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French Polynesia: The Brando Joins National Geographic’s Unique Lodge of the World Collection

Less than one year after opening, French Polynesia’s premiere private island retreat – The Brando – has been named part of National Geographic’s exclusive Unique Lodge of the World collection.

(Marlon Brando's Tetiaroa/Vladi Private Islands)

(Marlon Brando’s Tetiaroa/Vladi Private Islands)

The hugely popular international geographic journal, National Geographic, has this week singled out Hollywood legend Marlon Brando’s personal private island – Tetiaroa – as one of the world’s most spectacular places, officially unveiling luxury eco-retreat The Brando as part of its “Unique Lodges of the World” collection.

The collection comprises of a series of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world, and comes with the eco-conscious caveat that all members must have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Private Island News readers may be interested to know that of the 24 properties to feature in the collection, The Brando is – alongside Australia’s Lizard Island – the only private island resort to have made it to the list.

So just how did The Brando succeed ahead of other eco-islands? Explaining exactly was they were looking for whilst compiling their exclusive collection, a National Geographic spokesperson explained that the Unique Lodges of the World are “not simply hotels, [but] the concept of dreamers come to fruition: unique lodges that defy the imagination in their design and detail, founded on a deep desire to protect the cultures and precious ecosystems that surround them.”

The Brando certainly fits the bill in that respect. Unveiled in July 2014, The Brando forms French Polynesia’s premiere private island resort – a luxurious destination with a unique cultural and environmental ethos at its core. Located on the Tetiaroa Atoll, The Brando is truly a pioneering model of sustainable technology, making use of the likes of sea water air-conditioning and renewable energies, in order to preserve Tetiaroa’s beauty, biodiversity and cultural richness.

As part of the rigorous evaluation process, National Geographic’s deployed an expert panel of judges to each of the lodge destinations, putting the design and character of the accommodation, the overall guest experience and quality of service as well as the commitment to sustainable tourism under the spotlight in order to uncover the world’s most outstanding international travel destinations.

(Islands in Tetiaroa by Farhad Vladi)

(Islands in Tetiaroa by Farhad Vladi)

“By creating this carefully curated group of hotels, lodges and retreats that meet internationally recognized sustainable tourism criteria while providing top-notch guest experiences, National Geographic opens a new chapter in the power of travel to protect our planet,” explained Costas Christ, editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine. “Travelers can feel confident when they stay in one of these lodges that they are helping to safeguard cultural and natural treasures in some of the world’s most incredible places.”

Representatives of The Brando were understandably delighted to receive the acclaim of such a reputable brand. “We are proud to work with National Geographic and be a founding member of Unique Lodges of the World,” said Richard Bailey, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Beachcomber, owner of The Brando. “Sustainable development and tourism is core to our mission and guides everything we do. The Brando provides our guests a luxurious, authentic, and enriching travel experience, in an environmentally sensitive, sustainable and culturally rich manner.”

About The Brando

The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private

atoll of Tetiaroa—an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles and which first achieved international renown as the beguiling holiday home of Hollywood heavyweight, Marlon Brando.

Officially unveiled in July 2014, The Brando was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a venture of sustainable development that resonates with visitors and fosters opportunities to get to know both the place and people of French Polynesia. Accessible via its own private airstrip, the island resort offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, and much, much more.

Prices start at EUR 3,000 per night and could reach as much as EUR 250,000 per night for an exclusive island buy-out – available by special arrangement via VLADI ISLAND TRAVEL. Read more about this beguiling island escape at

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