Lonely Planet Writer

Have a sneak preview of Leonardo DiCaprio’s eco-resort in Belize

A Belizean island owned by Leonardo DiCaprio is set to become an environmentally-friendly resort, and renderings of what the development will look like have now been released.

Renderings of the resort in Belize.
Renderings of the resort in Belize. Image by Blackadore Caye Development Group

DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye project will be located on a private island off the coast of Belize and will be “the world’s leading example of green hospitality with an aim to restore and revitalise the surrounding ecosystem”, according to a spokesperson. The actor, who has become known for his environmental advocacy, has owned the 104-acre uninhabited island for years with plans to turn it into a sustainable luxury development.

Renderings of the resort in Belize.
Renderings of the resort in Belize. Image by Blackadore Caye Development Group

The project will feature 36 resort bungalows and 36 estate homes and see more than half of the island become a protected wildlife preserve. All power will be sourced from renewable energy and water will be provided through rainwater collection and on-site water treatment. After concerns were raised about a previous design for the project which included over-water bungalows, the plans were changed to remove the proposed structures. According to a spokesperson, DiCaprio and his team spent the last six months gathering feedback from local stakeholders and citizens on the original project design, making changes to the plans to monitor the impact on the surrounding fisheries, small businesses and local communities.

Renderings of the resort in Belize.
Renderings of the resort in Belize. Image by Blackadore Caye Development Group

The island’s infrastructure is designed “under a unique conservation framework developed by top biologists and ecologists who have studied ways to support and preserve the island’s habitat and biodiversity during construction”. The design is intended to restore and reinforce Blackadore Caye by replanting mangrove, replacing invasive species with native species, enhancing soil and habitat and creating additional armature for reef and fish breeding.

When the resort opens in 2018, the project is set to be a world-class luxury resort centered on health, wellness and sustainability, off-the-grid ‘living homes’, and will include a research station on climate change and habitat impacts, leading restoration programs and more”.