Inside the luxurious private island resort where Pippa Middleton is honeymooning right now
On Saturday, Pippa Middleton wed her new husband, James Matthews, in a lavish church ceremony filled with flowers from wall-to-wall before ushering guests to an over-the-top reception at the Middleton family home.
Less than 24 hours after the last dance, Middleton and Matthews hopped on a plane to begin their equally luxurious honeymoon.
The island, otherwise known as Tetiaroa, was once owned by Hollywood legend Marlon Brando. Brando first stepped foot on the island while filming "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was immediately enchanted by the island’s rare beauty. He purchased the island in 1967 and called it home for some time. In 1999, Brado asked Richard Bailey, a long-time resident of Tahiti, to assist him in creating an eco-friendly resort with self-sustaining luxury. And boy, did Brando succeed.
The island contains 35 thatched villas that each have their own outdoor bath, an infinity pool, and a rocking chair for two. The resort’s eco-friendly features include seawater air-conditioning, solar electricity, and generators running on coconut oil.
The Brando also has a plethora of spa services to choose from at the Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa. The Spa is situated high in the island’s natural landscape, offering stunning vistas of the vegetation and water below. The Spa also has quiet spaces for relaxation including a steam bath, waterfall, and tea lounge.
Moreover, the island also includes the two-Michelin-star restaurant Le Grand Véfour, both in elegant dining rooms and available as room service. Each day, the dining experience is unique. As The Brando describes, the chef will “select for the day’s dishes organically grown fruits and vegetables from our own gardens and orchards. These may include mangos, papayas, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, avocados, breadfruit, bananas, limes, watermelon, and more. We feature fish and shellfish from Polynesian waters.”
But for Middleton, a well-known outdoors lover, The Brando also has an abundance of activities to choose from, including bicycling, snorkeling, diving, and paddle boarding. Middelton and other guests can also explore the island’s spectacular lagoon by Polynesian outrigger canoe.
Rates for a one-bedroom villa in the low season start at around $2,900 a night, but hopefully Pippa and James are soaking up every single amenity the island has to offer so we can live vicariously through their honeymoon.