Since 2008, I’ve been providing updates on efforts to build a world-class sustainable resort on the private island owned by the late Marlon Brando. By the end of next year, it appears that the project, once a dream of the great actor, will finally become a reality.
The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the new 35-villa resort – powered by a 100% renewable mix of solar, deep ocean water cooling, and coconut oil biofuel – will open by the end of 2013.
Called “The Brando” (a name which one source earlier said would have made the actor “roll over in his grave.”), will include a spa, fitness center, community pool, vegetable garden, apiary, fruit orchard, and other standard tropical activities and amenities.
According to the project website, the organizers are aiming to make the atoll of Tetiaroa the “first campus resort in the world to obtain LEED Platinum certification, the organization’s highest accolade.”
In a 2009 article, more details were shed on how the developer planned to incorporate sustainable elements into the design.
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 one commenter pointed out on a previous update, the presence of a resort will also help protect sea turtles on the island from on-going slaughter.
Another nice green feature: In accordance with Brando’s wishes, the villas will be situated back from the beach – and not over the water – which will reduce pollution and impact on underwater habitat.