Luxury holidays in Tetiaroa

Tetiaroa isn’t exactly a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ island – it’s hard to miss this luminescent wonky-eye-shaped atoll that brightens the ocean with its many colours (well, largely blue and green, but spectacularly so). In fact, it’s so entrancing that the ancient Tahitians used it as their pleasure gardens, Marlon Brando fell in love with the place and bought it while filming Mutiny on the Bounty on the South Seas, and Obama holed up here to write his memoir. And the magic of its sapphire lagoon, wildlife-roamed motus, thriving reef and playful sea turtles and dolphins that frolic offshore make it a superlative island retreat for VIPs. Thanks to Brando’s altruistic efforts – it’s also a leading light in innovative eco-friendly practices. So while the resort that’s sprung up here makes it easy to stay in paradise, research scientists are busy working to ensure paradise stays just the way it is.

When to go

Avoid hurricane season from November to March – throughout the rest of the year stays are easy rather than breezy.

Getting there

  • Planes

    There’s only one way to access the island: by private plane. Luckily the resort runs its own airline, and they can help you charter a petite carrier (or a helicopter). Flights depart from Tahiti’s Faa'a International airport, from the Air Tetiaroa terminal.
  • Automobiles

    In eco-friendly fashion, just bikes and golf buggies are used to get around the island.