Obama to spend a month at luxury resort in French Polynesia

Obama to spend a month at luxury resort in French Polynesia
Former US President Barack Obama sits on a boat during a kite surfing outing with British businessman Richard Branson during his holiday on Branson's Moskito island, in the British Virgin Islands, in a picture handed out by Virgin on February 7, 2017.
PHOTO: Reuters

PAPEETE - Barack Obama arrived Wednesday 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 US 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.

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

A villa at The Brando resort in Tetiaroa on French Polynesia.
Photo: The Brando

No political meetings have been announced during 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$84.2 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.

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