Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016. 11:36 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye eco-resort project is all set to begin construction.
The resort is expected to be completed by 2018. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project was recently approved by the Department of the Environment (DOE).
DiCaprio bought the 104-acre island 10 years ago for US $1.75 Million. Now having passed the EIA phase, the Blackadore Caye Group expects to begin construction on the ambitious project next year.
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 revitalize 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 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-story buildings will have every modern convenience, including circadian lighting that changes tone and color throughout the day to respond to the human body clock.
The project will be monitored by a team of scientists, designers and engineers who, along with landscape architects, will closely monitor the resort’s impact on the island’s environment.
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