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Luxury travel news

22 Mar 2018

BY April Hutchinson


Four Seasons to run private island in Belize

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is to open a hotel in Belize, making it the group’s second property in Central America.

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The hotel company is set to partner with Thor Urbana, Inmobilia Desarrollos and GFA Grupo Inmobiliario on th development and will manage the resort on the private island of Caye Chapel.


The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel will feature 100 guestrooms and suites designed by Studio Caban, including a collection of overwater bungalows. There will also be 50 private estate lots and 35 private residences for sale.


Scheduled to open in 2021, the private island project is a 30-minute boat ride or 10-minute flight from Belize City.


Adjacent to the Unesco World Heritage designated Belize Barrier Reef System, the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere, the island also has six miles of beaches.


“We are excited to be a part of the reimagination of Caye Chapel into an exclusive luxury experience, and to do so in a way that protects and reinforces the natural wonders of the island,” said J. Allen Smith, president and chief executive.

The island resort will offer health and wellness facilities, two beach clubs, multiple dining and bar options, retail outlets, a young residents club, a marina, tennis courts and private airstrip.


There will also be an 18-hole White Shark Golf Course designed and reinvented by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa and an on-site Fabien Cousteau Nature and Conservation Institute and Adventure Center. The institute will be home to research and education initiatives that guests and residents can participate in, including a 3D coral reef printing programme.


Four Seasons already has hotels in the region and the Caribbean in locations such as Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Anguilla, Nevis and Punta Mita, Mexico.


The group currently operates 110 hotels and resorts, and 38 residential properties in 46 countries, with more than 50 projects under planning or development.

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