by Amanda Norcross
Have you always dreamed of staying at an over-the-top luxurious resort in French Polynesia? The Brando is that resort. The remote, all-inclusive resort offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas to suit families of various sizes. It also features several dining options, with food sourced from ingredients grown in the resort’s gardens. Visit the spa, go paddleboarding, and just relax, far away from the rest of the world.
Our Editor Loves
- Remote resort
- All-inclusive rates
- Spacious villas
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
by Jay L
A once in a lifetime experience for sure! The short hop on the 6-seater plane from Tahiti to Tetiaroa was just the beginning of a few days of pure luxury. The beachside villas are beautifully designed and pure luxury and very private too. We felt like we were the only ones on island. The service had just the right balance attentiveness without being in your face or OTT. The food was outstanding. Bicycles provided were nice touch and a lovely way to explore the island further. Great snorkeling too and we spent a couple of days out on the lagoon. Tahiti is expensive, but given that all food as well as the spa is included, the Brand is great value too. Couldn't fault the Brando at all - the only negative is that you've possibly ruined all our subsequent holidays as it's going to be hard finding anything quite as good! Thanks for an amazing few days that we will never forget.
Coming to Brando was living a dream. I had longingly read articles about the resort and followed their social media for over 2 years before having the courage to splurge on a trip for my 50th birthday. I’m so glad I did. It was all I had read about and more ... a memory I will cherish for a lifetime.
Our villa on Mermaid Bay meant we were steps away from paddle boarding, kayaking ... or sitting at Bob’s Bar. Fantastic!
The “Ultimate Tour” and the snorkeling tour are not to be missed! Small group tours led by naturalists who ensure the overall experiences are outstanding.
Everyone was unbelievably nice and accommodating. When I asked the concierge for a schedule of the listed activities (hat making, learning instruments, etc) he replied by asking what I was interested in doing and what time would be convenient. I told him I was interested in the paero dying and that 4:30 after my massage would be perfect. He told me they would have it all set up at that time. When I arrived at the activities area at 4:30 following an outstanding massage, two activities personnel were waiting with everything ready for me to begin. Other guests saw me doing this and joined in which made this even more fun!
We spent most mornings going snorkeling or doing one of the other excursions. Afternoons were for bike riding around the island, spa, activities, enjoying our private pool or sitting at Bob’s Bar enjoying a drink and a seared tuna club sandwich while chatting with bartenders and other guests. Blissful!
Evening dinners and cocktails were 5 star, as were the (included) bottles of wine they recommended and poured to accompany our meals.
I thought this would be a once in a lifetime trip, but once is simply not enough. We will be back!!!