This week, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts unveiled plans for the latest addition to its portfolio of tropical properties in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico—a list that includes high-end resorts in Anguilla, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica. The Four Seasons Resort & Residences Caye Chapel will be built on a barracuda-shaped islet about 16 miles from Belize City—a breezy 30-minute boat ride or 10 minutes by air. The Toronto-based hotel company and its Mexico-based investment partners picked up the island—once used as a coconut plantation—for the bargain price of $11.4 million back in 2014.
The private island measures only 280 acres, but within its six miles of white-sand beaches Four Seasons will build plenty, including a full-service marina, a private airstrip, a Greg Norman–designed 18-hole golf course, a collection of 50 private estate homes and 35 private residences—plus a 100-room hotel complete with a collection of overwater bungalows imagined by Philipp Neher and Studio Caban (designers of Utah’s sublime Amangiri resort).
The Four Seasons Resort & Residences Caye Chapel is set to welcome its first guests during 2021.