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Leonardo DiCaprio Turned His Island into an Eco-Resort

The Property Addict / Distinct Dwellings

Nov 21 2016

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by Marissa G. Muller Islands and Leonardo DiCaprio don't mix, at least in the movies. Remember his characters in The Beach and Shutter Island? We're hoping that doesn't get in the way of the Academy Award"winning actor's new business venture. DiCaprio is in the process of transforming an island off the coast of Belize into a luxurious eco-resort"�and the first look is here. Called Blackadore Caye Resort, the hotel isn't slated to open until late 2018, but potential travelers can already take a peek inside. According to new renderings, the resort will beautifully integrate the outdoors and indoors with open-air buildings surrounded by palm trees, lush landscaping, and contemporary infinity pools and finished with natural elements like wood and marble. leonardo2 Designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy"�who's known for luxurious hotels around the world, including the Canal Grande Venice, where George and Amal Clooney were married"�the resort takes inspiration from Mayan architecture, as Travel and Leisure reports. leonardo3 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. AD

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