Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and Irongate, a real estate development firm, have announced plans to build a luxury resort and private residences on the beaches of the East Cape region 45 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport.
With a 2018 opening forecast, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas will be the centerpiece of the 1,000-acre Costa Palmas resort community. Its central components are a Robert Trent Jones II-designed 18-hole golf course, a 250-slip deep-water marina, a beach and yacht club, and a low-density, 145-key resort spread across multiple buildings. The setting is a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach backed by the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and fronting the warm, swimmable waters of the Sea of Cortez.
“Los Cabos has long been a favorite destination for luxury travelers and is a natural fit for Four Seasons as we extend our presence in Mexico,” said J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “We look forward to inviting our guests from around the world to experience Four Seasons legendary quality and service as they discover the richness and beauty of Baja’s East Cape. Irongate has a tremendous vision for the Costa Palmas community and we are excited to work in partnership to create the region’s premier luxury destination.”
Bruce Charlton, President and Chief Design Officer at Robert Trent Jones II, said the player-friendly design at Costa Palmas will feature generous landing areas as well as panoramic views of the mountains and sea.
“Our canvas is a gently rolling expanse of sand that rises to nearly 40 meters,” Charlton said. “The sand is good, so we’re digging features into the existing topography and using the sand both as a seed bed and a framing element. We’ll have formal bunkers as well as blow-out sand features. It’s a beautiful dunescape – we’re accentuating it with golf holes that will offer dramatic ocean and estuary views.”
Vegetation, Charlton stated, consists mainly of ironwood (mesquite) on the upper reaches of the layout, with low-lying desert scrub nearer the sea. There’s also a mangrove preserve in the northwest corner of the course. Native grasses will be used to accentuate the design.
“We’ll have an excellent variety of good short par 4’s and long strong par 5’s,” Charlton said. “We’re building a fun, playable course with several double-wide fairways, open-entry greens and lateral hazards.” Among the feature holes, he said, will be No. 3, a classic short par 3 tucked in sand dunes near the sea. Costa Palmas will be a core golf course, with hotel and residential buildings spaced around its perimeter.
The East Cape’s location on the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Sea of Cortez makes for excellent snorkeling and diving, superb light-tackle sport fishing, and world-class windsurfing and kite boarding. The setting at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains also offers multiple opportunities for land adventures, from hiking, biking and horseback riding to exploring waterfalls, spring-fed freshwater pools and hot springs. With fresh water coming off the mountains throughout the year, the East Cape also provides ideal conditions for organic farming. Eighteen acres at the development will be dedicated to orchards and farms.
Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas marks the third addition to the company’s growing Mexican collection, which currently includes properties in Punta Mita and Mexico City. The new resort will join an exclusive collection of Four Seasons properties in tropical destinations, including the Maldives, Seychelles, Bora Bora, Nevis and Hawaii.