We’ve been talking about it for a long time now — mainly because it’s been held up due to legal and environmental reviews — but now it appears that Marlon Brando’s eco-resort is finally going to become a reality.
Construction on the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa — a 13-island chain circled by a coral reef picked up Brando in 1965 — is underway. Called ‘The Brando’, the resort will feature 47 deluxe bungalow villas, a spa, fitness center, community pool, and other standard tropical activities and amenities. During development, great attention will be paid to reducing the impact of construction on the island.
Brando had many ideas for how to create an eco-friendly resort, and Bailey is working with the Brando estate to implement these visions. The hotel will operate with a “sea water air conditioning” system (SWAC), 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.
As we mentioned previously, the resort will also make extensive use out of wind and solar technologies — as well as a clever system for creating biofuel from Coconut oil. According to one commenter late last year, the presence of a resort will also help protect sea turtles on the island from on-going slaughter.
To learn more, check out the official website for the project here.