New Again – LCM #45 Winter 2017


New Again

With its Twin Dolphin master-planned community, Ohana Real Estate Investors aims to honor Los Cabos’ history and explore new levels of luxury.   By Carol S. Billups


New Again - LCM #45 Winter 2017Ohana Real Estate Investors looked to the iconic Hotel Twin Dolphin for inspiration in naming its ultra-luxe 1,400-acre master-planned community in Los Cabos. The project is already under way on both sides of the Transpeninsular Highway at Santa María Bay, between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

Located on the site previously occupied by the original Hotel Twin Dolphin, Ohana’s master-planned community is the epitome of family-friendly luxury.It will serve as the home of the new Montage Los Cabos Resort and Montage Residences Los Cabos, as well as the already operational Maravilla Los Cabos private residential community.

These high-end properties will feature state-of-the-art amenities, including a brand-new 19-hole Fred Couples Signature Golf Course. The course, set to open in 2018, will be available to Montage guests and offer views of the Sea of Cortés. Maravilla and Montage homeowners will also be eligible for membership at the private Twin Dolphin Golf Club.

The progress being made on the master-planned community is evident from the Transpeninsular Highway and its newly remodeled on- and off-ramps, which provide access to the projects as well as the public Santa María and Las Viudas beaches. The landscape design as well as the hidden-from-sight infrastructure have been carefully engineered so as to be as sensitive as possible to the natural surroundings.

“Honoring the natural environment has been important to us every step of the way,” says Ohana Real Estate Investors Executive Vice President of Development Alex Hill. “We have made thoughtful choices at each turn, such as native landscaping that includes saving and replanting over 40,000 plants, a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis desalination plant, building design that conserves energy and highlights indoor-outdoor experiences, and plans for developing an eco-friendly golf course.”

New Again - LCM #45 Winter 2017At Maravilla (its name means “wonder” in English), children are treated like little princes and princesses. This community, which is already operational, covers 260 oceanfront acres and includes villas, townhomes, custom homes, and half-acre homesites. The children’s activity center features indoor and outdoor game areas, an arts and crafts center, a television area, and a quiet room. But Mom and Dad aren’t forgotten. They can dine at two restaurants in the private 60,000-square-foot clubhouse and enjoy amenities including but not limited to the three-level infinity pool with waterslide, lap pool, hot and cold plunge pools, hot tub, full-service spa, indoor and outdoor fitness centers, two-story climbing wall, lawn sports courts, outdoor amphitheater, indoor theater, and more.

Located right on the beach at Santa María, the Santa Maria Beach Club offers cabanas, a bar, Har-Tru tennis courts, pickle ball, sand volleyball courts, and typical beach activities such as snorkel, stand-up paddle, and kayaking. In the community park, you’ll find a splash pad, basketball, a putting course (18 holes!), a children’s playground, and hiking and biking trails.

Even with so many activities within Maravilla to fill their free time, families will also have the option to enjoy additional amenities at Montage Los Cabos via a social membership.

The architectural style guidelines call for a contemporary coastal design.  Villas are available in two parcels: Las Playas and Las Colinas. Both were designed to provide maximum views and enhanced privacy within the villa. The villas have been designed to showcase ocean views and take advantage of natural light through the use of vanishing walls. Large breezeways and courtyards also help to bring the outdoor and indoor living spaces together.

New Again - LCM #45 Winter 2017The two-story Las Vistas townhomes are located in the heart of the community and are designed to emphasize indoor-outdoor living. Thanks to a number of strategically designed alliances, the villas, townhomes, and even the custom homesites can be completely turnkey with the services of architects, construction teams and interior designers already in place. Owners can also elect to work with their own designers. The homeowner’s dues cover key services including a property management association and concierge service. Culinary services and health and wellness services are also already in place for those who inquire.

“Maravilla has exceeded our vision and has become a serene and family-oriented community with experiences for each generation to enjoy separately and together,” says Ohana Real Estate Investors Director for Residential Real Estate Neil Johnson. “Our owners’ feedback is our measure of success, and we see and hear how they are creating memorable experiences with their families at Maravilla.”

Maravilla prices run from about $3 million U.S. to $10 million U.S.

Located next to Maravilla, the Montage Los Cabos and private residences will occupy 39 acres on the beach of Santa María Bay. Once completed, it will offer 122 guestrooms and 52 private full-ownership residences. In keeping with the Montage brand, the resort will offer luxury amenities including Spa Montage. There will be two pools, one a 20,000-square-foot main pool. Guests will have multiple dining options, access to a fitness center, tennis courts, and the Montage’s signature Paintbox children’s program. Pre-construction sales are already under way for the two- and three- bedroom furnished residences that will feature views of Santa María Bay and the Sea of Cortés.

New Again - LCM #45 Winter 2017As with the neighboring Maravilla development, the design highlights indoor-outdoor living. These residences feature a lock-off suite and all have individual private terraces with fire pits. While the owners here have access to all of the Montage amenities, there will be a separate pool dedicated for their use. A lawn sports area, game room, and play area will also be exclusively available to residence owners. Each residence has a private garage. Residents will enjoy a dedicated management team offering full property management and concierge service. Owners here will have the option to participate in a rental program managed by the resort. Work on Montage Los Cabos began in early 2016 and is anticipated to be completed in early 2018. At press time, the anticipated pre-sale prices for Montage residences started at $2.7 million U.S. for a two-bedroom.

Although details were not being released at press time, the Twin Dolphin master plan calls for a large shopping and restaurant center on the inland side of the Transpeninsular Highway, adjacent to the Fred Couples Signature Golf Course. Further residential development may also come on this portion of the overall property. Your MLS-BCS real estate agent can help you explore the possibilities at Twin Dolphin and can arrange a visit to view the offerings at Maravilla. As the landscape of Los Cabos continues to evolve, the Twin Dolphin property stands out as a leading new luxury destination resort.