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Newlyweds Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are reportedly spending their honeymoon on the gorgeous French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa – which was once owned by actor Marlon Brando.

Tetiaroa was off-limits to the public for years, but the Brando Resort now welcomes luxury seekers from all over the world for the princely sum of approximately £2,600 a night – with thatched villas costing up to £10,600 per night. This price is all-inclusive, but doesn’t include taxes, service charges, or private plane transfers to and from the island.

The tiny isle (just 4.5 miles wide) is found 30 miles north of Tahiti in the Pacific Ocean, and was  “a summer residence for the former chiefs and kings of Tahiti” before Brando bought it, according to the Tahiti Tourist Board.


Image: Brando Resort

Perfect for honeymooners, the resort’s activities focus on romance and seclusion: think private candlelit beach dining, island hopping, and lavish couples’ spa treatments. Pippa and James can spend their days diving on the nearby world-class reefs, snorkelling in the lagoons, and swimming with sea turtles and tropical fish. Or, for a more active honeymoon there’s Polynesian dance lessons, whale watching and forest hiking trails.

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Image: Brando Resort


Image: Brando Resort
It’s thought that Pippa and James will spend a week on the island – and they have already been spotted transiting between planes at Los Angeles International Airport on their way there, after flying from London.

The island’s sugar-white sands and crystal clear waters are accessed by private plane, and thanks to the resort’s strict eco-friendly principles they’re utterly pristine.

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Image: Brando Resort

Image: Brando Resort

The Brando aims to be 100% energy independent, with electricity sourced from solar panels and coconut oil-powered generators. Its seawater air conditioning system uses deep seawater to cool the rooms.

Tetiaroa is a Polynesian word, which means “stands apart” or “at a distance” – perfect for a honeymoon retreat away from prying eyes.

Image: Brando Resort

Brando, who died in 2004, is said to have fallen for the island while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in 1962, and paid £15,000 for it a few years later. “Tetiaroa is beautiful beyond my capacity to describe,” said Brando, when asked about his private retreat. “One could say that Tetiaroa is the tincture of the South Seas.”

No doubt Pippa and James will agree.

FROM: Our sister site Woman & Home