CAYE CHAPEL, BELIZE—Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced plans for the development of Caye Chapel, a private island in Belize featuring oceanfront estates, private residences and overwater bungalows. Scheduled to open in 2021, the project is in partnership with Thor Urbana, Inmobilia Desarrollos and GFA Grupo Inmobiliario, three leading real estate development groups based in Mexico.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize will transform the intimate private island of Caye Chapel into a luxury destination for residence owners and leisure travelers, with approximately 50 Private Estate lots, 35 Private Residences, and 100 guestrooms and suites. Caye Chapel is located in the Belize archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage designated Belize Barrier Reef System, the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere. The island will feature an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman in consultation with Lorena Ochoa, a Fabien Cousteau nature and conservation institute, a marina and private airstrip.
“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,” says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Island Outlined by Six Miles of White Sand Beaches
The 280-acre (113 hectare) island is outlined by 6 miles (9.7 kilometres) of white sand beaches and turquoise waters, and is located 16 miles (26 kilometres) from Belize City, either 30 minutes by boat or 10 minutes by flight. The island’s marina and airstrip can accommodate private boats and planes for easy access by owners and guests arriving from further afield. A destination, the island also acts as a convenient base to explore the nearby cultural and natural sites of mainland Belize and surrounding cayes.
For those looking to make their stays on the island more permanent, the development will include approximately 35 Four Seasons Private Residences and 50 Four Seasons Private Estates that owners can help design and build to their own preferences. Each lot will have private beach and golf course access, and owners can choose between a site on the east to enjoy sunrise or on the west for views of the sunset. The Resort will feature 100 guestrooms and suites designed by Studio Caban, including a collection of overwater bungalows.
Myriad amenities include health and wellness facilities, two beach clubs, multiple dining and bar options with sea views, retail outlets, a young residents club, a marina, tennis courts and the 18-hole White Shark Golf Course designed and reinvented by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa.
Guests and homeowners will be able to enjoy the natural aquatic environment around the island through boat expeditions, snorkeling, paddle boarding, diving and the 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 program.