Responsible Luxury: The Brando in French Polynesia

At The Brando, a new 35-villa luxury eco-resort opening in July 2014 on Tetiaroa (the private atoll in French Polynesia once owned by the late Marlon Brando), the spacious bathrooms take advantage of daylight and use natural and locally sourced materials as well as solar-heated hot water and air-conditioning provided by cold deep sea water.

Sustainable design using local materials, including the invasive aito (ironwood) tree brought to French Polynesia by Europeans and native woods and thatched pandanus leaves, helped qualify The Brando for LEED Platinum certification.

The Brando, a luxury eco-resort that will open in July 2014, is located on Tetiaroa, a tropical atoll comprised of 12 islets situated about 33 miles from the main island of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Tetiaroa was once owned by the late actor Marlon Brando, whose vision of sea water air conditioning (SWAC) is a reality at the new resort.

Each of the 35 villas with private plunge pools at The Brando, a soon-to-open luxury eco-resort on Tetiaroa atoll in French Polynesia, is set back from the beach and surrounded by foliage so as to blend in with the natural landscape. With its goal of Net Zero Energy use, the resort harnesses energy from deep sea water, the sun and bio fuels such as coconut oil.

“Responsible luxury” does not have to mean minimalist, says Richard Bailey, president and CEO of Pacific Beachcomber, French Polynesia’s largest luxury resort and cruise operator and developer of The Brando. The resort’s 35 villas feature locally sourced or certified-origin woods and furnishings designed to comply with LEED Platinum certification.

For guests, it’s a short stroll from their eco-conscious villa to their private plunge pool and the pristine lagoon at The Brando, located on the late Marlon Brando’s private atoll, Tetiaroa, in French Polynesia. In addition to 35 villas, the resort also features two restaurants, two bars, a spa and fitness center, pool, library, tennis court, garden and orchard.