Right on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, you’ll soon find Four Seasons Resort & Private Residences Caye Chapel. The private island community is slated to open in 2024, offering visitors and residents the five-star service that comes standard with the Four Seasons. And since it’s located beside the largest reef of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the brand and Caye Chapel have made sure to focus on the precious ecosystem that surrounds it.
Fabien Cousteau—grandson of world-famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau—will lead the Fabien Cousteau Nature and Conservation Center in partnership with the island. Along with his team of scientists, Cousteau plans to use 3D printing technology to strengthen surrounding reef systems damaged by humans. The center will offer lectures and programming from marine biologists and conservationists, along with ocean expeditions for children to instill a deep appreciation for the ocean early in life.
Caye Chapel will offer even more family-friendly activities at The Fort, an education and adventure center for kids. Young guests can learn how to scuba dive so they can truly appreciate the surrounding reef ecosystem. The Fort will also offer off-island wildlife expeditions, organic gardening classes, along with a stargazing observatory.
Kids can’t have all the fun. Adults can enjoy world-class snorkeling and diving through the Belize Barrier Reef or take the experience to the next level with an exclusive, curated dive with Cousteau himself. Keep your head above water on a kayak, paddle board, jet ski, or sailboat. Or if you want something a little more adventurous, swim in the shallows among nurse sharks, sea turtles, manatees, and stingrays.
We can’t talk about the Four Seasons without talking about something synonymous with the resort: luxury. Caye Chapel is only accessible through island-coordinated private air and water charters and will feature 24 private beach and oceanfront residences, along with a 104-key hotel and overwater bungalows. Staying true to its conservation efforts, only 10 percent of the island will be developed, while the rest of the land will be dedicated to preservation and outdoor experiences.
Golf enthusiasts can play on a championship, nine-hole reversible course, or take some practice shots on the resort’s par three course. The community will also have a golf academy, putting course, and full-service clubhouse restaurant.
Lay back and relax in Caye Chapel’s full-service spa or enjoy a private service from your bungalow as you overlook the reef. Yogis can practice their poses at the Sunrise Sanctuary located on a private alcove. The spa will also feature a stargazing observatory, reflection pool, fully equipped indoor and outdoor gyms, nature reserve with hiking trails, and much more.
Meals at Caye Chapel may be as memorable as the diving. The resort will have a sustainable, waterfront sushi and omakase restaurant, an all-day seafood-focused eatery, an organic farm-to-table restaurant, along with chef-driven poolside fare and cabana service. Wine-lovers will appreciate the island club bar which will feature a top-flight wine and spirits program.
With homesites from $3.25 million and homes from $4.5 million, now is the time to check out this beauty in Belize.