Discover the Bounty of The Brando with a First Class Flight to the Society Islands
Americans took about 100 million trips to the beach last year, but only a few of them snatched up first class airfare deals and took themselves off to The Brando luxury beach resort in French Polynesia. Located on the private island of Tetiaroa, The Brando is frequently named one of the top secluded beach enclaves, and Condé Nast Traveller recently included it on the magazine’s list of the world’s best private islands.
Part of the Society Islands’ Windward group, Tetiaroa has a long and fascinating history in its own right. Marlon Brando became entranced with the island while he was filming Mutiny on the Bounty, buying the island in 1967. In the years that followed, he laid the groundwork for a resort that preserves and celebrates the Tahitian way of life in an environmentally conscious way. His children opened the resort in 2014.
Just getting to the island is a luscious exercise in slowing down and enjoying the journey. The best way to travel there is aboard first or business class seats to Papeete, Tahiti. From there, Air Tetiaroa’s private eight-seater flies you to the island, giving you a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the glistening turquoise water and gorgeous islands.
Once on the island, it becomes clear why Brando was enthralled by the island and its people. Tetiaroa is actually an atoll of 12 small picturesque islets surrounding a peaceful lagoon. Warm tropical breezes rustle through hundreds of island palm trees, and the white sand beaches are idyllic lounging spots.
Sea turtles and tropical fish find a welcome haven in the atoll’s underwater coral gardens, and guests discover their own paradise in the resort’s 35 private villas.Each secluded villa is surrounded by more coconut trees and tropical landscape, providing the intimacy and privacy you expect. Villas are carefully designed to enhance the environment while delivering luxuries like refreshing plunge pools, outdoor baths and private beaches. Private butler service also ensures that you receive the attention you deserve.
While you may be tempted to simply kick back and relax the entirety of your stay, the activities are worth venturing outside your enclave. Demonstrations and lectures about Polynesian culture, snorkeling expeditions, scuba diving, stand-up paddle boarding, tennis and naturalist tours are just a few of the island’s bountiful activities. The resort’s spa offers a divine array of holistic treatment options and a sublime treetop couple’s treatment area. If nothing else, you’ll want to emerge from your secluded hideaway to enjoy the resort’s brilliant cuisine. Its two restaurants feature Polynesian-inspired fare and the creations of Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin of Paris’ Le Grand Véfour.
Tetiaroa is just one of several exclusive private and semi-private islands to offer luxurious holidays. We’ll explore more of our favorite beach sanctuaries in upcoming blogs, so you can put those savings you earned on discounted business class tickets to good, relaxing use.