Four Seasons has confirmed plans for a new beachfront resort at Playa Esmeralda in northeastern Dominican Republic. Set on 24 hectares, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia will be a 95 room and suite resort, operating alongside 25 private residences.
Slated to open in early 2026, 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.
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.
“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,” said 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, said the project will have the highest standards of luxury, and “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, said. “Our resort will lead the region’s development of sustainable tourism by integrating innovative design, environmental management and community development into our business DNA.”
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia will also include a spa, fitness and wellness facilities including a yoga pavilion; a variety of beach activities and watersports, and more.
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, a storied marine sanctuary where humpback whales and leatherback turtles return to birth new generations.