The Brando (as in Marlon), A French Polynesian Paradise, Will Finally Open in 2014
The "Godfather" may be gone, but he's left fans a piece of paradise they can escape to. Called The Brando, this 35-villa haven, which has been talked about since 2005 is finally coming to fruition. It's the result of Marlon Brando's long-time vision to create a post-carbon resort.
The hotel is located in remote Tetiaroa, a 12-islet atoll 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. From what we can see, this private island, the former playground of Tahitian Kings and Brando's family himself, is quite fitting for a resort coming from a man who once said "Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite."
When the resort opens July 1, 2014, guests (who arrive via the resort's own airfield) will get seclusion in spades thanks to several luxury villas placed on a private stretch of beach. Each will have their own plunge pools as well. There will be some opportunity to mingle with others at the two restaurants, lounge, beach bar or while participating in water sport activities in the lagoon. And if you've had enough socializing, escape to the sanctuary of the Spa Arii Vahine, which is surrounded by 21,530 square feet of forest, plants and a pond.
Check this bit of island lushness to lure you to The Brando...
Marlon Brando actually purchased the atoll in 1966 after he filmed "Mutiny on the Bounty" and fell in love with the region. After using it as his personal vacation home, in 1999, five years before he passed away, he partnered with Richard Bailey, CEO of Pacific Beachcomber, the luxury hotel and cruise operator, and made plans for a self-sustaining island resort that would also promote environmental research. Another goal was for guests to get to know the people of French Polynesia and their land.
All-inclusive rates at The Brando will begin at 3,000 euros ($4,000) per night for a one-bedroom villa (3-night minimum). Inter-island airfare is extra. Reservations will be accepted in early 2014 via the website.
[Photos: The Brando]