Marlon Brando's dream paradise becomes a reality

JULIETTA JAMESON
Last updated 09:17 11/07/2014

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As famous for his reclusiveness as for his gargantuan talent, Marlon "The Wild One" Brando first visited Tahiti in 1960 filming Mutiny on the Bounty. 

He fell in love with his Tahitian co-star Tarita Teriipaia, they had two children together and in 1966, Brando was granted a 99-year lease to the island of Tetiaroa, 50 kilometres northeast of Tahiti, by the government, where he lived on and off until his death in 2004.

Brando long intended for the island to become a sustainable resort that would help locals and the area, and a decade, almost to the day, after his passing, that dream has been realised.

Enter The Brando, an exclusive luxury resort with 35 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas set apart for maximum seclusion.

Each has its own pool and private beach aspect, something that would appeal to the actor whose credits include The Godfather and A Streetcar Named Desire, who once declared, "Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite".

Offering an array of water sports (of course) the resort also has a spa employing Polynesian techniques and cuisine by Guy Martin of Paris's legendary, Michellin-starred Le Grand Vefour.

But there's another side to The Brando - on site is an eco centre carrying out ocean research and other conservation activities and which encourages guests to get involved. The property also includes seawater air-conditioning, renewable energy generation, and an organic  kitchen garden.

Prices are from about US$2450 (NZ$2777) a night for a one-bedroom bungalow to US$7400 a night for a three-bedroom villa that sleeps up to six. All meals are included.

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