It's been a while since we heard much buzz from The Brando, a long-in-development luxury (and sustainable) resort on the French Polynesian private island of Tetiaroa, but today we got word that the property has named a director of sales and marketing for the U.S. and Canada.
Meet Marsha Morton
In her new position, Marsha Morton will be responsible for sales and promotions in the United States and Canada. She will report to Philippe Brovelli, regional vice president of operations for Pacific Beachcomber, and Silvio Bion, general manager of The Brando.
An industry veteran, Morton most recently held the position of Director of Sales & Marketing, North America for the InterContinental Resorts of French Polynesia (formerly Southern Pacific Hotels), representing the properties for the past 20 years. Pacific Beachcomber, S.C., owns the InterContinental Resorts of French Polynesia and The Brando.
Sneak Peek at the Brando
The resort is currently scheduled to open July 1—ten years to the day since Marlon Brando, the actor who once lived on the island and gave the resort its name, passed away.
The all-inclusive resort has 35 villas (ranging from one- to three-bedroom) with private pools on white-sand beaches that we hear get lots of sea turtles and exotic birds.
When it opens, it will have two restaurants serving Polynesian-inspired dishes as well as East/West fusion and classic French cuisine. (Because why choose just one?) There will also be a spa (which we hear overlooks a lily pond—great for unwinding, we say) and a garden and orchard where fruits and vegetables for the restaurants are grown. Other perks include a pool, tennis court, library, boutiques and an environmental research station with guest programs (great for families).
Activities can include sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and other water sports. Guests can explore the island on bicycle, stroll its beaches, sail or paddle board to a neighboring island, or snorkel or dive with tropical fish.
Getting there: Fly to Faa’a International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti, and transfer for a 20-minute flight to the island on Air Tetiaroa. (Tip: The Brando's concierge can help arrange the flights.)
For additional information on The Brando, visit www.thebrando.com