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The Brando

98708 French Polynesia
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The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia's breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa - an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. The Brando offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. With access to the island by private plane, the resort features 35 villas on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds. The resort was designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Our bungalow was fabulous! Bed, extremely comfortable! Everything immaculate. Food was good but not great. Service was very good. Beware of the sun as it is so hot and dangerous! I did get burned! Loved it. Plunge pool was delightful.
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Response from MYRIAM PIED, Service clients/Réception at The Brando
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear "TravelingNana" Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely comment. I am delighted to learn about your astounding experience at The Brando and I know our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. We do agree that the beautiful sun of French Polynesia can be quite hot, which is one of its charms. We hope to see you again very soon. CP
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Where to begin! Warm welcome on arrival, thoughtful friendly and attentive staff all around, beautiful grounds, luxurious private accommodations (which is an understatement), tasty well made drinks, absolutely delicious food, excellent spa experiences, informative and unique tours, bountiful wildlife, lovely pool, and an efficient pleasant departure. This place is heaven on earth. A word about the flies...I was concerned about other reviewers that wrote about the flies before we stayed here. For your information, they are not that bad. They are around, but really, what bothered me more was the patron at breakfast complaining about the flies. A few noteworthy staff names include Noemie who greeted and toured us around the resort. She was super friendly and knowledgeable. Semieo (spelling?) and Paul at the bar who were friendly and made delicious drinks. Jerome, at the bar, always welcoming. The breakfast staff at the beachcomber cafe (I’m sorry I don’t know their names) always smiling and pleasant. Samuel and the other gentleman at the activity desk who were accommodating friendly and funny! Teihotu who showed my husband an amazing time fishing out on the waters of Tetiaroa. I would also like to specially mention the cleaning staff (although I hardly ever saw them and don’t know their names) at the hotel who did a fantastic job keeping our room in tip top shape. We cannot wait to come back!!
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Response from MYRIAM PIED, Service clients/Réception at The Brando
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Sandra D, What a pleasure to read such a beautiful review of your stay with us! We would like to thank you for your very kind words and compliments regarding our team members who were delighted to hear they pleased you, and exceeded your expectations. We know you enjoyed to its fullest all the services offered and we are glad to hear that. At The Brando we are all committed in providing our guests with upscale facilities and detail-oriented service. We sincerely hope to have the privilege of welcoming you back on your "Heaven on Earth" Tetiaroa. Sunny Regards, CP
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We stayed for 10 days at the Brando. From start to finish our experience was fabulous! The staff was incredibly attentive, the beach 1 bedroom villa fully equipped with anything and everything that we could possible want or hope for, and the restaurants had really great food of just about every kind. I have some fairly tricky food allergies and they pretty seamlessly navigated them all. One of the restaurant staff members talked to me about the allergies and the next day I discovered that she had googled what I had told her and had spent the entire evening learning about that type of allergy. I was so blessed to know that she had cared that much to take the time to learn so she could better help people with similar problems. (Latex Food Syndrome, just FYI) Simply amazing! The cleaning and supplying staff made sure that we had everything we requested to the villa very quickly, the rooms were always clean and inviting, and the afternoon treats left for us were delectable. We had great snorkeling right off of our villa. We were in the villa right next to the restaurants and main hub to make my post surgical knees happier, and it couldn't have been more peaceful and quiet. The coral there was not in perfectly pristine shape simply because of the temperature of the shallower lagoon waters in Tahiti, but the fish were in abundance. There were, however, plenty of fun corals there if you took the time to look for them. My favorites are the Christmas Tree corals, and there were lots of them in all colors. The snorkeling excursion took us to better corals by the inlet where the water was deeper and had more of a current. The bird and kayak excursions were off the charts! We took advantage of the private time to further our ability to speak and understand Tahitian and I made a couple of Pareos. We were there for a week and a half and I didn't get one mosquito bite. The spa...what do you say? It was absolutely beautifully laid out, the treatment bungalows were creative and welcoming, they offered just about every treatment you could ever want (they even customized a couple for me), and the treatment therapists were skilled and friendly. If you have the time and the means, get the couples Fare Manu Experience...you won't regret it! I would return to the Brando in a heartbeat!
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Response from BrandoPR, Responsable relations publiques at The Brando
Responded Jan 24, 2020
Dear BonnieBeeGood, What a pleasure to read your beautifully and detailed review. We thank you so much for taking the time to write it. We always strive to accommodate our guests for any needs they have and are delighted to hear that you have also loved our culinary options. Your experience which "couldn't really have been better" is what we wish for each of our guests and we love to know that you experienced it during your stay. Please be assured that we will share your message with all the Brando Team. We hope to see you soon and recommend you much more activities such as, for example, a sunset cruise for an even more enjoyable time. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Sunny Regards, CP.
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In our opinion the people who have bad things to say about this resort have way too high of expectations and need to come back down to Earth a little **eye roll** We spent 3 days here at the end of our Bora Bora honeymoon. Where do we even begin! This resort caters to everyone from the most normal people to celebrities. We felt like royalty here. They cater to your every need and want. No one can control the flies on the island. Yes they're annoying but get some bug spray and they are fine. You are in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, flies shouldn't ruin your experience. Every time we called for room service or mini bar restocking it was always done within minutes. The spa is amazing. Yes they "only" have a steam room and a plunge pool, oh well! Get an amazing massage, they will call a golf cart to take you back to your villa and you can relax in your own plunge pool. The staff was minimal due to low capacity at the resort this time of year, but they were attentive and got us anything we needed. Some food options were limited but only because the resort is on its own private island so everything has to be flown in! I tried ordering a chicken wrap and they said they didn't have anymore tortillas today so I had the sandwich instead, not that big of a deal to us. They take your privacy and security very seriously. While we were there we got a note in our villa basically stating they take the privacy of their guests seriously and do not want their guests disturbed. Making it obvious someone important and/or famous was at the resort. We were there during sea turtle nesting season so they offer to call you anytime (day or night) if they see a sea turtle coming up onshore to lay her eggs. We didn't get to see that but they did call us when they were going to release baby sea turtles from their rehab center. That was a very cool experience to see. Overall this resort is top notch. For people who are used to the Holiday Inn or Marriott hotels, this was way out of our league! This was by far the best part of our trip and when we can afford it again we will be back!
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Response from BrandoPR, Responsable relations publiques at The Brando
Responded Dec 18, 2019
Dear Ashley M, Thank you for choosing The Brando to celebrate this beautiful occasion. We really appreciate your kind words and it is such an honor to be called "one of the most beautiful places on earth" by you. We hope to welcome you again and make you live as "royalty" for a second time. Sunny Regards, CP
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This was our second visit to The Brando and again we were amazed by the beauty of the atoll as well as the lovely, kind service from everyone. The spa is perfect, so relaxing and spiritual and Marine gave me the best massages I've ever had! The most thrilling experience was the hatching and release of the baby turtles which we were lucky enough to be there for, and the volunteers are quite impressive. I'm surprised someone feels there is little to do here because the concierge staff are so attentive and have so many activities arranged. The villa is beautiful and well maintained with an excellent housekeeping staff. The bed is very firm, but when I requested a pad and goose down pillows it was so comfortable. Again, there was immediate response to any request. The design and stone used in the bathroom is gorgeous. As I mentioned in my last review I find the sofas and chairs to be hard and uncomfortable. Also, one or two area rugs would be nice in the living and media rooms. The Guy Martin restaurant is excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the wines and the delicious French dinners we had there. The Beachcomber not so much. They serve 9 or 10 different breads for breakfast but no English Muffins or Danish pastries. Also their museli is not prepared ahead of time but simply served dry? I ordered an omelette which was very dry and appeared to be baked in an oven. They do have wonderful French Fries and yummy ice cream sundaes! The service was not right at the Polynesian night and they seemed overwhelmed by the amount of guests. That was the only night we dined there. Nomi was fun and the food was good, as well as the presentation. We love Bob's Bar although the Mai Tais were just so so. I look forward to my next visit to this most breathtakingly beautiful resort!
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Response from BrandoPR, Responsable relations publiques at The Brando
Responded Dec 18, 2019
Dear fussytraveler49, Thank you for such a lovely review of your recent vacation. We are delighted you enjoyed your 2nd stay at The Brando and we appreciate your commitment as a repeat guest. Your recommendations are much treasured and it is thanks to honest feedback that we are able to work on always improving our standards. We hope to see you for a third time at your "most breathtakingly beautiful resort!" Sunny Regards, CP
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$2,725 - $4,075 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
French PolynesiaSociety IslandsTahitiTetiaroa
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Brando
What are some of the property amenities at The Brando?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Brando?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Brando?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Brando?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does The Brando have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Brando offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Brando?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Brando have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.