Tripping in Tahiti: Paradise Revealed at the Brando
After an easy overnight flight from Los Angeles, we arrived to make our short connection to Bora Bora. I took a colleague’s good advice and sat on the left side of the plane, which gave me the perfect view of the atoll as we landed. As I stepped off the plane, it quickly became obvious Bora Bora was more beautiful than I ever imagined.
Mount Otemanu towers over the landscape making for a dramatic backdrop and setting the stage for an unbelievable experience. The water is so clear and beautiful that it almost hurts your eyes to look directly at it!
Our group quickly gathered our bags and made our way to the boat for a quick transfer to our first stop, The Intercontinental Thalasso.
Of course, Bora Bora is beautiful on the surface, but the true magic is below the water line. While on the island, I had the opportunity to take part in a few aquatic activities, including swimming with the sharks and feeding the sting rays. I am certainly not a fan of sharks, but even the aquatic life is friendly in Tahiti! My favorite experience was floating on top off the water and watching the large lemon sharks swim across the sand several feet below. Because of the clarity of the water, it felt like we were truly engaging with the aquatic life instead of just observing.
After only a few short days, I was quite taken with Bora Bora and sad to leave it behind, but our next stop was certainly unforgettable. From Bora Bora we made a quick stop in Tahiti to make our private connection to The Brando Resort on Tetiaroa. The experience at The Brando starts from the moment you enter the private departure lounge at the airport in Papeete, Tahiti. From there, this new paradise is only a short 20-minute flight away. We were again greeted with a wonderful Island song, and escorted to our private check-in at each of our villas.
My perfect day at The Brando started out with custom-ordered room service from the iPad provided in my villa. Breakfast was delivered, without a sound, in my living room, which overlooked the private plunge pool and beautiful water. After breakfast, I utilized the pre-loaded app on the iPad, which led me through a yoga practice on the privacy of my deck.
After a full day of activities, it was time for dinner at Les Mutinés. This particular week, a Michelin-starred guest chef from Bordeaux was in charge of the kitchen. We were treated to an 8-course tasting menu, complete with exceptional wine pairings. If you close your eyes at The Brando, you might forget that you are on a remote tropical island, as you could be at the best restaurant in France. My favorite course was the Fois Gras with local honey which was harvested from the island.
The Brando is not only all-inclusive, but truly all consuming. You feel as though the world and all of it’s problems are light years away. My time there left me with a feeling of peace and new-found respect for the pristine ecology of the island.
From the up-close encounters with marine life in Bora Bora, to the serenity on Tetiaroa, a trip to these beautiful islands deserves a place on travelers must visit list!