Marlon Brando’s Eco Resort Dream to Open in 2013


Marlon Brando’s dream of building an eco-resort in Tahiti is finally coming true, years after the legendary actor’s death. Brando, who starred in such iconic films as The Godfather and A Streetcar Named Desire, bought a 12-island atoll called Tetiaroa, inspired by his 3rd wife,  20 miles north of the main island of Tahiti. The Brando Eco Resort is set to open in 2013. Its hotel will feature 35 private villas totaling 41 rooms, including 30 single-room villas, 4 two-room villas, and one three-room villa. The resort will feature six-star facilities, including two restaurants, two bars, a spa built over a freshwater lagoon, staff housing, and a maintenance area.

The island’s electricity requirements will be met by a combination of solar panels (35%) and coconut oil-fueled generators (20%), while the sea water air conditioningsystem (45%) will use deep sea water pumped from 950 meters (nearly 3,000 feet) below the surface to cool rooms efficiently and economically.  Marlon Brando’s Eco Resort has conceived, developed, and installed the first private air-conditioning system using deep-sea water, called SWAC (Sea Water Air Conditioning).  In principle, the system is simple. A pipeline is installed in seawater at a depth at which the water is ice-cold year-round. This water is then distributed through the air-conditioning system by means of an exchanger. The Brando Resort’s first SWAC installation was a spectacular success, demonstrating that it is possible to air condition a luxury hotel at a very competitive cost and without the use of fossil fuels or CO2 emissions.

The Brando, Pacific Beachcomber will offer the opportunity to own a piece of Tetiaroa. It will combine luxury and environmental sustainability like no other resort in the world. In both the hotel and the residences, guests can enjoy exceptional, six-star facilities and services—along with the satisfaction of knowing that all of these facilities are 100% energy independent.the new 35-villa resort’s energy will be 100 percent renewable, as it would be using solar power, deep ocean-water cooling and coconut oil biofuel. The goal for Tetiaroa is to become the first campus resort in the world to obtain LEED Platinum certification, the organization’s highest accolade. The Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in 30 countries, including the United States. Will this be your next destination vacation?

via TheBrando