Construction of the luxury eco-resort The Brando on the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa has officially begun, with completion slated for late 2011. The project has received official authorization from the Tahitian government after it had studied for several years the impact of construction of The Brando on the environment of Tetiaroa.
The resort, a product of the late Marlon Brando’s vision, will feature 47 deluxe bungalow villas, each with private plunge pools; a spa; a fitness center; and a community pool. The resort will also offer various island activities, including scuba diving and archaeological tours of royal Tahitian sites.
The Brando will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa, the former playground of Tahitian kings in French Polynesia’s islands. Purchased by Marlon Brando in 1965, Tetiaroa is a 13-island chain circled by a coral reef 35 miles from the island of Tahiti.
Construction of The Brando began with the building of a platform on the coral reef to provide logistical access to the island without causing environmental damage. Additionally, Tetiaroa’s old airstrip is being refurbished and extended to meet the government’s safety standards.
The project is being overseen by Tahiti Beachcomber SA, whose CEO, Richard Bailey, owner of several eco-friendly luxury resorts in French Polynesia, was a friend of Brando’s and worked with him for many years to fulfill their joint vision to develop an environmentally sustainable resort.
Bailey has experience with other sustainable projects in Tahiti: He owns four InterContinental resorts in the region which employ sustainable practices. The Brando will operate with a “sea water air conditioning” system, which draws on an inexhaustible supply of completely renewable clean energy and has zero impact on the environment. Bailey plans to use a deep-sea pipe to pump cold water from the depths of the ocean, which will then be used to chill the air in the hotel — the same system he developed and is successfully in place at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.
For additional information on The Brando, visit www.thebrando.com.