Four Seasons Coming To La Ribera

No, not climate change, the hotel chain

The big development in La Ribera, about an hour and a half north of San Jose on the East Cape, has died and then snapped back to life several times over the years it's been in development. It has been known as Cabo Blue and Cabo Dorado, and most recently it was Cabo Ribera. Now, this star crossed development is back and rebranded once again, this time with a major hotel chain attached.

The latest incarnation is called Costa Palmas, and is still a 1000-acre private beachfront community but now featuring a Four Seasons resort and Four Seasons-branded private residences and villas.

fourseasons.JPGCosta Palmas will now include a beach and yacht club, 18-hole golf course, spa and a private marina that can accommodate yachts as large as 250 feet. It also boasts 18 acres of orchards and farmland, handy if you need that to go with your two-mile stretch of swimmable beach.

When it comes to amenities, designers are sparing no expense to make sure their guests and residents have it all. There are plans for five restaurants sprinkled throughout the community, which will offer everything from fresh organic juices to ceviche bars. The Robert Trench Jones II golf course will be a sea-dunes style course that will take golfers from the ocean side of the development up into the farmland and then back down around the marina. Aha! Good use of farmland!

Another added amenity will be Costa Palmas’ Aventura program, which will provide private guides for tours and excursions. Instead of having to go off property for activities, Costa Palmas can offer it guests and residents everything from ATVs to sailing to horseback riding. More sensible use of farmland, we get it.

Ellie Stain, one of Costa Palmas' PR reps, tells us Four Seasons broke on construction in May. The 250-slip marina, has been dredged and already has boats in it. Well, that dredging has been going on for many years, by previous owners. The beach club is used as a closing room.

The resort and private residences are scheduled to be finished by the end of 2018, although Stain says that is a fluid date. (Which usually means they only hope for that date). The private villas are currently under construction, as is the cluster of nine two-story buildings that will make up the 145-room resort.

The land that Costa Palmas sits on has historically been used as ranch land, according to the PR team. The property is currently owned by Desarrolladora La Ribera (DLR), and is being developed by the development group Irongate. Irongate joined the project in 2014.

Stain couldn’t (or wouldn’t) give specifics on exactly how Four Seasons was brought in, but she did say that they have been looking for a property in Los Cabos for 30 years (this is their third resort in Mexico), and that Four Seasons had an interest in being involved since their first visit to the East Cape site. Allen Smith, Four Seasons president and CEO, said Los Cabos was a “natural fit” for Four Seasons, as it has long been a favorite destination for luxury travelers.

The residences are whole ownership, no timeshare here, and include a variety of layouts. Marina residences will have two to four bedrooms and range from 2,523 to 4,978 square feet. The beachfront residences with single-level three and four bedroom layouts will range from 3,806 to 4,598 square feet. The two-level beachfront residences come in four and five bedroom arrangements from 6,528 to 6,792 square feet.

Ocean view residences will be located next to the beach club, and will include one to four bedroom floor plans ranging from 2,523 to 4,598 square feet. The golf course residences will be available in one to four bedrooms ranging from 1,150 to 4,598 square feet. And if you need some serious space, the villas range from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.

All of the residences will be on the beach, marina, or golf course, and will feature beach, marina, golf course or mountain views. Notice how mention of farmland is now omitted? Real estate agents can do that. Available features for these include shaded outdoor living rooms with built-in day beds, fireplaces and outdoor showers.

Prices for these homes are definitely geared toward the super affluent crowd (those who can afford to have a giant yacht in the marina) and will start in the mid to high $1 millions, going up to $20 million USD. Irongate is trying to establish Costa Palmas as the “high-end, ultra luxury master plan” in Cabo, something that no other development compares to.

Next up, might be the Van Wormer boys, sons of the developer of the original three Los Barriles fishing camps. They have long wanted to carve a marina out of that coastline. For now they have to be content with parking boats out in the bay, at anchor.