One of Belize’s prime travel hotspots right now is the southern coastal town of Placencia, offering visitors the perfect mix of Caribbean village atmosphere and a selection of upscale modern venues and amenities. Few private islands in the area have been developed to the stylish standards of North Saddle Caye, a ten-acre beauty (including a 75-foot easement along the water and Queen’s land) whose arcing shape gives it its own protected lagoon deep enough to accommodate multiple sea vessels.
North Saddle Caye’s twin luxury villas, guest cottage, and caretaker cottage together provide 7,000 square feet of living space, one of the few properties in the region built especially for personal use – though should the new owner desire, they could easily be converted to vacation rentals or a small luxury island resort. The spacious and airy villas feature 20-foot vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall glass doors capable of withstanding winds of up to category 4 hurricane level. The two villas boast two bedrooms with AC, two bathrooms, two outdoor showers, spacious living/dining areas, and ample decking. The guest cottage features two bedrooms and bathrooms with access to outdoor showers and a kitchenette, and the caretaker cottage features a full kitchen, two bedrooms and one bathroom. Additional housing facilities such as the workers quarters are also conveniently available for staff.
The property is fully self-sustaining and off the grid, with its own 153-panel solar energy system with Tesla lithium batteries (new from November 2019). There is also a backup diesel generator yielding 40kWh. Reverse osmosis water systems can deliver 70 gallons an hour, and a separate rainwater UV purification system is also included. The underground freshwater storage is 40,000 gallons.
The island’s boathouse has more than 3,300 square feet of interior space, with plenty of room to store fishing and boating equipment, a tractor and a mower tractor, electric washer, drier and freezer, and a well-equipped workshop with tools and air compressor – all of which are included. Other bonuses with the sale: a 32-foot, 12-passenger boat with two new 200-hp Yamaha outboard engines and two three-seater Yamaha jet skis.
North Saddle Caye has a massive 240-foot dock capacity, unique for islands in the area, and its deep natural lagoon offers an incredible place for swimming, drop fishing, world-class snorkeling, or just relaxing on a custom-made lounge chair and soaking up the glorious Caribbean sun.