Leonardo DiCaprio’s eco-resort in Belize
Blackadore set to boost Belize tourism experience
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye eco-resort project promises to bolster Belize’s already impressive tourism product.
Belize has long been hailed as a model for the sustainable eco-tourism experience. DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye hopes to build on that model and take it to another level.
As well as creating a haven for travellers searching for a complete escape, DiCaprio and his partners have explicitly stated that they are aiming to create “the world’s leading example of green hospitality”.
The project not only hopes to revitalise its visitors, but also to help restore the land itself, as it has endured deterioration from over-fishing, deforestation and an eroding coastline.
The aim of DiCaprio and his partners is to rehabilitate the ecosystem of the area with, among other eco-friendly additions, a nursery that will grow indigenous marine grass to support a manatee conservation area, and mangrove trees replanted to replace invasive species.
The island will feature 36 resort bungalows and 36 estate homes, all of which will be powered by 100% renewable energy harvested from solar panels. Rainwater will be collected and filtered on-site and combined with solar-powered desalinization devices to meet the resort’s water needs.
The decor of the villas to be built on the island is said to take inspiration from the country’s ancient Mayan ruins, with thatched roofs, dark wood exteriors and cool marble flooring.
As many local materials as possible will be used to build the resort, to reduce emissions and support the local economy.
There will also be solar panels and an on-site waste treatment facility to manage the effect the buildings have on the environment.
And although it is an eco-resort, the one and two-storey buildings will have every modern convenience, including circadian lighting that changes tone and colour throughout the day to respond to the human body clock.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project was recently approved and construction is now expected to be complete by 2018.