Project of the Week: Blackadore Caye

by | 01 Aug 2022 | Project of the Week, Projects

Our latest Project of the Week investigates the most recent updates on Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio’s private island eco-resort in Belize near the world’s second largest barrier reef.

Upon its completion, the Blackadore Caye development is billed to be the greenest island resort ever built, and the world’s first ‘Restorative Island’ project designed with sustainable building techniques that restore and regenerate the surrounding ecosystem and reverse the effects of climate change.

Stalled schedule

However, there have been some project hold-ups since DiCaprio and business partner Jeff Gram bought the island in 2005 with this green intention.

The Belizean resort was first announced in 2015 with an opening slated for 2018, but this was then pushed back to 2020.

However, according to a contact involved in the project who spoke to TOPHOTELPROJECTS database researchers, covid lockdowns created a pause in construction. Last month, a further outreach from our analysts confirmed that the project is still under planning, and now has a completion window of Q4 2023.

Media reports have suggested that local protest groups stalled the development for fears that the development would do more harm than good in this delicate ecosystem. Blackadore Caye Development Group stressed that plans would only move forward if the property meets the most rigorous environmental and ecological standards.

Original intention

Blackadore Caye has been specified to feature 116 rooms, comprising 68 villas, 48 estate off-the-grid homes and a private clubhouse. Luxurious amenities will be centred on The Blackadore Village, which will comprise three world class restaurants, a spa and wellness centre, and the Deepak Chopra Center for Renewal and Anti-Aging.

The resort’s design is intended to restore and reinforce Blackadore Caye by replanting mangrove, replacing invasive species with native species, enhancing soil and habitat and creating additional armature for reef and fish breeding. Additionally, over half of the island has been set aside as a protected wildlife preserve. Plans also call for a research station on climate change and habitat impacts, leading restoration programs and more.

The island’s infrastructure has been designed under a unique conservation framework, developed by top biologists and ecologists who have studied ways to support and preserve the island’s habitat and biodiversity during construction. The development will be completely powered by renewable energy and designed to increase the biological health of species on the island and in the waters around it.

US-based developer Chris Allen + Associates is partnering with compatriot architects McClennan Design and Coates Design Architects on the project, while New York-headquartered Restorative Hospitality is the management company. Several further businesses are also consulting on the development: Clevenger Associates from Washington state, plus Canada’s Integral Group and Associated Engineering.

Many TOPHOTELNEWS articles draw on exclusive information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database. This subscription-based product includes details of thousands of hotel projects around the world, along with the key decision-makers behind them. Please note, our data may differ from records held by other organisations. Generally, the database focuses on four- and five-star schemes of significant scale; tracks projects in either the vision, pre-planning, planning, under-construction, pre-opening or newly opened phase; and covers newbuilds, extensions, refurbishments and conversions.

Learn more

Related Articles

Chinese brand to set up house in Japan

Chinese brand to set up house in Japan

Imagery by Proloog, © Snøhetta, courtesy of Tokyu Group. Swire Hotels is venturing outside its home Chinese market for the first time with the signing of a new luxury hotel in Tokyo, Japan. The firm is collaborating with Tokyu Group and L Catterton Real Estate (LCRE)...

Winter Olympic hotel poised for €25 million makeover

Winter Olympic hotel poised for €25 million makeover

Imagery courtesy of Invel Real Estate. A historic hotel in Winter Olympic destination Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, will be undergoing major renovations after changing hands. Prodea Investments and Invel Real Estate have acquired Hotel Bellevue Suites & Spa for around...

Accor furthers Uzbekistan expansion

Accor furthers Uzbekistan expansion

Imagery courtesy of Accor. Accor is continuing its march into Uzbekistan with the signing of a cooperation agreement with Lumiere LLC to open the first ibis site in the country. The 150-room ibis Tashkent will launch in Uzbekistan’s capital in 2023. Several shops, a...

Shanghai hotels to bounceback from lockdown limitations

Shanghai hotels to bounceback from lockdown limitations

Pictured: MGM Hotel Shanghai West Bund. Imagery courtesy of Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality. The rise of ‘revenge tourism’ after covid lockdowns is prompting a raft of new hotel developments in Shanghai, China. China’s biggest city is ready for recovery after being subject...

Project of the Week: Kempinski Laje De Pedra Hotel & Residences

Project of the Week: Kempinski Laje De Pedra Hotel & Residences

Imagery courtesy of Kempinski Hotels. Kempinski Hotels’ first foray into the southern hemisphere earns our latest ‘Project of the Week’ title with a spectacular clifftop development. The luxury European brand is making a splash in Brazil with the renovation of the...

Crowne Plaza bolsters northern Indian presence

Crowne Plaza bolsters northern Indian presence

Image of Pushkar by Bishnu Sarangi from Pixabay. IHG Hotels & Resorts is continuing its portfolio’s progress in India with a new signing in the northwestern province of Rajasthan. The hotel group inked a management agreement with SRDF Ventures Private Limited to...

Pin It on Pinterest