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Sea Spa: The Brando, French Polynesia

30 October 2020 • Written by Sophia Wilson

Curious about that private island Kim Kardashian rented out for her 40th birthday party? We've got the inside scoop on what it's really like. Read on for our spa review of French Polynesia's luxury resort, The Brando...

Where is The Brando Resort?

The Brando sits on the private Polynesian islet of Onetahi, where Marlon Brando once resided. Located within the wider Tetiaroa atoll where Tahitian royalty have holidayed for centuries, the surrounding lagoon, which seems to sparkle in 50 shades of blue, has been nicknamed the billionaire’s swimming pool.

What's it Like?

Created by Pierre Jean Picart and Gilles Leborgne, with the same eco-ethos that shapes all of the private island resort, it melts into the natural environment. Raised walkways weave through the tropical grasses and the treatment rooms resemble cocoons, covered in tree branches. Couples should head for the elevated Fare Manu suite, which mimics a bird’s nest and has two private balconies affording views of the water lilies and palm trees below.

The Best Spa Treatments at The Brando Resort

It's hard to imagine feeling stressed in this paradisaical spot, but if your back is sore from excess lounging by your private infinity pool, head to the resort’s exquisitely designed spa, set on the lagoon’s edge. To make the most of this setting, book in for the three-hour Fare Manu experience, which starts with the Queen’s bath, where traditional music will be played while you soak in local plants and herbs. You can then unwind further with a bespoke traditional Taurumi massage using monoi oil, made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias in coconut oil.

Best by boat

Yachts can moor outside the surrounding reef and tender in through a small break or hop on board Air Tetiaroa’s 20-minute service from Faa’a International Airport and land on the private runway.

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