Four Seasons and Cisneros Real Estate (Cisneros) have unveiled their plans for the development of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia. Nestled on a pristine 60-acre (24-hectare) site along the captivating beachfront of Playa Esmeralda in the northeastern Dominican Republic, this sustainable luxury destination promises to redefine elegance for discerning travelers worldwide. With construction already underway, the resort is scheduled to open its doors in early 2026.
Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia showcases a tropical modernist aesthetic that seamlessly integrates with the natural beauty of its surroundings. The property will feature a 95-key resort and 25 Private Residences consisting of three- and four-bedroom units, all just steps away from the pristine beach. Tropicalia, the private estate of the Cisneros family, offers an unparalleled ecosystem comprising white-sand beaches, crystal-clear aquamarine waters, coral reefs, lush mountains, forests, mangroves, lagoons, rivers, a working coconut plantation, and an organic farm.
Tropicalia, owned by Cisneros Real Estate, epitomizes Cisneros’ nearly century-old legacy in media, real estate, consumer products, and social leadership. This project is not just a venture; it’s a legacy, reflecting Cisneros’ dedication to the resort’s success and the socioeconomic sustainability of the local community, region, and the entire country.
Beyond the stunning accommodations, the resort will offer a wide array of amenities, including a spa, fitness and wellness facilities with a yoga pavilion, beach activities, watersports, racquet sports like tennis, padel, and pickleball, a Kids For All Seasons children’s club, and versatile event spaces. Guests can indulge their palates at multiple dining venues, including a specialty restaurant, beachside grill, poolside bar, ceviche bar, juice bar, marketplace, sundry shop, coffee shop, and rum bar.
The location offers an abundance of aquatic and land-based activities, from scuba diving and catamaran tours to sea turtle conservation and seasonal whale-watching excursions in Samaná Bay, a renowned marine sanctuary. Land excursions beckon with the opportunity to explore Los Haitises National Park, home to limestone hill formations, mangrove forests, ancient caverns with Taíno pictographs and petroglyphs, and abundant wildlife. Golf enthusiasts can anticipate the opening of Tropicalia’s Tom Doak golf course following the resort’s completion.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia aspires to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, setting a green standard in the Dominican Republic. Sustainability is embedded in the resort’s DNA, from biodiversity and waste management to water conservation, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Isay Weinfeld’s design ingeniously utilizes native materials and colonial-era architectural influences, incorporating coralina limestone, brick, and stucco that resonate with the country’s history. The resort’s non-linear layout seamlessly merges with the lush landscape, fostering a sense of immersion in nature.
The resort’s design encourages guests to seamlessly transition from indoor to outdoor spaces, fostering a deeper connection with the natural environment. The low-density design emphasizes open spaces, passive cooling, and lush landscaping using non-invasive native species. Guest rooms prioritize spaciousness, private terraces, state-of-the-art technology, and green spaces to ensure a harmonious blend of luxury and nature.
The success of this ambitious project is assured with luxury development firm Sinergo serving as the project manager, international design firm Gensler as the executive architect, and Bouygues Construction of France as the general contractor. EDSA, the project’s master planner and landscape architect, is working in collaboration with former Dominican botanical garden curator Ricardo Garcia to ensure holistic development and landscaping with primary native species. IMI Worldwide Properties, with over 30 years of experience, oversees luxury residential sales.
Tropicalia’s mission extends beyond luxury tourism. With a focus on socioeconomic inclusion and sustainable development, the resort invites guests and residents to participate in activities that support the local community and environment. Initiatives like PROTORTUGA, dedicated to leatherback turtle preservation, and after-school programs connected to the foundation’s Soy niña, soy importante program focused on gender equality and inclusion, provide opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in local culture and contribute to positive change.
Guests and residents can also engage with the sustainable organic farm, Estancia La Querencia, owned by the Cisneros family. This certified organic cacao producer provides local farmers with year-round food and training in organic agricultural practices while supplying local markets and food suppliers. Estancia La Querencia offers residents unique farm-to-table experiences and insights into local ingredients and gastronomy.
Tropicalia embodies the vision of Adriana Cisneros, built on the foundation of social responsibility and leadership passed down from her parents, Gustavo and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Since its inception, Cisneros Real Estate’s nonprofit arm, Fundación Tropicalia, has invested millions of dollars in programs promoting education and addressing hunger, climate change, diversity, and gender equity. The resort has earned global recognition for its innovative economic development programs, including being named a finalist by the United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO) for Innovation by Non-Governmental Organizations.
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