Off the coast of Placencia, Belize sits a rare coral island of incomparable beauty, its white sands sloping gently into the Caribbean Sea. After creating the ultimate escape for just one or two couples at a time with Gladden Private Island, Private Islands CEO Chris Krolow and his development partner David Keener have returned to this Central American vacation hotspot to deliver another stylish hideaway. Kanu Private Island, opening in the summer of 2019, is only 15 minutes by boat from the mainland, but offers a one-of-a-kind sanctuary.
The 2.5-acre island ensures privacy with five individual 1,000-square-foot sleeping structures, each containing a breezily chic master bedroom suite with family-friendly loft and bamboo ceilings. A central palapa flanked by a swimming pool and sun loungers houses the communal kitchen, bar and living area to bring everyone together. The soothing design palette incorporates coral stone and reclaimed wood, complemented with accent shades of the sea and sun.
But the real star at Kanu is the dazzling ocean, visible at every turn. The underwater sights are equally impressive, thanks to fish-filled coral heads just offshore. A 20-minute boat ride transports visitors to the Belize Barrier Reef for an even more expansive look at the region’s famous aquatic ecosystem.