The Brando in French Polynesia is regarded as one of the best luxury resorts in the world. In this post I want to cover the basics, and talk about how you can maximize value for your stay by booking through a travel advisor.
What is The Brando French Polynesia?
The Brando is regarded as the most luxurious property in French Polynesia. It’s the former home of Marlon Brando, and it’s the only truly all-inclusive luxury resort within the islands of Tahiti.
The eco-friendly resort has 36 accommodations, including villas and residences, and it offers endless activities, from snorkeling, to water sports, to spa treatments, to amazing dining.
One of the accommodations at The Brando
What are nightly rates at The Brando?
The Brando publishes its rates, and they vary based on the season and accommodation type. Here are the all-inclusive rates for 2021-2022:
Meanwhile here are the non-all inclusive rates for 2021-2022, which just include accommodation and breakfast:
As you can see, this property isn’t cheap — rates start at 2,500 EUR per night for two people including breakfast, and at 2,900 EUR per night for two people all-inclusive. Personally I definitely think it’s worth the premium to go with the all-inclusive rate.
Note that rates don’t include up to a 13% VAT and 5% service charge, which will be added on top of those amounts.
At the moment the hotel is offering savings up to 15% on these rates:
- Stay three nights and save 10%, stay four nights or more and save 15%
- This is valid for new reservations, for stays through March 31, 2022
- The savings only apply to certain room types, so you’ll want to check with a travel advisor for all the details
The Brando has all-inclusive rates
What’s included with stays at The Brando?
While The Brando is pricey, it has rates that are truly all-inclusive, and those are worth it over the standard rates. All-inclusive rates at the hotel include the following, in addition to accommodation:
- All meals in dining venues; premium items are available at an additional charge
- 24 hour in-villa dining; a surcharge of 80 EUR applies for orders between 10PM and 6AM
- Most beverages (bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine, champagne, and spirits)
- Stocked minibar replenished daily
- One excursion per person per day
- Spa treatments — one spa treatment per villa bedroom each day
- Access to the fitness center and tennis court
- Beach equipment, including a kayak, paddle board, outrigger canoe, and snorkeling gear
- Bicycles to use on property
- Unlimited Wi-Fi internet access
- 24/7 online access to a selection of newspapers and magazines
All-inclusive rates at The Brando include spa treatments
How do you get to The Brando?
To get to The Brando, you’ll want to first fly to Faa’a International Airport (PPT), which is served nonstop from Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among other cities.
From there it’s just a short 20-minute flight to The Brando, on Air Tetiaroa. The airline operates planes with anywhere from six to 14 seats, and they depart from a private terminal at PPT.
The Brando’s airport lounge in PPT
The rates for these flights aren’t generally included with your stay, and you can find 2021-2022 pricing here:
As you can see, flights cost at most 450 EUR per person roundtrip, and are complimentary if you’re staying for seven or more nights.
Why you should book The Brando through a travel advisor
When booking luxury hotels you’re best off booking through a travel advisor who is affiliated with Virtuoso. Virtuoso travel advisors can offer extra perks for hotel stays, all while offering the same rate you’d otherwise pay.
The truth is that The Brando isn’t bookable directly online anyway, so you’re either going to have to email the hotel or a travel advisor. If you book through a Virtuoso travel advisor you’ll receive the same price you’d pay directly with the hotel, and on top of that you’ll receive
- A 100 EUR resort credit per villa, to be utilized during the stay
- Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
A travel advisor can also help customize your stay. Ford would be more than happy to help with inquiries for The Brando and has booked clients here before. He can be reached at [email protected]
The Brando is regarded as one of the most luxurious properties in the world. While it’s no doubt expensive, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and also offers all-inclusive rates. So while you’ll pay a lot upfront, you potentially won’t spend a dime once you’re on property.
If you’re interested in booking The Brando, I’d recommend going through a travel advisor, who can get you the standard published rate while adding additional perks.