CANCUN – It’s called Joyxee Island and it’s a floating 8,000-square metre eco- paradise in Isla Mujeres Bay, near Cancun in Mexico. It took Richart Sowa, 61 from
the UK, a modern-day Robinson Crusoe, seven years to build it and he has now turned it into a love nest he shares with a former supermodel he met on Facebook. No, we haven’t made this up, it’s an extraordinary story as told by British tabloid The Mirror.
THE ISLAND – It may only be 30 metres from the shore and with a base made from plastic bottles filled with air, wooden pallets and sand, but Richart insists his island has all the mod-cons a lady could want. Stand-out features include: a three-storey house, electricity, three showers, a kitchen, a bathroom, an ecological toilet, two bedrooms, a Jacuzzi and internet connection. The house is surrounded by palm trees, mangroves, fruit trees and edible herbs and plants which grow in the sand and soil of the island.
LOVE ON A SHOE STRING – The only thing the 61 year old from Middlesbrough was missing was that special person to share his eco-paradise. Cue Facebook where he met 47-year old former supermodel Jodi Bowlin from Knoxville, Tennessee. They now live on a bonafide island connected to terra firma by an “umbilical cord” that provides solar-generated electricity, water and internet connection. In addition, to make sure they don’t want for anything, he has built a “ferry” out of plastic bottles that can carry up to eight people to and from the island.