Eco-advocate Leonardo DiCaprio has announced he will develop a multi-million dollar sustainable resort on a 104-acre island in Belize.
DiCaprio purchased the Blackadore Cave island nearly ten years ago.
“It was like heaven on earth,” he told The New York Times.
“And almost immediately, I found this opportunity to purchase an island there.”
Partnering with New York developer Paul Scialla, the development is said to be a “restorative island” with features in place to protect manatees, mangroves and marine life.
Moving beyond inclusions that would ensure the resort’s development is not detrimental to the area’s biodiversity, DiCaprio’s vision will also create a site which reverses damage already impacting the island’s immediate ecology. Damage created by deforestation, excessive fishing and damage to the coastline will be addressed during the construction of the resort.
“The main focus is to do something that will change the world,” DiCaprio told the Times.
“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.”
Luxury will still be on the agenda for guests visiting the Belize eco island resort. Infinitiy pools and villas situated atop of the water will offer luxury accommodation.
Guests of Blackadore Cave will be required to participate in an ecology orientation program, and unsustainable comfort items such as plastic bottles will be banned.
According to the development’s lead architect Jason McLennan, the eco resort will be designed with the Mayan culture in mind.
“We want to change the outlook of people who visit, on both the environment writ large and also their personal well-being,” he said.