Four Seasons and Cisneros Real Estate (Cisneros) announce plans for the development of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia, a sustainable luxury destination located on a 60-acre (24 hectare) site along the pristine beachfront of Playa Esmeralda in northeastern Dominican Republic, along the southern shores of Samaná Bay. The project will combine the globally renowned hospitality and service of Four Seasons and Cisneros’ decades of business and investment in the Dominican Republic, Latin America and the United States. With construction underway, the project is slated to open in early 2026.
Featuring a tropical modernist design by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia will set a new standard of natural, sustainable elegance for sophisticated travellers from around the globe. The property will include a 95-key resort and 25 Private Residences of three- and four-bedroom units, all located steps of the beach. A site of breathtaking natural beauty, Tropicalia is the private estate of the Cisneros family featuring a diverse ecosystem of white-sand beaches; crystalline, aquamarine water and coral reefs; mountains, forests, mangroves, lagoons and rivers; a working coconut plantation; and an organic farm.
Adriana Cisneros, Chief Executive Officer of Cisneros, notes that the company’s nonprofit Fundación Tropicalia has dedicated more than a decade to the region’s well-being through an array of educational, socioeconomic and community programs. “Tropicalia reflects our family’s cultural values,” Cisneros says. “More than 10 years ago, we embarked on a journey to support social sustainability through innovative projects in agriculture, gender equality, education, environment, entrepreneurship and microfinance. Our goal was to create a new kind of luxury destination that is in balance both with nature and with the local community. We’re pleased that Four Seasons shares our vision, both for Tropicalia and the future of tourism.”
Tropicalia is owned by Cisneros Real Estate, the development arm of Cisneros, a diversified business group with nearly 100 years of history in media, real estate, consumer products and social leadership. Cisneros is committed to long-term ownership of Tropicalia as a legacy project and is dedicated to the success of the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences as well as to the socioeconomic sustainability of the community, region and country.
“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. “We are proud to bring this project to life with our partners at Cisneros, who share our values of supporting the environments and communities in which we operate, and who we deeply admire for their work with Fundación Tropicalia. Together, we will remain focused on these values as we welcome guests and residents alike in 2026 and become stewards of this beautiful destination.”
David Collado, Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, says: “For Dominicans, it is a source of great pride to welcome Four Seasons to Tropicalia, which is owned by the Cisneros family; a family that has placed its trust in our country and values the love and effort that this government has put into promoting tourism.” Minister Collado also added, “this project, which will have the highest standards of luxury, will further diversify the types of travellers coming to our country and reaffirms Tropicalia's commitment to the sustainable development of the country's tourism, allowing us to continue being a model destination for the world.”
“Four Seasons will bring a new level of luxury hospitality to the Dominican Republic, a premier Caribbean destination located about four hours by plane from New York and two and a half hours from Miami,” William Phelan, President of Tropicalia, says. “The Dominican Republic also has excellent airlift from Europe, Latin America and other key markets. Our resort will lead the region’s development of sustainable tourism by integrating innovative design, environmental management and community development into our business DNA.”