He's an Oscar-winning actor, a renowned environmental activist, a UN Messenger of Peace, and now a hotelier. Leonardo DiCaprio is about to venture into the world of hospitality in the form a of an ultra-luxe eco-resort situated on his remote private island off the coast of Belize. And with the resort scheduled to open sometime in 2018, we finally have our first look at what the sprawling estate is going to look like.
The resort, which does not yet have a name, will consist of 36 villas and 36 residential homes, The Daily Mail reports. In the property's first renderings, we get a glimpse at the modern design, courtesy of the acclaimed architect Jean-Michel Gathy, who’s said to have drawn inspiration from the architecture of the Mayan civilization that once called Belize home. And with Leo being one of the most vocal advocates on the dangers of climate change, you'd better believe the resort will be powered by solar panels. Business Insider reports that all vehicles will operate using clean energy, water bottles will be reusable, and food will be organic and grown locally.
The impressive renderings also reveal the shimmering infinity pools that are located throughout the resort, as well as the thatched roof and marble accents of the residences—a perfect combination of quaint island authenticity and five-star luxury. But if you think Leo is building this place so he and his friends can have a private place to pop bottles and hang with models, think again. In a recent interview with The New York Times, DiCaprio explained exactly what his intentions were, and they're quite noble, to say the least. "My goal was always the fact that I wanted to create something not just environmental, but restorative, a showcase for what is possible."
Watch Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change documentary Before the Flood, and let us know if you plan on visiting his new resort once it's completed.