You've Never Heard of the Remote Island That's Set to Become the Next Celeb Mecca

You've Never Heard of the Remote Island That's Set to Become the Next Celeb Mecca

It has a rich Hollywood history already.

By Carole Dixon
Legendary actor and activist Marlon Brando first came to French Polynesian during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty in the 1960s and promptly fell head-over-heels in love with the people and culture.

Just 30 miles northeast of Tahiti, Brando bought the tiny private island of Tetiaroa — an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a lagoon, and spent as much time as possible here escaping Hollywood until his death in 2004. 

Now you can experience a secluded stay of your own on the island in the newly built five-star property amid the exotic trappings of luxury villas with private pools, two-French influenced bars, and restaurants — and what will feel like a totally private beach getaway with only 35 villas encompassing the island, along with sea turtles and exotic birds. 

Here are a handful of things to get you in the luxe castaway mood:

1. It’s not that far from Los Angeles.

The Brando is reachable by a short 20-minute flight on a private plane or helicopter after you land in Papeete, which is roughly eight hours from LAX. After landing, you are whisked away to a stylish tiny private terminal to await your short journey to paradise.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio is a fan.

If you watched his Oscar-award-winning speech, you know that Leo is a preservationist and concerned about global warming and our oceans. During his visit he not only took a “green tour” but he also spent time on a secluded beach drinking Champagne and swimming in the warm turquoise waters, which was dubbed “Billionaire’s Pool” after his visit. 

3. Marlon Brando’s granddaughter does tours.

Tumi shows guests around the island, and is an official guide for the resort. To help carry on her Grandfather’s legacy, she is working for the Tetiaroa Society, a non-profit association that is taking care of all The Brando’s guided naturalist tours. She has a preference for the exotic bird tours and the quant children’s lagoon school. 

4. Expect Michelin-level food.

Celebrated French chef Guy Martin of the Michelin-two-starred restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris is responsible for the menu at both the fine dining and more casual dining venues on the property. The food is classic French with a Polynesian flair. And, there is a vegan option by Chef Kelvin Au-Ieong, renowned chef and owner of Invitation V, Vegan Bistro in Montreal, Quebec.  

5. It's earth conscious.

$12 million dollars has been invested in preservation and innovative eco-technology practices. Some of these include sea water air conditioning, which reduces energy demands by 70 percent; solar energy panels along the airstrip which provides hot water to the resort; and a coconut oil power station that provides half of the properties energy needs. So you can feel good about the earth while you are basking in the sun.

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