A resort is being developed on a French Polynesian island owned by the late Hollywood actor, Marlon Brando. The exclusive resort will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa – a 13-island archipelago which was bought by the ‘Apocolypse Now’ and ‘The Godfather’ star in 1965.
The Brando, as the new resort will be known, will feature 47 deluxe bungalow villas, each with private plunge pools, as well as a spa, fitness centre, pool, and various island activities such as scuba diving and archaeological tours of Tahitian sites. The resort will also offer a real estate component, selling 25 residences located on the eastern shore of Motu Onetahi. Construction of The Brando is progressing with completion set for late 2012.
The President of French Polynesia, Gaston Tong Sang, recently made an official visit to Tetiaroa for a tour of The Brando’s construction site. Richard Bailey, CEO of Pacific Beachcomber, and friend of the late actor, said of the visit; “President Tong Sang was impressed both by the progress of the project and by the overall concept for The Brando. He also expressed the positive impact the resort will bring to French Polynesia, creating jobs and adding an exciting new dimension to its tourism industry.”
The Brando is being developed in an eco-friendly manner. Solar panels will be installed alongside Pacific Beachcomber’s new airstrip to power much of the resort, with the balance of the energy demand being sourced using biofuel. Additionally, a seawater air conditioning system will pump cold water from 930 metres below the surface to cool the water used in the resort’s air-conditioning system, and a wastewater management system will filter liquid wastewater into water usable for irrigation.