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A Look at Polynesian Resort Where Pippa Middleton is Honeymooning

If it's good enough for Barack Obama, it's good enough for newlyweds Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:May 23, 2017, 11:04 AM IST
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A Look at Polynesian Resort Where Pippa Middleton is Honeymooning
The Brando (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ The Brando)
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If it's good enough for Barack Obama, it's good enough for newlyweds Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.

Media reports are rife that the socialite sibling to the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is honeymooning on the Polynesian paradise Tetiaroa, north of Tahiti -- a paradise retreat that has also hosted the former US president.

The newlyweds will stay at The Brando, a luxury eco-retreat named after the island's late, former owner Marlon Brando. Brando_AFP2The Brando, Les Mutines by Guy Martin, restaurant (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ The Brando)

And at €3,000 a night ($3,360 USD), you can bet the couple won't be vacationing with regular riffraff who have to price-check their hotel room rate.

Located 30 miles (48 km) north of Tahiti, the private atoll of Tetiaroa is accessible by a 20-minute plane ride and is comprised of a dozen islets which encircle a ludicrously turquoise lagoon.

Each of the 35 deluxe villas come with a private beach area and plunge pool and is designed to reflect the local Polynesian culture.

The couple will dine on Polynesian and French cuisine, conceived by the Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin, who helms Le Grand Vefour in Paris.

bedroom_villa_AFPThe Brando, bedroom, villa (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ The Brando)

When Brando arrived to the island for the filming of his 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty," he was immediately seduced by both the paradisiacal setting, and his lead actress Tarita Teriipaia, whom he would later marry.

Brando would go on to buy the island in 1967 where he settled down and dreamed of creating a self-sustaining, carbon neutral luxury retreat which would preserve the island's natural beauty and biodiversity.

The resort is cooled using deep seawater air-conditioning while half its power comes form renewable solar energy. The balance of energy comes from a biofuel thermal power station fueled by coconut oil.

Brando_AFP3The Brando, Les Mutines by Guy Martin, restaurant (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ The Brando)

Activities on the island include snorkeling, paddle kayaking, Polynesian canoeing, scuba diving, tennis, biking, and guided tours by naturalists.

The couple is expected to spend a week at the resort.

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| Edited by: Manila Venugopal
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