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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Irongate Announce Plans for Luxury Resort in Los Cabos

New Four Seasons resort and Private Residences to open along the crystal-clear waters of Baja’s undiscovered East Cape

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, and Irongate, a full-service real estate development firm, announce plans today for a luxury resort and private residences on the pristine beaches of Baja’s eastern shore.  With planning in place for a 2018 opening, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas will be part of the exclusive Costa Palmas resort community, which will also feature a private marina and members-only beach and yacht club, all set along a two-mile (3.2 kilometre) stretch of immaculate white-sand beach and the warm, swimmable waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Los Cabos

“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,” says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Los Cabos has long been a favourite destination for luxury travellers and is a natural fit for Four Seasonsas we extend our presence in Mexico. 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.”

The 145-key Resort will feature a low-density layout spread across multiple buildings, and a collection of whole-ownership oceanfront, marina-side and golf-side private residences, as well as an intimate collection of custom single-family beachfront private residence villas. Alongside multiple pools, extensive indoor and outdoor event and wedding facilities, and five unique dining outlets, the Resort will also feature a Robert Trent Jones II signature 18-hole golf course, full-service spa and progressive fitness facilities. The extensive grounds of the Resort will be connected to an adjacent yachting marina that will feature up to two hundred slips to accommodate yachts up to 250 feet (76 metres) and its own ocean-side marina village, complete with artisanal boutiques, additional dining options and locally-curated music and art.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Los Cabos

“We created Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos for families and groups of friends who appreciate a fresh and mindful approach to resort design and lifestyle.  The Resort is a place for those of all ages who seek both a spirited adventure and impeccable service,” says Jason Grosfeld, founder of Irongate. “Positioned on Costa Palmas’ unprecedented two-mile stretch of coastline with a safe, swimmable beach and an international marina, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos is set to become the preeminent place for family and friends to reconnect year after year.”

The East Cape’s location on the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Sea of Cortez makes for excellent snorkelling and diving, some of the world’s best light tackle and sport fishing, and world-class windsurfing and kite boarding. The idyllic setting at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains also offers endless opportunities for land adventure, 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.

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 Resort will join an exclusive collection of Four Seasons resorts in destinations including the Maldives, Seychelles, Bora Bora, Koh Samui, and Hawaii.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Los Cabos

The Costa Palmas master plan is a collaboration of Vita Inc. (San Rafael, California), Guerin Glass Architects (Brooklyn, New York) and Humberto Artigas Architects (Aguascalientes, Mexico) with interior design by TAL Studio (Las Vegas, Nevada).

For more information on Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas or to learn about real estate ownership opportunities, visit www.costapalmas.com or call 1 800 917 9115.

About Costa Palmas

Costa Palmas is a 1,000-acre (400 hectare) private beachfront resort community located 45 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula.  Thoughtfully and sensitively designed and situated along a two-mile (3.2 kilometre) stretch of swimmable beach, Costa Palmas introduces an elemental form of luxury hospitality set among organic farms on an international marina. The community is home to Four SeasonsResort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, a Robert Trent Jones II 18-hole golf course, 18 acres (7.3 hectares) of orchards and farms, and its own beach and yacht club.

About Irongate

With operations in California, Colorado, Hawaii and Mexico, Irongate is a full-service real estate development firm specialising in residential and resort communities located in world-class destinations. The company’s expertise lies in identifying opportunities for high profile, luxury branded projects that combine timeless architecture and design with five-star service. Entrepreneurial in spirit, the vision of Irongate is to elevate the communities in which they develop, creating one-of-a-kind opportunities and introducing brands that attract visitors, residents and investors alike.

 

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Dawn Pier, East Cape Amiga

Hi Baja.com readers. My name is Dawn Pier and I live in Boca de las Vinoramas on the East Cape. I’m a writer, surfer, environmentalist, biologist, yogini and construction project manager, to name a few of the hats I wear. Baja has turned me into somewhat of a generalist, out of necessity.

Before moving here in 2002, I obtained both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in biology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. I worked for a decade as a research scientist conducting field work in the Canadian arctic to study the impact of military radar stations on the local environment. It was an amazing job that allowed me to travel to regions on the planet that few people will ever see.

Most of the people I meet down here want to know how a woman from Ontario, Canada ended up surfing in Baja. Until the year 2000, surfing wasn’t even on my radar. I was newly separated from my husband of seven years. He got the house, the car, the furniture and two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. I got the credit card debt and the associated airmiles. After ten summers spent North of 60, I was ready for some sun, so I put the airmiles to good use and flew to Costa Rica for the How Dawn Got Her Groove Back vacation.

It was while sunbathing on a Costa Rican beach one day during that vacation that I entered the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean to cool off. After bobbing about in the tranquil waters for a few minutes, I turned to get out and was suddenly grabbed by a rogue wave, thrown on the bottom, picked up again by another wave, slammed onto the sandy bottom and then released. My head reeled as I tried to regain my footing. As I stood up I realized to my embarrassment that my bikini bottoms were well South of where they ought to be as I faced a beach riddled with bathers. I yanked them up only to discover they were loaded with sand. Weaving my way out of the water and back up the beach, I dispatched the sand in handfuls, like so many rose petals.

Back at the safety of my towel I tried to catch my breath and felt my heart thumping wildly in my chest. I looked hard at the ocean, searching for some indication of what had set it off. As I regained my composure, I sensed that my whole body was energized! I felt more alive than I had in years. Because of that experience I became determined to learn to surf.

A plan was hatched: I would move to Costa Rica and live on the beach like the surfers I’d seen in my travels. I’d teach myself to surf until my money ran out and, in the meantime, I fantasized, someone would happen along and offer me a job. Yeah, I had it all figured out.

But before the Costa Rican plan could be executed, I took a trip to Baja California Sur with my sister – our goal was to get our SCUBA certification and I gave surfing a try. Fate and an Outside magazine article brought us to Cabo Pulmo for our dive course, where on the second day, our dive instructor suggested I move to Cabo Pulmo. He said, “Why do you want to move to Costa Rica? There are already so many volunteers there. They don’t need you, but we do. Why don’t you come here and be the scientific director of my new conservation foundation?” A job offer with a fancy title sounded much more promising than moving to a Costa Rican beach with nothing more than high hopes.

In March 2002, I arrived in Cabo Pulmo and after a false start that had to do with the “foundation” being less than legit, I began working as a community liaison for efforts to protect Cabo Pulmo National Park, which at the time had no infrastructure or formal management of any type. Eventually, a group of community members and I founded Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo, A.C. and I worked as it’s director for three years.

My current focus is writing. In addition to being a contributor on Baja.com, I maintain a personal blog and I am working on a memoir detailing my adventures while I lived in Cabo Pulmo. I’ve also picked up a few more hats – my Spanish improved sufficiently that I began helping other foreigners with translation services and construction project management.

I surf most days and recently took up kitesurfing so I can get out and enjoy the sea when the winds blow. The rest of my time is spent maintaining the large property I live on and hanging with our pack of six dogs. I look forward to sharing my love of the East Cape of Baja with you in future blog posts here on Baja.com and to hearing your feedback in the comments section.

 

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