The Brando Resort

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The Brando Resort
Îlot Onetahi.jpg
The Brando Resort is built on Onetahi, an islet of the Tetiaroa atoll
Karta FP Societe isl.PNG
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates17°0′S 149°33′W / 17.000°S 149.550°W / -17.000; -149.550Coordinates: 17°0′S 149°33′W / 17.000°S 149.550°W / -17.000; -149.550
ArchipelagoSociety Islands
Area6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)

The Brando Resort is a private resort located on the atoll of Tetiaroa of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. The Brando serves as a regulated airstrip, research facility, eco-resort and spa on the islet (motu) of Onetahi. The resort consists of 80 staff and facilities management personnel.[1] The atoll's inside, on which The Brando is located, is on a 99-year lease contracted by Marlon Brando.


Transport to The Brando is made by air: Air Tetiaroa flies between Tahiti and Tetiaroa. The airline's departure is located in a private terminal at the Faa'a International Airport on the island of Tahiti.[2] Air Tatiaroa rates to The Brando Resort on Tetiaroa fluctuate with the regular, high and festive seasons.[3]


Construction of The Brando Resort began in 2009 by Teti'aroa Pacific Beachcomber SC. The first phase of the building included repairing the airstrip runway for smoother plane landing and lengthening the tarmac to meet current aviation standards. Additionally, a reef dock was constructed to enable shipments from the ocean to the lagoon side of the reef.

In February 2014, it was announced that construction on The Brando Resort complete. The Brando opened on 1 July 2014.[4] Eight of Marlon Brando's relatives were involved in the project along with the Brando Estate.[5]


The buildings are made using materials that are of local or certified origin, renewable or recycled. There is a deep seawater air-conditioning system to reduce energy demands. Renewable energy sources such as solar power and coconut oil biofuel are used.

The zinc–bromine flow batteries used for storing the power from the solar panels, are made from recyclable materials. The resort's vehicles are electric or human-powered.[6]


  1. ^ "LinkedIn", The Brando, LinkedIn, February 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Air Tetiaroa", Tahiti Travel Islands, February 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Air Tetiaroa Rates", Paltino Air Teteiaroa, April 9, 2018.
  4. ^ the Brando opening in July 2014
  5. ^ The Brando, Forbes
  6. ^ The Brando

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