The Brando: About The Brando

Located in Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

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.

Why We Love This Lodge

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.


  • Read up on Polynesian culture or hear talks on culture, wildlife, and ongoing studies at The Explorer's Club.
  • Hop on a bicycle (yours to use throughout your stay) and set off to explore the Motu Onetahi in an ecologically friendly way.
  • Gather on the beach in the evenings for live music or movies, Polynesian storytelling, and naturalist lectures.
  • Find Tahitian pearls, honey and vanilla from the islands, and local art at the lodge’s two boutiques.
  • Take advantage of the kid-friendly activities at the Lagoon School, where young guests can learn about the ecosystem through games and treasure hunts.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience with the award-winning cuisine of the Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin.

National Geographic Exclusive

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.

Lodge Features

  • 35 luxury villas designed to blend in with the beautiful landscape
  • On-site environmental research station
  • Bicycles for exploring the surrounding areas
  • Performances and film screenings on the nearby beach
  • Seaside pool
  • Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa offering Polynesian massages and steam baths, among other services
  • Lodge boutique offering regional honey and vanilla as well as local art and jewelry
  • Gym with trainer
  • Tennis courts
  • Free Wi-fi throughout the lodge

Spotlight on Sustainability

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.

Awards and Recognitions

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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