Get to know the culture, beauty, and biodiversity of the South Seas at The Brando.
35 high-end villas nested in the lush tropical vegetation
Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the island with your own private pool and a direct access to the beach.
The atoll of Tetiaroa is a turquoise ring of wispy isles that punctuates the South Pacific just north of Tahiti. It was once the retreat of Tahitian kings and later the private refuge of Marlon Brando, who fell in love with French Polynesia while filming Mutiny on the Bounty. Today it is home to The Brando, one of the premier luxury eco-lodges in the world, dreamt up by the actor himself as a way to preserve the remarkable culture, beauty, and biodiversity of the South Seas.
Its white-sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, and sparkling lagoon speak of an island paradise, but Tetiaroa’s allure is also anchored in its astonishing terrestrial and marine life and its important cultural heritage. The Brando offers myriad ways to explore the atoll—from snorkeling and biking to whale watching—while leaving as light a footprint as possible. Its 35 stunning private villas are an ideal base from which to discover this pristine wilderness, and an inviting place to unwind after a day of exploration.
Set in a tropical idyll, The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort with a mission. The all-inclusive resort is a model of sustainable technology, integrating green practices and strong sense of environmental stewardship into an extraordinary guest experience. Carrying out the vision of its forefather, Marlon Brando, it was built using local, renewable, and recycled materials and designed to blend in with its surroundings. Its purpose is to protect and restore the incomparable treasures of Tetiaroa by involving its guests in research, discovery, and exploration on the atoll.
As part of this mission, the lodge established the Ecostation, a research station now managed by the nonprofit Tetiaroa Society, which is carrying out studies on the local ecosystems in conjunction with leading research institutions from around the world, including Smithsonian Institution, the University of Washington, CRIOBE, and others.
When you reserve your space through National Geographic Unique Lodges, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to step behind the scenes on a private, guided visit of the Ecostation. Then sit down to a meal or go on a walk with one of the center’s researchers to get an insider’s perspective on ongoing projects such as introducing sustainable fishing initiatives and protecting green sea turtle populations.
The Brando uses energy drawn from the sea, the sun, and other renewable resources to power the lodge. Their innovative Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) system harnesses the ocean's cold water to provide highly efficient cooling for all buildings, supplying 60% of the property's energy demands. Solar photovoltaic panels and a coconut oil (biofuel) generator fulfill almost all the remaining energy needs. By using locally produced coconut oil, this initiative also fosters economic opportunities for the community.
The Brando supports archaeological excavations on the Tetiaroa Atoll and works with te mana o te moana, a local conservation organization, to protect coral reefs and habitats for sea turtles and nesting birds.
The T&C Travel 100: Best Remote Hotels 2015
Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Leadership, 2015
Tatler Travel Awards Brains and Beauty, 2015
Fodor's Travel 15 Best Beaches, 2014
HEC Paris & 1.618 Sustainable Luxury Award, 2013
SEP Silver Turtle Award, 2012, 2011
HotelsWorld Global First Award, 2013
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