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 Adam Dawson & Annika Kusion


Adam Dawson & Annika Kusion

Gladden’s managing couple, Adam Dawson and Annika Kusion, love to create memorable guest experiences, and have honed their respective skills as captain and chef on multi-million-dollar yachts in the BVI and Mediterranean. Their history of dedicated service perfectly positions this attentive, enthusiastic duo to inspire and cater to Gladden’s visitors, ensuring a perfect stay. Adam’s superlative skills as a yacht captain make him the ideal host for boating excursions to the surrounding reefs and beyond, while Annika’s flair for cuisine using fresh local ingredients means that every meal on the island will delight the palate. Adam and Annika reside in their private residence located on our support island, out of sight but just a push of a call button away.

“Adam and Annika make a great team and provided us with the vacation of a lifetime. We were all blown away by their commitment to service.”

“Adam and Annika are top notch. They made every effort to complete any request.”