Gladden Caye – A Private Island Resort Built for Two!!! A swirl of turquoise and aquamarine lagoons cradle Gladden Caye, an island fringed with white sand 20 miles northeast of Placencia, in the heart of Belize’s Barrier Reef. This island jewel harbors your own private sanctuary, a casually elegant villa designed for just one couple, with the full service of a luxury resort. Dine on local specialties prepared by a roster of guest chefs from celebrated kitchens around the world. Swim with whale sharks at nearby Gladden Spit, one of the few places where these gentle giants congregate each spring. Book a spa treatment or boat charter through your personal concierge. The island’s staff resides unseen on the smaller island behind Gladden Caye, ready to answer your call at a moment’s notice without ever intruding on your privacy. While most private island experiences require jetting to the far reaches of the globe, Gladden Caye delivers the natural beauty and tranquility of a Polynesian atoll only four hours from Miami.