2. The Brando, Tahiti
If you’re dreaming of a Tahitian tropical paradise with an eco-sensitive, low-impact approach, The Brando is for you. Set on a pristine private island embracing a three-mile lagoon, this carbon-neutral resort is the ultimate in laid-back luxury.
The resort was established by screen legend Marlon Brando to preserve the island’s beauty and biodiversity and serve as a model of sustainability —solar power, seawater air-conditioning systems, and other renewable energy technologies power the entire island.
Not surprisingly, nature lovers will be in heaven here. Flourishing coral reefs shimmer in the lagoon, birds flock to the shores, whales swim by on their annual migrations, and sea turtles nest on the bone-white beaches.
Set back from the beach, the thatched villas peek out unobtrusively from clusters of pandanus and palms. Modern furnishings and fixtures mix effortlessly with recycled and local building materials like thatch, stone, and wood.
Villas include private plunge pools, outdoor bathtubs, and media rooms with TV and Wi-Fi. Two-bedroom villas add kitchens and dining areas, and the spacious three-bedroom villa is perfect for large family gatherings. All the villas come with bicycles, so you can explore the island with pedal power.
Fusing French, Polynesian, and East-meets-West styles, the food is divine and incorporates fresh produce from the island’s organic gardens. Local seafood features prominently, and the fluffy, flaky breakfast croissants are a guest favorite. Vegan options are also offered.
As you would expect, activities revolve around the water, and the resort provides all the equipment you need to paddleboard, snorkel, dive, and kayak in the crystal-clear waters. If you’d like to learn more about the island’s ecology and conservation, you can visit the eco-station and chat with the researchers.
The resort also offers talks on Polynesian culture and history. Lagoon School keeps the little ones busy, and tennis, deep-sea fishing, dancing, and fitness classes are more active options.
All-inclusive rates are optional, but all island activities and holistic treatments at the soulful spa are covered by this full-board plan.