A swirl of turquoise and aquamarine lagoons cradle Gladden, an island fringed with coral and white sand in the heart of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. This island jewel harbors your own private sanctuary, a casually elegant villa designed for just one couple, with the all-inclusive service of a luxury resort. There is a second master suite should you wish to share Gladden with friends or family. Our staff resides unseen on the smaller island behind Gladden,  ready to respond to any request at a moment’s notice. A “privacy meter” indicates if a member of the team is on the main island for any reason, because we want our guests to feel free to be themselves. There are no other neighbors – it’s just you and the views.

Location Caribbean Sea, Belize Barrier Reef


One of the most stunning locations in the World

Gladden lies directly on the edge of the widest and most picturesque section of the Belize Barrier Reef in the Caribbean sea. It is the longest reef in the Western Hemisphere and the 2nd largest in the World. Located 20 miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize, Gladden is the furthest island out from the mainland and closest to the protected side of the reef where the water is calm and clear. The magical "Gladden Split" where the whale sharks congregate once a year is a mere few miles away. This is one of the most beautiful locations  in the World.

Transfers within Belize included in the rate

By Helicopter:
Included in a 7+ night stay (starting from USD 1,800 one way for stays less than 7 nights)
A Gladden representative will meet you at customs and take you directly to the helicopter where you will be whisked away over the Belize Barrier Reef and land directly on Gladden 35-40 minutes later. This is truly an amazing experience and will save you a few hours of travelling.

Maya Air:
Your regional flights from Belize City to Placencia are included in the rate and booked through us. When you arrive in Placencia you will be escorted by a Gladden representative directly to Gladden by speed boat which takes between 40 and 50 minutes.

We Found It!

David Keener, CEO of Vision Properties, a successful entrepreneur and developer, and Chris Krolow, CEO of Private Islands Inc and Executive Producer and Host of HGTV's Island Hunters combed the earth to find the most private island for their next project. They took a flight over the most vibrant, picturesque part of the world’s second-largest barrier reef and spotted Gladden Caye 20 miles northeast of Placencia, Belize. The aerial views of white sands popping against turquoise sea were breathtakingly beautiful, but it was the second, smaller island behind Gladden that truly caught their eye.

Gladden's Hosts Johann Gaume and Toni Pratley


Johann Gaume and Toni Pratley

Gladden’s managing couple, Johann and Toni, love to help guests create memories to last a lifetime, and have honed their respective skills as captain and chef on yachts and in exclusive villas across the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific. Their history of dedicated, flexible service perfectly positions this attentive, enthusiastic duo to cater to Gladden’s visitors, ensuring a magical stay. Johann’s superlative skills as a yacht captain make him the ideal host for snorkeling and scuba excursions to the surrounding reefs and beyond. Toni’s delectable global cuisine made from fresh local ingredients melds with her flair for design into island meals that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Johann and Toni reside in their private residence located on our support island, out of sight but just the push of a call button away.

“Johann made ourselves and our guests feel comfortable and safe at all times and Toni is a fantastic, meticulous chef. Besides being consummate professionals, they are truly genuine people and fun to be around"