Leonardo DiCaprio takes on new role as eco resort proprietor
Revealing plans for a private island in Belize
Hollywood's premiere environmental crusader, Leonardo DiCaprio, is opening an eco retreat on a private island that he bought off the coast of Belize ten years ago. Turning his own sustainable version of The Beach into a reality for many eco tourists.
The actor bought the island in 2005 when he visited Belize, which he has termed "heaven on earth," but took his time to find the perfect partner to develop his dream of a sustainable and restorative resort – 'Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island' – that could not just sustain but give back to the unique and rich environment.
Belize boasts the second largest natural coral reef in the world, and a rich marine life, which has suffered from over-fishing in recent decades. To this end, one of the key attractions of the resort would be to prevent any further such damage and to nurture the marine life with sanctuaries, to help populations of manatees and other indigenous creatures to restore themselves.
DiCaprio is confident in his partnership with Paul Scialla, the chief executive of Delos, a New York City-based developer. Delos is best know for the health conscious apartment building in lower Manhattan that has vitamin infused water, juicing centres built into kitchens as standard and intricate lighting that promotes health and good sleep, currently fetching prices in the region of $40 million, DiCaprio himself owns one. Perhaps this is an indication of the level of development we can expect to see at Blackadore Caye when it opens in 2018.