As Leonardo DiCaprio morphed from a 20-something heartthrob to a 30-something awards contender to a 40-year-old bearded cultural icon, he slowly but surely became just as famous for his charitable pursuits as his acting career. And now, Leo has finally reached peak Marlon Brando status by making his biggest, most environmentally friendly move yet -- he's saving an entire island. An island that he owns.
DiCaprio told The New York Times that his 104-acre unpopulated island off the coast of Belize, Blackadore Caye, would be transformed into “Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island” by 2018. It will have infinity pools, villas, and probably some pretty epic massages, but most importantly, it will serve a purpose -- this resort is literally saving the island.
Blackadore Caye has suffered from overfishing, deforestation and an eroding coastline, so DiCaprio's resort will combat this with nurseries, conservations, replanted mangrove trees, and so on and so forth.
“The main focus is to do something that will change the world,” DiCaprio told the Times. “I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren’t for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.”
Of course, the eco-friendly resort will also be lavish and uber-chill. (Unless you drink bottled water -- no bottled water allowed!) Guests -- who can either rent, or purchase villas for between $5 million and $15 million -- can visit a health and anti-aging program led by Deepak Chopra, and relax with manatees at their own conservation.
Basically, time to start saving those pennies -- Blackadore won't be cheap (unless you're a model), but it sounds super worth it.