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Review: Four Seasons Resort Dominican Republic


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Four Seasons Resort Dominican Republic will be a new Four Seasons beach hotel to add to our list of the best Four Seasons in the Caribbean. In fact, this new resort may even justify a listing in our best Four Seasons hotels in the world.

We are particularly excited about this new launch because Four Seasons beach hotels tend to be some of the most popular with clients who book via our luxury concierge so that they enjoy free breakfast, resort credit, room upgrade (subject to availability) and more.


Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia is being developed as 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 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.

Style & Character

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 travelers from around the globe.

The design of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicaliais slated to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, one of the world’s most respected standards for “green” buildings, and the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic. Environmental and social management systems are guiding the resort’s design, construction, and operation, from biodiversity to waste and water management, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Isay Weinfeld’s design for Tropicalia is innately low-impact and draws inspiration from the island’s native materials and colonial-era towns. Coralina limestone, brick, and stucco echo the country’s history, harmonizing with the surroundings and conveying a sense of authenticity. His timeless, sophisticated, modern design reflects a tropical touch. The nonlinear format encourages guests to continuously discover the resort, as the buildings integrate with the lush landscape to give the sense of being immersed in nature.

The project’s modernist design will transition easily from indoors to outdoors, inspiring guests to engage with the natural environment. The low-density Resort will feature open spaces, passive cooling, and lush landscaping using curated, non-invasive native species. Guest and residential buildings will be located along the beachfront of Playa Esmeralda with views of Samaná Bay. Guest rooms will be spacious and designed with Four Seasons guests in mind, including private terraces and state-of-the-art technology, with green space and interior gardens prioritized throughout the rooms and common areas.

In addition to Isay Weinfeld’s architecture and interior design, luxury development firm Sinergo has been named project manager, international design firm Gensler as executive architect, and Bouygues Construction of France as general contractor. The project’s master planner and landscape architect is EDSA, who has been working closely with former Dominican botanical garden curator Ricardo Garcia, ensuring holistic development and landscaping with primary native species. These development and design experts are known for their expertise in bringing environmentally sound and sustainable luxury resort projects to life in remote locations.


The property will include a 95-key resort and 25 Private Residences of three- and four-bedroom units, all located steps from 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.

Service & Facilities

In addition to the 95 rooms and suites, the resort will include a spa, fitness and wellness facilities, including a yoga pavilion; a variety of beach activities and watersports; racquet sports such as tennis, padel, and pickleball; a Kids For All Seasons children’s club; and event spaces. The onsite culinary offerings will include numerous restaurants and bars, including a 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. In this storied marine sanctuary, humpback whales and leatherback turtles return to birth new generations. Land excursions 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. For golf lovers, Tropicalia’s Tom Doak golf course is expected to open after the new Four Seasons Resort is completed.

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