Who wouldn’t want to be “stranded” on a deserted island surrounded by a deep turquoise blue lagoon, exotic birds and a stretch of powdery sand? Oh, and a French chef planning all your meals while you laze around your villa? Well, legendary actor and activist Marlon Brando had the same idea decades ago. The iconic actor first came to French Polynesia during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty in the 1960s and rapidly fell head over heels in love with the people and culture.
Along with marrying a local and starting a family, Brando bought the tiny private island of Tetiaroa—an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a lagoon just 30 miles northeast of Tahiti—and spent much of his time there escaping Hollywood until his death in 2004.
A few years ago, Pacific Beachcomber took over the island and put the luxe castaway idea into full effect. 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 multilevel luxury villas with private pools, two French-influenced bars and restaurants, and what will feel like a private escape with only 35 villas inhabiting the island—along with sea turtles and exotic flora.
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