Barack Obama to spend a month in French Polynesia

Actor Marlon Brando bought Tetiaroa in 1967, and built eco-resort The Brando on it.
Actor Marlon Brando bought Tetiaroa in 1967, and built eco-resort The Brando on it. PHOTO: THE BRANDO
Barack Obama will spend a month at The Brando, an exclusive resort in French Polynesia.
Barack Obama will spend a month at The Brando, an exclusive resort in French Polynesia.PHOTO: THE BRANDO

PAPEETE (AFP) - Former US President Barack Obama arrived on Wednesday (March 15) in French Polynesia where he will spend a month at a luxury resort frequented by Hollywood stars, according to local TV channel Tahiti Nui TV.

The former president landed on the tourist island Tahiti without his family before going to Marlon Brando's privately owned retreat Tetiaroa atoll, which the Oscar-winning actor bought in the 1960s.

Mr Obama has checked into the eco-friendly Brando resort, whose villas boast their own plunge pools and cost between 2,000 euros (S$3,008) and 12,300 euros per night.


Guests have to fly 20 minutes from Tahiti on Teteiroa island's private airline to get to The Brando. PHOTO: THE BRANDO

No political meetings have been announced during Mr Obama's stay and it is not clear what he plans to do during the sojourn or whether his family will join him.

But the former leader of the free world and his wife Michelle have signed a bumper book deal with Penguin Random House estimated to be worth as much as US$60 million (S$84.16 million).

French Polynesia, a French territory in the South Pacific, is made of more than 100 islands and is best known for the French nuclear tests carried out there up to the mid-1990s.


Mr Obama during a holiday on Richard Branson's Moskito island, in the British Virgin Islands. PHOTO: REUTERS