Inside Marlon Brando’s private island

A new luxury resort is slated to open in French Polynesia

TRD New York /
Apr.April 27, 2014 02:00 PM

 Soon, you’ll be able to stay on Marlon Brando’s private island. A new insanely luxurious resort, aptly-named The Brando, will open in July on the atoll of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia. Tetiaroa is made up of 12 smaller islands (called motus), with the resort located on Onetahi, the island historically known as a retreat for Tahitian royalty.

Legendary actor Marlon Brando, who bought the island in 1967, was dedicated to its welfare for over 30 years.

Today, the resort states, “Our mission is to provide one of the most luxurious, authentic and enriching travel experiences available anywhere in the world in an environmentally sensitive, sustainable and culturally rich manner.”

Following in its namesake’s sustainability efforts, The Brando plans to use local materials in its construction and renewable energies such as solar energy and coconut oil. They’re even  implementing a deep seawater air-conditioning system.

But the eco-friendly resort doesn’t come cheap. Its “soft opening” rate from July to September for a one-bedroom villa is close to $2,500 per night per person. After those beginning months, the price jumps up to $4,142 per person. That means that a three-night minimum stay in their three-bedroom villa would cost a mind boggling $37,279. For one person.

But maybe Marlon can convince you it’s worth it: “My mind is always soothed when I imagine myself sitting on my South Sea island at night.” There you have it.

The resort sits on a motus surrounding a three-mile wide lagoon. The whole property is privately owned and available exclusively to the resort’s guests and visiting researchers. The only access is by a 20-minute private flight from Tahiti.

One of the key missions of the resort is protecting and preserving the habitat and local wildlife. They even established a scientific research station dedicated to preservation issues.

Now, a new kind of royalty is moving in. The Brando’s all-inclusive resort features 35 secluded villas.

Living rooms inside the two-bedroom villas include a six-person private dining area, a kitchen, and a wide entryway onto a large, two-tiered deck.


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