Two new luxury developments combining hospitality and residential properties are now underway in the Dominican Republic.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has teamed with Miami-based Cisneros Real Estate to develop the 60-acre Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia. The new project is billed as a sustainable luxury destination located along the Playa Esmeralda beachfront in the nation’s northeast, and it will include a 95-key resort and 25 private residences of three- and four-bedroom units designed in a tropical modernist style by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld. The property is being designed to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
“We are thrilled to expand Four Seasons global portfolio in the Dominican Republic, a market that we have long been focused on as a luxury travel destination,” says Alejandro Reynal, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, adding the resort is slated to open in 2026.
Separately, Sonesta International Hotels Corp. is planning its first Dominican Republic property with the multi-use Larimar City & Resort, which will incorporate lodging and residential units. The company is partnering with real estate development firm CLERHP on the project, which will include a retail mall, country club with 18-course golf course, outdoor sports facility and a kid-centric activity center.
The project will be located 25 minutes from the Punta Cana airport and 15 minutes from the Bavaro beaches in a garden city that is being developed as the first smart city in the Caribbean. The first phase of the project is expected in late 2025 to early 2026.
“This development leverages two of our premier brands, The Royal Sonesta and The James, to grow our footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is a strategic priority for Sonesta,” said Brian Quinn, Sonesta’s chief development officer. “Sonesta’s dedicated lodging development team and enhanced regional presence will allow us to capitalize on the demand for the Caribbean market, especially among luxury travelers, as an avenue for continued growth.”
Photo: Artist’s rendering of the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia.