....I don't want this thread to be about politics... but how do we sail to, visit, learn, enjoy and of course RESPECT the paradises we yearn to visit? The so called development that De Niro appears to be associated with looks to me like an imposition of a different paradigm on the ancient cultures. We are essentially destroying what attracted us... or at least the culture which inhabit these regions and call them home.......
Two thoughts, but I can't see how your premise is anything but politics. In fact, the governance of a country is the definition of politics.
Anyway, I recall when the Four Seasons opened on the out island, Exuma, in the Bahamas. We had been island hopping for a couple of weeks and thought we at least wanted to check it out. It was awful. While we had been spending our time walking on beaches with zero footprints and wandering in to local places to eat, the look of the modern resort was out of place and gross. It was obvious they had bulldozed every single palm tree, built the resort and then planted trees where they wanted them. It was so fake. It failed. However, I think it failed because the average Four Seasons client couldn't get to Exuma easily enough. First class easily. I also think they had a hard time getting staff. Too remote.
On the other hand, there can't be any indigenous people on Barbuda. The indigenous people died from disease and worse, the new folks decided how they wanted it to be, got wiped out by Mother Nature and the next folks to arrive may just decide how they want it to be. Seems downright organic natural. Just like a rabbit taking over another rabbits hole, after it was eaten by a bear. Nature is cruel, but we can't freeze time.
So, I would find a luxury hotel in these islands to be gross, but others won't. I don't have a problem with a new order, after the old one totally fails. The context of fail, in this case, is the entire country is evacuated.
While I'm big on "leave no trace" hiking, no species can be a true leave no trace policy. Your house is a trace on some ancient hiking land. It's simply to plan where we should leave to trace, and trace the rest. The argument is always over who gets to pick.