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Brando's and Marlon's Over Water Bungalows! Brando's Living room is the perfect blend of old and new Polynesia.
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Brando's is first on the right...
Brando's and Marlon's Over Water Bungalows!
Brando's Living room is the perfect blend of old and new Polynesia.
Beautiful high ceilings accent the bungalow.
A view of the lagoon from every place you look.
A modern kitchen with all the amenities! Including free Wifi and a safe.
Our beautiful fully air-conditioned master, facing the lagoon!
Our second bedroom also faces the lagoon
Newly remodeled Bathroom with rain shower head!
What better place to read or dine. The sun sets right in front of the bungalow.
A jump in the lagoon and then an outdoor shower!
The Sun sets right in front of the bungalow
Sunset in front of Brando's and Marlon's Over Water Bungalows!
Be sure to see the traditional Tahitian dance!
Rush hour at our Bungalow!
Sleep, dine, read, feed the fish! So many choices.
Heaven on earth!
The most beautiful island in the World!
Our gorgeous Over Water Bungalows in Bora Bora
Oh, did I mention the dance?
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Bora Bora, Society Islands

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Brian K
Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Once in a lifetime experience”
Reviewed 10 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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We stayed at Marlon Brando Over Water Bungalow with another couple in early March. All 4 of us were delighted with the accommodations. The veranda offered beautiful views of the lagoon and we were constantly entertained by the coming and going of boats, canoes, swimmers, and with the airport activities in the distance and the sunsets. It was so soothing to hear the waves under the bungalow and we liked to turn on the porch lights at night as it attracted schools of fish.
As mentioned by other reviewers you need a car as the bungalow is in a remote area of the island, away from stores, the nearest ones being in the only town around, Vaitape, about a twenty minutes ride away. We rented a car from Nir, the manager of the bungalow, and at a better price than what we would have paid at a regular car rental agency, assuming there was a car available. One word of caution: Bora Bora has had a lot of rain in the past months and as a result the roads are full of potholes in certain areas so we had to drive very carefully. Nonetheless we had great fun touring the island and especially enjoyed our lunch at Bloody Mary's.

The Marlon Brando Over Water Bungalow is a great choice , well appointed, spacious, well furnished (the living room sofa and chairs could use a little more padding), the beds are very comfortable and you can't beat the romance of dining at the sound of waves lapping by the veranda as the sun goes down. Undoubtedly, this has to be one of the best deals in Bora, Bora as fas as bungalow over water are concerned and we would certainly consider going back for a longer stay this time.

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Liked best: The wonderful views of the lagoon
Liked least: The wasps near the walkway ( Nir said it would taken care of immediately)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Michael C
Petaluma, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Marlon's unit offers everything.”
Reviewed 24 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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My wife and I stayed in Marlon's over water bungalow and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Every amenity offered was a-1. You cannot beat direct access to the water coupled with wonderful sunsets and sunrises. I know one goes there to get away from the rat-race of everyday life, but the internet hookup is priceless.

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Liked best: Property management is very responsive.
Liked least: Time went too fast.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Debbie M
Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Your own overwater bungalow without the resort prices! Paradise!”
Reviewed 16 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012
6
people found this review helpful

We stayed at Brandos overwater bungalow on Bora Bora for one week starting December 26th. What a way to bring in the New Year! We enjoyed everything about the bungalow. It was clean and roomy and very comfortable. We loved being able to snorkel from our house. We loved having our own home and not having to pay the resort prices for food and for our stay. I would definitely stay at Brandos again and would recommend to anyone not needing to be pampered at an overpriced resort. If you stay at Brandos you will need a car because it is on a quiet side of the island away from any shopping or restaurants. Loved the bungalow. Thank you Richard!

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Liked best: Loved being able to snorkel from our house. Loved the price compaired to resort prices.
Liked least: You do need a car if you stay here. We rented a car from the property manager with no problems but travelers do need to know that a car is needed.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Louisiana
Reviewed 9 January 2013 for a stay in November 2012
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A romantic getaway People with disabilities
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warrior4p...
Bellingham, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Heaven exists right here on earth...”
Reviewed 11 December 2011 for a stay in December 2011
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It's been a few days now since I returned from my 8-day, 7-night vacation paradise in Bora Bora. I miss it with all of my heart already!! My girlfriend and I stayed at Richard's bungalow as a 50th birthday gift to the both of us. We were in Nirvana the minute we got there (and all along, I thought we were in Bora Bora)! The bungalow is actually big enough to fit six if the third couple brings along a few sleeping pads for the loft located above the bedrooms. As soon as we got there, we were greeted by Nir who is an amazing concierge in addition to being an amazing human being! Nir was available to meet all of our needs in enjoying our stay to the fullest; in addition he set us up with some incredible excursions that will remain in our hearts forever!! Every minute of our island experience was a testament to the wonderful relaxing atmosphere that Richard and Nir, as well as the residents of Bora Bora in general, provides to its visitors!! We soaked up lots of sun and cool evening breezes, mingled with a wonderful array of sea life while snorkeling and diving, and traveled around the island many times to familiarize ourselves with the entire island. The bungalow is absolutely one of the most private on the main island and is an incredible bargain compared to other over-water bungalows offered by many of the hotels. **You should have a car for your entire stay though, because the bungalow is a few miles north of the main spots in town and not easily reachable by foot or by bike. Throughout our entire stay, we lounged around at our leisure, cooked our own meals in our beautiful kitchen, and ate them on the patio overlooking the peaceful and spectacular lagoon with all of the amazing scenery right in front of us!! I will be coming back to Bora Bora many times over and am already looking at ways that I can make this spectacular island my permanent home once my daughter is out on her own. Being in Richards over water bungalow, it already felt like home to me!! Thank you Richard and Nir for an experience that will last in my heart and soul for the rest of my life!!

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Liked best: One of the most private over-water bungalows on the island!
Liked least: Make sure that you have the correct power adapters.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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uktravelt...
london
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“More affordable over water bungalow”
Reviewed 11 September 2011 for a stay in November 2010
8
people found this review helpful

We stayed here for a week. This is one of the few privately rented over water bungalows on Bora Bora – it is on the main island about twenty minute drive to Vaitape, the only real town, and there are no shops or facilities near the bungalow. The owner does have an arrangement with a very helpful local man (Nir) who will meet you at the dock with keys, a mobile and a friendly smile. You can also rent a car from Nir at a rate which is less than the major companies and a car is needed unless you don’t want to independently leave the bungalow during your stay (this adds about $70 to the day rate). The mobile is in case of any problems at the bungalow, as again there is no body on site to assist. The bungalow is not totally remote there are four other bungalows over the water next door and a small community on the hill behind. The bungalow is quite spacious (there are two bedrooms but the second is really designed for kids), the lounge is open plan and the kitchen is modern and you can tell the owner put a lot of thought into the kitchen appliances. The décor though is not homely and lacked good soft furnishing which was a shame as it made it hard to lounge around either inside or on the deck. The bed and bathrooms are ok but again nothing special and a big minus were the brown towels which moulted and which we never used because of it! We were worried about insects and during a week stay we did see three cockroaches and a fair number of mosquitos and small ants (the windows etc are screened but when we were there the screen door was not that effective but when reported we were told Nir would be fixing it) by the end of the stay we were feeling much more comfortable in the property. The water under the bungalow is said to be good for snorkeling but when we were there the water was both cold and not very clear – the location is prone to wind gusting down the channel and therefore the current around the bungalow is strong. We ended up going down to Matira beach to snorkel and better still going on one of the day trips to the Lagoonarium which was amazing. On reflection the opportunity to have your own space and the lapping of water under you when you fall asleep was amazing but you do feel cut off from everything.

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Liked best: the sound of the water, peace and tranquility
Liked least: sofa's in the living room were uncomfortable, very isolated.
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
10 Sep 2011
This is a review that I just received for the same bungalow. We do our very best to please everyone one but, of course, this is not always possible.

We came to Bora Bora on our honeymoon and felt that we had the best accommodations on the island! We were so entertained by the variety of fish to watch and snorkel with right off the deck. It was truly the best snorkeling experience! I'm still wondering if one of the four oysters I spotted are holding pearls..hmmm. We had a car to get to the market and make a few trips around the island with, which was so great. By the end of the week we had gone scuba diving twice and snorkeled every day, we learned how to husk and crack open and grate a coconut all by ourselves, and knew the personalities of all of "our" fish. Needless to say, we felt right at home! We cooked our own meals and ate on the amazing waterfront patio feeling like we were at our favorite restaurant all but one night. We loved watching the sunset from the deck and also loved watching the stars come out among the palm trees. The trade winds were blowing in full swing the week we were there, but it was so comfortable! 80's during the day and 70's at night. After our eyes adjusted to the beauty of the water and the gorgeous tropics around the island we decided we could belong here! We miss the soft ocean breezes, the untouched beauty of the island, feeding our fish, and our dinners on the deck. We are already planning our next trip. It's a funny phenomenon considering we anticipated going to this exotic destination and we left feeling like we were right at home. MAURURU!!! Nana...until next time!
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New Zealand
Reviewed 21 October 2010 for a stay in August 2010
6
people found this review helpful

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