If you’ve ever fantasised about being marooned on a tropical island then this secluded retreat is the perfect escape. The thrill of arriving by private plane makes you feel like a VIP and when you catch sight of tiny islands fringed by platinum sands and a turquoise lagoon, you realise that you’ve arrived somewhere very special indeed. So special in fact, it recently featured in the BBC series, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, was voted number one in the ‘50 Best Resorts in the World’ at Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards and is also one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Marlon Brando was captivated by the beauty of the island while scouting for locations for Mutiny on the Bounty and he dreamed of opening a resort that would encroach as little as possible on the island's natural beauty. The Brando has been developed in line with his vision and you won’t find any overwater bungalows or see jet skis whizzing past.
While it's easy to devote your days to relaxation – especially when you can enjoy a free daily spa treatment at the award-winning Varua Spa – there are plenty of opportunities to explore, from snorkelling and kayaking, to hiking and biking. And all guests can enjoy a free excursion every day. Visit the atoll’s untouched islands by canoe, help naturalists collect data on the island’s bird species, and encounter green turtles on the beach at night. You can also immerse yourself in Polynesian culture with cooking demos and lessons in handicrafts, music and dance.
Indulge in award-winning cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin at the two dining venues which serve fruit and vegetables from the organic garden, honey from the island’s hives and freshly-caught seafood. The Beachcomber Café has sensational lagoon views and serves Polynesian-inspired dishes and classic French cuisine while the fine-dining restaurant, Les Mutinés by Guy Martin, offers an intimate setting for romantic meals.
The palm-fringed villas are tucked away in the tropical gardens and exquisitely designed to merge the outside and inside. They are very spacious with an understated elegance and direct access to a plunge pool and private beach area. Each villa has an outdoor bath, a media room with sofabed – ideal for families, and bicycles so that you can explore the island.