Leonardo DiCaprio to Establish Eco-Friendly Resort on Private Island

The upcoming luxury resort will be built on the island of Blackadore Caye in Belize and open to guests in 2018.

Leonardo DiCaprio says he is planning to build an environmentally friendly resort on an island he purchased off the coast of Belize.

In an interview with The New York Times, the Wolf of Wall Street actor revealed he had purchased Blackadore Caye for $1.75 million and will be building an eco-friendly luxury resort on the island in hopes of restoring its 104 acres of uninhabited land.

The private resort, opening to guests in 2018, will feature 68 guest villas, 48 vacation homes (with prices ranging from $5 million to $15 million), infinity pools and sunset views along the beach, the Times reported. The upcoming venture will be named "Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island."

"The main focus is to do something that will change the world," DiCaprio told the paper. "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 would be groundbreaking in the environmental movement."

"We are pushing each other the whole way to test the boundaries of what is possible," the actor said. "With the onset of climate change, there are huge challenges, so we want the structure to not only enhance and improve the environment, but to be a model for the future."

This restoration project is just one of many ways DiCaprio has pushed for environmental awareness. In March, the actor announced he would be teaming with Netflix for a new slate of documentaries centering on environmental and conservation themes.

Through his environmental nonprofit foundation, DiCaprio also has made generous donations to campaign efforts, including $2 million to help stop illegal fishing and establish marine reserves and $50,000 to support a kickstarter project dedicated to locating a rare whale species. 

He was named a United Nations "Messenger of Peace" on the topic of climate change last September. 

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