A staunch eco-activist Leonardo DiCaprio is transforming a small island off the coast of Belize into an eco-resort and conservation area. After purchasing the 104-acre Blackadore Caye  nearly 10 years ago for about 1.75 million dollars, he has  recently teamed up with NYC-based Delos developer Paul Scialla to create the luxury resort, the plan is to make this a “restorative island”, which refers to both calming effect it will have on visitors, and how the island itself is being replenished.

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2Blackadore Caye has suffered from overfishing and coastline erosion over the years, the latter of which has been exacerbated by the over-harvesting of its native mangrove and palm trees. The eco-resort will be created as an enormous arc-shaped platform in the water, which will dual as a protective cover for fish shelters and man-made reefs beneath it. Plans are underway to remove invasive plant species so the land can be reforested with its indigenous mangroves, and a nursery is being built on the island that will grow native marine grasses.

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4The luxury resort set to open in 2018, will be called “Blackadore Caye, a Restorative island” and will certainly be a blend of eco-stewardship and luxury living in addition to the guest villas, there will also be a number of private luxury residences for sale around the Caye, ranging in price from $5 million to $15 million.

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Posted at - 1am on 10 April 2015