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Obama Is Holed Up Writing His Book On The South Pacific Island Of Tetiaroa

Marlon Brando used to own it.

29/03/2017 4:06 AM AEDT | Updated 04/04/2017 2:25 AM AEST
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Yes, this is a real photo, but it's not on Tetiaroa. Barack Obama smiles as he looks out at Turtle Beach on a visit to Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, U.S., September 1, 2016.

After a brief layover in Hawaii, former President Barack Obama is hanging out on a South Pacific island for a month to write his White House memoir, according to the Washington Post. 

The island, called Tetiaroa, is an atoll located in a group of French Polynesian islands. Its closest neighbor is Tahiti, which is roughly 30 miles away. Not only is it super private and exclusive, it’s also gorgeous:  

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Hello, paradise! 

The island was once owned by actor Marlon Brando, who bought the property while scouting locations for his 1962 movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty.” A decade after Brando’s death in 2004, the property was acquired by hotel company Pacific Beachcomber and converted into an ultra-luxurious resort called The Brando.

Obama is reportedly staying at the 35-villa resort for most of his month on the island, and its eco-friendly reputation keeps in line with his own high environmental standards. According to its website, the resort eventually hopes to be 100 percent energy independent ― fueled by solar panels, generators powered by coconut oil and a contraption that converts seawater to air conditioning. 

Rooms start $2,800 per night and some are as expensive as $13,300 per night, but the amenities are simply outrageous. And considering Barack and Michelle Obama recently inked a book deal worth a reported $60 million, they can afford to splurge a little. 

The Brando
What a view ☀️
The Brando
Stunning! 
The Brando
Not too shabby.

If Barack decides to bring the whole family along for part of his stay, The Brando is both super family friendly and all-inclusive.

“This is an ideal resort for families as well as honeymooners and clients seeking seclusion,” Dan Ilves, senior vice president of Travel Store, told The Huffington Post for a previous story. All activities are included and for those interested, there is an onsite marine research center.”

Other activities include snorkeling in a coral garden, swimming in a magical place called Mermaid Bay and enjoying the resort’s incredible spa. 

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A snapshot of a villa on the island. 
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Looks perfect for paddleboarding and snorkeling! 

Getting to the island isn’t exactly easy, but it’s safe to say the end result is worth it.

Just copy Obamas’ mode of getting to the island. Fly into Tahiti, then hop on a short, 20-minute flight to Tetiaroa. 

We’re pretty sure this is what Obama looks like right now (though he probably added a backwards hat and flip flops).  

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Obama at Turtle Beach at the Midway Atoll, Sept. 1, 2016. 
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Enjoy, Obama! 

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