Paradise Found: The Brando

The Brando
The Brando


There are some hotels that tug at your heartstrings from the very first photo. I knew from the moment that I was introduced to The Brando that I was destined to stay there. Lucky for me, my 10th Wedding Anniversary presented the perfect opportunity.

We arrived into Fa’a’a airport from our stay in Bora Bora at the St. Regis and Four Seasons. After collecting our luggage we made our way to the Air Tetiaroa terminal.

Aie Tetiaroa has their own private terminal and their planes serve one and only one destination, Tetiaroa, also known as Marlon Brando’s private island, or simply The Brando.

I am a fan of traveling, but not so much of flying, so I was a little hesitant about the small plane, but thankfully the views are gorgeous and it is a short flight.

Upon arrival at The Brando, all guests are greeted with music and dancing, have their photographs taken, and are whisked away on golf carts to their villas.

We spent seven nights in a One Bedroom Villa which is a generous 1,033-sq.-ft. (96-sq.-m). The resort also offers two and three bedroom villa options. The Brando is a new build from the ground up and the villas reflect a thoughtful and balanced design; neither to heavy on form, nor on function.

There is a media room with flat screen television, sofa, and desk. This opens into a living room with dining table, mini-fridge, and coffee / tea area. You then proceed up a short flight of stairs to the bedroom with attached dressing area and bathroom with tub outside, for baths while stargazing.


The best part about the villa, however, was the outside. The views were stunning, the grounds were lush and private, the plunge pool deep and cool.

It is truly an eco-friendly resort that doesn’t compromise on luxury. Cold air conditioning from sea water, plenty of hot water in your shower from the sun, rain water in the toilets.

They don’t play lip service to an environmental ethic with a stupid placard on your bed whose sole purpose is to save the hotel money, nor do they skimp on providing the quality level that guests expect.

In fact, their groundbreaking non-toxic mosquito eradication project means that you are almost guaranteed a bite free vacation. No repellent required!

If you book the all-inclusive plan then all meals and drinks are included in your rate, as well as activities and spa treatments (the number of which depends on the length of your stay). I absolutely loved having the spa treatments included as I don’t normally indulge in multiple spa visits.

View from the Varua Spa
View from the Varua Spa

There are two restaurants and two bars at The Brando, and far and away our favorite was Bob’s Bar. It truly is one of the word’s great beach bars. They have a great mixology program, and some addictive bar snacks.

Finished with your cocktail? How about a dip in the pool? There is only one on property, yet hardly anyone was ever there. On an island where everyone has their own beachfront pool, there is no shortage of swimming opportunities.

In short, it is a unique and exclusive experience that you cannot have anywhere in the world. Contact me today at 508-485-3061 or via email to discuss your next vacation at The Brando.

Exclusively for Virtuoso guests:

For 2016 & 2017

  • Upgrades are not applicable with this participant
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • 100 EURO Resort or Hotel credit per villa to be utilized during stay (cannot be used at Hinerava Pearl Shop, not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Travel Deals: Jumby Bay’s “Island of Thanks” Getaway

Jumby Bay


ANTIGUA, WEST INDIES (September 27, 2013) – This Thanksgiving leave the all-consuming holiday cooking and entertaining behind for a luxury, private-island family retreat off the coast of Antigua at Rosewood Jumby Bay.  From pumpkin painting for children to Antiguan rum tastings for adults, Rosewood Jumby Bay is going all out this Thanksgiving with curated “Island of Thanks” experiences to create a memorable five-day holiday celebration.

To kick off the fun-filled holiday week, guests can participate in the Jumby Bay Turkey Trot Family Ride – a one to three mile bicycle ride, run or walk around Jumby Bay Island – perfect for the whole family. At night, the newly unveiled Rose Bud’s Children’s Center will offer specialized programming for all of the children, teens and infants on-island, including a Pajama Jam Movie Night and Holiday Cupcake Wars.

On Thanksgiving Day, guests can enjoy an unforgettable beach-side feast prepared by Jumby Bay’s new executive chef Sylvain Hervochon featuring delicious dishes such as turkey roast, candied sweet potatoes and stuffing with island flair.  Post-Turkey Day sailing adventures led by Jumby Bay’s watersport team and unlimited use of the resort’s tennis courts, white-sand beaches, and complimentary bicycles for every guest guarantee turkey coma won’t last for long.

With a host of curated festivities and accommodation ranging from one-bedroom suites to spacious eight-bedroom estate homes, Rosewood Jumby Bay offers the ideal setting for a memorable Thanksgiving getaway for families of all sizes. Highlights of the “Island of Thanks” themed experiences at Rosewood Jumby Bay include:


•             Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner

•             Beverages, cocktails and house wine by the glass

•             Daily afternoon tea

•             Welcome gift and culinary amenity

•             Watersports

•             Use of resort’s two pools, three tennis courts, fitness center, croquet field and putting green

•             Jumby Experience of the Day:  cooking class, rum tasting, snorkel trip, circumnavigation of Jumby Bay and more

•             Daily children’s program

•             Daily youth activities

•             Nightly turn-down treats


SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENTS (in addition to Jumby Bay’s daily activities)

November 24 – December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve Holiday Cocktail Party at the Pool Grille

All residents and guests are invited to this special Thanksgiving gathering.

Turkey Trot Family Ride

Join the activity staff for a one to three mile bicycle ride, run or walk around Jumby Bay Island.

Rose Buds Camp Jumby

10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

A fun experience is waiting for children ages 3 – 10 at Camp Jumby and other organized activities for ages 10+.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, with all the trimmings prepared by Jumby Bay’s Executive Chef Sylvain Hervochon.

Post Turkey Day Sailing

Hit the beach for a sailing class, where our skilled watersports team will teach participants about sailing basics before you try sailing on your own!

Holiday Cupcake Wars

Our cupcake wars competition pits you against other ‘bakers’ in a battle of culinary creativity!  Working under time and ingredient restraints, you will be tasked with decorating these delicious treats based on unique holiday themes.

Pajama Jam Movie Night

Enjoy time away from Mom and Dad, and spend an evening with the Rosebuds team for dinner, games and a movie. After a pizza dinner together, enjoy holiday movie time outside, games and snacks.

Rum Dinner at The Estate House

Pay tribute to the legends and lore of the historic rum trade period at a sophisticated rum-dinner, where guests will be served an international collection of distilled rums, deliciously bold menu and hip-moving mix of Caribbean Music.

For more information or to book your Island of Thanks getaway at Jumby Bay, contact me at 508-485-3061 or send me an email.



Trip Report: Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort

View from Verandah at Jumby Bay

Named for the impish spirits believed to roam about the West Indies, Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort is sure to enchant. Situated on a 300-acre private island located two miles off the coast of Antigua, this plush resort provides plenty of playful diversions — from snorkeling and sailboarding to Caloi bike rides and sunset cocktail cruises — all gratis.

The 40 gorgeously refurbished guestrooms and suites are equally charming, with wraparound terraces and outdoor garden showers. The romantic Estate House restaurant (once a colonial plantation home) serves fine Mediterranean-inspired fare, also included.

Looking for space for the entire family? Rent one of the gorgeous villas or estate homes. With full access to all the resort amenities and services at Jumby Bay, and many with their own private beaches, they are the perfect choice for any occasion where guests want to stay and play together.

We had the pleasure of a five night stay in a Pool Suite. We had a great time looking for starfish at Jumby Bay Beach, water skiing, mingling with other guests and resort staff at the Wine Down reception, riding bikes around the island, lounging by our own private pool in the afternoons, listening to local musicians on the sunset cruise, and on our private picnic lunch at Pasture Bay Beach. Don’t miss the photo tour!

What we loved about Jumby Bay:

  • Short trip to and from the airport on a regularly scheduled private ferry.
  • Genuinely warm and friendly service from staff.
  • True all-inclusive – no checks to sign after meals or drinks.
  • All of the included activities.
  • Luxurious and spacious amenity packed room.
  • Thoughtful touches that are a signature of a stay with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

For 2013 the exclusive complimentary Virtuoso amenities are:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Meals included in rates
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excluding products)

In addition, I have access to offers only available to Rosewood Elite travel advisors, so contact me today to reserve your next trip to Jumby Bay!


Questions about Jumby Bay? Ready to book? You can’t VIP yourself, so get in touch!


Note: I received a reduced rate for travel advisors.