Leonardo DiCaprio almost became just another celebrity buying a personal island. But his love for the environment (and you know, leisure) made him turn his $1.75 million Belize island investment into a pretty badass eco-resort.
The 104-acre isle, known as Belize’s Blakadore Caye, is about as picturesque as it gets. Slated to open in late 2018, new renderings show how the hotel seamlessly integrates into the outdoors with open-air buildings and endless infinity pools, all powered by renewable energy. He plans to rehabilitate much of the area with New York City-based developer Paul Scialla, which reportedly has been over-fished and is suffering from sand erosion and deforestation. It’s expected to have artificial reefs with ‘fish shelters’ and even a nursery growing marine grass. Even over the half of the island has still been set aside as a protected wildlife preserve.
There will be 36 resort bungalows and 36 estate homes. As you can expect, staying at these villas isn’t going to come cheap. Some are expected to be sold privately, and will set you back anywhere between $5 million and $15 million each.