Four Seasons and Cisneros Real Estate today announced plans for the development of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia, a sustainable luxury destination located on a 60-acre site on Playa Esmeralda in northeastern Dominican Republic, along the southern shores of Samaná Bay.
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 include a 95-key resort and 25 Private Residences of three- and four-bedroom units, all located steps from the beach. It will also have feature a spa, fitness and wellness facilities including a yoga pavilion, a variety of beach activities and watersports, racquet sports (tennis, padel and pickleball), a Kids for All Seasons children’s club, event spaces, and a range of restaurants and bars (specialty restaurant, beachside grill, poolside bar, ceviche bar, juice bar, marketplace and sundry shop, coffee shop and rum bar).
Nearby aquatic activities include scuba diving, catamaran tours, sailing, observing and helping to protect sea turtles in their natural habitat, and seasonal whale-watching excursions around Samaná Bay, which is a sanctuary for humpback whales and leatherback turtles. Land excursions available include Los Haitises National Park, an explorer’s paradise with limestone hill formations (mogotes), mangrove forests, ancient caverns with Taíno pictographs and petroglyphs, and abundant wildlife. In addition, Tropicalia’s Tom Doak golf course is expected to open after the completion of the new Four Seasons Resort.
Tropicalia is the private estate of the Cisneros family. It features 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, CEO of Cisneros, explains 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.”