Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is finally building a multimillion-dollar ecotourism resort on his own private island off the coast of Belize.
This news isn’t exactly new. Ten years ago, the Oscar nominee purchased 104-acre Belize island called Blackadore Cay, and soon after, he announced a partnership with the owners of the Four Seasons Resorts chain to create a ‘green hotel’ with an expected 2008 start date. Well, 2008 came and went, and still no Leo green hotel.
But, now, finally, it seems that we will be able to check into chez Leo in the near future. For real, this time.
Speaking to the New York Times, the actor discussed his new project, “Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island,” which has him teamed up with Paul Scialla, of the New York firm Delos, for the development.
The word “restorative” doesn’t just apply to guests, but to the island itself.
“We don’t want to just do less harm or even have zero impact, but to actually help heal the island, to make it better than before,” Scialla said, referring to the island’s past with “overfishing, an eroding coastline and the deforestation of its mangrove trees.”
The resort, which hosts 68 guest villas, will have the best of the best, including infinity pools, sunset views, villas built over the water, private beaches, and a manatee conservation area. And if renting isn’t your style, you can purchase one of the 50 homes that will be built on the island for between $5 million and $15 million.
As part of its eco-friendly mandate, the resort will have restrictions on what guests can and cannot bring. Plastic bottles, for example, will be a no no. Guests will also attend an ecology orientation program, so they’ll better understand the ramifications of their environmental choices, or lack thereof.
“The focus is to do something that will change the world,” DiCaprio said. “I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren’t for the idea it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.”
Sounds like paradise to us.