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Academy Award-Winner Francis Ford Coppola Unveils A Private Island Hideaway In Belize





The island's on-call caretakers, Alberto and his wife Pauline are on hand to provide all meals from Belizean breakfasts to seasonal seafood dinners
  •  Beach lovers can now castaway at Coral Caye, an idyll eight miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize
  •  The rustic two-acre retreat is a 20-minute boat ride from the Family Coppola Resort’s Turtle Inn
  •  Groups of up to 12 can indulge their Huckleberry Finn fantasies staying at the island's two cottages

Film, wine and holiday resorts - is there no end to this man's talents?

American screenwriter and film director Francis Ford Coppola has unveiled a new location in his hospitality portfolio, in the shape of a private island.

Beach lovers can now castaway at Coral Caye, an idyll eight miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize, that's only two acres, meaning a stroll around the perimeter would only take about five minutes. 

The rustic two-acre retreat is a 20-minute boat ride from the Family Coppola Resort’s Turtle Inn, making it the only accommodation on the Belize mainland to also offer a private island

The rustic two-acre retreat is a 20-minute boat ride from the Family Coppola Resort’s Turtle Inn, making it the only accommodation on the Belize mainland to also offer a private island

Groups of up to 12 can indulge their Huckleberry Finn fantasies with a stay at the island’s two wooden clad cottages

Groups of up to 12 can indulge their Huckleberry Finn fantasies with a stay at the island’s two wooden clad cottages

 With an emphasis on getting away from it all, there are no televisions on Coral Caye, although WiFi service and mobile phone reception are available

 With an emphasis on getting away from it all, there are no televisions on Coral Caye, although WiFi service and mobile phone reception are available

The rustic two-acre retreat is a 20-minute boat ride from the Family Coppola Resort’s Turtle Inn, making it the only accommodation on the Belize mainland to also offer a private island.

Groups of up to 12 can indulge their Huckleberry Finn fantasies with a stay at the island’s two wooden clad cottages. 

Or a couple can rent out the Apocalypse Now director's entire island as a romantic escape.

 

However, if you're keen to watch The Godfather or one of Coppola's other film classics during your stay you may have to wait until you're back on the mainland.

With an emphasis on getting away from it all, there are no televisions on Coral Caye, although WiFi service and mobile phone reception are available.

Instead guests at this tropical address can totally unwind with spa treatments and beach lounging. 

Simple pleasures: The island is stocked with hammocks, canoes, fishing and snorkelling equipment, lounge chairs, games, shaded picnic tables, outdoor showers, music (drums and guitars) and kids' toys

Simple pleasures: The island is stocked with hammocks, canoes, fishing and snorkelling equipment, lounge chairs, games, shaded picnic tables, outdoor showers, music (drums and guitars) and kids' toys

The island's on-call caretakers, Alberto and his wife Pauline are on hand to provide all meals from  Belizean breakfasts to seasonal seafood dinners

The island's on-call caretakers, Alberto and his wife Pauline are on hand to provide all meals from Belizean breakfasts to seasonal seafood dinners

Romantic retreat: A couple could rent out the entire island as a beach bolthole of their own

Romantic retreat: A couple could rent out the entire island as a beach bolthole of their own

The island is stocked with hammocks, canoes, suntan lotion, bug spray, mosquito nets, lounge chairs, games, shaded picnic tables, outdoor showers, music (drums and guitars) and kids' toys.

There is also equipment for guests to enjoy a spot of fishing or snorkelling during their stay.

While holidaymakers will be made to feel like castaways they won't have to hunt for their supper, instead the island's on-call caretakers, Alberto and his wife Pauline are on hand to provide all meals from Belizean breakfasts and sumpuous lunches to seasonal seafood dinners.

For tourists still seeking the finer things in life during their island experience, optional extras include a private butler, private chef, alcohol, spa services and guided fishing tours and diving boat trips.

For tourists still seeking the finer things in life during their island experience, optional extras include a private butler, private chef, alcohol, spa services and guided fishing tours and diving boat trips

For tourists still seeking the finer things in life during their island experience, optional extras include a private butler, private chef, alcohol, spa services and guided fishing tours and diving boat trips

Castaway island experience: The new idyll is eight miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize

Castaway island experience: The new idyll is eight miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize

Just a boat ride away is the group's resort, Turtle Inn, a 25-room seafront haven with guests accommodated in thatched cottages decorated with Balinese furnishings and overlooking the white sands.

Not only is Coppola the mastermind behind the Turtle Inn and Coral Caye in Belize, he also owns Blancaneaux Lodge in San Ignacio in the same country.  

Blancaneaux Lodge's luxurious, secluded villas comes with its own private pool and a personal attendant.

Nestled into the country's breathtaking Maya Mountains, guests can take in the stunning scenery - including waterfalls - from the comfort of their rooms.

The group's resort near to Coral Caye, Turtle Inn, is a 25-room seafront haven with guests staying in thatched cottages decorated with Balinese furnishings

The group's resort near to Coral Caye, Turtle Inn, is a 25-room seafront haven with guests staying in thatched cottages decorated with Balinese furnishings

Guests are just steps away from white sands, the Caribbean sea and the fishing village of Placencia at Turtle Inn resort

Guests are just steps away from white sands, the Caribbean sea and the fishing village of Placencia at Turtle Inn resort

The property was originally a Coppola family retreat, where the A-list clan went to escape the stress of Hollywood, but opened to guests in 1993.

With an on-site spa, riding stables and two dining options, you never have to leave the resort if you don't want to, though staff are happy to arrange excursions, including to the nearby Caracol Archaeological Reserve and Tikal ruins. 

Further afield the group's portfolio includes La Lancha in Guatemala, Jardin Escondido in Argentina, and Palazzo Margherita in Italy.

Academy Award-winning Francis Ford Coppola is as successful as a hotelier as he is as a director, owning six properties worldwide. Pictured is Blancaneaux Lodge

Academy Award-winning Francis Ford Coppola is as successful as a hotelier as he is as a director, owning six properties worldwide. Pictured is Blancaneaux Lodge

In Guatemala, Coppola owns La Lancha (pictured), as well as several properties in Belize, one in Argentina and one in Italy

In Guatemala, Coppola owns La Lancha (pictured), as well as several properties in Belize, one in Argentina and one in Italy

Francis Ford Coppola has a winery business in addition to his hospitality portfolio and contributions to cinema

Francis Ford Coppola has a winery business in addition to his hospitality portfolio and contributions to cinema


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