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Born in the Southwest, raised in the Northwest, I have called the South Pacific home for nearly 30 years. I founded J2 Travels in the late 1990s to share our knowledge with other like minded travelers – remembering always, that the joy is in the journey. I currently live on Maui, I'm endorsed by IATA, and am a member of the Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand Tourism Boards.


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The Brando


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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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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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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.

From your villa's gracious gardens and exquisite scenery to the timbered walls of your home away from home, you'll always feel close to nature — without sacrificing comfort. The 22 villas along Turtle Beach and 13 villas along Mermaid Bay have been designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyle and traditions.

Every villa is on a white sand beach, has its own outdoor eating and private beach area, its own private pool, soft, cozy furnishings, large windows that let you indulge in the sun, the breeze and lagoon views, and modern conveniences such as a media room. And while enjoying the villa you will have the satisfaction of knowing that everything that surrounds you has been designed around clean, renewable energy sources.

The resort reflects Polynesian culture and offers two restaurants showcasing Polynesian-inspired dishes as well as East/West fusion and classic French cuisine, a luxurious spa overlooking a lily pond, a lush garden and orchard where fruits and vegetables for the restaurants are grown, opportunities for exploration on the islands surrounding the lagoon, a lagoon view bar, beach bar, pool, tennis court, library, boutiques and an environmental research station with guest programs.

Sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and other water sports and beach activities are offered. Guests can explore the island on bicycle, stroll its beaches, sail or paddle board to a neighboring island, or snorkel or dive with tropical fish.

The exquisite Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, located 30 miles north of Tahiti, has always been a place of stunning beauty, tranquility and rejuvenation — first for Tahitian royalty, who chose this island above all others for their summer retreat, and later for Marlon Brando who chose it for his personal sanctuary.

This is the island you dreamed of as a child when the storybook was closed. It’s as if you created your own private world and stepped barefoot into your imagination. With its white sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, colorful birds, and sparkling lagoon, Tetiaroa is a dream paradise.

Beyond its breathtaking beauty, Tetiaroa is a place of rare biodiversity and a natural sanctuary for birds and marine life. Preserving and protecting this rare habitat and its plant and animal life is critical to us. We are working on several programs not just to preserve this sanctuary, but to help restore it and help it flourish.

Tetiaroa has a special place in Polynesian history and culture. It was the exclusive and favored retreat of Tahitian royalty for centuries. Ancient marae (temples) built on the atoll by early Polynesians can still be found there today. With its rich history and ethereal beauty it will always have a special place in the heart of Polynesians.

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Review date:   June 14, 2019 1:32PM
 
Review:   Recommended for: Couples and families too

Pros: Tetiaroa...say the name, let its sounds roll off your tongue and settle in your heart and senses. Originally enjoyed by Tahitian royalty, then the private island of Marlon Brando, his family saw the value of saving the atoll. A 6 star, all inclusive luxe eco resort that will allow you to reconnect with your humanity in a womb of natural beauty. From the moment you are met and transferred via the resorts private plane (ALL seats are window seats!) you arrive refreshed. Your 1-bedroom, over 1000 sq ft private villas offers your own pool, sandy beach. This is a resort where you will most likely never hear "no". All included food, beverages are top shelf, but if you prefer you may ask for and receive ultra premium beverages (at additional charge). Enjoy so many included activities - bicycles to explore the the island, a DAILY spa treatment, snorkeling, whale watching (in season) bird watching.....arrive a stranger, leave as family with memories to cherish a lifetime.

Cons: None.

 
Travel Agent:  
Joni Stone, J2 Travels   Joni Stone
J2 Travels
Kula, Maui, HI US

 
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Review date:   May 28, 2019 3:37PM
 
Review:   Recommended for: The Brando

Pros: The Brando is the ultimate exclusive hideaway. From the moment you step upon the island - you know you've reached paradise. Each bungalow is spacious and luxurious. Enjoy your own private pool or splash in the ocean - all of your cares have been left behind. .

Cons: Its hard to complain about perfection but I would say the only thing lacking is that there are no overwater bungalows.

 
Travel Agent:  
Teresa Nelle, Avenue Two Travel, a Virtuoso Agency   Teresa Nelle
Avenue Two Travel, a Virtuoso Agency
Lahaina, HI US

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