Stay at Coral Caye
Silence. Caribbean turquoise. Coconut palms. There’s nobody else here. It’s as if you were shipwrecked and stumbled across a piece of paradise. And don’t want a return to the real world. The reality is a lot more comfortable than a shipwreck but this is pure Robinson Crusoe vibes, almost Tom Hanks in Castaway. Coral Caye is a private Caribbean island. And we mean, truly a private island, only available on an exclusive use basis. It belongs to Francis Ford Coppola, but the story here is nothing as complicated as The Godfather trilogy. Simplicity reigns. So close your eyes and reimagine a beach escape.
Eight minutes by boat from Coppola’s Turtle Inn, this island in Southern Belize couldn’t be more isolated. It’s part of a patchwork of coral cayes that make up the world’s second longest barrier reef. The Caribbean stretches out in all directions. But you’re still within easy reach of the Maya Mountain, Monkey River and Placencia Lagoon. You’ll check in via Turtle Inn and it’s best to fly to Placencia, a 25-minute flight from Belize City.
Robinson Crusoe didn’t do contemporary luxuries and Coral Caye is delightfully rustic. Don’t stay here expecting any opulence or marble. Rustic and comfortable best describe the style, with the buildings open to the sounds and sights of the Caribbean sea. Think zinc roofs, hammocks, indoor and outdoor warm showers, coconut palms providing shade. Two Caribbean cottages can accommodate up to ten guests total. Coral Cottage is well appointed. Seahorse Cottage is small and simple, without warm water.
Who is it for
An exclusive island retreat for people who like the idea of roughing it a little and playing castaway. Wi-Fi is very patchy, electricity is solar, there’s no air conditioning or connection to the real world. Unlike most private island stays, you pay a price per guest rather than per island. So you don’t need ten guests for it to be worth it.
Facilities & activities
Do nothing. Perhaps some swimming. Swinging in a hammock. Lounging on your private island beach. As a private island stay Coral Caye can be customised to how you want it. Hire a masseuse, a cocktail maker, a fisherman, butler service and chef for a special meal.