李奧納多買小島 打造生態意識度假村

Recovery for Island and Those Who Visit

In what may be his highest- impact role yet, the actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the Oscar- nominated “Wolf of Wall Street,” is planning to heal an island.

A known environmental activist, Mr. DiCaprio bought Blackadore Caye, 42 hectares of wild, unpopulated land off the coast of Belize, with a partner soon after he set foot in the country a decade ago. “It was like heaven on earth,” he said . “And almost immediately, I found this opportunity to purchase an island there.”

因「華爾街之狼」一片獲奧斯卡提名的演員李奧納多狄卡皮歐 ,正計畫為一個島嶼療傷止痛,這可能是他迄今最具影響力的一個角色。

狄卡皮歐是知名的環保活動家,10年前,他踏上貝里斯這個國家不久,便和一名合夥人買下在貝里斯外海的「布雷卡多島」。小島面積42公頃,是座荒蕪的無人島。他說:「它像人間天堂。幾乎是立刻,我利用了機會,買下那裡的一座小島 。」

圖擷自The Culture Trip Ltd

Now Mr. DiCaprio has joined with Paul Scialla, the chief executive of Delos, a New York City-based developer, to create an eco-conscious resort there. When it opens in 2018, Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island will feature the trappings of many luxury resorts, with sprawling villas, infinity pools and stunning sunset views.

But the “Restorative” in the title refers to the impact the resort might have on not only guests but the island itself. Blackadore Caye has suffered from overfishing, erosion and mangrove deforestation , and the partners mean to put it back to rights.



The island has been used for hundreds of years, according to Juan Rovalo, a biologist who leads a team of scientists studying the cay . It was a popular spot for fishermen, who would stop on their way to markets in Mexico and cut mangrove, using the wood for fires to smoke their catch and the conch that they took from the reef, littering the island with thousands of empty shells. More recently, he said, the island’s once plentiful palm trees have been uprooted and used to landscape hotels in San Pedro, a 15-minute boat ride away.


The villas on Blackadore Caye will be built atop a platform that stretches in an arc over the water, with artificial reefs and fish shelters underneath. A nursery will grow indigenous marine grass to support a manatee conservation area, and mangrove trees will replace invasive species. A team of designers, scientists, engineers and landscape architects, some of whom have spent more than 18 months studying Blackadore Caye, will monitor the resort’s impact on its surroundings.

「布雷卡多島 」的別墅將建造於水上延伸成拱形的一座平台上,下方是人工礁和人工魚礁。另有一個苗床將用來種植原生海草,以支持海牛保護區,並將以紅樹林取代入侵物種。由設計師、科學家、工程師、景觀建築師合組的一支團隊將負責監督度假村對周遭環境的衝擊,部分成員已研究「布雷卡多島」逾18個月。

“The main focus is to do something that will change the world,” Mr. DiCaprio said. “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.”

狄卡皮歐說:「重點在於做件可改變世界的事情。它將成為環保運動的一項創舉,若非秉持這種理念, 我不會去到貝里斯,在島上建設,做這樣的一件事。」

Mr. DiCaprio bought Blackadore Caye for $1.75 million with Jeff Gram, the owner of Cayo Espanto Island Resort, a luxury vacation spot on another private island in Belize . Mr. DiCaprio said it had taken him 10 years to find the right development partner .

He was an early investor in Delos and serves on its advisory board, along with Deepak Chopra, the self-improvement guru; Richard A. Gephardt, the former United States representative from Missouri; and doctors at the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic.



The ecotourism market is large and growing, with eight billion ecotourist visits a year worldwide, according to the Center for Responsible Travel. But it is unclear if it actually works.

“No hotel can be truly sustainable because you have to fly to get there,” said Jan H. Katz, a senior lecturer at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, New York.



What people are buying, Ms. Katz said, is the status of staying at an exclusive eco-resort.

Mr. DiCaprio looks at it another way. “My goal was always the fact that I wanted to create something not just environmental, but restorative,” he said. “A showcase for what is possible.”




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