After working in the African safari industry for a significant portion of my career in travel, I can honestly say a photographic wildlife safari is one of the best family trips ever. An African safari combines intimate wildlife interactions, a sense of adventure, and some of the most spot-on service anywhere in the world; the recipe for the perfect family vacation.
And during a recent visit to Tahiti, it dawned on me that a stay at The Brando on Tetiaroa Island is the perfect setting for the French Polynesian take on a safari experience! Here are a few good reasons why you need to plan a trip to The Brando in Tahiti for your family’s next vacation.
“One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”
You’ll begin your adventure by hopping on a small plane from Papeete, the main airport in Tahiti. The airport is easy to navigate, and you’re met with a rush of fresh Tahitian air as soon as you arrive. This airport does not have walls, rather is open on all sides!
Freshen up in the Air Tetiaroa lounge complete with coffee, cold drinks and plenty of books and photos sprinkled around that tell the history behind the island of Tetiaroa.
The small planes range from 6 – 15 seats. This flight is short, and upon arrival you’ll fly low over the island of Tetiroa. The most spectacular welcome to Tahiti you could ever imagine!
As you arrive, you’ll fully appreciate just how remote this island is, yet spectacularly worth the journey. The great Anthony Bourdain once summed up the adventure of the journey perfectly, “The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”
Home of Your French Polynesian Safari
The island consists of 6 motus (or smaller islands), one of which is home to The Brando resort. The other islands are owned by Marlon Brando’s foundation, and remain uninhabited. In fact, they are dedicated to conservation and research.
In the middle of the motus is a lagoon of the most magnificent range of blues and greens you’ve ever seen, teeming with healthy coral gardens and plenty of marine life.
Made to Order Adventure for your Family
Upon arrival and after settling in, you’ll have a chance to plan your time on the island with the concierge team. It’s best to make a plan as soon as you arrive, to be sure the guides are available and you can see and do everything you would like.
Be sure to explore the lagoon by boat, check out the coral gardens together with a local guide, discover the marine birds and flora on a guided tour by boat, learn how to sail a traditional outrigger sailboat and when you’re ready to relax, the team can set you up on one of the motus with lunch to while away your afternoon in privacy.
Villas are Ideal for Families
Each of the 30 one-bedroom villas are exquisite and offer plenty of space for the a family of 4. You’ll find a King bed in the master bedroom and a sofa bed in the office. The sofa bed can be made up each evening for the children.
Then, there is a common area in between the bedroom and office where you’ll find the mini bar. Each villa has a private pool and large stretch of private beachfront as well.
Pricing for the villas includes children under the age of 12 free of charge, and a daily supplement per child between the ages of 12 and 17. Rates also are all inclusive – all meals, drinks, activities, and even one spa treatment daily. (And the spa is truly one of the most unique spas I’ve ever seen.)
A three night stay at The Brando in Tahiti is the ultimate addition to your family’s Tahiti vacation, either before or after Bora Bora is a perfect combination. Particularly during the summer months and festive season, there will be plenty of other families on the island.
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