In 2005, DiCaprio bought a small sandbank in the Caribbean Sea, near the Belize Barrier Reef, called Blackadore Caye. He and a partner paid $1.75 million for the deserted island and, ten years later, announced their most daring project to date: Blackadore Caye, a restorative island.
It was an eco-resort of the most luxurious kind, one that would provide “restoration” both for the well-to-do people who could afford to stay there and for the place itself, both the island and its surrounding environment.
This vision is now a reality. Blackadore Caye is the world’s first truly restorative island development: a development powered entirely by renewable energy and designed to enhance the biological health of species on the island and in the waters surrounding it. DiCaprio himself said in an interview that his project will “change the world,” offering a kind of guide to what the island resorts of the future should look like and how to prosper while supporting local communities to prosper as well.
The ecological dream
Blackadore Caye will feature 116 rooms, comprising 68 villas, 48 off-grid houses and a private clubhouse. Luxury amenities will center on The Blackadore Village, which will comprise three world-class restaurants, a spa and wellness center, and the Deepak Chopra Anti-Aging and Renewal Center.
Prices range from $5 million to $15 million. Each unit has its own infinity pool, access to private beaches and the jungle, the resort has all the expected luxuries while being sustainable: solar panels, eco-friendly materials and furnishings, air and water purification, and wind power, which is what is used within the complex.
The resort’s design is intended to restore and strengthen Blackadore Caye by replanting mangroves, replacing invasive species with native species, improving soil and habitat, and creating additional reef and fish breeding structures. Additionally, more than half of the island has been set aside as a protected wildlife reserve. The plans also call for a research station on climate change and habitat impacts, leading restoration programs and more.
The island’s infrastructure has been designed under a unique conservation framework, developed by leading biologists and ecologists who have studied ways to support and preserve the island’s habitat and biodiversity during construction. The development will be completely powered by renewable energy.
US developer Chris Allen + Associates is partnering with architects McClennan Design and Coates Design Architects on the project, with New York-based Restorative Hospitality serving as managing company.
The work on Blackadore Caye is scheduled for completion in 2023.
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