Besides being one of the greatest actors and a bro king with a stable of super models at his disposal at all times, Leonardo DiCaprio is also a devoted environmental activist.
Ten years ago, the Oscar-nominated actor bought Blackadore Caye, a 104-acre unpopulated island off the coast of Belize which he described as, “heaven on earth.” However he doesn’t intend to use it as his personal vacation paradise to frolic on the beach with Victoria’s Secret models. Leo plans to build a luxury, eco-friendly resort that he hopes will “be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.”
He partnered with Jeff Gram, owner of nearby Cayo Espanto Island Resort (Seen above) where nightly rates run as high as $2,295, to purchase Blackadore Caye for $1.75 million. However it has taken Leo 10 years to find the right development partner to turn this paradise into an eco-friendly escape.
The resort will be called, “Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island,” not only for it’s healing services for guests, but for the restorative wonders they hope to do for the exhausted resources of the island. Blackadore Caye has been ravaged by overfishing, deforestation of its mangrove trees and has an eroding coastline.
“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,” says Paul Scialla, the chief executive of the developer Delos, who partnered with DiCaprio to create this project.
The resort will have a bevy of natural beauty to rehabilitate any vacationer’s soul with infinity pools, sunset views, villas built over the water, private beaches and a manatee conservation area.
From the New York Times:
The villas for guests on Blackadore Caye will be built atop a massive platform that stretches in an arc over the water, with artificial reefs and fish shelters underneath. A nursery on the island will grow indigenous marine grass to support a manatee conservation area, and mangrove trees will be replanted, replacing invasive species. A team of designers, scientists, engineers and landscape architects, some of whom have spent more than 18 months studying Blackadore Caye, will monitor the resort’s impact on its surroundings.
There will be 68 guest villas that will have access to nearly a mile of secluded beach, grassland and jungle. Rental prices for the villas have not been announced. There will also be 48 villas available for purchase with an asking price ranging from $5 million to $15 million, plus a monthly fee for housekeeping, meals and other services.
If visual grandeur doesn’t improve your mood there will also be health and anti-aging programs overseen by spirituality guru Deepak Chopra.
Nearly 45 percent of the entire island will be designated as a conservation area. The resort will be built using as many native materials as possible, including the local workforce who will be trained in the latest green-building techniques.
Since this is an environmentally conscious property, there will be restrictions, such as as no plastic water bottles are allowed on the island.
“The main 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 that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.”
The resort will open in 2018, so start saving, because this will be the closest you ever get to living like Leonardo DiCaprio.
*Supermodels Not Included