The Beach star Leonardo Di Caprio has snapped up his very own piece of paradise, splashing out on a Caribbean island.
British newspaper The Sun reports that the staunch environmentalist is planning to turn the isle, 104-acre Blackadore Caye off the coast of Belize, into an eco-friendly resort. The narrow island, which is just over two miles long, is lined with white sand beaches and dotted with coconut palms and rocky outcrops. It lies just a 25-minute boat ride from the Belize Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site.
The 30-year-old actor is said to already be working on plans for the environmentally-conscious retreat, which is costing him millions of dollars to create.
The luxury layout will apparently include just a few exclusive villas, all with private pools and terraces as well as direct access to the beach. Most importantly, however, the design of the hideaway – including the use of renewable energy sources – will respect the island's wildlife and tropical surroundings.
Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye, is located north of Leo's private getaway. Twenty-five miles long and used as a trading post during the Mayan period, Ambergris is the area's most developed islands, featuring a number of resorts as well as water sports, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.