The Palazzo Sasso (Italian Amalfi Coast)
The Brando – Marlon Brando’s Private Island, Tetiaroa (in construction – opening 2011)
Ravello, 2009 – Perched on the cliffs of Ravello overlooking the Amalfi Coast and Mediterranean Sea, Palazzo Sasso commands one of the most extraordinary views in the world. For over ten years Sasso has enjoyed treating guests to the best and most luxurious hotel experience in one of the most breathtaking spots on the globe. Expansive vistas of the nearby Mediterranean are abundant from the grounds of Palazzo Sasso and, as of 1 June 2009, the luxury hotel is pleased to bring the seaside experience directly to guest by introducing the newest amenity in the resort’s arsenal of pampering extras, Sasso by the Sea.
Sasso by the Seais a private villa acquired by Palazzo Sasso and sits mere steps away from the pristine waters that have attracted royalty, celebrities and affluent travelers alike for centuries. Guests of Palazz0 Sasso will have exclusive access to Sasso by the Seadaily from 1 June through September with a free private shuttle operating from Palazzo Sasso to the seaside villa in the village of Marmorata, just a short drive away or an invigorating down hill walk. Sasso by the Sea’s amenities include a heavenly salt water pool, lush gardens with two cabanas, one men’s and one women’s changing room plus two ‘relaxation living’ rooms. No need to pack a lunch because on the peaceful terrace there will be a small restaurant serving local favorites including fabulous pizzas and seafood pulled directly from the waters surrounding the property as well as a full service bar. Follow a path through the gardens to find a stone staircase leading down to the replenishing waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Cut directly into the side of the cliff walls there are flat surfaced sunning terraces with lounge beds staggered on different levels off the staircase landings. The attentive staff of Sasso by the Sea will see to guests every need and will be stocked with everything one would desire to make a trip to the sea a breeze.
For more information and reservations please contact:
phone: +39 089 818181
July 22, 2010
Construction Continues on the Brando
Luxury Eco-Resort Slated to Open in 2011 on Marlon Brando’s Private Island, Tetiaroa
TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA (July 18, 2009) Located on the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa and a product of the late Marlon Brando’s vision, construction on The Brando has officially begun with completion slated for late 2011. Construction of the luxury eco-resort has commenced with the official authorization from the Tahitian government after several years of studying the impact of construction on the environment. The Brando will feature: 47 deluxe bungalow villas (each with private plunge pools), a spa, fitness center, community pool, as well as various island activities including scuba diving and archaeological tours of royal Tahitian sites.
Construction of The Brando began with the building of a platform on the coral reef to provide logistical access to the island without causing environmental damage. Additionally, the old airstrip is being refurbished and extended to meet the government’s safety standards.
The exclusive resort will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa, the former playground of Tahitian Kings in French Polynesia’s idyllic islands. Purchased by Brando in 1965, Tetiaroa is a 13-island chain circled by a coral reef offering a tranquil and pure paradise 35 miles from the island of Tahiti. The Brandois a product of Brando’s vision to create a project which will resonate with visitors and also foster opportunities for guests to get to know both the place and the people of French Polynesia.
The project is being overseen by Tahiti Beachcomber SA, whose CEO, Richard Bailey, owner of several luxury resorts in French Polynesia, was a good friend of Brando’s and had been working with him for many years to fulfill their joint vision to develop an environmentally sustainable resort. Bailey has experience with other sustainable projects in French Polynesia as he owns four InterContinental resorts in the region, utilizing eco-friendly practices.
Brando had many ideas for howto 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.
Bailey and his company, Tahiti Beachcomber SA, own the four InterContinental Resorts French Polynesia: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Tahiti Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, and InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa. Bailey is also co-founder of the non-profit foundation, Te Mana o Te Moana. Working closely with the Tahitian Ministry of Environment, the organization strives to protect marine life, educating the public on safe environmental activity, and continuously promotes eco-friendly practices throughout the InterContinental properties and local communities.
For additional information on The Brando, please visit the resort’s official website: www.thebrandoecohotel.com
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