Marlon Brando's French Polynesian Resort to Open in Late 2012
Imagine...all of this...for you.
This might be the first posthumous celebrity hotel we've heard about--Marlon Brando's vision for a Tahitian resort on the islands of Tetiaroa will come true nearly eight years after the legendary actor's death. The Brando is now expected open in late 2012.
Purchased by Marlon Brando in 1965, Tetiaroa is a 13-island chain circled by a coral reef offering a tranquil and pure paradise 35 miles from the island of Tahiti. The Brando is a product of Brando’s vision to create a project which will resonate with visitors and also foster opportunities for guests to get to know both the place and the people of French Polynesia.
On-site The Brando will have 47 deluxe bungalow villas (each with private plunge pools) along with your typical resort amenities like a spa, fitness center, community pool, two restaurants and access to island activities like scuba diving and local tours.
But, in accordance with Brando's wishes, the resort will also give guest the opportunity to explore not only the island but French Polynesia's culture and history with activities such as guided archaeological tours of Tahitian sites.
The resort is taking great pains to for sustainability during construction and operation. When it's all finished, the resort aims to be carbon neutral by producing as much energy as it consumes, or more. Landscaping efforts are already in place to care for existing vegetation but also to recreate the island’s original landscape.
Pacific Beachcomber, a luxury hotel operator, is developing the resort in partnership with Brando Enterprises and Brando Beneficiaries to make sure the resort is built according to Brando's dreams for his island. (The company also operates many of the InterContinental Hotels in French Polynesia including Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea.) Residences are planned for the island as well but those details will be finalized sometime next year.
For more on The Brando, check out the Tetiaroa website here.