To coincide with its fifth anniversary, The Brando, a sumptuous resort on the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, has opened the first of four planned residences. (In 1967, Marlon Brando bought the atoll; married Tarita Teriipaia, his costar in “Mutiny on the Bounty”; and settled down.) Located 33 miles north of Tahiti (20 minutes by light aircraft), the original property comprises 35 villas, which overlook a 4-mile-wide lagoon of limpid turquoise water.
The Tetiaroa Residences are being constructed on Onetahi, the principal motu, one of 12 islets ringing the lagoon. Designed in a traditional Polynesian style, with coral walls, tropical wood and pandanus roofing, the first Residence has three bedrooms and a private swimming pool and is set on a 1.25-acre plot, with a secluded stretch of white-sand beach. Dedicated staff, including chefs and butlers, are available as requested. Guests at the Residence enjoy full access to all the resort’s amenities, including its restaurants and Polynesian spa.