I’m happy with how the story turned out in print (scroll to bottom of page), but print can be limiting — particularly when the magazine suddenly sells more ads than expected at the very last minute, and we have to drop a few editorial pages. Too many photographs ended up on the cutting-room floor, including a full page of images from this review.
To make up for that, here’s a closer look not just at Les Mutinés but also the resort at large. The 36-villa Brando occupies the private atoll of Tetiaroa, a small island previously owned by Marlon Brando (which he purchased after filming the movie Mutiny on the Bounty and is now in the hands of his estate). It’s a resort that Brando himself dreamed of building — and had been planning for years. It finally came to life only after his death, built and managed by the Tahiti-based Pacific Beachcomber company. Establishing a resort on a private island — completely cut off from the outside world’s power grid and waste-management systems, takes an awful lot of planning and ingenuity. The Brando produces 100 percent of its own energy via solar farms (although they do have a backup generator that gets turned on occasionally but rarely.) Innovative air-conditioning uses deep sea water as coolant. Glass from the bar and restaurants gets recycled into sand. There are no cars on the island, only bicycles and electric buggies. The scope of the company’s sustainability efforts boggles the mind.
Here’s a quick look around:
Les Mutinés and chef Jean Imbert
The Brando and Tetiaroa Atoll
For the full review with commentary on the menu and details of how Imbert orchestrated his mutiny, pick up a copy of OLTRE Volume 4. If you already subscribe, you should see the magazine in your mailbox soon. If not a subscriber already, contact your Internova-affiliated travel advisor to find out how you can get on the mailing list. This is my favorite issue yet — it is absolutely beautiful, cover to cover.