-friendly resort I've ever been to. Many luxury resorts claim eco-friendliness, the Brando practices it everywhere. From the SWAC (Sea Water Air Conditioning) system (cost 10m euro), that saves 90% of all AC related energy costs, to the huge solar panel installation that's currently being expanded, so that next year it will cover 75% of the island's electricity needs, to the very limited use of plastic (of course no plastic straws or stirrers!), the recycling program, the composting, the sewage cleaning and re-use of the water, everything has been thought of. And their generators run on coconut oil! Overall, this was one of my personal favorite things about The Brando. Luxury without destroying the planet. Bravo!

What we did not like:

The Beaches: Don't get me wrong, the beaches all over the island are beautiful! And not a single (ok, maybe one or two) piece of plastic anywhere! BUT... and this is no way the fault of the resort, the water is simply too shallow everywhere. There was not a single spot I tried, and there were many, where I could not stand and walk. And most places, especially during low tide, were knee deep. So, if you're planning to come here for lots of swimming, put that low on your agenda. I'm a huge fan of swimming, and I was disappointed. Oh, and bring reef shoes, or borrow some from the pool desk, you'll need them.

The Food: The French restaurant was good, although with a limited menu. The teppanyaki was nice, but with limited and fixed options. But the main restaurant, The Beachcomber, had too many hiccups. The "shrimp fajitas" that I ordered ended up being two shrimp burritos. Extra issue here: I had told the resort beforehand that I don't eat dairy - burritos had cheese in them. This happened also in the teppanyaki, where I ordered the seafood menu, and the scallops were fried in butter. The Pad Thai we ordered came with chicken and shrimp the first time around (we had ordered shrimp, and we don't eat meat or poultry), and was quickly taken away, and the next version was mediocre to say the least. The arrabiata was extremely spicy. Overall, the food at the main restaurant was limited in choice, quite mainstream, and not well executed. And when I ordered a smoked fish club sandwich from room service (also happened, but less, at the Beachcomber), it arrived with the bottom part all wet and stuck to the plate. Overall, food (selection and execution) is not the strong point of the Brando.

When any place charges 3k (Euro) per night, plus taxes, you expect excellence. I've been to other, similar places, like the Fregate in the Seychelles, so I can compare expectations and delivery. The Brando is an amazing place, with some of the most beautiful nature on the planet, and superior service. But I can't give 5/5. At this price, the food was not at par, and the small hiccups an issue. If they improve the food, they will be a 5/5 for me.

The Brando
Reviewed 1 month ago

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at The Brando for 6 nights which were truly incredible. No question this is one of the best kept secrets on planet Earth. The staff and service made our stay even more enjoyable as they treated us like we were family. Villa 109 had a great view of the daily sunset and provided us with the privacy we wanted for our honeymoon. Many thanks to Erodie, Christian, Manu, Gillian, Eric, Matt, Paul, Alex, Florian, Coco, Morgane and all the other wonderful team members who made our stay so memorable. Ashlee & Allan