On Tetiaroa, a private island in the Society Island group that is owned by Marlon Brando's estate, the Brando Resort (accessed via private plane transfer) has been getting good press since its recent opening. Brando bought the Tahitian royal vacation spot after falling in love with the South Pacific lifestyle while scouting "Mutiny on the Bounty" locales in 1960. The Brando Resort has just 35 eco-friendly villas on a gorgeous white-sand beach, and guests often see manta rays, sea turtles, and rare exotic birds. The resort organizes all sorts of activities – from paddle boarding in the blue stripy sea to snorkeling and diving. Two restaurants and a bar as well as a Zen spa complete the relaxation picture.