Blackadore Caye: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Eco-Resort

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In “Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort,” The New York Times (3 April 2015) reported that the actor—also an environmental activist–had bought Blackadore Caye, “104 acres of wild, unpopulated land off the coast of Belize, with a partner soon after he set foot in the country a decade ago.” The article explained that he had joined forces with Paul Scialla, the chief executive of Delos, a New York City-based developer, to create an eco-conscious resort there to be opened to guests in 2018 as “Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island.” The article emphasized that part of the plan was to “restore” the island itself because the Caye had been plagued by overfishing, an eroding coastline, and the deforestation of its mangrove trees. [See our previous post, Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort.]

Now, other news outlets are announcing its forthcoming completion. In “Leonardo DiCaprio Turned His Island into an Eco-Resort,” Marissa G. Muller (Architectural Digest, 15 November 2016) writes about the star’s Belize hotel, highlighting the fact that it was inspired by Mayan architecture and was designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy. Muller writes: “In addition to thatched roofs, the 36 bungalows and 36 estate homes on-site will offer features like circadian lighting and and solar panels. Given DiCaprio’s history as an environmental activist—he just released a documentary on climate change called Before the Flood— Gathy and his team are taking extra precautions to ensure the hotel will be environmentally sound. That includes reshaping the flora to remove invasive species and replace them with native ones, bringing in more mangroves, and maintaining the reef surrounding the island.”

Travel and Leisure’s Erika Owen points out: “With DiCaprio’s previous philanthropic dedication to protecting the Earth’s wildlife and spaces, it makes sense that this green sensibility would translate to his hotel endeavor. The area on which the resort will live has reportedly suffered from overfishing and sand erosion. So, in addition to the accommodations that will be located over the water, DiCaprio plans on creating artificial reefs with ‘fish shelters,’ and building a nursery for marine grass to help rehabilitate the area.”

For full article by Architectural Digest, see http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/leonardo-dicaprio-turned-his-island-into-an-eco-resort

For T&L piece, see http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/leonardo-dicaprio-belize-eco-resort

For the NYT article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/realestate/an-idea-hits-the-beach.html?_r=0

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