The Brando is a luxury resort with 35 beach-front villas on the French Polynesian Island of Tetiaroa.
As a small island state, French Polynesia is on the frontline of global climate change impacts. As early as 1961, while filming Mutiny on the Bounty, Marlon Brando hatched a plan to protect what he could. Drawn to Tetiaroa Atoll’s fragile ecosystem and culture, he opened a secluded retreat to immerse into Tetiaroa’s wild beauty, while envisioning a “University of the Sea” scientific organization focused on the protection of the environment. Although he died before his vision was realised, in 2014 The Brando opened its doors as one of the world’s most exclusive and innovative eco-resorts. The entire island resort is LEED Platinum certified thanks to solar panels that account for 70 per cent of the resort’s energy, 100 per cent solar heated water, and the world’s second application of Sea Water Air Conditioning (reducing energy consumption by 80 per cent). The Brando also co-founded and financially supports the non-profit Tetiaroa Society to conduct scientific research, protect Tahitian heritage, and support conservation projects.